eINTERASIA Project finished

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The eINTERASIA project Team and the project reviewers. Meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Final Conference

The EU-FP7 Project eINTERASIA – ICT Transfer Concept for Adaption, Dissemination cropped-cropped-eINTERASIA_Logo_final11and Local Exploitation of European Research Results in Central Asian Countries – finished with the Final Conference at 27.08.2015 in Almaty at the premises of Almaty Management University (ALMA) and the final Review on 28.08.2015.

IMG_0532The objectives of the final conference: to get together the interested specialists to share the knowledge and ideas in the area of innovative IT solutions, technology transfer and to present the major results obtained within the eINTERASIA project.

IMG_0524About 100 participants from different sectors (academic sphere, transport and logistics companies, IT enterprises and technological parks, small and medium businesses) took part in this event.

Invited speakers:

  1. V. Kopanas (EC). ICT in Horizon 2020. Focus on Work Programme 2016-2017 download
  2. K. Magzieva (NCP – KZ).The Role of National Contact Point of Kazakhstan to strengthen cooperation between the EU and Kazakhstan download
  3. A. Kozhakhmetov (President of Almaty Management University). The use of innovative IT solutions at the university download

eINTERASIA project coordinator Prof. Novickis (RTU, Latvia) and Prof. Kozhakhmetov (President of Almaty Management University).

Several presentations of the conference have been devoted to the outputs of eINTERASIA. Beyond others Mrs. Tanja Woronowicz presented “Standardized Knowledge Transfer linking European Research with Central Asian Business Development  – ISO/IEC 15504 innoSPICE” and Dr. Michael Boronowsky were talking about “Showrooms as a Windows to Scientific Based Innovations”

Informal discussion between presenters and participants has been held after the presentations session. Ways of bilateral cooperation beyond the project between different partners have been agreed.

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The final review of the eINTERASIA project

The Review Meeting

The formal closure of the Project was the final Project Review held on day after the final conference. The eINTERASIA Project aimed at supporting an international cooperation with Developing Economies of Central Asia by creating an innovative ICT Transfer Concept and business model for adaptation, dissemination and local exploitation of EU research results. Geographical region of Central Asia which is of great importance to the EU as a bridge to China, Afganistan, Vietnam and the Middle East was selected to demonstrate eINTERASIA universal approaches. In the consortium the Region was represented by organizations from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan with main focus to Kazakhstan (low and middle income countries).

During the meeting the results of the last deliverables were presented and discussed with the reviewers. The very active work and the convincing team play was positively perceived and the deliverables were accepted by the reviewers beside two minor remarks. The Innovation Capability Center was very pleased to work within this consortium, to visit regions with huge future potential, and to learn from each others perspectives. The project was coordinated by Prof. Leonids Novickis from Riga Technical University (RTU), and we are thankful for the very professional work and the excellent management of our project!

The eINTERASIA Technology Transfer Questionaire

Beside the great partnership, the new networks and the insights that we have developed during the project, the Generic Technology Transfer Concept will be a sustainable result for the Innovation Capability Center. Based on the partnership with Prof. Antanas Mitasiunas from Mitsoft the Innovation Capability Center at University of Bremen was responsible to develop this concept. It is founded on the ISO/IEC 15505 Standard based model innoSPICE to facilitate transformation of ICT research results into local Innovation. A questionaire was developed that is alligned with the structure of the innoSPICE process reference model. In eINTERASIA this questionaire was used to transform individual research results into a unified representation – helping to strucutre relevant Information related to the commercialization and the transfer of the results into new application areas. This questionaire is dealing with a central challenge in assessing the transferability of individual research results – how to structure the transfer relevant “non technical meta data” of a research result. The Innovation Capability center will continue to establish this idea as an element of the knowledge- and technology transfer process. The questionnaire can e.g. be an important standardized element to improve the deal flow from university to potential investors.  It will an efficient way to understand the readiness and completeness of research results to generate societal or commercial values from an non-technical perspective.

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Impression from the great nature in Uzbekistan at the eINTERASIA project meeting in Tashkent (Mai 2015)

 

The second RAMSES training workshop took place

IMG_1525The second RAMSES training workshop took place in Cairo from 6.-12.6.2015 and was performed by Dr. Michael Boronowsky from the Innovation Capability Center, University Bremen. The first goal for this training session was to give an introduction to the collaboration tools that were selected for the RAMSES project. A shared document space in the cloud and several shared Google-sheets are used to synchronize the trainings and the “homework”.

