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11th SME Day - 13 October 2021

Knowledge and technology transfer: For more innovation and sustainability

The transfer of knowledge and technology from research institutions is of outstanding importance for economically sustainable development in the region and beyond. As a university of applied sciences, HTW Dresden has been addressing this issue for years. Under the motto "Achieving more practically", the university relies on a close exchange with partners from industry, society and politics. The SME Day offers an excellent opportunity to learn about new, innovative technologies and discuss possible applications with decision-makers.

The 11th SME Day on 13 October 2021 at HTW Dresden was dedicated to this exciting topic under the heading "Knowledge and technology transfer: for more innovation and sustainability". The central role of universities in knowledge and technology transfer was discussed and it was shown how transfer can be successfully organised. Political decision-makers, such as the Member of the Bundestag
Dr. h.c. Thomas Sattelberger, as well as representatives of renowned companies such as Procter & Gamble.




Transfer_i: Interim results from the BMBF joint project Transferindikatorik - Indicators for research-based transfer,( german, not barrier free)
Prof. Dr. Swen Günther, HTW Dresden; Prof. Dr. Thomas Falter, OTH Regensburg; Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wink, HTWK Leipzig; Prof. Dr. Michael Brucksch, DHI

Key Note: Universities as a regional innovation nucleus,( german, not barrier free)
Dr. h.c. Thomas Sattelberger, MdB

Offerings of the Centre for SMEs (ZfM),( german, not barrier free)
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger von der Weth



Keynote Speaker

Dr. h.c. Thomas Sattelberger has been a member of the German Bundestag for the FDP since 2017. Previously, he was a board member at Lufthansa, Continental and Deutsche Telekom.

For the FDP parliamentary group, he is the specialist policy spokesperson for innovation, education and research, a member of the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment and the Enquete Commission "Vocational Training in the Digital World of Work".


"With new start-up concepts, successful innovations in companies and exemplary transfer projects from universities, we will continue the success story of Saxony as a state of innovation as well as Germany."

Martin Dulig
Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport (SMWA)

Referentinnen und Referenten

Impressions from the SME Day


Time Event Speaker
11: 00 - 12: 00 Preliminary programme Transfer_i: Presentation of interim results from the BMBF joint project Transferindikatorik - Indicatorik zum forschungsbasierten Transfer Prof. Dr. Swen Günther, HTW Dresden; Prof. Dr. Thomas Falter, OTH Regensburg; Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wink, HTWK Leipzig; Prof. Dr. Michael Brucksch, DHI
13:00 Welcome & Registration -
13:30 Greetings Prof. Dr. Katrin Salchert, Rector HTW Dresden; Prof. Dr. Ralph Sonntag, Dean Economics/ HTW Dresden; Prof. Dr. Torsten Gonschorek, ZfM/ HTW Dresden
13:45 Introduction and presentation of the programme Prof. Dr. Swen Günther, HTW Dresden
14:00 Key Note: Universities as regional innovation nucleus Dr. h.c. Thomas Sattelberger, Member of the German Bundestag (MdB), FDP parliamentary group
15:00 Coffee break with poster discussion -
15:30 Saxony's support for small and medium-sized enterprises Philipp Seidel, consultant in the SMWA's department for financing small and medium-sized enterprises, guarantees and business start-ups
15:45 Offers of the Centre for SMEs (ZfM) Prof. Dr. Rüdiger von der Weth, Head of ZfM/ HTW Dresden
16:00 HTW Dresden: Collaborative Research Projects Prof. Dr. Kathrin Harre, HTW Dresden
16:20 Procter & Gamble: Connect+Develop Programme Jürgen Dornheim, Procter & Gamble
16:40 Matabooks: Start-up of the HTW Dresden Kay Hedrich, Matabooks
17:00 Questions from the audience Prof. Dr. Swen Günther, moderator
17:30 Networking & Talks -

About the event

The SME Day is usually held once a year by the Centre for Medium-Sized Business  of the Faculty of Economics at HTW Dresden. The participants are primarily managing directors and senior executives of (medium-sized) companies from the region. They are joined by professors, staff and students from the HTW Dresden. The aim is to address current business topics and discuss them with recognised experts from science, politics and business practice.

Downloads and Links

  • Link zu Datei
    Program flyer
    pdf - 1,37 MB

    ( german, not barrier free)

  • Link zu Datei
    Conference poster
    pdf - 2,77 MB

    ( german, not barrier free)

  • Interner Link
    Project Transfer_i
  • Interner Link
    Project Biocompatible Materials