The annual convention focuses on two main goals:

  • To foster the evolution of the profession from a pure technology transfer approach to a wider exchange of knowledge within TTOs, with all the university stakeholders, governments, research centers and with industry.

  • Europe consistently falls short in turning R&D results into commercial opportunities, innovations and jobs; industry and the EC are demanding improved systems and methodologies for knowledge generation, capture and transfer both within FP7 and the upcoming successor program - HORIZON 2020.

  • Wednesday 19 September, 2012, Pre-convention Workshop
  • Venue of the workshop : LIEGE science park, Interface Entreprises-Université, 4 Avenue Pré-Aily, B- 4031 Liège (Angleur) - Access plan available here.
  • 14.30 – 16.00 How European associations in KT can support national associations and their members?
    Existing national associations of TTOs and those in process of formation, will debate and exchange their views and tips on the obstacles they are facing and on their expectations from European Associations in KT to help them at a national level.
    Giancarlo CARATTI, Head of intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Unit, Joint Research Centre, European commission (B): European TTO Circle and national associations of TTOs.
    Carme VERDAGUER, Director of the Bosh i Gimpera Foundation, at the University of Barcelona (ES): Highlights of the LERU project.
    16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break
    16.30 – 17.30 Enhancing Technology Transfer at Universities through collaboration with Patent Offices
    Vincent LAMANDE, President Ouest Valorisation SAS, Rennes (F)
    Nicolas PENET, Director Transfer and Valorisation at INSAVALOR, Lyon (F)
    Noël CAMPLING, Director know-How, European Patent Academy, Munich (D)
    Representatives of National Patent Offices
    19.00 – 21.30 Drinks reception and welcome by the host organization to all participants to the convention
    Visit of the exhibition "Golden Sixties. I was 20 in the 60s" at the railway station “Gare des Guillemins” designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava Valls and Belgian beer tasting.

    Thursday 20 September, 2012: ProTon Europe Convention
    “From Technology Transfer to Knowledge Exchange: a key role for KTOs in the agenda "Horizon 2020"

  • Venue of the workshop : Academic Hall of the University of Liège, Place du 20-Août 4000 Liège (City Centre)
  • 08.30 – 09.00 Welcome Coffee
    09.00 – 10.00 Opening Session
    Pr Bernard RENTIER, Rector of the University of Liège.
    Maire GEOGHAN-QUINN, Member of the European Commission, Commissioner in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, (video).
    Dr Ir Michel MORANT, Head of the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Liège, President of the Board of Proton Europe.
    10.00 – 11.15 Session 1: Knowledge transfer in Europe: what's going on in Europe?
  • Dr Ann-Pascale BIJNENS, Head of the Tech Transfer of the University of Hasselt (B), presentation of TTO Flanders, network of the Dutch speaking Belgian Universities.
  • Marc OSTERRIETH, Coordinator of Liaison Entreprises-Universités (LIEU) (B), network of the French speaking Belgian Universities.
  • Vincent LAMANDE, President Ouest Valorisation SAS, Rennes (F), Curie Network. The new deal in France with the setting-up of regional TTOs, a SWOT analysis.
  • Dr David BEMBO, Assistant Director R&D, Cardiff University (UK) AURIL: 'open access' to data and research impact issues for Knowledge Exchange activities.
  • Dr Helena MONTIEL, head of the KTO, Universitat de Girona (E) and member of RedOTRI Executive Board. The role of RedOTRI, the Spanish network of University Knowledge Transfer Offices.
  • 11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break
    11.30 – 12.30 Session 2: Metrics and Impact measurements
  • Dr David BEMBO, Assistant Director R&D, Cardiff University (UK) : Presentation of the Proton’ survey 2011.
  • Morten DAHLGAARD, Regional Development Manager, Aalborg University (DK), Metrics programme on innovation. How can quantitative data be consolidated by qualitative data, such as the impact on the society.
  • 12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
    13.45 – 15.00 Session 3: Quality assessment methodologies, peer review, quality systems, certification of TTO's
  • Dr Michael BORONOWSKY, Managing Director TZI – University of Bremen (D), InnoSPICE, an ISO Standard Based Model for Quality Management of innovation, Knowledge and Technology Transfer.
  • Pierre CORNUT, Head of TTO University of Mons (BE) and Carme VERDAGUER, Director of the Bosh i Gimpera Foundation, at the University of Barcelona (ES): How a peer review can improve the professionalization of TTOs : points of view of the reviewed and the reviewer.
  • 15.00 – 16.15 Session 4: Training and certification of professionals
  • Dr Patrick FRAIN, University College Dublin (UCD) (IRL), coordinator of the European Knowledge Transfer Society international association (EUKTS aisbl).
  • Dr Nicole ANTHEUNIS, University of Liège (B), Director of CLP Program, Importance of a certification: the CLP approach.
  • Nicolas PENET, Director Transfer and Valorisation at INSAVALOR, Lyon (F): Training of sessions of TTOs must not forget to involve industry specialists.
  • Marc LEGAL, University of Lyon (F), ASTP vice-president, ATTP, achievements recognized by your peers.
  • 16.15 – 16.30 Coffee Break
    16.30 – 17.15 Keynote Speaker: Gabriel CLERC, Head of Technology Transfer Office at EPFL Lausanne (CH). Experiences at EPFL on relations with the economy and technology transfer.