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Dr. Michael Boronowsky introduces innoSPICE at Cairo University

One of these sheets has a representation of the innoSPICE model and the trainees will develop “translation” and explanations of the different processes and practices in the terminology and specific cultures of their faculties during the project. The innoSPICE training started with a set of pictures showing different collection of gears. Dr. Boronowsky explained the analogies of these assemblies with different types of organization. Another set of pictures showing plugs and devices was used to illustrate the relation of individual skills and the capability of an organization.

The innoSPICE training was focussing to improve the self study capabilities of the trainees. General difficulties for the trainees are to deal with the very abstract process descriptions and to relate them to real world process implementations. Dr. Boronowsky explained the motivation and the need of the abstraction in the standard based innoSPICE model, followed by a very active discussion of the group. To understand the meaning of a process it is important to catch the intention why such a function might be important inside an organization. The descriptions of the process purpose or the individual base practices of a IMG_1474process are similar to the text of a law. A law often should allow to regulate certain behaviour in an abstract fashion. If it is too concrete, it will only be valid for the concrete case described in the law. So a law will generally be formulated to be valid for a certain class of cases, even for future ones. To understand a law it needs an interpretation. And to have a good interpretation for a law it is helpful to know the intention of the law, to realize why this specific regulation became relevant for society. Similar things can be said about the process descriptions in the innoSPICE model. And like a law – the intention is not written as part of the law, maybe it is documented or research work for historians. As innoSPICE is based on standard procedures in innovation, knowledge- and technology transfer it is much easier to derive the intention of the process.

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Part of the RAMSES team at Cairo University

The important learning goal for this training workshop is to motivate the trainees to think about the intention of the process and to use the available process descriptions to develop the requirements to fulfill this intention. This way the group work became very complex with several longer debates. The current training will help to increase the efficiency of these discussions in the future.

IMG_1476A second help for a better analysis of the individual processes was given during the training. Several processes are based on a similar pattern in the order of the base practices – they follow a Plan-Do-Check-and Act cycle. E.g. the innoSPICE Process DEV 5 (Prototype Development) – Base Practice BP1-BP4 are concentrated on the planning of the prototype, BP6-BP6 are related to the design and implementation of a prototype (so the “doing”) and BP7-BP8 are about test and evaluation (Check) and BP9-BP10 are preparing at least the improvement of the prototype (so a not fully implemented “Act”). The awareness of such a pattern is an important support in understanding the process. In addition a second pattern was presented, that can be found e.g. in TTD1 (Technology Transfer Concept). In this process the base practices are requiring the collection of individual information (BP1-BP7) and the last practice BP8 is the aggregation of the information that is collected before in a report (here BP8 – the technology transfer concept).

Beside this general aspects during the workshop DEV1 (Knowledge Creation Project Proposal Preparation). In this process there was a discussion e.g. to whom a proposal is submitted and other aspects like “according to programs objective” was clarified. DEV5 Prototype development was broadly discussed and the different types of prototypes were introduced (e.g. scientific prototype vs. industrial prototype). It was summarized, that a prototype is also a tool for communication with potential stakeholders – it is different to the prototype that was e.g. developed during the research. The prototype on DEV5 has the goal to transform the results into the context of an application, illustrating a function that is enabled by the research result.  As the Technology TransfIMG_1477er Concept (TTD1)  is very fundamental in the transfer chain and the trainees had several open questions, this process became the base for further discussions. Michael used this process and draw the relation to the prototype development process, to illustrated that these processes are in correspondence. It shows that there are interfaces between knowledge developer (the scientist) and the transfer drivers (e.g. technology transfer officers) – as prototype development can be supported by e.g. technology transfer office supporting the definition of features , definition of target groups etc. Same applies to knowledge creation processes DEV2,3,4.

The training workshop also had sessions with group work. The trainees were asked to present their descriptions of the TTD1 (Technology Transfer Concept) process. The groups were structured according to the different faculties and the individual presentation of the results made clear, that parts of the group were still oriented too strong in the wording of the process but the very activeIMG_1513 and intense discussion slowly generated the understanding  that the intention of the process is the better guide to learn the details of the processes.  The fourth day of the workshop started with a detailed discussion of the Work Environment process. The trainees developed a good understanding of this process quickly. Beside this several genreal aspects were discussed in this context, like:

  • Every process needs an responsible process owner. That does not mean that this person has to implement all practices. He or she has the responsibility to manage the process and ensure proper operation.
  • Several innoSPICE processes distinguish between maintenance of the plan and maintenance e.g. of the working environment  (so the implementation of the plan). It is important not to mix it up, as people maybe are aware to maintain the thing they directly connected with (like the work environment) but are not clear about update of the general plan.
  • To perform an assessment of an process you have not to be an full expert in the area being assest.
  • The processes in the innoSPICE model are a decomposition of activities within an organization related to innovation, knowledge- and technology transfer. According to the specific distribution of work and responsibilities within an organization, several innoSPICE processes can be (partially) executed  by a single person in the organization.

