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Knowledge transfer in the area of polymers
To enhance the accessibility of research findings from an Innovative Research Programme (IOP) on polymers, funded by the government for a large group of SMEs, Van der Meer & van Tilburg developed and directed a tailor-made knowledge transfer project. Goal was to make the knowledge usable for SMEs by means of a business oriented approach.

The trajectory consisted of:

  1. Regional information meetings on specific subjects
  2. Knowledge needs scans within companies
  3. Thematic workshops based on common knowledge needs
  4. Ensure consistency of educational programmes, training and knowledge centres

Participating companies were able to fall back on a supporting organisation during and after the project. The thematic workshops resulted in commercial courses for an educational institute.


Based on this approach knowledge transfer projects have been directed for other Innovative Research Programmes as well.