Masaryk University Introduces Possibilities for Cooperation

3. May 2019

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For the third time, the Business Research Forum, the presentation of applied research carried out at Masaryk University, took place on Thursday 25 April 2019 at CEITEC, at University Campus Bohunice.

The trade fair, designated particularly for enterprises and industrial fields, as well as for public institutions and the non-profit sector, introduced possibilities of cooperation with the largest university in Moravia.

Besides the stalls with presentations of projects, technologies, research capacities, and two discussion sections, the visitors were also invited to join the guided tours around the unique CEITEC MU Core Facilities. These Core Facilities can provide innovative enterprises with a whole range of services and unique exploitation of technological backgrounds for application purposes within medical and biological research.

The whole event was emceed by Aleš Zbořil. In the opening section, Jiří Nantl, Director of CEITEC MU, welcomed the participants and affirmed that the Institute’s objective is to create an academic backbone of the innovative ecosystem. Jiří Nantl draw attention to another aspect of the event, such as the Business Research Forum: “From our own experience, we know that the enterprises – our partners in business and industry – must have a partner not only for specific projects, but also for intellectual discussions on the existing trends, as well as those which are ahead of us”.

Furthermore, a speech was also delivered by Tomáš Koláčný, Deputy Mayor of the City of Brno, and Pavel Komárek, Member of the Board of TACR, who announced the government’s approval of the grant programme supporting the Proof of Concept projects, and also informed attendees about a public tender that will be announced in the near future. Pavel Komárek pointed out: “I find this field to be the key within the whole system of support, from research to application sphere.”

Jiří Holoubek, Member of the Board of the SP ČR (Association of Industry and Transportation of the Czech Republic) summarised the period that passed since the previous run of the Business Research Forum. He spoke highly of the progress towards the interdisciplinarity of fields, emphasising the fact that Brno, thanks to Masaryk University, experiences the spread of individual fields and branches into a new model, which will be very important in this digital era that surrounds us, and absorbs us more and more.

Miloš Dendis, the co-founder of the innovative enterprise  GeneProof, highlighted one fundamental change within academic research: “When I was leaving the academic sphere 20 years ago, the basic objective of each researcher was to publish his/her findings, obtained due to his/her strenuous work, in a respected scientific magazine. It was about two years ago, when I had a possibility, thanks to the Technology Transfer Centre of MU, to peek inside the academic environment. Amazingly, I found out that a new generation of scientists has grown here, whose aim is not just to astonish their colleagues, but to transform their scientific findings into a form that could be appreciated by the end users who would not be forced to fully understand the scientific core of the research.”

The University has prepared a catalogue of cooperation for all prospective partners who were not able to take part in this event. This sixty-page catalogue includes possibilities of cooperation with all nine faculties, and with nearly all non-faculty workplaces.

This year, the Business Research Forum was organised within the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Masaryk University. The next Business Research Forum is planned to be organised in spring 2021.

The coverage of this event will be published in the spring issue of INTERFACE, the newsletter of the Technology Transfer Centre. Pictures can be found in the gallery below, or on the Technology Transfer Centre websites.