Universities and Industry to Discuss Cooperation at Forum "Ecosystem of Innovation - Universities and Research Centers"


Universities and Industry to Discuss Cooperation at Forum "Ecosystem of Innovation - Universities and Research Centers"

On March 12-13, the practical forum "Ecosystem of Innovation - Universities and Research Centers" will be held in the National University of Science and Technology "MISIS", where representatives of universities, research organizations, and corporations will discuss certain steps towards implementation of university-to-industry projects. The Forum will be the first event to not only discuss the campus innovation ecosystem, but also get practical outcomes - current plans, roadmaps, and transactions.

The first practical forum for technology transfer is carried out by RVC in conjunction with the business incubator "Ingria," NUST "MISIS," and Project Office of the Russian Universities' Competitiveness Improvement Program "5-100." The Forum will bring together more than 500 representatives of federal and regional authorities, leading Russian and international universities and research organizations, private and public corporations, investors, managers of small innovative companies, clusters, technology platforms, engineering centers, and industrial parks.

Participants will try to change the current situation in which developments are actively created, but not introduced into production. The forum's agenda includes issues of interaction between universities and industry, and creation of the innovation ecosystem in universities. What technologies are in demand in the industry? What are the industry's requirements for developments? Who, how, and with whom should interact? What are the barriers to implementation of developments? Following the discussions, specially created working groups will prepare recommendations for changes in corporations and research organizations, as well as proposals for public authorities. In addition, the program of the forum includes presentations of innovative projects to development directors of industrial corporations, thus emphasizing its practical orientation.

The event will be a logical continuation of the Forum "Innovation Ecosystem" held in Krasnaya Polyana (Sochi) in December 2014. The main theme of the forum was selection of Russia's innovation ecosystem development strategy. Participants have given a major role in the strategy to measures to facilitate introduction of scientific developments in production. Random changes are not enough for this - we need to develop full-scale innovation ecosystems in universities and research centers. The March forum is to determine the way it can be done. The first steps - presentation of developments to companies, preparation of proposals to ministries, and others - will be made directly at the event.

The forum will summarise the first results of a large-scale project to develop innovation ecosystems in Russian universities, organized by RVC and "Ingria" last fall. The purpose of the project is to create a community of innovation leaders and development of innovative culture in Russian universities. As part of the project, strategic sessions and educational seminars has already been given at universities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tomsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Surgut, and Sochi, which has shown that a significant number of Russian researchers and developers were interested in the commercialization of innovations. In turn, meetings and interviews with representatives of industrial companies have made it possible to identify barriers to the dialogue between science and business. In the long term, the project is to increase the volume and number of transactions on the transfer of technology and competence, open up new areas for development and research in participant universities, and strengthen their position in the national and international educational rankings.

Official site of the event with the forum's program:

Venue: (NUST "MISIS," 4 Leninsky Avenue).


RVC OJSC is a state fund of funds a development institution of the Russian Federation, one of the key tools leveraged by the state in the effort to create national innovation system. The authorized capital of RVC is more than 30 billion rubles. 100% of the RVC's capital belongs to the Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for State Property Management of the Russian Federation (Rosimushestvo). The total number of funds formed by RVC has reached 18, their aggregate size is 26.1 billion rubles. The share of RVC is 16.1 billion rubles. RVC funds invested into 169 innovative companies. The total amount of invested assets reached 15.3 billion rubles.

The business incubator "Ingria" is a platform for rapid development of start-ups. Incubator residents receive advisory support in 4 main areas - investments, mentors, customers, and talent pool. In addition, "Ingria" has a special partnership program with universities I2U, developing cooperation with foreign innovation centers, and Technology Transfer Center. The project is supported by the Committee on Industrial Policy and Innovation of the Government of St. Petersburg.


NUST "MISIS" is a leading university of technology combining cutting-edge educational technology with a serious research work. Staff of NUST "MISIS" are internationally recognized experts in areas such as energy and resource conservation, environmental management, new materials and nanotechnology, special alloys, non-ferrous, rare, and precious metals, biocompatible materials and coatings, high-strength and super-hard materials and coatings, quantum technology, and technology commercialization.

5-100 Project

"5-100" is the project to improve competitiveness of the leading Russian universities among the world's leading research and education centers. It is to facilitate building-up research capacity of Russian universities and strengthen their competitive position in the global education market. Work on the 7-years project started in May 2013 in accordance with the provisions of Decree No. 599 of the President of the Russian Federation "On Steps to Implement the State Policy in Education and Science." A group of modern leading universities with an effective management structure and international academic reputation, able to meet global trends and react flexibly to global change is expected to be created in Russia as a result of this project by 2020.

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