Partnering Day 2017 - Health Tech Innovations for Successful Business


Review: Partnering Day 2017

With 130 participants, the Partnering Day 2017 was very well attended. In more than 200 bilateral talks, researchers and industry representatives exchanged innovative technologies and project ideas, thus paving the way for sustainable cooperation.

Pictures [Foto Gallery] and pitches [Downloads] are available now.

On 21 September, the Medical University of Graz organized the international Partnering Day 2017 as part of the Wissenstransferzentrum Süd (WTZ Süd) – a knowledge transfer centre – in cooperation with the Graz University of Technology, the University of Graz, the Montanuniversität Leoben and the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

In the morning, following two plenary sessions, selected participants presented a series of pitches from research and industry. The afternoon was dedicated to partnering activities with bilateral talks exploring opportunities for cooperation projects.

In her opening address, Caroline Schober-Trummler, Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs at the Medical University of Graz talked with the moderator Veronika Schöpf about the projects and the significance of the WTZ Süd with a particular emphasis on the Partnering Day.

Christiane Druml’s keynote was received with great interest. In her role as President of the Austrian National Bioethics Commission, she outlined the importance of bioethics for our society.  This starts with basic (medical) decisions at the beginning of life, extending to various possible interventions towards the end of life (CRISPR) and ultimately to a dignified death. In the second keynote lecture, Franz Dornig, Manager Cognitive Solutions at IBM, spoke about existing and future artificial cognitive systems, which will also have a significant impact on the medical field.

Following the keynotes, selected individuals from research and industry presented their current technologies and cooperation ideas in five-minute pitches. These short presentations gave an excellent overview of a range of health tech topics.  Prizes were awarded for the best pitch as chosen by the audience (Francesco Greco, Graz University of Technology) and the best project (Michael Mayrhofer-Reinhartshuber, KML Vision OG).

Following the morning session, the focus of the afternoon was on partnering meetings with the aim of initiating or expanding cooperative activities. Weeks before the event, participants could book meetings and this platform was very actively used. Companies and research groups were thus able to exchange ideas in 20-minute bilateral B2B meetings conducted according to personalised, pre-arranged meeting schedules. With a total of 225 B2B meetings paving the way for sustainable cooperation, tables were booked solid until the evening.

Thank you: We would like to thank all participants for joining us at the Partnering Day 2017, for the really great pitches & posters and last but not least for the willingness to enter into various exciting bilateral meetings. Compared to the previous event, there was a significant increase in the figures regarding both attendance and meetings. We hope that your new or refreshed contacts will lead to successful business cooperation.




With our pitching platform we provide an opportunity to present your innovative ideas and research to the audience. In 5 minutes you can create a showcase for your research and project and generate interest for the networking session.



The Poster Exhibition offers the chance to present a visualisation of your field of research including the economic perspectives. The presentation is in place for the whole day in two smaller exhibition rooms.




B2B Meetings or brokerage events are an ideal way to meet potential cooperation partners and a great opportunity to make new contacts. Meet and greet people at high speed. 20 minutes is the perfect time to introduce yourself to your meeting partner and determine your interest in taking the conversations further.


The goal of the international Partnering Day is to develop and strengthen cooperation between innovative companies and university scientists. This event is being jointly organised by Styrian and Carinthian universities as part of the Knowledge Transfer Centre South (WTZ Süd). Scientists and companies will have the opportunity to establish contacts, present industrially-relevant scientific results and identify mutually-interesting areas of cooperation.

The international Partnering Day provides the ideal platform for this exchange. Feedback from the 2015 event shows that initial, brief meetings have since turned into cooperative projects. On this basis, the Partnering Day on 21 September 2017 looks set to be a hot spot for “Health Tech* Innovations for Successful Business” once again.

*Health Technology is defined as the "application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives" (WHO).




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closed since 20 Sep 2017
Registration 20 Mar – 20 Sep
Meeting Selection 21 Aug – 21 Sep
Event 21 Sep
Language English
Costs 0 € / 90 € / 200 €
Venue Graz
Bilateral Meetings
Participants 109
Meetings 225
Austria 94
Croatia 16
Hungary 9
Norway 1
Slovenia 9
Switzerland 1
Total 130
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