On 13 February, around 100 participants from around the world met in Cambridge, United Kingdom, for the Future of Open Innovation Practices Day.
The event was organised by the Science2Society (S2S) project to facilitate interaction between the participating stakeholders to maximise the impact of science on European society.
During the day, Dr. Tim Minshall, Professor of Innovation at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM); Dr. Marta Piñeiro-Núñez, Senior Advisor at Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL); Professor Neville Jackson, Director of Innovation and Technology at RICARDO; and Dr. Garry Pairaudeau, from the biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca presented and shared their open innovation experiences in universities and the private sector.
Laszlo Bax from Bax & Company and Aldo Ofenheimer from i2m, two members of Science2Society, added some practical experiences from the project to the above presentations. They shared the main conclusions and recommendations to improve the continuous process of learning in innovation. In addition, they highlighted the need to transform universities’ technology transfer offices into agencies for creating and extracting value, to adapt to the challenges of future industry and society.
The day was the final event of Science2Society: a project designed to improve the efficiency of the European innovation ecosystem by establishing good technology transfer practices, using innovative methodologies and disseminating the information so that stakeholders can optimise their processes.
This event is one of the first activities on which an open innovation community will be formed as part of the Learning and Implementation Alliance (LIA). The LIA is an instrument that will continue with the legacy of Science2Society and will enable knowledge and experience to be shared among the scientific community, the public and private sector and society in general.
S2S was funded by the European Commission’s H2020 programme and is comprised of 18 members including major companies such as FIAT, Atos and CA Technologies, and leading European research entities such as KU Leuven, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Aalto University and Fraunhofer.