Transfer and exploitation of scientific and technical information
The objectives of the symposium were: — to examine how far the results of publicly-funded research are being transferred to and exploited by European industry; — to identify obstacles to satisfactory transfer and exploitation and establish how best to overcome them, particular attention being paid to transfer across national boundaries; — to propose strategies for improving the efficiency of transfer and exploitation. Session I — Introduction. Session II — The needs of the economy and obstacles to transfer. Session III — Exploitation of information. Session IV — Technology of transfer and... industrial property. Session V — Towards better communication and transfer. Session VI — Conclusions — Tasks for the future. The symposium provided many insights into the various methods which are used to advance the exploitation of information. It brought out the sad fact that the exploitation of information in Europe tends to be conducted in a purely national framework; little attention is paid to the opportunities opened up by operating on a European scale. It was also made clear that information transfer is essentially a form of human communication, a fact which tends sometimes to be forgotten in the computer age; people, not machines, are required to improve information transfer. Detailed recommendations were made as to action which should be undertaken by the Community.