Last month, at my farewell conference in Oslo, Pierre Benayoun, the project manager of the Entente group kindly offered me to write a few words as editorial for the next newsletter, which I happily accepted and hereby follow up.
At the end of my career at ASTP (since this year ASTP-Proton) and looking back on 14 years of facilitating the profession of and its professionals in technology transfer in Europe, I would like to reflect a bit on this first EU-project experience of ASTP and share with you an idea for a different approach to look at the development and strengthening of our profession.
I have been involved with ASTP almost from its very beginning and witnessed the creation and development of Proton Europe The profession has seriously matured over these 14 years. During the first decade of our existence, the attention within ASTP was primarily focused on the individual tech transfer officer, its training and networking. Meanwhile the care for the profession gradually became stronger and developed into a systematic approach that resulted in metrics, certification initiatives, professional tools, position papers and the creation of several small and large scale communities. But being a privately initiated independent association, ASTP was limited in her resources and needed to carefully select between the many ideas that people felt enthusiastic about and thought we should be doing, and often had to say ‘no’.