In the framework of ACCELERATE, a series of webinars are taking place each month in which one of the key aspects related to Innovation, Industrial Liaison and Technology Transfer is presented by experts and discussed with the participants.

07 November 2018

The first edition focused on innovation effectiveness. It was facilitated by Mr. Frank Boyd, Innovation Specialist at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), where he is working on a project to capture best practice in innovation and to develop resources that provide practical help for business. Throughout the session, the Innovation Canvas, developed by KTN to support innovation ideas, was described.

You can watch the 1st webinar here.

02 April 2019

In order to bring innovations out of the lab into commercial exploitation, it is crucial to take into consideration the various aspects that can make the project attractive to potential investors.

In the second edition, Mr. Ian Tracey, Head of Access to Funding and Finance at the KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network), focused on the important factors for attracting investors in the Science – Industry environment by demonstrating how to make a pitch to investors. Mr. Tracey also highlighted the key features that investors pay attention to when assessing potential commercial projects.

You can watch the 2nd webinar here.

14 May 2019

The third edition tackled an important pillar within the industry – research collaboration context: Intellectual property and patenting. It was presented by experts in the field: Dr. Purewal, a practicing IP attorney (UK and European Patent Attorney) with a PhD in Theoretical Physics and Dr. Connell, a UK and European Patent Attorney with a PhD in Physical Chemistry.

The webinar targeted anyone involved in research and technology transfer activities. Participants were introduced to IP, its creating, ownership and commercialisation. The common pitfalls to avoid while commercialising IP in a research environment were also presented.

You can watch the 3rd webinar here.

11 June 2019

The fourth edition focused on the maturity gap and a related case at the Cracow University. It tackled the best practices to overcome innovations maturity gap between research technology organizations and the market.

The speaker was Mr. Jakub Kruszelnicki, co-owner of the company Creative Labs and OaSIS Project coordinator (OaSIS: Optimizing Support of Innovative SMEs).

You can watch the 4th webinar here.

16 July 2019

The fifth edition focused on the common challenges faced while running industry-university projects and assessed their practical threads and pitfalls.

This edition was facilitated by Dr. Steve Welch, Director of Innovation at The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). Dr. Welch showcased the main issues that can occur throughout this kind of collaborative projects and presented suggestions of how these challenges can be prevented.

You can watch the 5th webinar  here.

08 October 2019

The sixth edition focused on the  innovation system of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), considering its successful technology transfer operation.

The speaker of this edition was Mr. Michael André Jonsson, Senior Business Development Officer at the DTU. Mr. Jonsson presented the various methods used in TT operations as well as the aspects that make an effective process for capturing the value from novel research.

You can watch the 6th webinar here.

06 November 2019

The 7th edition  focused on the development of Synchrotron-XRPD analytical services for the pharmaceutical industry. The X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD) is a powerful technique that exploits the interaction between X-rays and matter to study the structural and microstructural properties of materials.

The speaker of this edition was Dr. Fabia Gozzo, founder of Excelsus Structural Solutions. Among other topics, Dr. Gozzo presented Excelsus Structural Solutions’ business model, developed to make complex Synchrotron-XRPD techniques readily available to the pharmaceutical industry for both “routine” measurements and investigational studies.

You can watch the 7th webinar here.

03 December 2019

The 8th edition focused on technology transfer and all the aspects related to its implementation within the Research Infrastructure and the industry.

The speaker of this edition was Mr. Mauro Zambelli, Head of the In-kind Group at the European Spallation Source (ESS). Mr. Zambelli described how Kyma Srl, a spin-off company of Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, was established and progressively grown from its beginnings in Trieste to the rest of Europe, the United States and China, becoming a world leader in its field and a successful example of technology ecosystem development.

You can watch the 8th webinar here.

10 March 2020

The 9th edition focused on the art of storytelling, its use and structure to convey facts and information to a target audience.

The speaker of this edition was Mr. Ian Tracey, Head of Access to Funding and Finance at KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network). Mr. Tracey described how storytelling is defined as one of the most powerful ways to carry a message to the people we wish to influence.

You can watch the 9th webinar here.

21 April 2020

The 10th edition focused on social media management for large facilities.

The speaker of this edition was Ms. Molly Pekarik-Fry, Web & Digital Content Manager at Diamond Light Source, UK’s national synchrotron. Ms. Pekarik-Fry shared her expertise, tips and pitfalls in managing and monitoring the social media channels of Diamond Light Source.

You can watch the 10th  webinar here. 

19 May 2020

The 11th edition focused on the national ecosystem of technology transfer at the Politecnico di Torino that is mainly led by the Netval association.

The speaker of this edition was Mr. Shiva Loccisano, Head of Technology Transfer at the Politecnico di Torino and board member of Netval. Mr. Loccisano presented the success factors that allow Italian universities and Public Research Organisations (PROs) to benefit in a fast growing ecosystem for the commercialisation of their technologies.

You can watch the 11th webinar here.

14 July 2020

The 12th edition focused on the key assets to drive successful innovation and business growth through the company culture and talent management.

The speaker of this edition was Mr. Alberto Ratti, Managing Partner and co-founder of Gellify Iberia. Mr. Ratti demonstrated how to build and apply an innovation-led cultural framework based on practical cases.

You can watch the 12th webinar here.

08 December 2020

The 13th edition focused on the key aspects missing while developing a product.

The speaker of this edition was Mr. Pete Lomas, Founding member of Raspberry Pi. Mr. Lomas highlighted the pathway to designing, developing and manufacturing an electronic product using the successful Raspberry Pi as an exemplar.

You can watch the 13th webinar here.