The Centre for Social Innovation is actively involved in different activities in the field of knowledge and technology transfer (organising workshops, study visits and trainings, providing expertise in benchmarking assessment of university structures, cooperation with the team of the Knowledge Transfer Study 2010-2012 etc.), for example, in taking a social-scientific (Science and Technology Studies) perspective on technology transfer. In order to better understand how scientific knowledge can turn into products and services, a social-scientific view on the nature and context of knowledge production, as well as application, is necessary (in addition to management, legal, and organisational development, together with other elements). This perspective, for instance, takes into account not only tacit knowledge and absorptive capacities, but also the co-construction of technology (by technology producers/users) and the relevance of its material aspects.
As pointed out by the European Commission, Member States’ universities need to be modernized, as well as key players for the successful transition of Europe into a knowledge-based society. Thanks to their triple role, as a source of the highest level of education, providers of applied research and facilitators of innovation, their transition to entrepreneurial universities has been acknowledged as a core condition for the success of the Lisbon Strategy, and more recently ‘Europe 2020’.
All around the world, governments have recognized and emphasized the need to develop “innovative regions”, entrepreneurial universities, more links between research, industry and governments, and the increase the capacity of universities to cooperate with the business sector, in order to adapt to the rapidly changing technology, industry needs, and social environment.
One of our projects, WBCInno has been designed to contribute to the modernization of WBC universities through reinforcement of existing and establishing new structures and services concerning all three sides of the knowledge triangle. The project developed a collaborative innovation platform for the capitalization of the knowledge and research potential of the partners, and supported the development of Business Incubators and Science Technology parks in the Western Balkan countries. Among other different activities, the WBC-INCO.NET project coordinated by Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) supported the bi-regional dialogue EU-Western Balkan countries in Science and Technology between 2008 and 2014, in order to facilitat information and knowledge and technology transfer, and to contribute to an upgrading of S&T systems and improve S&T cooperation. The cooperation with innovation infrastructures in the region has been one of the building blocks to achieve these objectives.
Ansprechperson: Mag. Ines Marinkovic
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