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Responsible Partnering Conference underlines the need for strengthened collaboration between research and business

14 December 2007

There is an increasing recognition from all stakeholders of the need for more strengthened and effective research collaboration between universities and business.

This was the key message of a two-day conference on “Effective Collaborative R&D and Technology Transfer” organised in Lisbon on 3-4th December 2007 by the European University Association, the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA), the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) and the European Network of Knowledge Transfer Offices linked to Universities and Public Research Organisations (ProTon Europe).

The meeting - which brought together universities, research institutions, businesses (both large companies and SMEs) from across Europe - is part of the Responsible Partnering Guidelines Initiative created by the four organisations.

The purpose of the conference was to take stock of the effectiveness of R&D collaboration and knowledge and technology transfer involving research and business; assess how well the recommended good practices are working; and map out where further improvements are required and how these can be achieved. Stakeholders and policymakers made a series of presentations on a wide range of issues relating to effective collaboration, including examples of good practice from universities working with business partners in the Netherlands (Wageningen University), Poland (Wroclaw University of Technology) and Wales (University of Bangor).

EUA Deputy Secretary General John Smith said the conference had shown that there was a growing recognition from all stakeholders of the required conditions for more effective partnering between universities and business. “The Responsible Partnering Initiative has established a valuable working dialogue between the respective stakeholders which has been carefully built reflecting each partner’s interests and needs in research collaboration” he explained. “Moreover, we have seen that there is increasing attention being paid by universities to working with both large and small businesses to improve research and innovation capacities in their regions across Europe.

Please click here for more information on the Responsible Partnering Initiative and conference.

Presentations from the meeting are on the EUA website.

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