Bridging the gap between Science and Business: How to empower Intermediary Companies

Topics: Events

Tags: science | Industry

    15/09/2020 - 17:00
    Belgium, Brussels
    15/09/2020 - 19:00
    CAROTS & ScienceBusiness

The link for this online event will be sent to all participants before the conference.

There are high expectations by society and policy makers today, that science and research should expand and improve their interaction with industry to solve the grand challenges of our time, like fighting cancer, climate change or the current COVID-19 pandemic. To unlock the innovation potential of research infrastructures like particle accelerators or x-ray lasers we therefore need disruptive, faster and rearranged cooperation patterns with industry partners in order to work on solutions for these pressing societal problems.

A great way of bridging the world of science and industry is the creation of micro and small sized private companies acting as an intermediary between research infrastructures and industrial customers, providing targeted support and consultation based on analytical research and measurement services in a variety of fields on a contractual basis – so called Commercial Analytical Research Organisations (CAROs).

What to expect?

This conference aims at spreading the word on improving research-industry cooperation and showcasing these intermediary companies and how they work.

The event will

  • address the importance and conditions of this new type of enterprise acting as intermediary between industry and academic research
  • showcase successful intermediary companies and the business models that made them excel
  • show which public support programs for intermediary companies already exist within the Baltic Sea Region
  • explore which additional examples of financing could help to support new intermediary companies and hence boost innovation and encourage entrepreneurship in the BSR

Conference speakers are:

Caterina Biscari, Director ALBA Synchrotron

Bernhard Hesse, CEO of Xploraytion GmbH

Simon Jacques, Managing Director of Finden Ltd

Johannes Klumpers, Head of Research and Industrial Infrastructures Unit at European Commission

Ernst Lutz, President of EIRMA (European Industrial Research Management Association)

Anna Stenstam, CEO of CR Compentence AB

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at policy makers from the EU Commission, science ministries, science community, regional development agencies, representatives of CAROs, representatives of analytical research facilities, knowledge institutions, industry and business representatives and financial investors.