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Online conference 'Openness and Commercialisation: How the two can go together'

Event details 

  • Date & time: 3 December 2020 from 13:30 to 17:00 CET, and 4 December from 09:00 to 12:30 CET.
  • Location: Online through Zoom
  • Co-organisers: CESAER with contributions from Task Force Open Science and Task Force Innovation, in collaboration with TU Delft, TU Wien, Scientific Knowledge Services, Politecnico di Torino, RWTH Aachen University, Focus on Open Science, and the University of Strathclyde
  • CESAER Secretariat support: Mattias Björnmalm,
  • This is an open event which will be open to anyone interested. 
  • Please register for this free online conference


These online 'Openness and commercialisation' events will give insight and room for discussion on the interface between academia and industry. The online events consists of a combination of inspiring keynote speakers, Q&A’s, breakout sessions, panel discussions and short talks.


Open Science offers new opportunities to advance science. A large part of its attraction is the potential to accelerate the transition from scientific discoveries to real life solutions. Although substantial progress has been achieved in many branches of the Open Science movement (e.g. Open Access, Open Education, FAIR data), the aim of Open Science to help accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries should not be forgotten. With these principles in mind, we will explore successful collaborations between academia and industry based on collaboration, openness and transparency.
Despite a common (mis)understanding, commercial exploitation is compatible with Open Science and can play a synergistic role reinforcing each other by building trust and increasing impact. But, in order to do so successfully, these two sides need to find common understanding of each other’s needs and wishes and closely collaborate to maximise the positive impact they can have on society.
These 'Openness and commercialisation' online events will give insight and room for discussion about the collaborations between academia and industry.


3 December - Day 1

Chair of the day: Federica Cappelluti

13.30 - 13.50
- Welcome remarks by Karel Luyben (Chair of Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud)
13.50 - 14.20 - Keynote speech by Veronica Beneitez-Pinero (Valorisation Policies & IPR, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission): 'Towards a modern knowledge valorisation policy for all'
14.20 - 14.30 - Q&A
14.30 - 14.40 - Coffee break
14.40 - 15.40 - Several breakout sessions

15.40 - 16.00 - Feedback from breakout sessions
16.00 - 16.10 - Coffee break
16.10 - 16.40 - Keynote speech by Marie Louise Conradsen (Head of Open Science, Aarhus University): 'Brokering trust - using open science to foster university-industry collaboration'
16.40 - 16.50 - Q&A
16.50 - 17.00 - Wrap up and close of day 1

4 December - Day 2

Chair of the day: Eva Méndez

09.00 - 09.10
- Welcome remarks
09.10 - 09.40 - Keynote speech by Allan Hanbury (Professor for Data Intelligence, TU Wien): 'Open Science with Closed Data'
09.40 - 09.50 - Q&A
09.50 - 10.00 - Coffee break
10.00 - 11.00 - Panel discussion chaired by Tim Bedford (University of Strathclyde) with panelists:

  • Norbert Lütke-Entrup (Head of Corporate Technology & Innovation Management of Siemens)
  • Sophie Bailes (Director Digital Strategy of AstraZeneca)
  • Laura MacDonald (Chief Executive of Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals)
  • Shalini Kurapati (Co-Founder & CEO of Clearbox AI Solutions)

11.00 - 11.10 - Coffee break
11.10 - 11.40 - Lightning talks from abstracts 

11.40 - 12.10 - Keynote speech by Chas Bountra (University of Oxford & Structural Genomics Consortium)
12.10 - 12.20 - Q&A
12.20 - 12.30 - Closing remarks by Karina Angelieva (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria)

Keynote speakers 'Openness and Commercialisation'

Panelists 'Openness and commercialisation'

Panel discussion on 4 December 10:00-11:00 hrs chaired by Tim Bedford

Chairs of the conference

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