The Business Model in Sustainability Transitions: A Conceptualization

The past decades have witnessed a growing scientific and public interest in the large-scale transformation towards sustainability. The ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda for SDG and new environmental campaigns are putting pressure on policymakers and organizations alike. However, warning signals indicate the possibility to fall behind many targets with the current pace of transition…

Media Skills Training for Transformations to Sustainability Researchers

Knowledge dissemination is a crucial part of scientific research. Early career researchers get trained (formally or informally) during their research journey to publish their research finding in scientific journals. In scientific publications, we have the luxury of using specific technical jargon, dry scientific language and even explaining each and every detail of our research methodology….

What Research and Startups have in common?

The above image published as a an Entrepreneurship Tip by Young Entrepreuners in Science, a program of the Falling Wall Foundations captures not only a commonality between the research process and a startup process, but above all, it encapsulates the essence of inquisitive minds. As a society, we ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’. It…

IPACST & Solar Impulse Foundation Workshop

On 12 November 2020, IPACST joined the Solar Impulse Foundation in a workshop on IP strategy with sustainable companies with an Efficient Solution Label. After a brief presentation of the IPACST project by Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Eppinger, the IPACST team facilitated vivid discussions on companies’ concerns about defining the right IP strategy. Some recurring questions…

Transforming Agriculture Through Smart Farming: From Data Ownership to Open Data

Transformation is at the heart of agriculture. Hunting, domestication of wild crops, the Green Revolution and most recently agriculture 4.0, are all phases of agricultural evolution. Yet our food system remains fragile, and it is clear that achieving food security for all in line with the Agenda 2030 goals demands further transformation towards sustainable agriculture….

IPACST Knowledge Brief series

“Intellectual property (IP) for sustainability” is more than a catchphrase in today’s knowledge economy. IP as an instrument that incentivizes innovation can play an important role in diffusing or impeding sustainable technology. The ongoing pandemic combined with the urgent need to provide solutions for the green economy need not only a rich innovation landscape but…

IPACST Advisory Board Meeting

On 10 September, the IPACST principal investigators invited the advisory board for an online meeting to assess the progress of our research. The ongoing pandemic significantly affected business and as a consequence, our interview process slowed down. However, this did not prevent us from finding some interesting links between IP and sustainability. The advisory board…

What Should Researcher-Entrepreneurs Know about IP?

How many researchers in their entrepreneurship journey are familiar with the situation in the image below? Or does it reflects anyone’s fears when trying to commercialize follow-up inventions originated in a lab? How many other IP-related concerns do researchers have? One common wish and interests of researchers all around the world is to be able…

How can intellectual property contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

This post originally appeared on the Transitions to Sustainability blog: https://t2sresearch.org/output/how-can-intellectual-property-contribute-to-the-2030-agenda-for-sustainable-development/ Both sustainable development and an effective protection of intellectual property (IP) rights are priorities for many countries. Yet whether countries adopt adequate IP policies that facilitate transitions to a more sustainable world is an open question. The North-South economic divide brings to light the challenges and opportunities that…