To mark its 25th anniversary, the German Association for Knowledge and Technology Transfer has adopted a new name. With the renaming from TechnologieAllianz e.V. to TransferAllianz e.V., the association, of which the University of Potsdam is a member, is taking into account the changes and diversity of the transfer tasks of its now approximately 70 institutional members. These are from universities, applied sciences universities, the four non-university research organisations, patent licensing agencies and other associated transfer service providers. The TransferAllianz e.V. offers a wide range of services from the exchange of professional experience and advanced training focusing on specific WTT offers for industry, politics and society, to the representation of stakeholder interests and participation in shaping the political environment.
In March 2019, representatives of Potsdam Transfer took part in the annual national conference, which presented a broad platform for a stimulating exchange between the participants. This year's event was under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and brought together over 200 national and international partners and guests in Frankfurt am Main to discuss current challenges and trends in knowledge and technology transfer.
Further information is available on the website or via the TransferAllianz e.V. office. (www.transferallianz.de).
At the invitation of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a delegation of high-ranking Palestinian and Jordanian university representatives visited universities in Berlin and Potsdam from 31 March to 6 April 2019 to find out about innovation funding at German universities.
The focus of the visit was on exploring prospective partners to strengthen scientific relations with the region. In addition, the delegation sought to gain insights into best-practice examples of innovation support, such as implementation and career development as well as the connection between science and industry.
Potsdam Transfer, the central institution for knowledge and technology transfer at the University of Potsdam, presented current projects at the various campuses on 3 April 2019: After the welcome of the delegation in the Transfer & Innovation Point-Golm (TIP) by Sascha Thormann, Managing Director Potsdam Transfer, Dr. Caroline Reid (PT-Transfer Service) gave an insight into the working method of Potsdam Transfer. In addition, Dr. Andrea Ode presented the Innovation Campus Golm. Anja Kriebel, course organiser at UP Transfer GmbH, gave an overview of the possibilities of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes, for example in the fields of life sciences and IT.
The delegates then visited the Golm and Griebnitzsee campuses before continuing on to the Hasso Plattner Institute and the reception hosted by Dr. Martina Münch, Minister for Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg.
Saskia Strutzke and Sarah Jahn, scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering, and Bioeconomics e. V. (ATB), have developed a novel measuring device that automatically and continuously measures stress indicators such as respiratory rate in dairy cows. The sensor is attached to the animal's nose and measures the intranasal pressure difference during inhalation and exhalation. The device has enormous potential for farmers in monitoring the health of their animals: whereas to date stress indicators could only be recorded visually, the sensor functions as a digital early warning system via an app. It signals as soon as physiological values of the animals change in a critical way. Information on stress levels in the herd or on the current health status of individual animals, e.g. in the event of an impending birth, can therefore reach the animal owner far away from the farm. The two ATB scientists are currently planning a spin-off for the first quarter of 2020 with the help of an EXIST grant in order to launch a comprehensive and holistic system for the automatic detection of health parameters for various farm animal species. The ATB supports the spin-off with infrastructure and expertise. Potsdam Transfer offers accompanying support and advice within the framework of its start-up network. e. Potsdam Transfer bietet begleitende Unterstützung und Beratung im Rahmen des Gründungsnetzwerks.
On March 14, 2019, the employees of the presence offices of Prignitz, the TH Brandenburg and Schwedt/Uckermark and the College for sustainable development Eberswalde, were guests at the University of Potsdam to learn more about Potsdam as a science location. The transfer and start-up service of the University of Potsdam invited the participants to take part in an exchange of professional experience. In addition, the innoFSPEC project, Standortmanagement Golm GmbH and the Department for Study Affairs at the Neues Palais campus were presented.
Background: The presence offices were initiated within the framework of the "Transfer Strategy Brandenburg" and the Regional Growth Cores (RWK) strategy adopted by the Brandenburg state government in September with the aim of increasing the visibility of Brandenburg's universities in regions far removed from higher education and strengthening economic development in rural regions. The focus is on improving co-operation between science and industry, politics and civil society.