Advanced Technology Transfer Workshop: Defining Metrics for Technology Transfer
Venue :
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Following the recent statutory changes in technology commercialization and top-down reforms in technology policies, a new landscape of technology transfer among the Chinese academic institutions is emerging, filled with springing Technology Transfer Offices (TTO), ambitious schemes and exciting experiments. However, beyond the apparent desire to establish a thriving technology transfer culture, the lack of entrenched policy and experience poses new challenges to policy makers and university administrators. The use of proper metrics to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of technology transfer is one of the important issues.

In the workshop, guided by the sharing of experiences of guests from both abroad and locally, participants explored the objective metrics system of  technology transfer for universities through quantities of communication and exchange.

Four guests from overseas and local universities and institutions shared their views and practices in the morning sharing session. In the order of presentation, the sharing guests are:

1. Dr Alison CAMPBELL, Director, Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), Ireland
2. Ms. Katharine KU, Technology Licensing Office, Stanford University, USA
3. Prof. David MULLINS, Director, External and International Relations, WMG, The University of Warwick, UK
4. Dr Yan WANG, Director, Office of Technology Licensing, Tsinghua University, China

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ISTA members are welcome to download the presentation slides listed below. To access the protected files, please send a request to for the password.

Defining Metrics for University Technology Transfer – a macro perspective (by Dr Alison CAMPBELL)
Technology Transfer for the Public Good (by Ms. Katharine KU)
Knowledge Transfer through Research and Skills – Achieving Impact (by Prof. David MULLINS)