With the creation of three regional knowledge transfer centres (WTZ Ost, WTZ Süd and WTZ West) as well as a thematic knowledge transfer centre in the field of Life Science, the Austrian universities provide an important contribution to the intensification of knowledge transfer from science to economics and society.
The objective of the regional knowledge transfer centres is to optimise and further develop the handling of intellectual property. The economy and industry should receive targeted information through networking actions in order to obtain improved and faster access to new findings, technologies, expertise and standards of knowledge. In particular, the search for university cooperative partners and a swift implementation of initiation of projects should be simplified. When doing this, particular attention should be paid to knowledge transfer in the field of humanities, social and cultural sciences (GSK) and the arts. As a result of this, the competitiveness within the national and international environment is strengthened, thus supporting Austria in its development to become an “Innovation Leader”.
The knowledge transfer centre in the east, WTZ Ost, commits in its brochure Shaping Knowledge Transfer to the novel project collaborations between the nine Vienna universities and external partner organisations from research, developments, art, culture, economics and politics, which have emerged in the last four years. The publication provides an insight into the four-year creation of WTZ Ost using editorial contributions, essays, statements and information visualisations, with particular attention paid to the fields of humanities, social and cultural sciences (GSK), the exploration and development of the arts (EEK), art and their possibilities and challenges in knowledge transfer.
The knowledge transfer centres are supported by the Austrian Council for Research, Technology and Development and operatively developed by Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws).