The world is now more connected and more global than ever before and the needs of our society are changing accordingly. New technologies are arising and with them new challenges that can only be faced with synergic alliances between different societal actors. European university alliances are now emerging as a means to embody collaborative efforts and provide solutions to our future problems.
TORCH is the research arm of CHARM, a university alliance that aims to explore new venues for the university of the future with a focus on pressing issues: climate change, sustainability, gender gap, inclusion and equity. How do we intend to address these topics that are in the policy agenda of all countries? We aim to provide a flexible and useful channel by not only transferring scientific knowledge from University to society, but also by involving societal partners. To construct this new future we envision, universities have to enable civil engagement, promote citizen science and establish a positive dialogue with stakeholders. This is the mission of TORCH. And as a starting point, in our alliance, we will coalesce forces to address three main impending sustainability global challenges: WATER, FOOD and HEALTH.
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The last CHARM-EU podcast episode explores how do researchers can become entrepreneurs and the different pathways of academic spin-off creation as a way to valorise the results of public scientific research.
Collaborating with enterprises for research and technology transfer and detecting innovation within CHARM-EU
An analysis conducted by TORCH involving the five universities highlights the strategies and best practices implemented by universities to collaborate with non-academic actors, and especially enterprises, for research collaboration and how they operate to detect innovation emerging from their research teams.
An international team of researchers has created SciComm4all, a gap-filling science communication self-training material. The set of freely accessible animated videos offers tips and good practices for effective knowledge dissemination.