On Tuesday, November 25, the Bilkent University Technology Transfer Office (Bilkent TTO) held an event, Bilkent University-Industry Collaboration and Support Programs Information and Match Day, which was attended by academicians, researchers and industry delegates.
The event’s morning session took place in Mithat Çoruh Auditorium and opened with a presentation about Bilkent TTO by its director, Kuzeyhan Özdemir. Next, a representative of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Ahmet Yaşar Şağban, spoke about the Industrial Theses Support Programs (SANTEZ). İlker Keskinkılıç of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) then discussed the Council’s Technology and Innovation Support Programs (TEYDEB).
The afternoon session, which was held in the Main Sports Hall, consisted of one-to-one meetings between industry representatives and Bilkent academicians and researchers concerning collaborative university-industry R&D projects. Companies with stands at the event were Aselsan, BSH, Doğadan, Eczacıbaşı, Eti Makine, FNSS, Güven Hastanesi, İBÜTEM, MAN Kamyon ve Otobüs A.Ş., MAN TÜRKİYE, Türksat, Türk Traktör, Ortadoğu Rulman Sanayi, TUSAŞ-TAI and Tepe Betopan. Approximately 90 one-to-one meetings took place.
The information and match day contributed to the strengthening of ongoing collaborative ventures and the establishment of new ones. TTO will hold similar events in 2015.