Tools, best practices and methodologies for Technology Transfer — An ASTRONET Workshop

Monday 24.11, 2014
ESO Headquarters, Garching bei München, Germany



ASTRONET, a network supported by the European Commission, has the mission to establish a strategic planning mechanism for all European astronomy in the next 5–25 years. Important parts of ASTRONET include the topics of education, recruitment and training, public outreach and industrial links. This work is coordinated by a Working Group which is working on implementing the 10 relevant ASTRONET Infrastructure Roadmap recommendations (pages 93–105).


There has always been a close coupling between frontier scientific research and cutting-edge industrial development. The Roadmap found that many countries and organisations however lacks a mechanism within their astronomical community to efficiently identify industrial relevance/transfer to other interlocutors or communities as an integral component of their R&D. ASTRONET is now arranging a workshop for new and experienced individuals working with technology and knowledge transfer activities in European astronomy, primarily in the ASTRONET partner organisations, as well as in the EIROforum organisations.  Digital tools, best practices and methodologies are used by many technology and knowledge transfer networks and offices nationally and internationally. This ASTRONET workshop is intended to introduce some of these digital tools and networking possibilities used by existing Technology and Knowledge Transfer Offices for the benefit of the ASTRONET Partners and Associates.


Anyone who is responsible for, or involved in technology and knowledge transfer activities in all ASTRONET partner organisations (as foreseen in the ASTRONET description of work) and EIROforum organisations.

Speakers and associated ASTRONET partners will have their travel costs reimbursed from the ASTRONET budget.

group photo is available here


Travel to ESO HQ and hotels


There is no fee for the participation, and registration and hotel booking can be done by sending an email to Susana Almagro

Tentative schedule

If any of the participants have interesting experiences, best practices and methodologies to share please email us to request a slot for a talk.

Sunday 23.11

19:30 Dinner Restaurant Poseidon (covered by ASTRONET)

Monday 24.11 Fornax meeting room

08:30-09:00 Registration, welcome coffee

09:00 Welcome by Lars Lindberg Christensen, ESO Head of Outreach and ASTRONET Task 5.3 Chair (presentation in PDF)
09:05 Welcome by Enikő Patkós, ESO Risk and IP Manager (presentation in PDF)
09:10 Introduction to the EIROforum IMKTT activities, Enrico Chesta, Head CERN TT and IP Management Section, chair of the EIROforum TWG-IMKTT
09:20 ESA TT lines of innovation, Frank Salzgeber Head ESA TT Programme Office
09:40 ESA and the broker network, Luc Diaz, ESA TT Programme Office
10:00 Q&A

10:20 Coffee

11:00 Overview of CERN TT activities and networks, Enrico Chesta, Head CERN TT and IP Management Section
11:20 TT tools for active patent portfolio management, David Mazur, CERN TT Office
11:40 CERN IP Management and Collaboration Tools, Nick Ziogas, CERN Software Technology Transfer Officer
12:00 Q&A

12:20 Sandwich lunch break

14:00 TT tools & networks and ESRF, Edward Mitchell, Head ESRF Business Development
14:20 Innovation tools, Antonio Bonucci, In-Kind Contributions Supply Chain Manager IKC, XFEL
14:40 Best practises of KTT in Astrophysics: innoFSPEC Potsdam, a Case Study, Martin M. Roth, innoFSPEC Potsdam, AIP
15:20 Q&A

15:40 Coffee

16:00 Round table discussion
17:00 Conclusions
17:10 END

Tuesday 25.11 Vela meeting room (A 3.04)

Working meeting Task 5.3 WG (per invitation only)

09:30 Beginning

Evaluation of TT workshop

Report writing

10:45 Coffee

Report writing

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Report writing

14:00 Coffee

15:00 END