Strengthening Technology Transfer in Europe - Focus on the Western Balkans and South-East Europe

  • 17 Nov 2021 to 19 Nov 2021
  • Trieste Convention Center – Porto Vecchio, Trieste, Italy & Online

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Area Science Park have jointly organised a hybrid conference on Technology Transfer from the 17th to the 19th of November 2021 in Trieste and online. 

Technology Transfer from the research lab to the market is the most complex and risky step of the innovation process. The objective of the conference is to transfer best practices and accelerate the development of the technology transfer ecosystems in the Western Balkans and South-East Europe.

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Agenda and Presentations

Draft Agenda


First day (17/11)

    • Session 1.1 “Technology Transfer tools and strategies”
    • Session 1.2 “Data use, access and control (TBC)”
    • Session 1.3 “Technology Transfer and the Green Deal”
    • Session 1.4 “Smart Specialisation & Technology Transfer: the experience of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region”

Second day (18/11)

    • Session 2.1 “How to build innovation ecosystems”
    • Session 2.2 “Research Infrastructures and technology transfer”
    • Session 2.3 “Empowering entrepreneurs and innovators with the European Institute of Innovation & Technologyin the Western Balkans ”
    • Session 2.4 “How to get investor ready and accessing finance for innovation”
    • Session 2.5 “Success stories in accessing finance for innovation”

Third and last day (19/11)

    • Session 3.1 “Implementing Smart Specialisation in the Western Balkans (from theory to practice)”
    • Session 3.2 “Impact of the Proof-of-Concept (PoC) Scheme in the Western Balkans”
    • Session 3.3 “Learning through PoC activities: how to move a project on the technology readiness levels (TRLs)”

Practical Information

17 Nov 2021 to 19 Nov 2021

Trieste Convention Center – Porto Vecchio, Trieste, Italy & Online



  • The first day of the conference provides a first introduction to technology transfer and will introduce key technology transfer tools and patent & market intelligence platforms, dedicated to start-ups and scale-ups.
  • The second day focuses on innovation ecosystems & entrepreneurship, including innovation ecosystems design (incl. research infrastructure & testbeds), early stage financing, investor readiness and much more.
  • The third day considers how to maximize the potential of successful technology transfer deals in the region and brings together local entrepreneurs and researchers, including participants in the ongoing EU4TECH Proof of Concept capacity building action, for the Western Balkans, to present their practical experience in technology transfer.