The Transfer Centre: making research accessible
Established as part of the Technik Plus initiative, the Transfer Centre of the University of Passau is based on the three pillars of knowledge transfer, continuing education and business start-up consultancy.
It aims to bridge the gap between theoretical research and practical application by helping to make technological innovations accessible to business, society and the wider community. As a central facility of the University, the Transfer Centre's services are available to all faculties and academic disciplines. It is a service and coordination centre that serves as an interface between academia and organisations who use the output from the University; its remit includes the promotion of knowledge and technology transfer in interdisciplinary contexts.
The Transfer Centre which was established as part of the Technik Plus initative is the primary contact for businesses, local government representatives and other social institutions who wish to work together with the University of Passau, and ensures that all enquiries received are forwarded to the relevant scholars and scientists. At the same time, the Transfer Centre advises scholars and scientists of the University of Passau about the transfer of research data and results to companies, local government or society at large.
University consortium for a combined knowledge transfer strategy in the region (TRIO)
From ad hoc collaboration towards a comprehensive transfer consortium: The Transfer and Innovation in Eastern Bavaria (TRIO) programme, which is co-ordinated by OTH Regensburg, seeks to strengthen the knowledge and technology transfer activities of universities in the administrative districts of Upper Palatinate and Lower Bavaria. The proposal was drafted under the academic supervision of Professor Burkhard Freitag of the University of Passau. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has granted the participating universities a sum of approximately 15 million euros for the next five years from the 'Innovative University' funding line. The consortium members in the BMBF programme 'Innovative University' are OTH Regensburg, OTH Amberg-Weiden, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Landshut University of Applied Sciences and the University of Passau; the University of Regensburg participates as a co-operative partner. The programme is further supported by the 'BayernLabs' project of the Chamber of Crafts and Skilled Trade for Lower Bavaria/Upper Palatinate (Handwerkskammer Niederbayern/Oberpfalz), the chambers of commerce and industry for Lower Bavaria (IHK Niederbayern) and Upper Palatinate/Kelheim (IHK Oberpfalz/Kelheim) as well as the Bavarian Finance Ministry.
Co-operation among the TRIO consortium members will follow a jointly-developed knowledge transfer strategy of the participating universities. The consortium will implement a number of co-ordinated projects aimed at facilitating, establishing and enhancing research-based knowledge and technology transfers in the Eastern Bavarian region. The aim is to achieve vibrant two-way communication between academic, social and business actors by further professionalising existing partnerships with business enterprises and public-sector institutions within the region and enhancing the visibility of universities in the region.
TRIO's six large consortium projects are scheduled to start in January 2018. An internal transfer portal, which is currently being planned, will vitalise collaboration between universities and regional actors. At the same time, innovation laboratories as well as other effective transfer and innovation structures are being established to support this endeavour. The consortium will adopt joint rules concerning the legal and organisational preconditions for co-operation and use a central communication concept for all members.
What the University Presidents said:
|Principal Investigator(s) at the University||Dr. Günther Hribek (Transferzentrum)
|Project period||01.01.18 - 31.12.22|
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