23-25 MAY, 2018

Inspiring Speakers | Transferring Knowledge

Top talent chosen for their impact

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Face to Face meetings can be arranged throughout the events by using the conference app

TT Primer Free Session | Registration Required

  10:30 - 12:00
  Location: Palais des Congrès

This workshop will introduce the various aspects of knowledge transfer, answer some key questions and provide a solid understanding of what success can look like. Take this opportunity to get to know your peers, extend your network and learn from seasoned professionals.

Trainer: Karen Laigaard, Director, TTO University of Copenhagen, Denmark | Member, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton

Registration desk opens
Registration desk opens

Registration Desk Open

  12:00 - 17:00
  Location: Palais des Congrès

Collect your badge from the ASTP-Proton desk.

Progress-TT Mentored Universities
Progress-TT Mentored Universities

Progress-TT Mentored Universities | Invitation only

  13:00 – 15:30
  Location: Palais des Congrès

A chance for the 30 mentored universities to re-visit their road maps and development strategies in discussion with one another and the community of expert mentors.

Facilitator: Alan Kennedy, Key Knowledge Expert Technology Transfer, MITO Technology, Italy

PROGRESS-TT was a 3-year pilot initiative funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme which developed new training methodologies, tools, and insights to build capacity for Technology Transfer in TTOs/PROs across Europe . As part of this program, 30 TTOs went through a process of intensive 1-to-1 coaching and mentoring, complimenting other PROGRESS-TT training events, and aimed at developing the capacity of the TTO as a whole.

The pilot ended in 2017 and this meeting is an opportunity for the 30 TTOs to reunite with their coaches and mentors, appraise their involvement in the project, and look ahead to the potential for future projects to advance the innovative learning piloted by PROGRESS -TT.

Half-day Masterclass - Free Session
Half-day Masterclass - Free Session

Half-day Masterclass – Free Session | Registration required

  13:00 – 17:00
  Location: Palais des Congrès

Advanced Legal Topics: for those with several years’ experience setting up collaborations and license deals with academia

This masterclass will give an opportunity, to those involved as legal advisers in the field of TT, to discuss the more complex issues that arise in drafting, negotiating and subsequently living with deals around IP.

Trainer: Kevin Nachtrab, Senior IP Attorney, Johnson and Johnson, Belgium

Special Interest Group Meetings
Special Interest Group Meetings

Special Interest Group Meetings (SIG) | Free session

  13:30 - 15:30
  Location: Palais des Congrès


The ASTP-Proton Special Interest Group “Creating Value from Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts“ (SIG SSHA) was established in 2015 as a platform for face-to-face exchanges on SSHA among Knowledge Transfer Officers from universities and research organisations from all over Europe. During this meeting, we will update members on:

  • Recent SIG workshops, (November 2017, Brussels, Financing SSHA Transfer Activities; May 2018, Oxford, Nurturing SSHA Start-ups);
  • Forthcoming events, such as: (November 2018, Berlin Science Week);
  • Forthcoming conferences, such as: (November 2018, Impact Conference, Vienna; February 2019, ACCOMPLISSH-conference, Barcelona)
  • Recent projects and developments in SIG SSHA members‘ countries;
  • new topic-specific SIG SSHA workshop.

Facilitator SSAH: Christoph Köller, Managing Director, Görgen & Köller GmbH, Germany

Location: Palais des Congrès | SSAH Mosane 9

Software SIG

This Special Interested Group, was established in 2016 as a platform for face-to-face exchanges on software among Knowledge Transfer Officers. This SIG has developed 3 operational working groups; with Malcom Bain leading the software IP section; Mirko Lucas facilitating the understanding of commercial deals involving software; and Eva Riemann leading the dedicated legal group reviewing software deals.

Software Facilitator: Malcolm Bain, Partner, ID Law Partners, Spain

Location: Palais des Congrès| Software Room Mosane 4

Liège Science Park - Guided Tour
Liège Science Park - Guided Tour

Liège Science Park – Guided Tour | Registration required

  13:30 - 16:00
  Meeting point: Palais des Congrès

The main campus of the University of Liège and the university hospital are located within the Liège Science Park (LSP). Seated deep in the woods about 5 km from the city centre they nestle alongside the business park and famous research centres such as: the GIGA Centre for Genomics, Liège Space Centre (CSL), Centre for Research in Metallurgy Group (CRM) and SIRRIS, the collective centre for and by the technological industry.

