Teagasc hosted the 12th meeting of the European Technology Transfer Offices Circle, at Ashtown, Dublin on Thursday, (July 4th), and today, July 5th.
Sixty senior representatives of the thirty largest research and technology organisations in Europe were in attendance, together with representatives from different services of the European Commission.
The meeting dealt with critical issues for the future of European research and technology development, starting with new trends and instruments to promote knowledge transfer in the food and agricultural sector.
The meeting included how Europe should react to the growing role of China in research, technology and IPR, open Innovation and corporate venture, the simplification of the rules of State Aid in research, and the revision of the 2008 EU recommendations on knowledge transfer.
Declan Troy, Assistant Director of Research in Teagasc opened the transfer day. He reiterated the importance of effective technology transfer channels from public research programmes.
Wim Haentjens, Directorate-General Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission, outlined many of the developments coming in Horizon Europe, the largescale EU-wide funding programme, to support and fund knowledge-based agriculture within the revised EU Common Agriculture Policy currently under negotiation.
Teagasc’s Head of Technology Transfer, Sean Mulvany, noted the importance of technology transfer from non-profit research performing organisations as “aiming to improve and increase socioeconomic activity through licensing our Intellectual Property so that it is brought to market in a way that realises social and economic potential, aiding the new company formation that will give rise to high-value jobs in communities across the country and making the agri-tech and agri-food sectors in Ireland more attractive for investment.
Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle, outlined the deep and enduring commitment Teagasc has to conduct world class excellent applied research, focussed on delivering return for taxpayer support through meeting the needs of the consumer, society and industry needs in the areas of food, agriculture and the environment.