3 December 2020 from 13:30 to 17:00 CET, and 4 December from 09:00 to 12:30

Openness and commercialisation

Openness and commercialisation: How the two can go together


Please save-the-date for these online events which will feature contributions from Task Force Innovation and Task Force Open Science, and will give insight and room for discussion on the interface between academia and industry.
  • Online events on ‘Openness and commercialisation’
  • Date & time: 3 December 2020 from 13:30 to 17:00 CET, and 4 December from 09:00 to 12:30 CET.
  • Location: Online through zoom
  • Co-organisers: CESAER with contributions from Task Force Open Science and Task Force Innovation, in collaboration with TU Delft, TU Wien, Scientific Knowledge Services, Politecnico di Torino, RWTH Aachen University, Focus on Open Science, and the University of Strathclyde
  • CESAER Secretariat support: Mattias Björnmalm, mattias.bjornmalm@cesaer.org 
  • This is an event which will be open to anyone interested. All representatives of our Members are invited to register.


These online 'Openness and commercialisation' events will give insight and room for discussion on the interface between academia and industry. The online events consist of a combination of inspiring keynote speakers, Q&A’s, breakout sessions, panel discussions and short talks.


Open Science offers new opportunities to advance science. A large part of its attraction is the potential to accelerate the transition from scientific discoveries to real life solutions. Although substantial progress has been achieved in many branches of the Open Science movement (e.g. Open Access, Open Education, FAIR data), the aim of Open Science to help accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries should not be forgotten. With these principles in mind, we will explore successful collaborations between academia and industry based on collaboration, openness and transparency.

Despite a common (mis)understanding, commercial exploitation is compatible with Open Science and can play a synergistic role reinforcing each other by building trust and increasing impact. But, in order to do so successfully, these two sides need to find common understanding of each other’s needs and wishes and closely collaborate to maximise the positive impact they can have on society. 

These 'Openness and commercialisation' online events will give insight and room for discussion about the collaborations between academia and industry. 

Registration details: Follow this link


Draft programme

3 December from 13:30 to 17:00 CET

The day includes keynote speeches and break-out sessions. Confirmed contributors include Karel Luyben (Chair of EOSC Executive Board and Chair of Task Force Open Science) and Kirsi Haavisto (Head of Unit, Valorisation Policies & IPR, DG RTD, European Commission)

4 December from 09:00 to 12:30 CET

The day includes keynote speeches, lightning talks and a high-level panel discussion led by Tim Bedford (Chair of Task Force Innovation and Associate Principal for Research and Innovation, University of Strathclyde)

Detailed programme will follow closer to the date, for now please save-the-dates.

Registration form fields (to be activated for the invitation)