With some 160 companies as neighbours such as the renown Kaneka-Eurogentec, Siemens-Samtech, Physiol, EVS, BEA, Greisch, there are also 2 incubator companies: Walloon incubator of engineering sciences (WSL), and WBC who develop innovative, competitive and sustainable Life Sciences companies in Wallonia. LSP also hosts a medical Fablab.

The tour, will include a presentation of the LSP ecosystem, a visit to CSL’s satellite testing facility and SIRRIS’s materials centre.

A bus will collect participants at the Palais des Congrès. You will return in time to join the city tour.

Guided Tour
Guided Tour

Guided Tour | Registration required

  16:00 – 18:00
  Meeting point: Liège Tourist Office | Quai de la Goffe 13, 4000 Liège

If you are interested in joining this walking tour, please make sure and reserve a place when registering for the Conference. The tour will end at the Welcome Reception.

Slip on your comfortable shoes for this two-hour walking tour of Liège. Setting off from the city centre, your tour guide shall lead you through the history of Liège from gothic cathedrals to Art Nouveau houses; past the birth place of novelist, Georges Simenon, and around the remains of the ancient citadel. You will discover the art and antiquity of the city and visit the hippest neighbourhood by strolling through Le Carré's labyrinth of bar and shop-lined streets. You will enjoy a view of the recently refurbished 16th-century Curtius museum and yards, rue Hors-Château, with its classified heritage sites and famous cul-de-sac, the Place du Marché, le Perron, and the City Hall. The tour will reach its climax when you arrive at La Violette, Liège Town Hall where you will join the conference welcome reception. As time is limited during the guided tour, there will be no opportunities to access the museums.

Welcome Reception
Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

  18:00 - 19:30
  Location: Town Hall La Violette | Place du Marche 2, 4000 Liège

Join the welcome to Liège from ASTP-Proton President, Henric Rhedin. Relax in the company of friends old and new, and network with your peers before the official opening of the Conference.

Directors’ Dinner
Directors’ Dinner

Directors’ Dinner | Registration required

  Location: Prince-Bishops' Palace

This event is targeted at the most senior knowledge and tech transfer professionals. If you are a Director of a TT office or a senior industrialist responsible for academic partnering and keen to connect with your peers from across Europe, join us for dinner and discussion.

Welcome on behalf of the Province of Liège by Deputy, André Denis.

Moderator: Maria Tavares, Head of Global Innovation Strategy and Partnerships, Givaudan, Switzerland

Morning Meeting for New Members
Morning Meeting for New Members

Morning Meeting for New Members

  08:00 - 08:45

Have you recently joined ASTP-Proton? Come along to this morning meeting to know more about the association. Share your ideas and expectations while getting to know the Board and committee members. Share your ideas and expectations while getting to know the community and committee members.

Karen Laigaard, Director, TTO University of Copenhagen, Denmark | Member, ASTP-Proton Programming Committee

Marc Legal, CEO, OliSens, France | Member, ASTP-Proton Programming Committee

Registration open
Registration open

Registration open


Collect your badge from the ASTP-Proton desk.

Opening Plenary

  09:00 - 10:30

Belgium has been a country of high learning and industrial aptitude since the Middle Ages. Today, this small nation is a European leader in research and development and renowned for its world-class universities such as KU Leuven and the University of Liège. The economic impact of the cooperation between the academia and the research and development industry is well-recognised and contributes to 2.5% of the national GDP; 2.9% of the regional GDP of Wallonia.


In this session, Professor Blondel will give an overview of the research and innovation landscape in Belgium, and the position of universities within it.


Mr Reuter, will explain the regional government’s policy over last 15 years; the Pole of Competitiveness system, and how it has changed the relationship between business and academia.


Welcome to Liège

Henric Rhedin, President, ASTP-Proton

Welcome from representatives of hosting sponsor, LIEU Network, Belgium

Introduction by Michel Morant, President of LIEU

The Research and Innovation Landscape in Belgium

Vincent Blondel, Rector, Catholic University of Louvain, President of the Conference of Rectors (CReF), Belgium

Vincent Reuter, Expert advisor to Walloon Government, former-CEO, Union of Walloon Enterprises, Belgium


Innovation: it’s not what it used to be

Prof. Fischer co-founded and co-directs the IMD programme on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT and authors a regular column for Forbes.com entitled “The Ideas Business,” (http://blogs.forbes.com/billfischer). In this session, we will learn how the industry boundaries are blurring, the traditional innovation funnel is becoming obsolete, and what the implications are for management, organisations and leadership.

