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March 8, 2021

Workshop on Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Tbilisi took place

The “Workshop on Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Tbilisi” took place on March 4-5 online. The aim of the workshop was to promote the culture of cooperation between research infrastructure and SMEs. 

The workshop was organized by the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Center of the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. It was opened by the Deputy Rector of Tbilisi State University, Nino Okribelashvili, who spoke about the role of knowledge/technology transfer and commercialization in the scientific field: "As a result of the workshop, we hope that representatives of research institutes will gain knowledge on how to organize and manage the mandatory process of commercialization of knowledge and technology effectively. The core mission of universities and academia is not to “create” knowledge just for themselves. The knowledge acquired and accumulated here should serve the main mission of universities today to make prosperity accessible to the public."

For two days, speakers from Kosice Technical University, Silesian University of Technology and Masaryk University were invited to speak at the workshop.

As a result of the workshop, representatives of research institutes explored how to organize and manage the process of commercialization of knowledge and technology effectively. Small and medium-sized businesses were given the opportunity to learn why and how to collaborate with research and academic institutions.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.