Universities are required to contribute to tackling societal challenges and resolving problems. The mutual exchange between the world of academia and society is known as knowledge transfer. The terms “knowledge transfer” and “technology transfer” are key to the EU’s “Europa 2020” strategy and the strategy for research, technology and innovation set out by the Austrian government, and aim to make the applications of academic research more visible in everyday society.
The Knowledge Transfer Centre South (WTZ Süd), which comprises the University of Klagenfurt, the University of Graz, the Medical University of Graz, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, the University of Leoben, and Graz University of Technology, deals with the subject of knowledge transfer within the arts and humanities, social sciences and cultural studies and how knowledge transfer can be improved within these disciplines. A sub-project headed by University of Klagenfurt aims to increase awareness of knowledge transfer within the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies.
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build! is a start-up center that serves as an incubator for business start-ups, especially for those with an academic foundation. The center accompanies motivated pioneers along their path to a successful company. build! offers consulting services, networking opportunities, support programmes, and modern workspaces. The build! start-up center collaborates closely with the University of Klagenfurt and is located in the adjacent Lakeside Science and Technology Park.
Research-based innovations often find their way into practical settings, where they can be utilised economically: One such example is the company Bitmovin, which was founded in 2013 as a spinoff of the University of Klagenfurt. The company develops the world’s most powerful products for the highly efficient streaming and delivery of multimedia content over the Internet and specializes in adaptive streaming on the Internet – with a particular focus on the latest MPEG-Dash and HLS standards.
The university cooperates closely with the company, including in the Christian Doppler Laboratory ATHENA (Adaptive Streaming over HTTP and Emerging Networked Multimedia Services), which is comprehensively funded by the Christian Doppler Research Association from 2019.