Delegates Debate in Dublin: PraxisUnico Conference 2015

The PraxisUnico Conference 2015 represented the largest gathering of RTTPs from Britain and Ireland this year. 11 countries sent over 400 attendees to “Expanding Horizons” in Dublin for a packed programme featuring 50 speakers and representatives from 160 organisations. It was a great opportunity to reach out to practitioners interested in finding out more about RTTP, and the ATTP stand got a great deal of interest.

During the conference, delegates came together to share best practice and discuss hot topics, with sessions ranging from “Losing the patent obsession” to “What can Government do to support technology transfer and innovation?”. AUTM’s Jane Muir, RTTP, delivered a session discussing the importance of raising the profile of technology transfer offices and their activities. Jane talked us through the slow rise in visibility of US Tech Transfer departments, where, though they have been active for longer, still many people at management level do not appreciate the complexities that TTOs have to deal with. Marketing is key to creating awareness of the work of TTOs and realising the wider impact of technology transfer. Within that, RTTP is a great way to publicly demonstrate and market your expertise and skills.

The event was sponsored by Knowledge Transfer Ireland. The Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland, Alison Campbell, RTTP, said “The PraxisUnico Conference is always a great  opportunity for networking with fellow professionals. Hosting the conference in Dublin this year enabled UK and Irish TTOs to share experiences with like-minded delegates and hear different perspectives, united by a passion for realising impact through knowledge exchange and commercialisation. The plenary sessions firmly put knowledge transfer as a profession on the map, with some compelling examples that profile our profession and promote the important work that KEC practitioners do.”

The gala dinner on the first night of the Conference featured the announcement of the shortlist of the Impact Awards from PraxisUnico and Research Councils UK, where finalists for the three categories of Contribution to Business, Contribution to Society and Outstanding Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Initiative were announced, recognising and promoting more great work by technology transfer practitioners across a variety of sectors.