Tech Transfer, Science Diplomacy and Innovation-for-All

Event poster "Tech Transfer, Science Diplomacy and Innovation-for-All" - Friday, March 8, 2024 - © Innovation Bridge Europe House

The Innovation Bridge Europe House invited to a series of discussions, expert talks and roundtable conversations. Together with guests, as well as featured experts and representatives from Europe, the U.S. and beyond, they laid the groundwork for the innovation ecosystem(s) of the future.

Event Information

March 8, 2024, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Austin, TX
Organizer(s): Innovation Bridge Europe, german.innovation, Global Innovation Embassy, University of Texas at Austin - GoodSystems, DWIH New York and many more

Group photo panel Innovation Bridge Europe in Austin March 8, 2024

The complexity of the great transformations of our time can only be met by interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international modes of cooperation and collaboration. Together, science and industry, government and NGOs, local and global actors form ecosystems capable of innovation and disruption that is, both, responsible and sustainable.


What does such an ecosystem look like in practice and who are some of its key actors? Which good-practice cases exist and what can we learn from them? Which support systems are in place and which ones are needed in the future? How can curiosity-driven scientific research and the private sector find common ground?

Program Overview

from 9am – 2pm | mini-summit
co-curated by Gerrit Roessler, Innovation Bridge Europe and german.innovation

In cooperation with Global Innovation Embassy, University of Texas at Austin – GoodSystems, German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH, New York) and many more.

  • 9:00 – 10.00 am
    Community Breakfast
    Co-Hosted by City of MunichStart the day with a casual breakfast at the IBE and meet the IBE community: an international group of thought-leaders from science, government and industry, as well as tech transfer and innovation specialists.
  • 9.30 – 10.00 am
    Global Collaboration for a Better Future
    Fireside Chat Conversation, with Q & ADuring this high-level fireside chat with Clemens Baumgärtner we take a closer look at tech and innovation diplomacy, economic policy frameworks, and multilateral public-private partnerships. What does responsible global cooperation look like? What are the challenges and how can we overcome them? How can we impact the global on a local scale?

    Clemens Baumgärtner, Head of the Department of Labor and Economic Development, City of Munich

    Moderator: Gerrit Rößler, Senior Program Consultant, Innovation Bridge Europe

  • 10.15 – 11.00 am
    Science to Market
    Curated Stage DiscussionThe panelists will discuss science-based entrepreneurship and deep-tech transfer. How can bluesky research generate tangible societal impact? How can an idea reach the market more easily? What support structures are in place and which ones are needed?

    • Mike Psarouthakis, Executive Director, Impact Investments & Strategic Alliances, Innovation Partnerships, University of Michigan
    • Victoria Kaeser, Director Delegations & Startups Business Development Consulting, German-American Chamber of Commerce
    • Christian Sommer​​​​, Managing Director, Next Mannheim
    • Julia Christiansen, Director City Collaboration, Munich Urban Colab

    Moderator: Gerrit Rößler, Senior Program Consultant, Innovation Bridge Europe

  • 11.30am – 12.45 pm
    Global Roundtable Conversations & Networking
    Doors: 11.00am

    Knowledge Exchange: Science and Technology Entrepreneurship
    Putting the ecosystem into practice: Join the discussion with experts from Europe, the US, and beyond. A number of parallel roundtable discussions will cover a variety of topics in an intimate setting. Become part of the IBE community!