Knowledge transfer (valorisation) is about putting academic knowledge to practical use. Climate change, disease control, renewable energy and changing family relationships are all examples of socially relevant research topics that scientists and scholars in Utrecht focus on. Collaboration takes place on the basis of contract research and as part of projects and knowledge consortia. A number of researchers have also started their own business.
Utrecht VC is the valorisation programme of Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, and Utrecht University Medical Center. The programme brings organisations and researchers together. Together, they exchange knowledge and help generate economic and/or societal value. Knowledge transfer is aimed at converting this knowledge and learning into societal and commercial applications.
Every year, Utrecht University rewards the academic who has achieved the greatest media prominence and who himself has made an active contribution towards doing so. The purpose is to encourage academics to generate publicity for their research and to take part in the social debate. The UU-Publiprijs (Dutch website) prize consists of a budget for producing a video about the academic’s research for publicity purposes.
KENNISBITS (‘knowledge bites’, Dutch website) is a website that unites the social value of the research by Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht and HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.