Keynote speaker: William Fischer, Professor of Technology Management, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland

Track I - Engagement with Academic Institutions
Track I - Engagement with Academic Institutions

Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions
Options for Technology Transfer Policy in EU Context

  11:00 - 12:30

This session focuses on how operational knowledge on TT can be coupled with academic research to assist in the improving of policy measures. Subtopics include evolution in IP-based business models, benchmarking efforts, the need for capacity building, and internationalisation.

The central thesis of the session is that well-designed cross-disciplinary research can help unravel TT intricacies, and that results can subsequently be conveyed to the policy making/implementing level in the form of well-argued recommendations.

Moderator: Mattias Dinnetz, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Belgium

Speakers: Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4iP Council, Belgium

Laura Kreiling, PhD candidate, University Paris-Sud, France

Nordine Es-Sadki, Researcher, MERIT, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Patrick McCutcheon, Senior Policy Adviser, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium

Hamish McAlpine, Head of Data and Evidence, Knowledge Exchange Team, Research England, UK

Track II - Engagement with Young Companies
Track II - Engagement with Young Companies

Track II – Engagement with Young Companies
From Tech Transfer to Spin-out Founder

  11:00 - 12:30

Many technology transfer officers become embedded in the process of spinning out new companies. Some staff even follow the urge to leave the TTO and embark on a new career as an entrepreneur. This session learns from parties who have made this journey.

Moderator: Marc Legal, CEO, Olisens, France | Member, Programming Committee, ASTP-Proton


Ewout Vansteenkiste, Co-Founder, Molecubes, Belgium

Track III - Engagement with Established Industry
Track III - Engagement with Established Industry

Track III – Engagement with Established Industry
Triple Helix Partnerships Fostering Innovation

  11:00 - 12:30

The triple helix model (academia, industry, government) can be a key factor to facilitate university-industry interactions. This session shall give examples of systems to foster these partnerships. We shall hear from Belgium, about measures to foster cooperation; from France, about "Common Laboratories"; and from Germany about schemes for collaborative research.

Moderators: Michel Morant, President of LIEU, Belgium

Nedeljko Milosavljevic, Director, Centre for Technology Transfer, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Speakers: Patrick Di Stefano, LIEU, Head of WG Biotech, ULB TTO, Belgium,

Wim Van Camp, Chair of TTO Flanders, Belgium

Vincent Lamande, CEO, SATT Quest-Valorisation, France

Alexandros Papaderos, Head of TTO, TU Munich, Germany



  13:30 - 15:00
  Location: Reine Elisabeth Auditorium

Learn about companies’ services and tools, to help you boost your K/TTO activity. Does your company service K/TTO activity?

Moderator: Steven Tan, Nascent Ventures B.V., Netherlands

13:30-13:45 Patent Information and Technology Transfer

Michel Caldana, Director of Picarré, Belgium

Patent databases are well known sources of technical and legal information commonly used in prior art searches, freedom-to-operate searches, etc. Their business content can also be advantageously exploited particularly in patent mappings to help the tech transfer specialists to identify potential licensees, business or research partners. Combined with economic, financial or more generally contextual data, patent mappings are a powerful tool for taking efficient business decisions. With experience in patent information Picarré IP counsels help the Wallonia tech transfer offices during EU and regional calls for projects and in the process of spin-off creation.

13:45-14:00 5 Key Reasons to use Ximbio for Commercialising Research Reagents

Isobel Atkin, Senior Portfolio Manager, Ximbio, UK

Research reagents, such as antibodies, mice and cell lines are the cornerstones of basic scientific research; Ximbio is a marketplace for scientists to maximise commercial opportunities for these tools. Tech transfer offices are opting to work with Ximbio recognising its commercial reach and ability to secure physical material.

14:00-14:15 Opportunities for EU Universities to Reach out to Japanese Partners and Potential Licensees

Luca Escoffier, Project Manager | EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk, Japan

Outline: in this talk, the Project Manager of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in Tokyo, will introduce the audience to the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk. The services of the Helpdesk aim at supporting EU and Japanese companies, universities, research centres and individuals in their steps to search for technologies and understand the mechanics of tech transfer transactions, as well as bridging the knowledge gap about current available technologies from both Japan and the EU. From the talk it will emerge that TTOs from the EU have several opportunities to interact with the Helpdesk participating to podcasts, webinars, posting their available technologies on the Helpdesk's site, be actively involved in search for technologies received by the Helpdesk from Japanese companies, and so forth.

