The "Let's transfer science" conference was held for the first time this year at Albertov
The purpose of the conference was to raise awareness of technology and knowledge transfer, so the individual speakers shared with the audience in the Large Geological Auditorium mainly examples from their practice. In addition to the participants who have managed to patent or otherwise evaluate their scientific achievements, the conference participants also heard presentations that have potential for transfer in the near future. The event was also attended by representatives of centres or groups that mediate technology or knowledge transfer - the Centre for Knowledge and Technology Transfer (Charles University), Charles University Innovations Prague, IOCB Tech (a subsidiary of IOCB), the patent office HARBER IP and the CzechInvest business and investment promotion agency.
The conference was opened with opening remarks by Associate Professor Krylov and Professor Jan Konvalinka, Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences, who recalled the conference held at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in the same auditorium and aptly remarked: "Scientists' knowledge comes at a price. Thirty years ago, all students wanted to be Nobel Prize winners; today they all want to be Elon Musk. Knowledge and technology transfer is perhaps the fastest way to change the world."
The conference was divided into several sessions - in the first one, participants gained valuable information on the process of converting scientific results and findings into patents. They heard a number of examples and practical advice. They also found out that the evaluation of scientific results and patenting is quite common today - on average, every two weeks a successful technology transfer takes place at Charles University. During the introductory session, the scientists were also given contacts to individual groups or centres that can help them with knowledge transfer and during the day they could consult specific cases from their research.
In the next blocks, scientists from the Faculty of Science presented their successful examples of technology or knowledge transfer or research that has potential for transfer. The topics of the presentations were really diverse and during the day we heard many stories with applications or potential applications in medicine, geology, social and physical geography or statics to sex determination in reptiles or mammals.
How does the main organizer, Associate Professor Vladimír Krylov, Vice Dean for Science and Research, evaluate the conference? "I am extremely satisfied with the course of the conference, the number of participants exceeded my expectations. There were also students sitting in the audience who could certainly be inspired by stories from practice. I am really glad that representatives of groups that provide transfer within Charles University attended, but also from other institutions, for example from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences, which can be considered an example of good practice in this respect," says Associate Professor Krylov and adds: "The coffee breaks were very lively and full of debating groups, and now we are a quarter to seven and people are still here and discussing, which is very positive. I believe this is not the last conference of this format. As Vice Dean for Science and Research, I will try to do as much as I can to ensure that technology transfer is supported not only by hosting conferences but also financially, with much greater and clearly stated collaboration with institutions that are already successful in transfer."
"I would also like to thank the External Relations Department, which did a tremendous job in organizing the event and promoting it on social media. This is another thing that we may not yet be sufficiently aware of, that ideas and knowledge need to be disseminated effectively. What good would it be if we were doing great science here but no one else knew about it? A big thank you also goes to Dr Jana Pilatova from the Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, UK, and who previously served as a Faculty Scout within the Biological Technology and Knowledge Transfer Section. Thanks to Jana, we were able to get such great speakers. There is definitely a need to promote technology scouting and primary incubation of potentially interesting thoughts, ideas, molecules, software solutions, or even mathematical algorithms or map bases more effectively at the faculty. It is both financially demanding and risky, but on the other hand, if we are willing to spend considerable financial resources at the university, for example on science evaluation, we should also consider the importance of knowledge and technology transfer in this way," adds Vladimir Krylov to the Let's transfer science conference and joins the other participants in the last point of the program, networking.
Speakers (including abstracts):
doc. RNDr. Ing. Vladimír Krylov, Ph.D. (Vice dean for Science, Faculty of Science)'
prof. RNDr. Jan Konvalinka, CSc. (Head of Institute of Organic chemistry and Biochemistry)
Mgr. Otomar Sláma, MBA, MPA (CUIP) - Charles University Success Stories
Mgr. Ivana Sýkorová, Ph.D. (CPPT) - University support in knowledge and technology transfer.
prof. Ing. Martin Fusek, CSc. (IOCB Tech.) - IOCB Tech & family
RNDr. Petra Fousková, Ph.D., (HARBER IP, s.r.o.) - Fame or Fortune: Delicate Art of Balancing Scientific Glory and Industrial Innovation
René Samek (Czech Invest) - Technology Incubation - programme to support fresh-born start-ups
prof. RNDr. Jan Brábek, Ph.D. and assoc. prof. RNDr.Daniel Rösel, Ph.D., (BIOCEV) - From Migrastatics to BAZE-X1 in Covid-19 Disease
doc. RNDr. Jindřich Jindřich, CSc. (Faculty of Science) - Multiple times positively charged organic compounds for surface modification of negatively charged solid supports
prof. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček, Ph.D. and RNDr. Jiří Nemeškal, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science) - Transfer of knowledge in urban social geography: delimitation of metropolitan areas in Czechia
Mgr. Tomáš Weiss, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science) - Measurement of subsurface moisture in rocks and masonry
Mgr. Klára Grantz Šašková, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science, IOCB)
Ing. Martin Kopecký, Ph.D. (Specion) - Specion - Microscopy portfolio overview
Martin Zoltner, Ph.D. (BIOCEV) - Benzoxaboroles as effective treatment option for amoebic meningoencephalitis
prof. RNDr. Petr Hermann, Dr. (Faculty of Science) - Macrocyclic ligands and radiopharmaceuticals
prof. RNDr. David Mašín, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science) - Research in Geomechanics Applied in Practice
prof. Mgr. Lukáš Kratochvíl, Ph.D. and Michail Rovatsos, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science) - Molecular sexing in birds and reptiles
RNDr. Vojtěch Kadlec, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science) - The Two-Way Street of Knowledge Transfer: Collaborations Between Theory and Practice
Mgr. Tomáš Kulhánek, Ph.D. (1st Faculty of Medicine) - Obstacles and Opportunities for Scientific Progress and Transfer: Experiences and Strategies of a Czech Research Lab and a Spin-Off Company
doc. RNDr. Přemysl Štych, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science) - Bringing Satellite Data and Technologies into Practice
doc. RNDr. Viktor Květoň, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science) - Evolution and challenges for regional innovation ecosystems in Czechia
Christos Feidakis, M.Sc. (Faculty of Science) - Unveiling the conformational variability of protein structures for better drug discovery.
Mgr. Petr Telenský, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science)
Mgr. Daniel Rozsbeský, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science and IMG) - Advancements in Recombinant Protein Production and Engineering: Meeting the Demand for Complex Functionalities in Proteins
doc. Mgr. Jan Havlíček, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science) - Dynamics of human odour signature