Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation
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Tech Transfer Officers and Food Security Portals

Tech Transfer Officers and Food Security Portals

Tech Transfer Officers and Food Security Portals

CAAST-Net Plus is organising a workshop on 22 May 2017 in Namibia, to unpack the role of technology transfer officers in the establishment of the Knowledge Management and Communication System initiative. [Image credit: Flickr, Eric Montfort]

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Date: May 22, 2017
Location / Venue: Windhoek / Safari Court Hotel
Country: Namibia

The Challenges and Best Practices in Commercialising Research Results workshop is organised in collaboration with the Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (RINEA) project, and held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), which takes place from 22-25 May 2017, in Windhoek.

On the agenda?

  • Potential contribution of technology transfer officers from Africa and Europe in a KMCS Blueprint;
  • Methodological needs for a KMCS on FNSSA; and,
  • Good practices in involving technology transfer officers in food security-related portals.

According to the concept note, the KMCS is an initiative which aims to respond to the "need for an Africa‐EU platform for structured access to all knowledge, outputs and lessons learned from various initiatives and research projects, as well as the need for a communication strategy, not only for the implementation of the Roadmap on FNSSA but also for the transfer of knowledge into solutions, including the national decision‐makers and potential investors in Research and Innovation (R&I) and entrepreneurs."

CAAST-Net Plus has recently held consultations with representatives of the private sector, research community, farmer associations, and portal managers and developers, to gather inputs towards a Blueprint on the actions necessary in developing the KMCS portal for the EU-Africa FNSSA partnership.

This workshop will be preceeded by a workshop organised by the RINEA project, focusing on good practices and challenges for establishing tech transfer offices in Europe and Africa. Participation for this event is free, however, interested individuals should RSVP by sending an email to Ms. Neo Mofokeng at neo.mofokeng[at]

Download concept note

See draft agenda

Read more about the SARIMA conference here.

CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 311806
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