Alumni Engagement in Technology Transfer Processes

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are breaking new ground in the field of technology transfer.

About the project

In order to generate more market-based innovations, the HZDR and KIT are working hand-in-hand in an attempt to close the existing gap between research and industry. The project aims to integrate alumni (former students, employees, and researchers) into the daily work of Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) in scientific research institutions. The three-year pilot project, where a new, forward-looking approach is to be developed and tested, is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

 Who are the project partners?

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) collaborate closely on the systematic integration of alumni into the work of TTOs. The established alumni culture at the KIT and the beginning work on alumni relations at the HZDR form the starting point of the endeavour. The spin-off service dresden|exists of the TU Dresden is involved in the project as a third partner. 

What is the goal?

The goal is to gain a better access to industry by activating the alumni working in private companies. These companies can act as pilot customers, cooperation partners or investors of scientific inventions and innovations. This way, the project carries out proactive work in the interface between science and industry.


Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Melanie Giebel ©Copyright: R. Weisflog

Melanie Giebel

tel. +49 351 260 2062


Alumni Relations

Technology Transfer and Innovation

Laura Bosch

Karlsruhe Institut of Technology (KIT)

Laura Bosch

Innovations- und Relations Management

tel: +49 721 608 - 2 91 73 



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