SIG 18 So You Want to Host a Partnering Forum
Target Audience: All Audiences
Brian Wright, Auburn University
Since 2014, AUTM has hosted several Partnering Forums around the country, each focusing on a specific industry. These meetings provide technology transfer professionals from industry and universities a unique opportunity to network in a particular technology sector and explore opportunities to form collaborations in areas such as intellectual property licensing, research and other areas. The forums are intended to be small events, with approximately 50-75 attendees, to foster more robust networking opportunities. Past events have focused on medical imaging, medical devices, oil & gas, aerospace and animal health. 2016 events are scheduled for communications and crops. These full day events include presentations and panels that address technology transfer perspectives from both industry and academia, as well as plenty of opportunities for networking and one-on-one partnering.
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Does your university have an interest in helping to create such an event? Proposals are welcome from both universities and companies, or applications from multiple organizations that plan to co-host an event. This informal discussion will include several organizers of past and future partnering forums, who can provide insight into factors to consider when putting together a Partnering Forum proposal to help guide you to a successful event.