Training Workshop 1: Technology Transfer and Innovation

PlaMatSu Workshop 1


The first PlaMatSu Workshop was held at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg from 27-28 September 2017. All Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) met to discuss the PlaMatSu project, as well as to learn about technology transfer and innovation, and ethical challenges for students, with other ESRs external to the PlaMatSu project.

The focus of this workshop was twofold. There were individual sessions related to technology transfer and innovation and to ethical challenges for students. Sessions included:

  • Session on identifying valuable ideas and protecting them

  • Session on creating impact and value for a customer with inventions

  • Ethical argumentation

A detailed agenda is presented below.




All ESR participants were expected to be present on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 09:15hrs until Thursday 28 September 2017 at 17:00hrs.


All Supervisors, Associate Partners and External Experts were invited to be present on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September 2017.


Detailed Draft Agenda


Location: Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg

The first training workshop took place at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg. Activities took place in Room A320.



Wednesday 27 September 2017

09:30-10:00          Opening and personal introduction, Dr Philippe Merz

10:00-11:00          Introduction to Ethical Argumentation I: Two Case Studies

11:00-11:15          Break

11:15-12:45          Introduction to Ethical Argumentation II: How would Mill, Kant, and Aristotle have decided?

12:45-14:00          Lunch

14:00-15:00          Ethical Challenges in Science I: What about research results?

15:00-16:00          Ethical Challenges in Science II: What about animal testing?

16:00-16:15          Break

16:15-17:00          Ethical Open Space: "Green chemistry", industrial corporations and freedom of science, etc.

17:00-17:30          Finish Line: Results and feedback


Thursday 28 September 2017

08:30-09:00          Coffee

09:00-09:45          "From idea to invention – how to identify valuable ideas and protect them?"

09:45-10:00          Break

10:00-11:00          Select the ideas and formulate an invention disclosure

11:00-12:00          Presentation and discussion of results

12:00-13:00          Lunch

13:00-13:45          "From invention to innovation – how to create impact and value for a customer?"

13:45-14:00          Break

14:00-15:00          Formulate a "Value proposition"

15:00-15:15          Break

15:15-16:00          Presentation and discussion of results



Participants were asked to bring a research result or idea which they thought had the potential to lead to an application. Sample ideas which could be developed in this workshop were requested from PlaMatSu professors (as backup ideas, if students did not bring ideas of their own).





If you have any questions, please contact:

Claire Scott

Project Manager

PlaMatSu ITN Project, University of Strathclyde