Aleš VlkDirector
Tertiary Education & Research Institute (TERI)

Aleš is a director of TERI (Tertiary Education & Research Institute), an independent think-tank based in Prague, the Czech Republic. Its main mission is to conduct independent research and provide education and knowledge dissemination in the area of higher education policy, science policy, research & development and innovation policy and knowledge and technology transfer.
After obtaining his master degree in sociology at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, he received his doctoral degree in 2006 at the Center for Higher Education Policy (CHEPS), University of Twente in the Netherlands.
In his professional career he has worked shortly at the European University Association (EUA) in Brussels, at the governmental investment agency Czechinvest, and at the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic as the advisor to the minister.Since 2008 he has been a managing partner of alevia, working mainly as a lecturer, facilitator and moderator.
Aleš is currently teaching higher education and R & D policy as an external fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.


Challenges and main barrier in RDI cooperation: Case study of the Czech Republic

Czech universities and research institutes (as well as their counterparts in other European countries) are stimulated to cooperate more closely with business. The need to intensify knowledge transfer, commercialization of R&D outcomes, collaborative research, spin-off companies´ creation, etc. has been increasingly emphasized and supported. On the other hand, they are several limitations (legal as well as economic) to success or failure of various modes of cooperation. Which modes have proved to be the most successful? Why is the cooperation between research organizations and business still seen as not well developed? What is the most incredible story of technology transfer in the last 25 years in the Czech Republic?