The second Training Event was hosted by Bayer CropScience in Ghent, Belgium from 11 to 14 June 2012. Training providers included several Bayer employees, Prof. Paul Knox (U.Leeds), Dr. Clara Sanchez-Rodriguez (Max Planck I.) and Prof. William Willats (U.Copenhagen).
The training included both scientific and non-scientific aspects. The training programme and some presentations are available below.
Scientific training: Seminar sessions provided the basis for the state-of-the-science understanding of plant cell wall architecture & dynamics (topic of WP3). Courses gave insight in the different cell wall polymers structure and how these polymers form networks leading to different cell wall architectures. The developmental regulation of cell wall glycans structure were also covered.
Complementary skills training: this training was divided in several sessions incuding:
- Intellectual property rights course gave an overview on how IPR is treated by Bayer. The course studied exemplary cases as well as real cases, i.e. obstacles that Bayer has faced in previous collaborations with academic or private sector partners. In addition, related topics such as laboratory notebook policy and publication approval were presented.
- Technology licensing course gave an overview on why innovation and constant technological progress are the only way to meet the growing demand for food and energy-producing plants. The course concentrated on the management of intellectual property in knowledge transfer activities and the Code of Practice for university research organizations.
- Human resources management course described the basic roles of the HR department, such as how to recruit and hire, provide employee benefits, and manage a compensation programme.
- Legal affairs course, related to industrial protection, described the procedures to draft, review and assist in the negotiation of agreements.
11 June 2012
Presentation of Bayer
Sven Geibel, Bayer
Sven Geibel, Bayer
Human resources management
Pascale Philips & Carine van Carlenberg, Bayer
12 June 2012
Karel de Rudder, Bayer
Ana Atanassova, Bayer
Rachel Betts, Bayer
13 June 2012
Introduction to PCW
Paul Knox, U.Leeds
Clara Sanchez-Rodriguez, Max Planck I.
William Willats, U.Copenhagen
14 June 2012
Intellectual Property Rights
Rolf Deblaere, Bayer
They talk about the event
"I'm really happy to have got the chance to be in a great company like Bayer. I really enjoyed visiting their labs and all the training was a great experience.
“As an academic researcher, the training gave me the opportunity to better understand the special needs and procedures of a large international company by focusing on topics like HR-management, intellectual property rights and technology licensing.