EU Japan Helpdesk
14:15-14:30 NLC | The Healthtech Venture Builder

Alain Kummer, Director Scouting & Medical Affairs

NLC is the European healthtech venture builder, bringing science-based healthtech inventions to life. Due to market complexities at least 95% of healthtech inventions never reach the patient and the market, regardless of their relevance or brilliance. At NLC, we don’t accept this status quo. We call this opportunity, by bringing together the best tech, the best people, and the best capital to build life-changing healthtech ventures. We have designed a bold model to create early stage healthtech innovation. We step in when inventors need us most. We can step in because our model and mission are fully aligned to bring science to life. Our multilingual team is able to speak the languages of the many different silos. We build healthtech ventures, together with leading european research institutes, top-notch hospitals, TTO’s, entrepreneurs and global market leaders. Together, we fulfil our mission to bring science to life.

14:30-14:45 LifeArc

Dr Angela Miller, Senior Business Manager, LifeArc

LifeArc is a medical research charity with a 25-year legacy of helping scientists and organisations turn their research into treatments and diagnostics for patients.

LifeArc pioneers new ways to turn great science into greater patient impact. It brings together a network of partners to tackle specific diseases and directly funds academic and early stage research.

So far, LifeArc’s work has helped to develop four drugs (Keytruda®, Actemra®, Tysabri® and Entyvio®) and a test for antimicrobial resistance.

14:45-15:00 Golden tips for IP protection for universities and start-ups

Eva Eulaers, Dutch Patent Attorney, V.O. Patents & Trademarks, the Netherlands

Knowledge and technology transfer centres play a key role in the valorization of research generated by universities or research institutes. Patents are a valuable instrument in protecting the potential market value of that research. V.O. Patents and Trademarks has a long-standing experience in accompanying universities and start-ups active in a broad range of technology and science in taking the right decisions with respect to the protection, exploitation and management of their IP, including IP issues in collaboration with third parties.


To claim your 15 minutes of fame, email: arlyta.wibowo@astp-proton.eu


Initiative Sharing

  13:30 - 15:00
  Location: Charles Rogier Auditorium

TTOs will present their initiatives or share a dilemma they are facing. Use this opportunity as a source of inspiration or to identify possible partners. Do you want to share your project or idea with the experts from the field of technology transfer?

Moderator: Marc Legal, CEO, Olisens, France

13:30-13:45 Valued the Unvalued

Jean-Claude Sabourin, Business Strategy Analyst, Univalor-Montreal, Canada

Researchers are developing a huge quantity of tools (case studies, training kits, guides, reports, market studies, apps, protocols, software, calculators, etc.) that are difficult to valorise via usual means (patents and licensing). As a TTO organisation, we have created a spin-off that offers a platform to promote and valorise these tools. Many Public Research Organisation and TTOs from North America, Europe and Africa are already using it.

13:45-14:00 IP Training in an Innovative Way: Get Participants Playful and Active

Elodie Naveau, Knowledge Transfer Officer - IP Management, University of Liege - Interface Entreprises, Belgium

Raising awareness for IP among researchers is a common issue for KTOs.

After several years of presenting slides in front of students who were sitting and listening passively, I decided to revise the course and get the audience more active. This initiative took place after a one-day introduction to the THIAGI method organised by our university. The THIAGI method consist of delivering training in a playfully way. Participants are invited to stand up, question their neighbours, make summaries, throw a ball to someone else to get the answer and so on. The methods have been used for two sessions about IP rights and knowledge transfer.

In this presentation, I shall share student appreciation as well as the preparative work needed to make it a success.

14:00-14:15 “What’s Next?” the new look Fall Meeting……

Laura MacDonald, General Manager, ASTP-Proton, the Netherlands

Alex Mouret, Director, Brave New World | PR Luris | Director LIFF, the Netherlands

This year’s Fall Meeting will be coming to Leiden on 7th and 8th November, with a new programme style reinforcing the philosophy of the Fall Meeting - driven by the members, seeking ways to learn even more about the world of innovation.

On 8th and 9th November our neighbour in Leiden will be Brave New World - an international conference for people who want to know what the future holds and how this will affect their business, policies and life. With the opportunity for fascinating cross-over plenary speakers, the programme is being developed with co-operative learning in mind including some sessions which will be interesting for both audiences.

