BePerfect: A further training offer for the qualification of persons and teams in transfer structures

The German science and research landscape has considerable innovation potential that needs to be tapped more effectively, as various political institutions have recognised, and have now taken the first steps to make this potential available to actors from society, politics and industry in a more targeted way through various funding programmes for innovation transfer. The ZML is involved in such a funding programme as a network partner in BePerfekt. The project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is designed to support non-university research institutions, universities, universities of applied sciences, and research-related transfer companies in setting up, training, and permanently establishing efficient transfer managers and teams in their institutions, so that they can develop the existing transfer potentials in a targeted and sustainable way. The pilot testing of the first module with a concluding presence event took place at KIT from May to June. On October 17, the second of five modules was presented at the advisory board meeting in Potsdam.

Contact person at the ZML
Daniel Weichsel
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Ulla Gilbert
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Within the framework of BePerfekt, a further training instrument for the empowerment of individuals and teams in transfer structures is to be developed, which is explicitly tailored to the specific needs of the German transfer landscape. The project partners are working on the basis of a broad concept of transfer, which understands transfer as a bilateral exchange between science on the one hand and society, politics and economy on the other hand and includes both knowledge and technology transfer (KTT).

The suitability of the training for everyday use was tested in a pilot test phase. A parallel evaluation with several feedback loops is intended to reveal acceptance and potential for improvement for the project partners.

The aim is to anchor a mature instrument in non-university research institutions, universities and research-related transfer companies in the long term.

The main task of the ZML is the didactic conception of the five blended learning modules of the transfer management training as well as the supporting and strategic accompaniment of the entire implementation and validation of the learning offer.

From the KIT area, the Innovation and Relation Management (IRM) service unit contributes not only its expertise in transfer management to BePerfekt, but also its experience in the qualification of newcomers and those already working in the professional field.

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has taken over the coordination for the joint project. Another project partner besides the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).

On 9 May 2018, the first training module for KTT beginners* "Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Practice" in blended learning format started in pilot status.

The topics of this first module are:

  • Record the range of tasks of the transfer
  • Transferring intellectual property to own work processes
  • Generate and prioritize transfer ideas
  • Understanding target groups and fields of application
  • Successful use of communication interfaces
  • Support research-related spin-offs

The online part of the education module 1 will take place again in January 2019 - in a slightly modified form - and a related presence event in Potsdam in February is also planned.

At the second advisory board meeting in Potsdam in mid-October, the project partners presented the second continuing education module, which deals with the identification of and dealing with target groups and will be available to learners in spring 2019.

An online portal for transfer managers is also being developed within the project as an important tool for further training and networking.

More information on the BePerfekt project page

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Be-Perfect is a BMBF project

KIT Internal Project Partners

Innovation and Relation Management at KIT (IRM)

External project partners

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)