We represent a team of experts at the University of Bremen that works for several years in the field of capacity raising for knowledge and technology transfer in universities, public research centers, science parks, cluster organizations. In the framework of a European project we have developed the ISO/IEC 15504 standard conformant process reference model innoSPICE. This process reference model supports organizations in the innovation cycle to improve their capability in knowledge- and technology transfer and collaboration in a structured and measurable way. We performed several assessments and trainings based on innoSPICE in several European Countries. In Lithuania we developed and applied trainings for capacity raising for more professional interfaces within their own transfer structures. Currently we are developing and implementing a concept to support the startup phase of a cluster initiative for the Federal State of Bremen and are deploying our methods within Europe and Central Asia. We are coordinators of two DAAD projects (SATIS, RAMSES) to improve scientific management structures for better support of innovation, knowledge- and technology transfer in northern Africa. The center is also working in the field of process capability determination for the development of regional innovation strategies with a focus on Smart Specialization Strategies.

The development approaches of the Innovation Capability Center in the field of knowledge transfer, research valorization and innovation are highly in line with the ideas of Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation PDIA. We understand all developments as highly contextualized with a strong need for local solutions of problems that require exploration, experimentation and failures as well. We do not believe that brute force copies of external best practices, tons of foreign “lecture style” trainings or huge investments in infrastructure without real adaptation to the local systems will help to generate sustainable societal and economic impact of research driven activities.

  • Tanja Woronowicz, Michael Boronowsky, David Wewezer, Antanas Mitasiunas, Karsten Seidel, Ignacio Rada Cotera,Towards a Regional Innovation Strategies Modelling, Procedia Computer Science, Volume 104, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2017.01.118.
  • Woronowicz, T., Boronowsky, M., Wewetzer, D. (2013). Implementing innoSPICE™ in Support of Political European Innovation Strategies. Proceedings of the SPICE Conference 2013, Bremen, Germany, June 2013.
  • Woronowicz, T., Mitasiunas, A., Boronowsky, M. (2012). innoSPICE – A Standard based Model for Innovation, Knowledge and Technology Transfer. Proceedings of the XXIII ISPIM Conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 2012
  • Boronowsky, M., Mention, A., Woronowicz, T. (2012). Improving performance of innovation systems using capabilities and impact assessments. Proceedings of the XXIII ISPIM Conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 2012
  • Besson, J., Woronowicz, T., Mitasiunas, A. & Boronowsky, M. (2012). Innovation, knowledge- and technology transfer process capability maturity model – innoSPICE. Submitted to: SPICE Conference 2012, Mallorca, Spain, May 2012.
  • Woronowicz, T., Mitasiunas, A., Wewetzer, D., Boronowsky, M. (2011). Asset management in the value chain of public sector innovation. In: Proceedings of the XXII International Society for Professional Innovation Management Conference, Hamburg, Germany June 2011, ISBN 978-952-265-092-4.