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ProTon Europe aisbl Sixth Annual Conference, 28-30 January 2009, Cardiff (UK)

At ProTon Europe'sixth annual conference entitled “Innovation through Cooperation”, the focus will be put on successful models and cases of building cooperation, both between research organisations/universities and with outside players, to further knowledge transfer and promote innovation, thus providing benefits for research teams, the institution, industry and society at large.

28 January 2009 - 30 January 2009

The international speaking panel includes representatives of industry, public administrations legislating in the sector and knowledge transfer practitioners from universities and research centres around Europe.
The two-day annual conference is the flagship event in the ProTon Europe calendar and brings together key players from across Europe working at the interface between public research and industry. It provides an opportunity to take stock of current thinking, policy and practice in areas of relevance to the knowledge transfer profession.

The conference is of relevance to programme managers and practitioners working to promote knowledge transfer between public research and industry, e.g. university knowledge transfer officers, research commercialisation managers, IPR and licensing executives, technology transfer consultants and other public and private players involved in shaping and driving the process. The conference is an excellent occasion to meet and network with the 230 members of the ProTon Europe association

The General Assembly, welcome reception and the conference itself will be held in the Hilton Hotel Cardiff which is located in the very heart of the city adjacent to Cardiff Castle and the Civic Centre, from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 January 2009. Low-cost airlines operate flights from a number of European cities to Cardiff and nearby Bristol (see ProTon Europe website for details). Cardiff is also a 2-hour journey by train from Paddington station in London.

Attendance at the conference costs 350 EUR for 2 days for ProTon Europe members (250 EUR for members from CEEC). The fee for 1 day for ProTon Europe members is 250 EUR (150 for CEEC members). The price for non-members is 550 EUR (2 day conference fee, plus one year’s membership of ProTon Europe) or 350 EUR (1 day conference fee). The conference fee covers all documentation and materials, as well as lunch and refreshments on each day of the conference, the welcome reception and the conference dinner.

The conference is organised by ProTon Europe, Europe’s leading association representing knowledge transfer staff in universities and research centres across Europe, in collaboration with UWIC, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, the city’s metropolitan university with a strong and growing reputation for research and enterprise (

The programme of the conference is available on our website at
, where the on-line registration facility is open.


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