Knowledge transfer (valorisation)

At Wageningen University and Research centre, we believe that a broad dissemination of results from our research contributes creating added value through novel applications. We also believe that it is essential to boost innovation in society. In The Netherlands, we call this process knowledge valorisation.

We are convinced that it is necessary to generate a snowball effect to boost innovation: many clients and (small) companies use our findings to generate different applications, including completely unexpected ones, for the benefit of society. We believe that the best way to guarantee the broad dissemination of new findings is by taking the lead in this transfer process, in order to maximise their use as well as further development of academic knowledge.

The ways in which we transfer knowledge and technology

Wageningen University & Research pays special attention to the transfer of knowledge and technologies by giving meaning and value to our scientific knowledge. We do this in the following ways:

  • By educating and training students, and thereby supplying industry and society-at-large with new experts;
  • By offering industry and non-profit organisations access to our knowledge infrastructure (facilities, tools, expertise);
  • By transferring our knowledge/technologies to both (long-standing or new) companies and  non-profit organisations, where new applications can be realised for the benefit of society;
  • By stimulating co-creation together with our stakeholders.

The process of knowledge transfer can lead to the creation of added economic value, such as with patents or new business start-ups. We invest the return of our commercialization efforts and use the added value from our investments to promote and aid further scientific investigation and research at Wageningen University & Research. However, our valorisation efforts often lead to the creation of added social value or contribution to society, such as in the case of research on animal welfare, or the assistance in national and international legislation or support for educational organisations.

You can find a selection of our knowledge transfer examples right here.

  • Access our knowledge and expertise in your field by freely browsing through our patent applications and come in contact with our scientists for advice, collaboration and much more.
  • Our Start-up page provides information on how to start your own company as well as an overview of spinoffs linked to Wageningen University & Research.
  • The Tech Offers page offers a selection of currently licensable technologies/patent applications.
  • On our Society page we provide more information on how our research benefits society directly.