For the ASTP-Proton community, our days will be dedicated to masterclasses, workshops, a hub space dedicated to SSHA, and access to Brave New World which will be exploring themes such as Trust in Technology.

14:15-14:30 Crossing the Chasm...in technology commercialisation. Proof of Concept funding at Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Shiva Loccisano, Head of Technology Transfer and Industrial Liaison Department, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

The so-called “valley of the dead” for technology is represented by the market failure phase that comes in the “late research stages”, with TRL (Technology Readiness Level) ranging from 3-4 to 5-6, depending on the specific sectors.

Borrowing a concept from the world of economics, we will talk about how to "cross the chasm" represented by this critical step in technology development. We will share with colleagues a "gap funding initiative" we set up at our university.

14:30-14:45 A Readiness level scales based tool to support the collaboration management of the Knowledge Transfer process

Olivier Gillieaux, enior Tech Transfer Officer, ULiège Interface Entreprises, Belgium

The knowledge transfer process is an innovation process and in each innovation process, three main items must be focused on: the technology, the application/market, and the resources : human, material, and financial.

The innovation process is collaborative because it is impossible to find one person with all the required skills. To make the collaborative approach efficient, it is important that all partners share the same view of the progress. This is the proposed goal of the excel sheet tool. Based on the Technology Readiness Level and the Commercial Readiness Level (a scale inspired from the design thinking approach and the Minimum Viable Product strategy), the tool determines the TRL level and the CRL level of the project by the answers to seven questions. The graphics generated by the tool give a view of the progress that can be shared by the partners. It also offers the opportunity to fix the next actions with all the partners.

We will show, with examples, how this tool can be used to support the Knowledge Transfer process.

14:45-15:00 Stimulating Student Entrepreneurship

Wim Fyen, Investment Manager at KU Leuven R&D, Co-Founder, Lcie (Leuven Community for Innovation driven Entrepreneurship), Belgium

In this presentation, we shall share our experiences of being involved for several years in the stimulation of student entrepreneurship at KU Leuven from within the Technology Transfer Office. The way we have approached this topic is by building a university-wide community of people driven by innovation and entrepreneurship, including students, staff and academics.


Submit this application to secure a slot.

Ecosystem Insights
Ecosystem Insights

Ecosystem Insights

  13:30 - 15:00
  Location: Mosane 5&6

During these 15-minute slots speakers from diverse parts of the ecosystem shall shed their light on the knowledge transfer spectrum.

Moderator: Christophe Haunold, Deputy General Manager, Toulouse Tech Transfer, France

13:30-13:45 The Components Research Cycle

Anna Groeninx van Zoelen, Treasurer of EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators), the Netherlands

The focus of this presentation will be on the components research cycle and how we as Research Managers and Administrators (RMA) deal with that. It will also show how the research cycle becomes more diverse due to compliance issues: such as ethics and Impact: this calls for collaboration with other experts.

13:45-14:00 Intangible Assets

Ludo Pyis, Founder and President Areopa Group, Belgium

The intangible assets created through the processes of innovation represents a major share of the value of today’s business. There is a clear need to increase market actors’’ confidence and certainty in IP valuation methods as a way to stimulate IP transactions, to support IP based financing and to give companies the tools to provide information about their IP. Ludo will showcase relevant valuation methodologies.

14:00-14:15 A Deeper Understanding of the Invention Process and IP benefits: Industry and University Collaborations

Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4iP Council, Belgium

4iP Council is a European research council dedicated to developing high quality, third party academic insight and empirical evidence on the complex correlation between investment, invention, innovation, employment and social and economic success. Our research is multi-industry, cross sector and technology focused. We work with academia, policy makers and regulators to facilitate a deeper understanding of the invention process and intellectual property benefits. We will provide an overview of 4iP Council research findings and explore collaborations with attendees on 4iP Council's university research initiatives.

14:15-14:30 Offering for Sell or License IP Rights and/or Technologies by Academia: a View from the Buyer Side

François Drapeau-Paquin, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel within the intellectual property division of Royal Philips N.V, Philips, the Netherlands

During this session, we will briefly (a) go through Philips’ assessment process with regard to externally generated IP rights and technologies, (b) what is expected from the IP owners to support such assessment and (c) how an IP owner should package information such as, to improve the likelihood of transfer; we will conclude by looking at examples of what falls currently in Philips’ areas of interest.

