Czech Technology Days
04.02.2013 / 13:13
Czech technology days have a 6year tradition. CTD consist of presentations of Czech researchers and innovative entrepreneurs active in specific RandD segment to their partners in a given technologically advanced country. The emphasis is put on applied research and commercialization of new technologies. The objective is to establish or facilitate contacts and create a framework for future mutually beneficial cooperation.
Excellent Czech teams discuss with their partners concrete projects for cooperation. Desirable outcomes are: agreements on students and postgraduates exchange, signing new memoranda on cooperation, common projects with commercial potential, exchange of best practices on cooperation between universities and industry, identifying investors in new technologies.
During 2011 and 2012, a number of Czech technology days type events took place in different countries, namely the USA, Canada, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, Israel addressing various RandD segments (information and communication technologies, sustainable energy, bio and nanotechnologies, new materials, automotive industry related technologies).
CTD organized in 2011-2012
- Czech technology days took place on 13 - 14 November 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Czech delegation consisted of representatives of some government institutions Czech researchers and innovative companies. Also the US participants were of various backgrounds, inter alia representatives of large and midsized companies, banks and investors. A key part of the agenda was presentations of business plans of Czech innovators and discussion on perspectives in Czech-American RandD cooperation. In addition, interactive panels were organized focusing on best practices in commercialization of new technologies (investment in small companies and start-ups) and on incentives to promote cooperation between universities and industry. More information.
- The 6th Czech-Japanese Technology Days were organized at the margins of the Nanofibers international symposium 2012 held in Tokyo (June 4 and 5, 2012). The main organizer of the event was the Tokyo Institute of Technology with support of Czech embassy. At the symposium, leading Czech research institutes (University of Technology in Brno, Technical University of Liberec, Brno Central European Institute of Technology in Brno) and innovative firms (Nafigate, Elmarco and Contipro Biotech) presented their projects and products. The presentations were followed by dicussion on possibilities to formulate joint projects. The MFA Special Envoy for Science and Technology visited responsible departments and government institutions to identify further possibilities to expand bilateral Czech - Japanese cooperation.
- With the personal presence of Czech Minister of Health Leoš Heger, a two-day seminar was held in Chicago (March 27 to 28, 2012) focusing on bio and nanotechnology. It provided a unique opportunity for Czech advanced researchers in biotechnology and bio medicine to introduce their projects in one of the most dynamic and fastest growing regions in this segment in the United States. The American partners appreciated high quality of Czech research and expressed readiness to establish mutually beneficial exchange. After the end of the event, the communication about the "follow-up" was set up.
- The U.S. - Czech Innovation Conference: Exploring Innovation Opportunity, conference held under the auspices of the Czech Prime Minister, Petr Nečas, was attended by more than 150 representatives of key government ministries, research institutions and innovative companies from the Czech Republic and the U.S. (more information about the conference). The conference was a milestone in promoting bilateral communication. It paved the way for specific programs and project of mutually beneficial cooperation. This important conference was followed by other events organized during the year 2012 in Prague and in the regions.
- Czech-Chinese Technology Days were held in November 22 to 24, 2011, in the Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The main segments were bio medicine and genomics.
- Czech-Australian Technology Days (Melbourne, July 4 to 8, 2011) were an important stimulus for forging partnership between universities in automotive industry related research.
- Czech-Korean Technology days were held in the framework of the Central and Eastern Europe Green Business Partnership Conference (Seoul, October 10 to 14, 2011). Czech innovative companies and teams presented their technology in a separate bilateral meeting to the leadership of Korean “green business” institutions and enterprises.
- Czech-Canadian Technology Days (September 21 and 23, 2011) took place in Ontario Province (Waterloo&Kitchener area) with an emphasis on information and communication technologies, robotics, cybernetics.