Trasferimento tecnologico e terza missione: sfide ed opportunità

The engagement of universities in ‘third mission’ activities represents a radical departure from their original scope of being exclusively devoted to teaching and research. The movement of ideas, tacit knowledge, know-how, practices, discoveries, and inventions resulting from academic research into non-academic environments, has been recognized as a fundamental driver towards social development and economic growth. Universities have improved their entrepreneurial spirit and provide nowadays an important platform for experimentation and innovation, where the knowledge produced is put into use for broader purposes. University-industry collaboration represents an increasingly important innovation mode that can increase the effect of research outcomes by combining complementary skills. By leveraging the transfer of codified knowledge from university to industry, the “third mission” supports the development of a wide network system that seeks the deepening and broadening of knowledge exploration and exploitation for innovation, social and economic purposes. Since those relationships are highly relevant for the wider economy, improving our understanding on possible challenges, strategies and best practices becomes of fundamental relevance for increasing their positive impact and effectiveness.

For this reason, from a policy perspective it is important to analyse the institutional context that is expected to affect the technology transfer between university and industry.

This workshop on Third Mission and Technology Transfer”, which will be held at the Free University of Bolzano on September 29th-30th, and is intended to bring together academic scholars and practitioners, in order to combine different point of views and perspectives on such a significant topic. The workshop is open to all topics concerning “third mission” at university and the transfer of knowledge between university and industry. We are looking forward to interesting academic and policy contributions.