The UMU presents an innovative model of knowledge transfer to the CRUE


Vice Chancellor José Manuel López Nicolás described the project he has promoted and led, establishing Knowledge Transfer Groups (GTC).

During the ‘Plenary Session: Innovative Transfer Models’ – and in front of nearly 500 attendees – López Nicolás, for the first time in history, discussed in depth what the creation of Knowledge Transfer Groups (GTC) means and explained what it will consist of. revitalization.

He stopped to explain the calls for help for these groups, the creation of various working committees such as the Scientific Transfer and Dissemination Commission and the External Advisory Board of the University of Murcia (UMU).

Likewise, he explained how the work of knowledge transfer, both social and economic, of UMU’s research staff is being recognized through a call for awards that is now in its second edition.

For example, the Vice Rector described an inspiring model in terms of progression, selected from more than 70 universities, which is already a reality at UMU and in which many other universities are already interested. The presentation took place during the XXVIII Conference on Research of Spanish Universities, promoted by the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) in Valencia from 9 to 11 November.

Bringing together the main managers of scientific policy and research management, transfer and innovation from Spanish universities, this CRUE meeting is an exceptional opportunity to exchange experiences, build consensus, debate and propose recommendations and protocols for action on the key issues of the plans and strategies affecting the R+D+I of Spanish universities.

Among other important bets, López Nicolás presented the 2021 regulation that encourages for the first time the creation of GTC, whose purpose is to regulate the creation and operation of this new figure to adapt knowledge transfer actions to the current moment and for which research personnel supports the development of projects that bring their research and innovations closer to industry and society.

Each GTC can opt for funding through a call for support to promote transfer, which aims to encourage and promote knowledge transfer activities to the productive sectors (public and private), such as the formalization of contracts, licensing agreements and joint research projects with companies, as well as the promotion of scientific dissemination activities to society at large carried out by these groups.

To give visibility and dynamism to the GTC, a general web platform has also been developed on which the web pages of each GTC will be hosted and where they can showcase their developments and handover projects. Likewise, training adapted to the groups has been offered in the areas of communication, valorization and commercialization of research results, marketing and other areas and meetings that allow the exchange of opinions and the creation of synergies with the transfer as a common point.

On the other hand, the Vice-Rector for Scientific Transfer, Communication and Dissemination explained the creation of the Scientific Transfer and Dissemination Commission, the only one of its kind in Spain, a collegial body for the realization of the participation of the university scientific community, society and the business community in the transfer policy and the scientific dissemination of the UMU.

This multidisciplinary body, made up of educational institution spokespersons from the different branches of knowledge and representatives of the Social Council, “advises, among other things, on the drafting, design and development of transfer and dissemination policies, promotes appeals for transfer aid and scientific dissemination creates channels for the recognition of research personnel, companies and other persons or entities in terms of knowledge transfer through the promotion of a critical mind,” says López Nicolás.

The establishment of the External Advisory Committee on Knowledge Transfer was also highlighted as a tool for improving the communication of the University of Murcia with society and its representative institutions, achieving the active participation of non-university public institutions and interest groups of the region . of Murcia in the design and development of the objectives and actions in this area.

Finally, it was shown how a call for transfer awards was promoted at UMU, recognizing research personnel who excel in developing knowledge transfer projects and actions in collaboration with companies with social and economic impact, as well as those who have carried out relevant scientific dissemination projects.

During the sessions, the Head of the Scientific Dissemination Coordination Section, Delfina Roca, was elected General Coordinator of the RedDivulga Working Groups, and the Section Head of Scientific Dissemination Management, Mamen Martínez, became part of the Scientific Dissemination Activities Catalog group of this same network.

Source: La Verdad


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