Experts from nine countries of the world will present various models for support and development of innovation at the international conference held at Riga Technical University (RTU). The conference will take place on 23 January, at 9.30 am, at RTU Design Centre, 6 Ķīpsalas Street.
The aim of the international conference «HOW TO: engage in innovations» is to gain international experience in the commercialisation of scientific research results, understand importance of cooperation with the industry and the role of support of start-ups and their impact on the country’s economic growth, providing a favourable environment for the sustainable development of innovations. The conference is organised by RTU Design Factory in cooperation with Climate KIC and the Ministry of Education and Science, bringing together experts from Australia, Germany, Ireland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Sweden and Latvia. The conference will provide an opportunity to get acquainted with the operating models of the participating organisations and to receive practical recommendations for the development of the Latvian science and innovation environment.
«The activities of RTU in recent years have focused on the creation of a new technology transfer and valorisation model in higher education and science. Only the sale of patents, which is the basis of «linear innovation models» and on which the Latvian science traditionally relies, does not provide sustainable income for universities. Therefore, we are working on the creation of an innovation ecosystem based on long-term support mechanisms for the development of creative human resources, the development of new products and the creation of highly technological companies», says RTU Vice-Rector for Research, Professor Tālis Juhna.
One of the founders of the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), Professor Thorsten Kliewe will tell the conference participants about universities as innovation drivers. The head of the Start-up Hub of Tallinn University of Technology Katre Purga, Technology Transfer Manager of the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) Donnie SC Lygonis, Director of RebelBio Business Accelerator Programme at the SOSV Venture Capital Fund Rodrigo Mallo Leiva, as well as other experts, whose field of activity is related to innovation, will share their experience at the conference.
Climate KIC is one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities brought together by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. RTU is a member of the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community and implements several significant Climate-KIC projects.