European FITT Project
A “suggestion box” for technology transfer and innovation in Europe
From 28 to 30 January, the Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique research centre is hosting its partners in the FITT project for a second working session. Objectives: promote continued discussions between partners, exchange experiences and know-how and identify priority projects.
Information and communication science and technology (ICST) are considered to be one of the main driving forces of the knowledge economy for building the future in our European countries. Commercial applications of research in ICST and the resulting technology transfers are becoming essential. That said, developing new products and services based on the work of researchers is not always an easy thing to do. Many ideas never make it to the marketplace due to a failure to identify promising work early on, to transfer it over into concrete projects and to organise commercial applications for it. How can we improve commercial outlets for research and technology transfer in Europe? This is the problem being addressed by the FITT project (Fostering Interregional Exchange in ICT Technology Transfer).
In order to close the gap between research and industry, the European Union has launched the FITT project. This project brings together in various task forces specialists in technology transfer and innovation from seven ICST research institutions of North-Western Europe. The objective of these groups is to define, by April 2011, a “toolkit” that consolidates the procedures, approaches, techniques and best practices in this field. This “toolkit” is intended to serve as the basis for a programme of trans-national professional training dedicated to professional applications of research and to technology transfer.
From 28 to 30 January, the Inria Rennes research centre is hosting its partners for another working session. In the course of various workshops, this session will help promote cooperation and exchanges between the partners that were initiated in Stuttgart in April 2008. Its ultimate goal is to identify a certain number of problems to be given first priority. Each problem identified will be subjected to more intense work over the coming months in the aim of finding solutions, defining strategies and indicators or coming up with recommendations. One of the workshops will be directed by Kjell Hakan-Narfelt, an internationally renowned specialist on the subject of technology transfer.