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How CIT UPC is contributing to improving technology transfer in Europe

Scientific knowledge developed in universities and research organisations plays a key role in the progress of our society. It facilitates the creation of new business opportunities that contribute to enhancing the well-being of European citizens. However, although the quality of our science is excellent, processes relating to technology transfer from the university to industry are not always ideal. We often find countless barriers, obstacles, and bottlenecks that prevent society from benefitting from the positive impact of this knowledge.

The Science2Society project

CIT UPC has collaborated since the start of 2016 in Science2Society, a three-year European Project that will contribute to resolving this problem. The final aim of the project is to improve the efficiency of the European innovation system by drawing up good practices for technology transfer, and preparing and disseminating information so that stakeholders can optimise these processes. The project has 18 members, including major companies such as FIATAtos or CA Technologies, and leading European research institutes such as KU LeuvenKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyAalto University or Fraunhofer.

The results of the project will be obtained by analysing in-depth seven pilot technology transfer projects involving universities, industry and society. Through these seven practical cases, the real experiences of science and industry professionals will be combined with theoretical frameworks, to identify potential improvements using methods such as design thinking, process re-engineering or the management of change:



The role of the CIT UPC

CIT UPC leads the Co-location pilot project with the company CA Technologies. The University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) defines a co-location process as “The purposeful integration of industry and university personnel in a dedicated space for active research with the strategic intent of encouraging idea exchange by reducing communication and cultural barriers that accompany the physical barriers of being located in different facilities”.

After several years of collaboration with the UPC, the company CA Technologies decided to open in 2011 its European R&D Lab on the North Campus of the UPC. This successful co-location process continues today, and is being used as the basis for analysis in our pilot project. Together with the company, CIT UPC is mapping the specific processes of technology transfer that occur in the framework of a co-location scheme, identifying good practices, bottlenecks and potential solutions. The result will be shared with all stakeholders who could be interested in starting similar schemes in the future; a result that will be available at the end of 2018.

What stage is the project at?

All the pilot projects are in the execution stage. Some are expected to release preliminary results in the first semester of the coming year. Meanwhile, some useful intermediate results have been drawn up for those interested in technology transfer processes.

Recently, a Catalogue of Best Practices for Open Innovation was published as part of the project. It is based on fifteen real experiences of collaboration between science and industry. In addition, a large database has been drawn up with information on approaches to university-business technology transfer. The database will remain public and open to consultation, and will be updated constantly.

How can I take part in Science2Society?

At Science2Society, we are open to collaboration with any organisation that wishes to discuss and share its own experiences with the project. In exchange, these organisations will receive first-hand information on the project and Europe-wide visibility.



This spirit of collaboration must establish the bases for creating the future Learning & Implementation Alliance, the platform for benchmarking of technology transfer processes in Europe.

Through the Science2Society project, the CIT UPC is becoming a leading stakeholder at European level. Your organization can also participate actively in this process.

Will you join us?


CARNET: Mobility at the service of cities and citizens

Eighty per cent of the world population will live in and around large cities in the next few decades. It has been both estimated and shown that twenty-first century societies worldwide will be mainly urban.

The impact of this situation can be felt in all areas, including the environment, resource management, culture and work. Mobility of people and goods is one of the pillars of development of any community. As communities grow, there is an increasing need to organise and optimise public and private transport, as well as associated aspects such as energy and safety. In short, it is essential to increase sustainability.

All of these factors are the responsibility of government departments, but not exclusively. Companies and non-profit organisations are also involved in managing urban mobility.

SEAT, UPC and Volkswagen Group Research choose Barcelona for creating the mobility for the future with CARNET

CARNET has arisen precisely through this new model of collaboration between public and private entities to develop innovative global projects, designed to implement initiatives associated with better quality of life for all citizens.

CARNET is a pioneering project in which the public sector (the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) and the private sector (SEAT and Volkswagen) collaborate in activities that contribute to the design of future urban mobility. Other companies and organisations such as Altran, Applus Idiada, Ficosa, RACC and Rücker Lypsa have become members of CARNET.

CARNET’s activities are focused on three main areas:

  • Identifying and fostering talent through a variety of training courses.
  • Carrying out corporate research to develop innovation projects.
  • Networking in national and International networks in the sector.

To be successful, mobility must be analysed comprehensively, using an approach that includes the perspectives of academic and research institutions, companies in the sector, regulators, suppliers and users. This is the only way to guarantee results that are reliable and beneficial for everyone.

In the era of smart cities, open innovation, and mobility as a key factor in relations at local and global level, companies understand that they need to be associated with other organisations that provide the knowledge, information and analysis required to tackle objectives as ambitious as those proposed in CARNET. For this reason, Volkswagen Group Research has put its trust in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya to launch this initiative, which arose as a result of close collaboration between the UPC and SEAT over many years in the SEAT-UPC Chair. The UPC Technology Center (CIT UPC), which is responsible for the technical coordination of the SEAT Chair, is also responsible for coordinating CARNET, to give continuity and a global dimension to this collaboration. Barcelona, which is ranked in the Top Ten smart cities in Europe and has a network for analysing and monitoring traffic, parking and pollution levels, is the perfect location for the project.

Aspects such as vehicle design, energy consumption, materials, emissions and connectivity will be analysed from a global perspective on the basis of the expert, specialised work of researchers and technologists such as those who work at the UPC, with coordination and management provided by the CIT UPC. Heads of companies, those responsible for public spaces, and government bodies are also invited to participate in CARNET.

To achieve this, CARNET is based on a new paradigm that goes beyond the concept of a smart city. This is called WISE city (Wellness and Walkable [W], Intelligence and ICT [I], Sustainable and Safety [S], Ecology, Energy and Economy [E]) and focuses on citizens and on different ways to improve their quality of life with the help of technology. In a future article we will stop at this inspiring concept of the urban mobility of the future.

As mobility affects us all, find out more about the project and participate through our website.