Danube Transfer Centre meeting at the SUA in Nitra


In connection with the five-years existence of the Danube Transfer Centre (DTC) at our university and the awarding ceremony of an important initiator of this concept, a meeting of representatives of the international DTC network with representatives of the SUA in Nitra was held on the 26th and 27th June 2018. Rector Dr.h.c. prof. Ing. Peter Bielik, PhD. awarded Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. H.C. Norbert Höptner, former director of the Steinbeis Europa Zentrum and Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg, by the SUA Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to the development of cooperation in the field of science and transfer of technologies.

Meeting was attended by distinguished DTC representatives from Germany, Romania and Austria - Dr. Jonathan Loeffler (managing director of the Steinbeis Europa Zentrum), prof. Sorin Popescu (director of DTC Cluj-Napoca), prof. Daniela Popescu (vice-rector for management and enterprises at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca),  prof. Josef Glößl (former vice-rector for research and innovation at BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna), Dr. Bernhard Koch (head of technology transfer at BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna), prof. Mihai Rebican (vice-dean at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University Politehnica of Bucharest), as well as other domestic experts and representatives of the SUA in Nitra.

The overall objective of the Danubian Initiative for Innovation and Technology Transfer was to foster the competitiveness of the industry in Danube Region by supporting innovation and technology transfer, as well as to coordinate and create synergies and links between existing technology transfer activities in EUSDR. The different types of activities were gathered in the frame of dedicated technology transfer centres (DTCs). Those DTC are set-up at Universities of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Nitra (Slovakia). The successful implemented pilot project (2012-2014) became basis for further actions and plans to strengthen competitiveness in Danube Region – e.g. finished project NoGAP – The Knowledge Transfer Community: Bridging the gap between research, innovation and business creation (FP7) and ongoing project Made in Danube: Transnational Cooperation to transform knowledge into marketable products and services for the Danubian sustainable society of tomorrow (Interreg DTP). The concept of DTC is developed in an open way towards building a transnational network of DTCs.

The participants visited the historic library of the Appony dynasty in Chateau Appony in Oponice, the university winery and they also took a scientific excursion in the AgroBioTech Research Center. The program included presentations on the history and state-of-art of the international DTC network and presentations of the key joint project activities. In conclusion, foreign guests highly appreciated the personal contribution of the Rector of the SUA in Nitra in the field of innovation development and technology transfer.

assoc. prof. Danka Moravcikova, PhD.
Transfer Centre/DTC at SUA in Nitra

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