OCTOBER 2, 2012 | CARLETON UNIVERSITY | RIVER CONFERENCE ROOM | 1125 COLONEL BY DRIVE
A significant factor in Italy’s competitive strength on global markets is its ability to foster innovation and to identify potential research applications. This is important for a country in which the industrial landscape consists largely of SMEs, which typically have limited budgets for research, and now face a serious decline in public funding. Universities are unique incubators for new knowledge, particularly in science and technology; it is not surprising then that there is growing interest among industry entrepreneurs in global opportunities in collaboration with institutes of higher learning.
The existing agreements between Italian and Canadian universities, and the diverse joint initiatives between research centres and industry play an important role in facilitating knowledge transfer and strengthening scientific collaboration, which lead to mutually beneficial market applications.
The objective of this Round Table is to discuss current initiatives and explore future possibilities for this type of cooperation, with a focus on the relationship between Canada and Italy.