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EcoTech2024 – Research Universities as Hubs for Eco-Systems

In the frame of its centennial, the Technion is organising EcoTech2024, an international conference designed to explore the evolving landscapes of collaboration between academia and industry. As a pivotal forum for thought leaders, researchers, industry stakeholders and policy-makers, EcoTech2024 aims to delve into the multifaceted dynamics of academic-industrial partnerships. At a time when research is increasingly being funded by the private sector, it is crucial to assess the inherent advantages and disadvantages of such collaborations, as well as to explore optimized ways to leverage these partnerships for maximal societal impact.

A view on the Technion campus, Haifa, Israel
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Key Themes:

  • Funding Dynamics: Exploring models that combine public funding, philanthropy, and corporate sponsorship.
  • Intellectual Property: Addressing challenges and best practices in IP rights in academia-industry collaborations.
  • Student Involvement: Evaluating the ethical and educational dimensions of involving students in industry-funded research.
  • Publishing and Reporting: Understanding the unique constraints and opportunities in disseminating findings from collaborative projects.
  • Start-up Companies vs. Licensing: Discussing the benefits of forming startups based on university-developed IP as opposed to licensing technologies to existing corporations.

Why Attend:

  • Innovative Solutions: Learn from experts about the latest methods for enabling effective collaborations between academia and industry.
  • Networking: Connect with other professionals who share your interests and challenges, laying the foundation for potential future collaborations.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Present your own research, findings or case studies to a diverse and engaged audience.
  • Employment Opportunities: Gain insights into how these collaborations can significantly increase employment prospects for research students and faculty.

Practical information

Date: 3-5 December 2024
Location: Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa; Israel
Organiser: Technion
Registration: Is required; please see here for detailed information.


This conference is open to all who are interested.

Further information

Please check the event website.