    Mechanical engineer of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) with specialization in applied thermodynamics and turbo-machinery. experimental test pilot at the Swiss federal aircraft factory with numerous test flights and evaluations experiences on military fighter jets and trainer aircraft. Graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School of Patuxent River, Maryland. Co-founder and past president of the Swiss technology transfer association swiTT. He set up an effective eco-system inside the EPFL to promote KT in Lausanne area.
    17.15 – 18.30 General Assembly of ProTon Europe aisbl in the Academic Hall
    19.30 - 22.30 Convention Dinner, at the Palace of the Prince-Bishops of Liège, Place Saint-Lambert.

    Friday 21 September, 2012
    08.30 – 09.00 Welcome Coffee
    09.00 – 09.15 Jean-Claude MARCOURT, Vice-President of the Federation Wallonia – Brussels Government, Minister in charge of Economy, New Technologies and Higher Education in Wallonia. How to develop creativity and the spirit of entrepreneurship in the society and in higher education?
    09.15 – 11.15 Session 5: From a tech transfer approach to a knowledge exchange approach
    in collaboration with TII asbl Luxembourg                                              
  • Dr Gillian E. McFADZEAN, Director Research & Enterprise Services, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK), Technology needs Know-How.
  • Dr Ir Michel MORANT, University of Liège, (B), Liège creative- a new experience for boosting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.
  • John WHELAN, Technology Transfer Case Manager (ICT) at Trinity College, Dublin (IRL), the Open Source paradox and knowledge transfer.
  • Lukas FENDEL, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), Berlin (D), Global Access Licensing as an instrument to promote the public interest in University technology transfer.
  • Bill WALKER, Director Knowledge Exchange, the Enterprise Centre, University of Hull, (UK), How the University of Hull embraced a two-way nature of Knowledge Exchange with strategic partners in the city of Hull.
  • Lidia BORRELL, Senior Program Manager, Research & Innovation, at European University Association (EUA), Brussels (B): European universities in partnerships for knowledge exchange and innovation: strategies and outcomes.
  • Martin HINOUL, K.U. Leuven (B), Leuven Research & Development, Business Development Manager of the Leuven Region: Leuven, a region for innovation and high tech enterprises. The Leuven TTO Model.
  • Morten DAHLGAARD, Regional Development Manager, Aalborg University (DK):The Knowledge Exchange system at Aalborg University.
  • 11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break
    11.30 – 12.45 Session 6: Towards a deeper involvement of TTO's in EU projects?
    in collaboration with TII asbl Luxembourg                                              
  • David MURPHY, Manager of AquaTT, Ireland, How do we get more Innovation from Research: Recommendations on how to overcome barriers to innovation from research through adjustments to the research governance system – Based on the MarineTT Project experience.
  • Nina MAZGAN, META Group, Rome (I): ESIC 2, set of services provided to ongoing projects in the nanotechnology sector to increase knowledge transfer potential.
  • Audrey GOOSEN, Policy Officer, EC DG Research, Horizon 2020 and Knowledge Transfer policy Developments.
  • 12.45 – 13.15 Closing session
  • Conference wrap-up and reading of the Liège Statement by Dr Ir Michel MORANT, ProTon Europe Chair
  • 13.15 - 14.30 Walking lunch and networking
    14.30 Departure

    The conference fee covers all documentation and materials, as well as lunch and refreshments on each day of the conference, the welcome reception and the conference dinner, unless other specified.
    Payment for
    2 days *
    Payment for
    1 day *
    ProTon Europe members, and TII members€ 75€ 360 **€ 250
    Non-members€ 75€ 550 **€ 350
    Students from H.E.I. in innovation, entrepreneurship, IP, KT€ 125
    sessions only)
    € 75
    sessions only)
    * includes attendance at the pre-conference workshop
    ** 250 € for the 3rd participant and more

    Registration for the conference should be done exclusively via the on-line booking facility.
    On receipt of your registration, the secretariat will send you a message by e-mail, confirming your attendance and will invoice you the fee.

    A block booking of 80 rooms has been reserved up to the 30th of June 2012 in 3 hotels in different price categories, ranging from 82 € to 99 € for a single room, and from 96 € to 115 € for a double room. If you want to benefit from this group prices you need to book your room before the 30th June 2012 by sending the Room Reservation Form by fax or scanned by e-mail to the adequate hotel. By the 1st of July 2012 the prices in these hotels may change. We recommend you our special deals with Ibis Hotel - the nearest of the convention place, Alliance Hotel or Mercure Hotel (see and use attached forms for rates and reservation).

    Practical informations are available here.

    General contacts and sponsoring: ProTon Europe aisbl: José SYNE, Secretary General at , tel. +352 661 123 670
    Follow-up with the speakers: Nathalie FALLY, Research administration of the Catholic University of Louvain, at: , tel +32 10 47 25 63