DIT College of Business Host International Technology Transfer Society Conference

18 October 2016

The Technology Transfer Society International Conference was hosted by the College of Business between October 28 and October 30, 2015.

Co-chaired by Paul O’Reilly, DIT College of Business Head of Research, and Professor James Cunningham of the University of Northumbria, the conference featured 70 papers from researchers from around the world, the conference theme focused on explorations of the micro perspectives of technology transfer in different institutional, organisational and governance contexts through a variety of theoretical lens and using different methodological approaches. The conference had panels and workshops on topics such as academic entrepreneurship, models of technology transfer, university R&D collaboration, public sector entrepreneurship, and research team dynamics. 

The conference also featured several distinguished keynote speakers including Professor Simon Mosey, editor of the Journal of Technology Transfer and Professor Entrepreneurship at the University of Nottingham, Professor Markus Perkmann, Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at Imperial Business School, and Professor Rosa Grimaldi, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the University of Bologna.

As it was the first time the conference was held in Ireland, the Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Mr. Damien English, TD, was on hand to open the conference.  In his opening remarks he noted the importance of the conference in contributing new insights to an area that was of critical importance to the national science and technology strategy. Recent Technology Transfer Society conferences have been hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences, George Washington University, John Hopkins University, Augsburg University, and the University of Bergamo, while the 2017 conference will be held in Arizona State University.

Paul and James are current finalising a special issue of the Journal of Technology Transfer Society based on the best conference papers. Together with Professor Vincent Mangematin of Grenoble Ecole de Management and Dr Conor O’Kane of the University of Otago, Paul and James are co-founders of TOPIK (Translation of Principal Investigator Knowledge), an international multidisciplinary group of researchers who are pioneering research into the challenges faced by scientists as principal investigators in leading and managing large scale funded research projects(www.topik.ie).