The 2012 Max Syrbe symposium

More than 150 people from science and  business attended the first Max Syrbe  symposium at the end of March. The key  topic of discussion: factors influencing  successful science and research management.  The symposium was organized  by Steinbeis in honor of Prof. Dr. rer.  nat. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Max Syrbe who headed  up the Foundation's Board of Trustees  for many years and passed away last  September. 

After the day was set underway by Dr.-Ing.  Leonhard Vilser (Steinbeis Board of Trustees),  and an opening speech by Assistant  to the State Secretary Günther Leßnerkraus  (Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance  and Economy), Prof. Dr. Heinz Trasch (Steinbeis)  praised the work of Max Syrbe, who  always believed scientific work should be directly  linked to specific applications and that  it should be quickly implemented. 

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Johann Löhn (Steinbeis)  built on the topic of technology transfer  in an introduction speech that evaluated  the constantly evolving Steinbeis system.  Prof. Dr. Achim Walter (University of Kiel)  examined academic entrepreneurship and  the symbiotic relationship between science  and business. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Jörg Bauer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) presented  a knowledge and innovation community  called KIC InnoEnergy which offers  new ways to galvanize innovation in Europe  in the field of sustainable energy. Klaus Hamacher  (German Aerospace Center, DLR)  introduced research management as an  area full of challenges, all lying somewhere  between business and the remits of public  research bodies. Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel  (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences)  discussed the special role played by universities  with respect to applied research, as  well as knowledge and technology transfer.  The topic discussed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd  Bertsche (TTI – Technologie-Transfer-Initiative  GmbH, Stuttgart University) was how  to make research collaboration between science  and business work properly, looking at  the example of Steinbeis University. Prof.  Dr.-Ing. Rolf Ahlers (ASG Luftfahrttechnik  und Sensorik GmbH) looked at collaboration  from the perspective of companies, with  a demonstration of science and research  management as a value driver in small and medium-sized enterprises. Prof. Dr. rer. pol.  Meike Tilebein (German Institute of Textile  and Fiber Research, Denkendorf) provided  insights into the work of SME-based  research, emphasizing the important role  played by networks. Dr. Dirk Ahlbehrendt  (AiF Projekt GmbH) presented a central innovation  program for medium-sized companies  called ZIM. The program supports R&D  and innovation at SMEs. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Herbert  Emmerich (Steinbeis Transfer Center for  Production and Organisation) discussed the  opinions of a Steinbeis enterprise regarding  science and research management, expressing  his belief that a key success factor is  available know-how in association with experience,  with an emphasis on application.  All speeches will be published in the German  conference minutes in Steinbeis-Edition,  which is currently being finalized. 

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