14:30-14:45 Impact2Research

Bruno Woeran, EU- Affairs Manager at Merinova Technology Center, Finland

Adding commercialising thoughts very early to the proposal preparation process. TII’s commercialisation expert database and ASTP-PROTON’s joint efforts in collaboration for members – trainings, summer schools, China experience.

14:45-15:00 Wagralim

François Heroufosse, General Director, Wagralim, Belgium

Wagralim is the Agro-Food Cluster in Wallonia, active since 2006. We count over 160 members from industry, academia and training centers.

The Cluster is specialized in the set up of collaborative projects in Nutrition, Industrial Efficiency and Sustainability including international partners.

In 2016 Wagralim joined the Universities to launch Keyfood, acting as a technological platform for the agro-food industry. Keyfood allows industries to collaborate with academia In order to get access to targeted scientific expertise: analytical trials, product and process development, provision of equipments, prototypes…



Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions
Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions

Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions
New Models for Strategic Partnerships

  15:30 - 17:00

The complicated business of knowledge transfer offices often increases when the research organisation develops set-ups internally or establishes more sophisticated partnerships with external stakeholders. Questions which arise about the division of roles, intellectual property, dual employment, and external partners on campus can give TTOs grey hair while adding tremendous value to the research organisation, or the local economy.

This session will illuminate the challenges faced and discuss how a TTO continue to support the creation and maintenance of such relationships while navigating a constantly-developing ecosystem.

Moderator: Paul Van Dun, General Manager, KU Leuven Research and Development, Belgium


Mikkel Skovborg, Senior Officer, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Denmark

John Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Roslin Innovation Centre, UK

Track II – Engagement with Young Companies
Track II – Engagement with Young Companies

Track II – Engagement with Young Companies
Serving Start-ups Better with Express Licensing

  15:30 - 17:00

Supporting start-ups is a core competence of nearly every technology transfer office. Part of that process is to grant access for the newco to the core technologies and connected intellectual property. This can often turn out to be a large and complex field, with ample potential for conflict. Express licensing may be one way to resolve this efficiently.

This session will explain express licensing, when and where it is best applied, while providing international examples of best practices that have proven equally useful to TTOs and start-up founders.

Moderator: Ulrich Mahr, Member General Management, Max Planck Innovation, Germany

Speakers: Anja Zimmermann, Germany Equity Management & Valuation, Ascenion GmbH, Germany

Tony Hickson, Managing Director, Imperial Innovations Ltd, UK

Track III – Engagement with Established Industry
Track III – Engagement with Established Industry

Track III – Engagement with Established Industry
Doing Business with China: how and when?

  15:30 - 17:00

While many universities and their knowledge transfer offices are still considering how and when to work with Chinese partners, industry has already created close and successful connections there. China’s improved IP laws and practice present a new and accessible landscape filled with opportunities. Our speakers will discuss the advantages and the best approaches to doing business in China and demonstrate how TTOs can realise the potential for universities and themselves there.

Moderator: Nedeljko Milosavljevic, Director, Centre for Technology Transfer, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Speakers: John Zhang, Secretary General, International Technology Transfer Network, China

Hui Wu, Founder and CEO, International Co-Innovation Center

Zhi Zhang, Business Development Manager, LifeArc, UK

Conference Dinner
Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner


Conference participants are invited to an evening of good food, music and networking in the cloisters of a former Franciscan monastery in the historical heart of Liège. Currently home to the Museum of Walloon Life, guests will be treated to an evening of local gastronomy from organic and sustainable food suppliers in the area.

The evening will commence with a walking apéritif when you can network with other guests and enjoy an exclusive viewing of the temporary exhibition Regards sur le Cirque Divers à Liège. The main course will be served in a bespoke marquee constructed in the beautiful courtyard of the former monastery, where live music will entertain us while we eat.

Located in the heart of Liège the venue is close to a Place du Marché, renowned for its night life, in case you wish to continue your celebrations once dinner is over.

ASTP-Proton Morning Run
ASTP-Proton Morning Run

ASTP-Proton Morning Run


If you like kick-starting your day the healthy way, join your fellow guests at 7:00am for this 5-kilometre circuit. You will be back at the hotel by 7:30am.

Plenary Session
Plenary Session

Plenary Session

  09:00 - 10:30

The Future’s Bright: the year ahead for ASTP-Proton

As the association approaches its 20th year, President Henric Rhedin will shine a light on the future ambitions of ASTP-Proton and outline the opportunities for the conference community to help build a resilient and flexible champion for the benefit of the association, the sector and society as a whole.