IMG_1527After this lightweight introduction for starting the day the trainees were facing the toughest challenge. The plan for this day was focused on the introduction to the universe of the Technology Transfer Driver processes (TTD1-TTD13). Even if the level of detail was very reduced it was hard stuff. The trainer Michael decided to give this introduction to explain how the individual processes are related to the innovation funnel. The individual processes have different functions at different phases of the innovation funnel. To understand the processes it is important to understand the innovation funnel and when a process is generally applied. However, the lecture was recorded, and Michael was referring several times that the trainees can look at the details again in the video. But he also promised to write down the details later on and make it available. The trainer had recommend the group to look for and study literature in the area of:

  • Innovation Managment (eg. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP003053.html)
  • Market and Competitive Analysis
  • Go to Market estimation
  • Value proposition statement
  • Business plan and business case development

On the last day of the Workshop it is planned to discuss another 2-3 processes of the process reference model. Even if there is still a long way to go, the huge interest of the trainees in the particular topics and the active discussion of all participants is a positive motivation for the trainer but also for the trainees.

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Meeting at the presidents office. Prof. Nasser (middle), Prof. Ewiss (right) and Dr. Boronowsky (left)

The very intense workshop ended with a visit at the president office of Cairo University. Prof. Mohamed Ewiss and Dr. Michael Boronowsky informed the President Prof. Dr. Gaber Gad Nassar and the General Secretary of Cairo University, Yousry Ibrahim, about the progress of the RAMSES project. It was reported, that the trainees are very motivated and that they are very expertised to relate the processes in the innoSPICE model to the operation in the different faculties. According to the current state of discussion the innoSPICE approach is very suitable to be applied in the structures of Cairo University. The RAMSES project runs under direct responsibility of Prof. Nassar and he was satisfied about the state of implementation. It was agreed to communicate the RAMSES project also on a higher political level, as this project has the potential to generate an impact to the structure of the science system in Egypt. 

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First RAMSES workshop at Cairo University

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A part of the RAMSES team at Cairo University and the trainers Tanja and Michael from University of Bremen

On 23.3.2015-2.4.2015 the first RAMSES project workshop started at Cairo University CU). Tanja Woronowicz and Dr. Michael Boronowsky from the Innovation Capability Center of TZI at University Bremen started the innoSPICE training. Cairo University nominated participants from three different departments, Science, Nursing and Dentistry under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ewiss. The group of trainees was about 13 people from management and quality assurance from CU. To address the strong interest of CU in setting up an innoSPICE Hub and training center the RAMSES project team decided to increase the specific training on innoSPICE and to train much more innoSPICE experts in the framework of the RAMSES project than initially planned. Goal is to educate the appropriate resources at CU to perform continuous improvement regarding innovation, knowledge- and technology transfer processes of university-, faculty- and department management. A second goal is to prepare the establishment of an innoSPICE hub to offer services within Egypt and the Arab world and training related to quality assurance in these fields.

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The training started with a general introduction to the complex role of a university in a regional (or national) innovation system and the importance of triple helix approaches at the first day. This introduction also provided the base to the process oriented quality assurance standard ISO/IEC 15504 SPICE and motivated the standard based model innoSPICE for its application in universities. Due to the interest in this topic there were very active discussions with the participants and first links were taken to the current situation at CU.

IMG_1017The second day started with a detailed introduction to the RAMSES project presenting project goals and the first year planning. The rest of the training days were dedicated to the innoSPICE methodology. The first part was oriented towards the structure of the process reference model and the principles of a capability assessment. The second part provided a rough overview of the different processes in the innoSPICE model. After this general introduction to innoSPICE the trainer team started to present the processes in detail. All presentations were accompanied by very active discussions regarding the current situation at CU and way to improve these processes. This was helpful for the group to increase their confidence in these topics and surely was a motivation to learn more about these new approaches in quality management. The trainer team was continuously taking care to keep the progress in the training effective. They were refocusing the discussions several times, as discussions regarding concrete improvement actions are planned later in the project.IMG_1016 (1) So, during these workshop days the innoSPICE processes Basic Science Knowledge Creation, Technology Transfer Concept and Tendering were presented and discussed. Even if this workshop was the first contact of the trainees with the innoSPICE process reference model it became quite obvious, that the RAMSES project is on a good track.

As the workshop was divided by a weekend there was a great opportunity to have some visits in the fantastic historic parts of Egyptian culture. With great support of CU we had a very interesting and impressive weekend. And most important a very motivating start of the RAMSES project!