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Technology Transfer: Addressing the challenges and accelerating opportunities for knowledge flow

This webinar / panel discussion will bring together key influencers on Technology Transfer principles and policymakers from the UK and Greek governments, industry, academia and institutions, such as the IET, to discuss how the EU and its European counterparts consider Technology Transfer as means of creating a sustainable industrial future and promote economic developments of countries.


An assessment by OECD in June 2020 on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on development finance found that the COVID-19 crisis is hitting developing countries, rising public debt levels. Can investment in technology transfer create those circumstances that will support a faster recovery from the current financial turbulence?


Technology transfer is the movement of technical knowledge, including data, innovations, software and hardware from one organisation to another or from one practise to another. The technology transfer process is guided by the policies and agreements set by central governments and between and between participating parties.

  • London
  • UK - London
  • Built environment

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


13 Jan 2021

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 01/13/2021 18:00 01/13/2021 19:30 Technology Transfer: Addressing the challenges and accelerating opportunities for knowledge flow A panel discussion covering the fundamentals of Technology Transfer, including what it is, the path from research to commercialisation and how academia, industry and governments can collaborate to promote economic development. London, UK


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Prof. Timothy Dafforn

Prof. Timothy Dafforn

Chair of the IET Innovation & Emerging Technologies Policy Panel - University of Birmingham

Professor Dafforn is Professor of Biotechnology at the University. He is also a serial entrepreneur founding businesses in clinical diagnostics and instrument development. In 2018 he was made Chief Entrepreneurial Advisor in the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy where advised on student entrepreneurship and technology transfer. He is also a member of the ministerially led Synthetic Biology Leadership Council and the Defence Science Expert Committee at the MoD

Dr Christos Dimas

Dr Christos Dimas

Deputy Minister of Development & Investments, responsible for Research & Technology, Hellenic Republic

Dr Christos Dimas is a lawyer and a Member of the Hellenic Parliament. He obtained his LLB degrees from the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and from Queen Mary University of London. He completed his Master’s degree in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). At the LSE, he finished his PhD in European Political Economy. During his studies, he worked as the London correspondent of Apogevmatini newspaper and practiced journalism at the BBC. He was also taught at LSE, ICON College and University of Leicester, while before entering politics worked as a business consultant for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He is the Deputy Minister for Research and Technology in Greece since July 2019.

Elspeth Finch MBE

Elspeth Finch MBE

Founder and CEO of IAND

Aged 24, Elspeth started her first technology business Intelligent Space Partnership, which she sold to Atkins in 2007. She is active in shaping the government’s engineering policy with a focus on innovation and diversity through her work at the Royal Academy of Engineering, where she chairs the Innovators’ Network. She is a judge on the Launchpad competition for early-stage entrepreneurs and sits on its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Previous awards include an MBE for her services to Engineering and Enterprise (2017); Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering (2013); and World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (2010).

Chrissy Thom

Chrissy Thom

Senior Vice President - Growth, Strategy & Solutions

Chrissy’s 20-year career focuses on challenging what’s next. Under Chrissy’s leadership, the Growth, Strategy & Solutions (GSS) team strategically positions Jacobs for growth and innovation, unlocking true global intelligence to benefit customers.  Her technical background is Ecology, where systems-thinking and integrated analysis are foundational to her approaches. She is known as a driven, authentic leader with demonstrated strength in global and cultural inclusion and connectivity. She brings experience grounded in all facets of Jacobs’ business – Operations, Sales, Project Delivery and Solutions & Technology. As a mentor and role model for many, Chrissy leads Jacobs’ global team of world-class experts across the buildings and infrastructure portfolios.


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18:00 Lecture / Panel discussion begins

19:00 Q&A Session

19:30 Session close