ULPGC Delegation Visits KIT in Germany for Knowledge Transfer Insights

From June 12 to June 13, a delegation from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) visited the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. The visit aimed to gain insights into KIT’s work on knowledge transfer, particularly in the context of innovation and sustainability.

The visit coincided with “Innovation Day in Neuland” held at KIT’s Audimax on June 12, 2024. This year’s event focused on innovations contributing to a greener, more digital, and healthier future, aligning with the EU’s strategic goals for sustainability. Germany’s role as a significant commercial hub underscores KIT’s intensive involvement in research areas advancing these objectives.

KIT, a prominent research university in the Helmholtz Association, hosted a day of presentations and discussions showcasing its commitment to innovation and sustainability. The event brought together leading figures from the scientific community and innovation professionals to address challenges and opportunities in digitalization and the circular economy.

The ULPGC delegation, part of the Exper (Excellent Peripheries for a Strong European Research Area) project, included representatives from the university’s Knowledge Transfer Office (OTC), managed by FCPCT, as well as partners from ITC (Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias) and ATRINEO AG, led by Néstor Rodríguez. This exchange was conducted under the framework of WP5, focusing on staff exchanges and good practices in IPR management.

KIT’s reputation as a centre of academic excellence and cutting-edge research was evident throughout the visit. The university’s dedication to providing unique learning, teaching, and working conditions for its community was highlighted during various sessions on artificial intelligence, cognitive reconfiguration, and advancements in the circular economy.

Participants had the opportunity to explore KIT’s innovative projects and their potential societal and environmental impacts. The visit also facilitated discussions on future bilateral collaborations between the Knowledge Transfer Offices of KIT and ULPGC.

This exchange of personnel and planned activities aims to strengthen connections between the business ecosystem and the university, enhance knowledge transfer, and support the development of start-ups emerging from ULPGC’s excellent research. The initiative emphasises effective market application, offering high-value solutions, and fostering a robust environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.