NETVAL - Italian Network of Technology Transfer Offices of Universities and Public Research Organizations

Netval is the Italian association for the valorisation of results from public research.
It was founded in 2002 as an informal network and then became an association in 2007.

Netval’s mission is to be the organisation where Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) of Italian universities and public research organizations can meet, share experiences and learn together how to better transfer their research results to industry.
Also, Netval wishes to be an important interface for Ministries and local administrations, industrial associations and industries, venture capitalists and financial bodies in order to promote the role of public research in innovation processes.

Netval was born with the primary aim of strengthening the competencies of TTOs’ managers and is now involved in a much broader range of activities and services.

Netval’s national and international concrete objectives are:
- to help its associates in improving their activities in the field of the protection and exploitation of research results from public research through education, dissemination, patenting, licensing, public-private cooperation and start up promotion;
- to improve the links between universities and companies in order to further enhance the production and transfer of research results;
- to foster the generation of new companies from public research.

Netval has started with a bottom-up approach, with the involvement of both professors and managers involved in TT in universities. It is still an independent association, but it has very good collaborations with MIUR (the Italian Ministry for Universitiy and Research), MISE (the Italian Ministry for Economic Development), CRUI (the Conference of Italian University Rectors) and many other organizations in the Italian ecosystem of innovation and technology transfers. 

Netval International Relationships

Netval has also relations with international organizations, such as ASTP-Proton, with single European TTOs (such as Leuven, Oxford, etc.) and with organizations involved in technology transfer in non European countries such as Ecuador and Morocco.

The sense of belonging to the association has always been very strong and progressively strengthened during training courses and summer and winter schools which are organised every year.

The presence of Netval’s Board members in national and international conferences as well as Netval’s annual report on Technology Transfer in Italy have contributed to Netval’s reputation. Moreover, many industrial companies consider the increase in professionalization of university TT managers as an advantage and not as a problem.
Netval has also contributed to the homogeneisation of TT protocols and procedures among universities and Public Research Organisations and to the emergence of standards in the collaboration with industry.
Netval has been playing a pioneering role in building TT indicators and is currently collaborating with Italian ministries about these topics.

Among Netval’s most important activities we can mention:
• TT education:
- training activities about intellectual property, patenting, licensing, research and know how contracts and university research spin-off creation;
- networking among all the associates (staff exchange programmes, working groups and workshop).
• Promotion of tools and practices:
- best practices sharing and tech transfer process analysis are two of the main themes of Netval’s seminars and the focus of the yearly Netval Summer School.
• Monitoring and reports: 
- one of the most interesting projects in which Netval is active is the Netval Survey.
Data about technology transfer activities in Italian universities and Public Research Organisations are collected every year.

Netval's Members

57 universities, 7 PROs and 4 Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (IRRCS), 2 Foundations, 1 Agency
- 57% of Italian Univerisities;
- 69,1% of Italian students;
- 76% of university professors


Prof. Andrea Piccaluga (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa)

Vice President
Ing. Giuseppe Conti (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna)

Prof. Fabrizio Dughiero (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Prof. Massimiliano Granieri (Università degli Studi di Brescia)
Dr. Shiva Loccisano (Politecnico di Torino)
Dr. Loredana Pastore (Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata")
Prof. Riccardo Pietrabissa (Politecnico di Milano)
Dr. Laura Spinardi (Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda)
Dr. Stephen Taylor (Area Science Park)



Daniela Traiani
c/o Università degli Studi di Pavia - Servizio Ricerca e Terza Missione
Corso Strada Nuova, 65 - 27100 Pavia (PV) - Italy
e-mail: segreteria@netval.it
Skype: segreteria.netval
Phone + 39 0382 984895