Plenary Panel: Proof of Concept Funding for Innovations

Today, proof of concept (POC) is a key deliverable when seeking an industrial partner to develop a technology. This link in the innovation chain is necessary to attract potential investors, yet POC is not typically included in the work plan of academic researchers. Resolving this credibility gap requires a definitive approach and specific funding to guarantee future investment and development. This approach, between TRL 3 and 4, can be carried out by academic laboratories, with external support. The EU and European Investment Fund offer specific POC funding programmes while universities, KTOs and innovation partners, such as incubators, EEICenters, and early stage investors can be involved at a local level. Is there an advantage to a global approach to strengthen local networks which can better facilitate the management and funding of POC?

The session shall offer insights to the background and knowledge of managing POC and discuss opportunities to strengthen the cooperation between academic research and product development.

Introduction from Giancarlo Caratti, Head of Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Jerome Samson, Investment Manager, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg

Moderator: Marta Catarino, Director | Technology Transfer Office, University of Minho, Portugal


Javier Echarri, CEO, Europe Business Network, Belgium

Lidia Borrell-Damian, Director Research and Innovation, European University Association, Belgium

Philippe Vanrie, Secretary General EUREKA, Belgium

Claire Munck, CEO Be Angels, Board Member of Business Angels Europe, Belgium

Henric Rhedin, President, ASTP-Proton

Jerome Samson, Investment Manager, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg

Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions
Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions

Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions
Conflict of Interest

  11:00 - 12:30

Conflicts of interest can occur in many ways but how do academic institutions deal with it? In this session, we will focus on different examples of managing conflicts of interest in academic institutions. Despite discussing this subject in the past, it is always relevant as it continues to cause headaches for all those concerned with partnerships, spin-outs and other collaborative relationships.

Moderator: Stefan Lux, Patent and Licensing Manager, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Speakers: Mette Andrup, Senior Legal Adviser, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Marie-France Daumas-Ladouce, CNRS, France

Track II – Engagement with Young Companies
Track II – Engagement with Young Companies

Track II – Engagement with Young Companies
Student Entrepreneurship: the pros and cons


The involvement of the TTO in student entrepreneurship varies greatly from institution to institution. Some TTOs have a hands-off approach rarely engaging with students, while other TTOs embrace this huge resource in a very pro-active way. This session will explore the pros and cons of each approach. Does student entrepreneurship enhance or endanger the TTO mission?

Moderator: John Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Roslin Innovation Centre, UK

Speakers: Bernard Surlemont, Professor in Entrepreneurship, University of Liege, Belgium

Anders Aune, TTO Innovation Manager, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Track III – Engagement with Established Industry
Track III – Engagement with Established Industry

Track III – Engagement with Established Industry
The Unexpected Partner

  11:00 - 12:30

One of the most challenging tasks for tech transfer managers is to find the right licensee; we often work to convince the usual suspects to look at our technology offer. However, there are so many potential partners out there, so why not work with them?

This session will highlight some successful collaborations with unexpected partners and develop ideas on how to reach them.

Moderator: Ruth Herzog, Head of TTO, DKFZ, Germany

Speakers: Sabine Wögrath, IPR Adviser, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Henriette Fenger Grønfeldt, Legal Adviser, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions
Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions

Track I – Engagement with Academic Institutions
Learning from Tech Transfer Successes in Israel

  13:30 - 15:00

Israel has become a high-tech start-up powerhouse and home to leading-edge innovation industries. In this session we will address they key success factors, from technology transfer organisations, to small and large enterprises as well as venture capital that have been at the foundation of this unique ecosystem, which is driving commercial success.

Moderator: Massimiliano Granieri, Professor of Comparative Private Law University of Brescia, Italy

Speakers: Yaron Daniely, CEO and President of Yissum, Israel

Nadav Berger, Founder and Managing Partner at Peak Bridge Partners, Malta

Track II – Engagement with Young Companies
Track II – Engagement with Young Companies

Track II – Engagement with Young Companies
Managing Patent Portfolios

  13:30 - 15:00

Managing IP and especially patents are essential for early technology. It is challenging for both academic centres as well as young SMEs. This session will provide some insights on current hot topics, including: the CRISPR patent landscape; evolving plausibility and data requirements before the EPO; IP challenges for antibodies and immunotherapy; tips for drafting robust patents; and the latest on software patenting.

