Confirmed speaker line up and advisory board


Dr Natascha Eckert
Head of University Relations
Siemens Corporate
Technology, Germany


Prof Tshilidzi Marwala
Vice-Chancellor
University of Johannesburg


Prof Todd Davey
Director: Strategy & Performance
University Industry Innovation
Network, Netherlands (UIIN)


Prof Jose Frantz
Deputy Vice-Chancellor:
Research & Innovation
University of Western Cape

Event Synopsis

In this increasingly global, networked market for research and development, the triple helix of university-industry- government linkages have been accepted as an important determinant of innovation. To put this into perspective, every Innovation driven start-up ecosystem across the world, from Silicon Valley to Seoul, has had industries benefitting from applied research taking place in universities across a range of subject areas. Moreover, to ensure that these innovations grew into job-creating commercial products and services, it was important for the industry and academia to collaborate. These partnerships were further encouraged by the respective governments through effective policies that assisted participants in overcoming obstacles.

However, in developing and least developed countries, there’s a lack of a definite model due to many barriers such as misalignment of objectives, difficulties in the negotiation of research contracts, challenges arising from research co-ordination, and concern about controlling intellectual property rights. Many a times the problems are further exacerbated by bureaucratic hiccups that also contribute to the problem as the inflexibility of the government mechanisms result in the delays in requisite funding and appropriate incentives to academia.

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STANDARD COST PER DELEGATE IS R7,499 AND DISCOUNTED PRICE IS R6,999.

FOR DISCOUNTS, BOOK 3 OR MORE DELEGATES, OR BOOK AND PAY BEFORE 07 AUGUST.

Key Benefits of University-Industry Collaboration

  • Exposure to fresh research trends and refined experimental techniques developed by universities
  • Access to industry’s empirical data and entrepreneurial expertise
  • Coordinated research and development agendas that stimulate additional funding
  • Joint university-industry supervision of PhD programmes
  • Human resources exchange – Cross sector training, internships and hiring prospects
  • Opportunities to spur science parks, start-up or spin-off companies created by academics and patent licensing
  • Curricula development to improve undergraduate and post graduate studies
  • Negotiate research-related activities commissioned to universities by industry
  • Opportunities for consulting and serving on advisory boards
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PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE AGENDA

THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

08:00 – 08:30 Registration and Welcome Refreshments
08:30 – 08:35 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

08:35 – 09:20 CASE SUDY:The Siemens Global Approach to Cooperate with Universities (a “Two-tier-partner model”)

  • Regional differences in University-Industry- Collaboration (self-understanding of Academia, financial situation / funding opportunites, handling of IP, engagement of government, role of eco-systems), based on our broad experience in different regions (mainly US, EU, CN)
  • How to gain benefits for industry as well as for the academic partner in the triple helix?
  • How will / shall the future of UIC look like? What must change?

Dr Natascha Eckert

FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

08:00 – 08:30 Registration & Welcome Refreshments
08:30 – 08:35 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

08:35 – 09:20 CASE SUDY:The Siemens Global Approach to Cooperate with Universities (a “Two-tier-partner model”)

  • Regional differences in University-Industry- Collaboration (self-understanding of Academia, financial situation / funding opportunites, handling of IP, engagement of government, role of eco-systems), based on our broad experience in different regions (mainly US, EU, CN)
  • How to gain benefits for industry as well as for the academic partner in the triple helix?
  • How will / shall the future of UIC look like? What must change?

Dr Natascha Eckert