Ever since BU has built relationships with German Sport University Cologne – arguably, the leading global sport university – in 2012 it has been an evolving partnership in terms of student exchange, teaching and research collaboration as well as other academic and industry-oriented work.
Recently, lead contact Dr Tim Breitbarth’s visit has further maintained and widened this link. Mainly, he taught on international sports marketing and management Masters courses; discussed potential future collaborative teaching formats (such as the already co-organized international student management games); met with current BU exchange students in Cologne; and outlined a joint paper on ‘sponsorships as B2B relationships’ based on empirical data from a student dissertation; and defined the direction for a submission to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship Programme.
Why Erasmus? Why Europe?
There is much going for strategically developing Erasmus links, especially if departments seek to extent relationships with European partners beyond student exchange only (arguably, both the core and a starting point). Firstly, it steers EU money towards BU (for both students and staff). Secondly, travel is usually much cheaper than to overseas destinations, so more interaction is likely (and: likely to be funded). Thirdly, there are lots of EU research funding opportunities that require/encourage collaboration within Europe. Fourthly, there is much intercultural learning available for students (and staff). Also, after all, 60% of UK trade is with Europe.
For a variety activities reported on this partnership see the following links on the BU Research Blog and the Faculty of Management Blog (may be search for ‘Cologne’):
You are invited to contribute and participate in a Workshop on Meta Transfer of Knowledge – Challenges in Transfer of Knowledge in Industry.
The workshop is taking place at the International Conference on Innovation through Knowledge Transfer at BU on 19th and 20th of April 2012.
The workshop is a part of Knowledge Transfer activities that take place within the EU funded INFER project coordinated by Prof. Bogdan Gabrys, DEC. INFER offers participants the opportunity to move between sectors and country in order to provide, absorb and implement new knowledge in a professional industrial-academic environment.
The workshop will allow conference delegates to benefit from experiences in knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange and knowledge sharing, during the progress of the INFER and other similar projects.
The goal of the workshop is to share the knowledge about the most effective transfer of knowledge activities that can and have been organised especially in large international projects such as those carried out within EC “People” Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) programme.
Such projects are of particular interest to this workshop as their aim is to stimulate intersectoral mobility and increase knowledge sharing through joint research partnerships in longer term co-operation programmes between organisations from academia and industry where effective knowledge transfer is critical to the success of the projects.
As the transfer of knowledge mechanisms can be observed in all areas where the cooperation between academia and industry exists, it is hoped that sustainable collaborations between people who are interested in continuous development of these mechanisms and improvement of their efficiency will be fostered. This will give the opportunity to push further the discussion upon the potential of Transfer of Knowledge phenomena across different communities.
More about this event can be found on the project website and if you have any further questions about the Workshop please contact Katarzyna Musial.
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing working paper gives an overview on the EIP AHA’s targets and objectives and its role (headline target to add two healthy life years to the average life span of European citizens) and detailed guidance on the role and functioning of the high-level steering group, including a list of already nominated members in the Annex to the document. The group is composed of 33 members, including representatives from the European institutions, Joint Programming Initiatives, industry and European interest organisations, as well as a selected number of representatives from some EU member states. The paper also outlines a proposed timetable for the work of the steering group; the first meeting took place in May 2011, the strategic innovation plan should be finalised in autumn 2011, and the EC aims to analyse the plan by the end of 2011. It will then be presented in a Communication to the Council and European Parliament, and should then start with the implementation phase