Moderator: Koen Verhoef, Director of TTO, the Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (NKI-AVL), the Netherlands

Speakers: Richard Gibbs, Managing Partner, Marks and Clerk, UK

Donald McNab, Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk, Cambridge, UK

Track III – Engagement with Established Industry
Track III – Engagement with Established Industry

Track III – Engagement with Established Industry
Licensing: Getting the best for both worlds; TTOs and industry

  13:30 - 15:00

The licensing business can be characterised by mutual mistrust between the academic licensor and industry licensee. Universities often feel like the underdog, while industry can be viewed as arrogant: a challenging situation for any negotiation. This session will open discussions around the thorny issues, with many examples showing how successful deals can be done.

Moderator: Jeff Skinner, Executive Director, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School, UK

Speakers: Julie Edwards, Contract Negotiator and Alliance Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany

Ajay Jagtiani, Principal, Miles & Stockbridge P.C., USA

Final Plenary: Innovation in Chocolate
Final Plenary: Innovation in Chocolate

Final Plenary: Innovation in Chocolate

  15:15 - 16:15

Cacao has been cultivated by many cultures for at least three millennia but chocolate, the delicious sweet treat in which we love to indulge, continues to be the focus of scientific research and collaboration.

This popular confection is coded by a complex, hierarchically organised multi-scale product structure which has been empirically developed over the past 100 years. Optimisation requires scientific understanding and quantification of these process-structure-property relationships.

The role of collaboration and knowledge transfer is the other secret ingredient of chocolate’s success and our keynote speaker will share insights on the knowledge transfer methodology and implementation steps; from the fundamental science to industrial production.

Keynote: Erich J. Windhab, Head of the Laboratory of Food Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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Venue location

Palais des Congrès de Liège, Esplanade de l’Europe 2, BE-4020 Liège, Belgium


These are the hotels we recommend – the conference venue is not residential

Palais des Congrès de Liège
Annual Conference Venue - not residential

Palais des Congrès de Liège

Esplanade de l’Europe 2
BE-4020 Liège,

Hotel & Brasserie Univers Liège<br />
Price per single room (per night): € 75.00, including breakfast, WIFI, VAT and city taxes

Hotel & Brasserie Univers Liège

1,2km from the Conference Venue
Rue des Guillemins,116
4000 Liège,

Above mentioned rate is available until 31 March 2018, based on limited availability. You can book your stay with a special rate by filling out the booking form and send it to univershotel@skynet.be

Hotel de la Couronne<br />
Price per single room (per night): € 85.00, including buffet breakfast and tax

Hotel de la Couronne

1,4km from the Conference Venue
Place des Guillemins 11
4000 Liège,

Above mentioned rate is available until 23 April 2018, based on limited availability. You can book your stay with a special rate by filling out the booking form and send it to info@hdlc.be.

 Pentahotel Liège*
Price per single room: €119.00, Double room: €135.00. The above price is exclusive of city taxes (€ 5.50/room/night)

Pentahotel Liège*

1,8km from the Conference Venue
Boulevard de la Sauvenière 100
B-4000 Liège

Above mentioned rate is available until 31 March 2018, based on limited availability. You can book your stay with a special rate by booking a room here.

Ibis Liège Centre Opéra<br />
Price per single room (per night): € 87.00, including breakfast, Double room (per night): €102.00, including breakfast

Ibis Liège Centre Opéra

2km from the Conference Venue
Pl. de la République Française 41
4000 Liège,

Above mentioned rate is available until 23 April 2018 based on availability. Please notice that reservations are effective only after written confirmation by Ibis.
You can book your stay with a special rate by filling out the booking form and send it to H0864-RE@accor.com

Les Comtes de Méan<br />
Price per single room (per night): € 145.00, including breakfast, Double room (per night): €165.00, including breakfast

Les Comtes de Méan

2km from the Conference Venue
Hotel Les Comtes de Méan - 9-11 Mont Saint-Martin, 4000 Liège,

Above mentioned rate is based on limited availability. You can book your stay with a special rate by filling out the booking form.

Ramada Plaza Liège City Center<br />
Price per single room (per night): € 116.00, including breakfast, Double Room (per night): €126,00, including breakfast

Ramada Plaza Liège City Center

3,5km from the conference venue
Quai St Léonard 36
4000 Liège,

Above mentioned rate is based on limited availability. You can book your stay with a special rate by filling out the booking form and send it to reservations@ramadaplaza-liege.com

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  • DATE

    23-25 May, 2018

    Liège, Belgium