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Solutions to Effective Knowledge Capture and Transfer discussed at MarineTT workshop

2012.06.19

Solutions to Effective Knowledge Capture and Transfer discussed at MarineTT workshop

On 23rd May 2012, the MarineTT consortium organised an “Open Stakeholder Workshop to Explore the Challenges and Solutions to Effective Knowledge Capture and Transfer” as a satellite event to the European Commission Green Week. The workshop focused on the barriers that are preventing the uptake of knowledge generated by European funded research and the subsequent effect this has on innovation.

Participants for the workshop were drawn from Industry, Research, and Policy to ensure that all stakeholders in the innovation from research life cycle were represented. A series of presentations set the scene of the various stakeholders requirements for Knowledge Transfer at the Policy level including the EU (Mr. Cornelis Vis - Bureau or European Policy Advisors) and the European Commission (Mr. Arnoldas Milukas - DG Research and Innovation).

Willem De Moor representing JPI Oceans outlined the Knowledge Transfer requirements of JPI Oceans while Dr. Panos Christofilogiannis (Aquark) outlined the Industry needs as determined by the Technology Platforms. Novel approaches to Knowledge Transfer and some barriers to transfer were provided by other initiatives including ICE2SEA, MESMA, Marcom+ and LEI Fisheries Knowledge Groups.

Interactive session on critical barriers

Presentations were followed by an interactive session involving the input of all workshop participants. This exercise generated a map of the four critical barriers/bottlenecks to effective Knowledge Transfer encountered by participants, namely: established Scientific Research Infrastructure and Culture is not designed for rapid and responsive innovation; Lack of capacity/motivation of End Users to uptake results; Research agenda’s are not always addressing the needs of the End Users; and a general lack of understanding of how to carry out Knowledge Transfer.

 

Participants were then broken into three Working Groups (balanced by stakeholder groups) and were tasked with developing options for resolution of these barriers. This phase of idea generation resulted in an initial set of 54 options for resolution of the barriers, which can be separated into several different categories, including: Institutional Options (e.g. use different metrics to record impact from research, change incentives to knowledge generators to measure innovation from research, reward good practice, science as a business, etc.); Structural Options (e.g. change in design of funding calls, change in duration of projects, calls to focus on end users, involve end users in setting agenda, etc.); Strategic Options (e.g. develop a universal definition of Knowledge Transfer, early identification of end users, provide training in Knowledge Management, reduction in bureaucracy; and Communication Options (e.g. sharing of results, increased transparency, relationship/trust building, open access, public consultation, easy access, common resources etc.). The outcomes of this exercise will be further developed to become part of the MarineTT Best Practice Guidelines on Knowledge Transfer of Research Results.

Follow up workshop

A follow up workshop will be held in early July to further develop the barriers and solutions identified during this workshop and will be broadened to include participation from other research sectors. Further details will be provided on the Marine TT website.

Those with an interest in improving knowledge exchange between Industry, Policy and Research are invited to join the Marine TT Marine Knowledge Transfer Linked In Group.

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