ALBA, 24-25 OCT 2019: I2 Workshop on Transfer of Technology: Innovation travels from the lab to the company

The ICN2, the ICMAB-CSIC and the ALBA Synchrotron organise on 24 and 25 October 2019 a workshop devoted to innovation and technology transfer between R+D centers and companies. The event is part of the TNSI project, funded with European regional development funds (ERDF) by the Interreg-POCTEFA programme.

There is a need for promoting innovation in many different business sectors in order to achieve more competitive and satisfactory products and services. Research facilities have a great potential to offer innovative solutions. However, today technology transfer still continues being a challenge.

With the aim of fostering opportunities and building bridges between science and industry the “Trans-Pyrenean Node for Scientific Instrumentation” (TNSI) project holds a two-day workshop at the ALBA Synchrotron. On the 24th of October 2019, several renowned experts will be presenting the main trends and resources for promoting technology transfer from the lab to the industry. The representative of the Catalan government, Roger Cabezas, and the representative of the French government, XXX, will be opening the event. Ramon Perisé, research and development chef of Mugaritz restaurant, recognized with 2 Michelin stars since 2006, will explain how they have introduced technology in gastronomy. Xavier Ferràs, professor at ESADE, will go deep on how innovation clusters can led to innovation. During the 25th of October 2019, companies specialised in key enabling technologies such as synchrotron facilities will be showcasing case studies.

“The goal is to find new avenues of collaboration among the participants but also to inspire them to integrate new strategies for innovation”, says Francisco López, TNSI coordinator.

The TNSI project, awarded a grant of 1.2 Million Euro, wants to put together SMEs and research centres in the border regions of Spain and France to promote cooperation in R&D&I and technology transfer. To do so, they together develop fundamental and pre-competitive research and perform training for researchers and companies for effective technology transfer. The project is coordinated by BIHURCRYSTAL and its members are: the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB, CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the ALBA Synchrotron, the Institute of Material Sciences of Aragon (ICMA, CSIC), the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR), the , the Centre of Materials Physics (CFM, CSIC)CEMES (CNRS) and ISP-SYSTEM (SME). 

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Technology transfer between academic and industrial fields is a keystone for innovation and societal development. Big efforts and resources are dedicated, however, technology transfer continues being an outstanding challenge.

The I2 Workshop addresses, in an open and transversal manner, the technology transfer opportunities and challenges as seen by the different agents, from public institutions and their innovation support actions, to universities, research centers and small entrepreneur initiatives. In a world continuously facing new paradigms, innovation is essential even for innovation itself. I2 will aim at small and large scale initiatives devoted to accelerate technology transfer between research and industry.

The I2 Workshop will take place at the ALBA Synchrotron premises. ALBA is a 3rdgeneration Synchrotron Light facility located in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), being the newest source in the Mediterranean area. It is a complex of electron accelerators to produce synchrotron light, which allows the visualization of the atomic structure of matter as well as the study of its properties. ALBA currently has eight operational state-of-the-art beamlines, comprising soft and hard X-rays, which are devoted mainly to biosciences, condensed matter (magnetic and electronic properties, nanoscience) and materials science. Additionally, four beamlines are in construction (low-energy ultra-high-resolution angular photoemission for complex materials, microfocus for macromolecular crystallography, absorption and diffraction and fast X-ray tomography & radioscopy). Venue website:

The workshop is organized by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), and ALBA synchrotron, within the framework of Trans-Pyrenean Node for Scientific Instrumentation (TNSI), an Interreg POCTEFA project.

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