About the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals

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ATTP Mission

Our mission is to provide public recognition and acknowledgement of technology/knowledge transfer professionals, with demonstrated competency, based on internationally recognized standards.  Learn about ATTP History. Watch a short video about technology transfer.

ATTP Goals

  • Establish internationally recognized standards around core competencies required to perform duties as a technology/knowledge transfer professional.
  • Support ATTP associations to raise the caliber of their members by driving members to recognized professional development courses.
  • Encourage professional development providers to deliver internationally recognized standards.
  • Create the RTTP designation as the international benchmark for knowledge/technology transfer professionals.
  • Connect like-minded knowledge/technology transfer associations to exchange best practices and inform international advocacy issues.

ATTP Associations

The Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) comprises members of ten technology associations. Below is brief information about the founding ATTP Associations — ASTP-Proton, AUTM, KCA and PraxisUnico — and the associations that have since joined: SNITTS, SARIMA, STEM, TechnologieAllianz, UNITT and ÜSİMP. We invite newly-forming and existing national technology transfer associations to join ATTP. For application details, please see ATTP National Association Application Guidelines.

ASTP proto The Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP-Proton) link new windowASTP-Proton is the premier, pan-European association for professionals involved in knowledge transfer between universities and industry. By promoting and professionalizing knowledge transfer practice, the association aims to enhance the impact of public research on society and the economy. ASTP-Proton has more than 800 members, covering 41 countries.
AUTM Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) link new windowAUTM is a global network of members that come from more than 350 universities, research institutions, teaching hospitals and government agencies as well as hundreds of companies involved with managing and licensing innovations derived from academic and nonprofit research.
KCA Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) link new windowKCA is the Australasian peak body leading best practice in industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship for research organisations. KCA achieves this through expert delivery of stakeholder connections, professional development and advocacy.
PaxisUnico PraxisUnico link new windowPraxisUnico is a UK-based not-for profit organization set up to support innovation and commercialization of public sector and charity research for social and economic impact.
SARIMA Southern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) link new windowSARIMA is a membership association for institutions and persons engaged in advancing research and innovation management.
SNITTS Swedish Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer Support (SNITTS) link new windowSNITTS is an association for those engaged in knowledge and technology exchange (Technology Transfer).
logo-stem Society for Technology Management (STEM) link new windowSTEM is a not-for-profit organization which provides a facilitative environment for successful technology transfer processes and promotes best practices in technology management.
Technology Allianz TechnologieAllianz link new windowTechnologieAllianz is the commercialization network for German academic inventions combines patent marketing and technology transfer agencies in a single network, offers professional technology transfer at the interface between science and marketplace. Provides enterprises with access to the entire range of evaluated and patented research results from German universities and research institutes.
UNITT University Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer (UNITT) link new windowUNITT – Japan promotes the sound development of partnerships between academia and industry, maintaining a close partnership between institutions of higher learning, TLOs, and the individuals and institutions that support their activities.
logo-usimp Üniversite Sanayi İşbirliği Merkezleri Platformu (ÜSİMP) link new windowÜSİMP – actively supports a range of university-industry co-operations in Turkey and works with its members aspiring for a more professional level of co-operation. Its core focus is on universities; training, and promotion of the transfer of new technologies into society.

ATTP Structure and Governance

ATTP was formed in March 2010, and is registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in Scotland. ATTP’s governing Board of Directors is comprised of a representative from each of the founding member associations: ASTP-Proton, AUTM, KCA, and PraxisUnico. Each of the founding associations has provided financial support for the establishment and development of ATTP.

Current Chair of ATTP:
Dr Alison Campbell

Current ATTP Board of Directors and the association they represent:
Dr Alison Campbell – Chair
Dr Kevin Cullen ─ KCA
Mr Sean Fielding ─ PraxisUnico
Mr Steven Tan ─ ASTP-Proton
Dr David Winwood ─ AUTM

Past ATTP Chairs
Mr Sean Flanigan
Dr Kevin Cullen

Directors of past ATTP Boards (listed alphabetically):
Dr Alison Campbell (November 2010 – January 2016)
Mr Sean Flanigan (March 2012 – March 2013)
Dr David Gulley (November 2010 – June 2012)
Ms Jane Muir (March 2013 – April 2015)
Dr Andy Sierakowski (November 2010 – March 2013)
Dr Christian Stein (July 2011 – April 2015)
Mr Simon Tsai (November 2010 – March 2012)

ATTP History

The leaders of ASTP-Proton, AUTM, PraxisUnico, and KCA decided that a global Alliance was needed to support a credential across borders. In 2009, the four founding organizations banded together each contributing financial support to form the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals. The first RTTP designations where granted in 2009, with many of the leaders of the profession applying first. It was decided that there would be three routes to registration in order to support early, mid, and late career applicants. In 2012, SNITTS and SARIMA joined ATTP, with TechnologieAllianz and UNITT joining the following year. In 2015, ÜSİMP joined with STEM joining in 2016. Currently, there are over 300 RTTPs.

What Is Technology Transfer?

Universities, hospitals, and research centers conduct research leading to groundbreaking inventions that save lives and improve the way we live, work, and play on a daily basis. None of this would happen, however, without technology transfer… Watch video full size on YouTube.