We are pleased to invite you to the seminar “Challenges and Benefits of Strategic Research Partnerships : Polytechnique Montreal Perspective”, by Dr. Cristophe Guy, CEO, École Polytechnique of Montreal.
About the Speaker
Dr. Christophe Guy holds an engineer degree and a doctorate in chemical engineering. He is Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnique Montréal (www.polymtl.ca/en). Polytechnique Montréal is one of the largest engineering schools or faculties in Canada with about 8200 students and an annual budget (excluding research) of more than 140 M$. Polytechnique offers degrees in a wide range of engineering fields, from the engineer diploma to the Ph.D. With more than 80 M$ per year in research funding, Polytechnique is one of the top Canadian universities active in engineering research especially in collaboration with industry.
Dr. Christophe Guy will share an experience of Polytechnique Montréal in
university-industry collaboration and research programs.
Research universities have a strong responsibility: creating knowledge and transferring it to Society while training students to be agents of progress in Society when they graduate. Polytechnique Montreal supports and encourages entrepreneurship among students, works closely with industrial collaborates for the development of new products and technologies and makes sure, that innovations and discoveries are transferred to its spin-offs and start-ups or to industrial partners.
Over the years, Polytechnique Montreal has developed research and development relationships with large international groups, which go beyond traditional research projects and contracts. They are based on industrial research chairs or centers, which involve a close partnership with the company or consortium of companies. To be successful, not only does science and research must be excellent, but the understanding of the expectations of each partners must be thorough, the IP, publications rights and non-competition agreements must be precise and the future commercialization revenue shares must be defined for all parties including involved graduate students. In addition, the university should be fully committed to these partnerships.
Some university-industry research programs presently under way at Polytechnique Montreal will illustrates the challenges and opportunity facing both university and private partners.
Refreshments will be provided.
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