Press Release 020/2022

Trinational Knowledge Transfer Day

Impulses, Innovations, Networks: “Innovation Day Upper Rhine”
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Communication among all parties is important in technology transfer. The Innovation Day Upper Rhine will enhance dialog. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)

Twelve universities on the Upper Rhine, including Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the 100 partner companies of the “Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine” (KTUR) project funded by the European Commission invite researchers, companies, startups, and students to an exchange about knowledge and technology transfer in the trinational Upper Rhine region on April 12, 2022. The “Innovation Day Upper Rhine” (IDUR) will take place at Palais Universitaire of the University of Strasbourg. Keynote speaker will be Jules Hoffmann, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend the event.

The event will bring together all stakeholders in the areas of innovation, technology, and knowledge transfer on both sides of the border along the Upper Rhine and beyond. Along the three tracks of researchers/research labs, startups, and companies, the Innovation Day will focus on concrete challenges, such as establishing a business, funding, intellectual property, or digitalization. The main topics covered will be deep tech, innovations in the healthcare sector, and sustainability.
The EU project KTUR is aimed at strengthening cross-border relationships between science and industry by establishing a permanent transfer network on the Upper Rhine. “A major challenge in innovation-oriented research and technology transfer is communication by science, industry, and the society,” says Professor Thomas Hirth, KIT Vice-President for Transfer and International Affairs. He points out that the Innovation Day Upper Rhine is intended to promote dialog between science and industry and to bring together the right partners on both sides. “It is this close exchange that is the basis of a strong economy and social prosperity,” Hirth adds.
“The University of Strasbourg is delighted to host the first Innovation Day Upper Rhine, one of the biggest conferences for knowledge and technology transfer in the region. The event has been declared an official event by the French presidency of the EU Council and will answer the most pressing questions of young entrepreneurs and persons interested in establishing an own business,” says Michel de Mathelin, Senior Vice Chairperson of the University of Strasbourg and Vice Chairperson for Appreciation and Relations with the Socio-economic World. A special focus will lie on startups and persons interested in starting a business of their own, as the deep tech session will be organized in cooperation with the French investment bank BPI.

Cross-border Exchange: Program with Presentations, Workshops, and Networking Offers

In addition to plenary sessions on deep tech, sustainability, and innovations in the healthcare sector, “Walks of the Best” will take place, where three startups from the region will present themselves. More than 15 workshops will deal with cooperative ventures of science and industry, startups, or intellectual property. Among the speakers will be winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine Jules Hoffmann, Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Strasbourg. 
Researchers, startups, companies, and students will be given the opportunity to present themselves, network, and meet potential cooperation partners during the Innovation Day.

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The KTUR Project – Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine

The project “Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine” (KTUR) was initiated by twelve French, German, and Swiss universities on the Upper Rhine and concentrates on border-crossing technology transfer in this region. It is aimed at establishing joint structures, bringing together innovation stakeholders from the three countries, and setting up a creative and strong trinational innovation network. KTUR is funded by the European Union under the Interreg V program. On the Swiss side, the project is funded from confederation and canton funds.

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Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 10,000 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,800 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

sfo, 10.03.2022

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