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The bonita Transnational Network

Transnational Network

The bonita Transnational Network (TN) is established as a permament body to continue the project’s results after its official conclusion at the beginning of 2012.  By  bringing together innovation sources with potential technology beneficiaries and users, the TN promotes collaboration on a transnational basis, consistent with the mission of the bonita project when it began its operation in October 2008.

 The bonita TN is responsible for:

  1. Training and consultation on bonita’s technology transfer model,
  2. Organisation of events in bonita’s network of showrooms,
  3. Dissemination of bonita project results and other relevant IT or ICT research results,
  4. Match-making and intermediating of IT research supply and customer needs,
  5. Development of joint projects concerning IT R&D and technology transfer.

Furthermore, the bonita TN will support generation and transfer of technology and innovation concerning the region’s leading technologies (e.g. wearable computing, robotic devices, e-logistics, e-learning).

bonita TN is currently in the process of establishing several web portals related to the bonita TN activities. One such portal has already been developed and is currently being prepared for launch by Riga Technical University in Latvia.  Two others – from University of Bremen and Poznan Science & Technology Park (Poland) – are at the final stage of the development.

bonita representatives and participants of the final conference: (L to R) Leonid Novickis (Riga Technical University),Martin Heinlein (Technology Park, Bremen),  Antanas Mitasiunas  (Vilnius University), Barbara Schieferstein (Senator for Economics and Ports of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Germany), Niels Henrik Helms (Knowledge Lab - University of Southern Denmark), Michael Boronowsky (Center for Computing and Communication Technologies), Jari Errkila (Tamlink Ltd.),  Saulius Arelis (Visoriai Information Technology Park), Jukka Vanhala (Tampere University of Technology),  Rasmus Anker-Møller (South Denmark European Office)


Dr. Michael Boronowsky (Center for Computing and Communication Technologies/ TZI Bremen University) and Leonid Novickis (Riga Technical University) sign the Memorandum of Understanding during the bonita final conference.

 

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Baltic Organisation and Network of Innovation Transfer Associations

„Interregional development by turning university research into business value”

Research cooperation as well as knowledge transfer between public research organisations and industry is insufficiently developed within the European innovation system. To develop the Baltic Sea Region into a high-tech region the available scientific knowledge needs to be successfully transferred into practice. Even though universities are important developers of new technologies and products their innovations often are not transferred for commercialization. This can be explained by lack of facilitating structures and underdeveloped commercial mindsets of academic staff. At the same time vast innovation potential of SMEs is not exploited due to missing resources.

The bonita project addresses these deficiencies by bridging the knowledge gaps between universities, laboratories, industrial actors and policy makers. The project consortium represents a mix of institutions responsible for regional technology transfer from 8 countries in the Baltic Sea Region. The project has been financed by the European Union’s Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 with almost 2 million Euros.