News archive - [Event Announcement] Strengthening Technology Transfer in the EU - Focus on the Western Balkans and South-East Europe

In parallel to the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Area Science Park will jointly organise a hybrid conference on Technology Transfer, taking place from 17th to 19th November 2021 in Trieste and online. 

Technology Transfer from the research lab to the market is the most complex and risky step of the innovation process. The objective of the conference is to transfer best practices and accelerate the development of the technology transfer ecosystems in the Western Balkans and South-East Europe. 

  • The first day of the conference provides a first introduction to technology transfer and will introduce key technology transfer tools and patent & market intelligence platforms, dedicated to start-ups and scale-ups.
  • The second day focuses on innovation ecosystems & entrepreneurship, including innovation ecosystems design (incl. research infrastructure & testbeds), early stage financing, investor readiness and much more.
  • The third day considers how to maximize the potential of successful technology transfer deals in the region and brings together local entrepreneurs and researchers, including participants in the ongoing EU4TECH Proof of Concept capacity building action, for the Western Balkans, to present their practical experience in technology transfer.


The conference is open to experts from research organisations, universities, industry, public authorities and consultants.

Financial support for attendance

Moreover, nationals from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey may apply for waiving accommodation and travel costs.

If you are eligible, please make sure to submit your expression of interest at the latest by 22nd October.

The applications will be assessed on the basis of motivation, background, geographical balance and organisation. The evaluation's results will be announced by 29th October.

(*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence)

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Geographical focus
  • General/no specific focus
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Admin on October 4, 2021
Modified on October 4, 2021