Transfer of Innovation in Academia (TROIA)

The Research Group

Our research group Transfer of Innovation in Academia (TROIA) serves as a holistic platform within Die Junge Akademie. TROIA covers central topics of academia such as innovation and innovation transfer.

Scientists – no matter what discipline they come from – often pioneer new ideas and thoughts. Transferring these impulses to society and industry is an important and responsible task that TROIA aims to cover. Therefore, topics of TROIA’s work include technology start-ups, social entrepreneurship and the sharing economy amongst others. Simultaneously, TROIA aims to analyze public innovation promotion and innovation financing.

Fireside talks 2022/2023

The TROIA members are organising a fireside evening with Clemens Waitz to talk to him about his experiences with scientific start-up ventures. Waitz is a specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law. Numerous awards accompany his professional career, including the honour as best lawyer 2020 in the field of venture capital. He is a founding partner of the prestigious Berlin law firm Vogel Heerma Waitz, which was awarded, among others, Law Firm of the Year in Private Equity and Venture Capital 2021.

Within the framework of a summer discussion evening, the members of AG TROIA meet Claudia Lehmann. She is the Managing Director of the Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation (CLIC) at the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and will provide interesting insights into her decades of experience with the topics of innovation and innovation transfer.

Manuel Söldenwagner is a patent attorney and the members of the RG TROIA would like to talk to him during a late summer fireside evening. Söldenwagner studied molecular biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich with a focus on bioprocess engineering, drug design and development, microbiology and IP management. Stays abroad took him to the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, but also to Cambridge, UK. He now works as a patent attorney at the renowned law firm Eisenführ Speiser and is head of the Munich office. His work is regularly awarded (Legal500, JUVE, etc.) and in 2021 he was ranked among the best lawyers in Germany, among others.


The TROIA members meet Sabine Steiner-Lange during a winter fireside evening. She is a programme coordinator at the Nationale Kontaktstelle Gesundheit, a project agency of the German Aerospace Center. She will report on her decades of experience with national and international research funding programmes and provide insights into current as well as future developments, including in the area of innovation transfer.

The members of the RG TROIA will meet Jan Heerma during a winter fireside evening. Heerma is a lawyer and founding partner of the prestigious Berlin law firm Vogel Heerma Waitz. In 2021, he was named best lawyer in the field of technology law. His work focuses on IP and technology transfer of all kinds, such as licensing, research and development or joint ventures.

Dorothée Döpfner works at the Berlin Institute of Health and is head of the Digital Health Accelerator. The members of the research group would like to talk to her during a fireside evening. Döpfner has been working on the topics of innovation and innovation transfer for decades and will share her experiences.


- Past dates -


Together with the research group Artificial Intelligence, RG TROIA hosted a winter fireside evening with astrophysicist and Erium founder Theo Steininger. Our members talked to him about his scientific and entrepreneurial path. Among other things, Theo Steininger addressed technical, social and legal points in the field of artificial intelligence.

10.-12.11.2021: Digital Health Summit

Isabel N. Schellinger will be a panellist on the topic of „Clinical Innovation and Entrepreneurship“.