Plug in labs is a tool providing the economic sector with the expertise and skills of public research in a specific area. Its objective is to facilitate innovation between public laboratories and companies within a given area, a community of institutions or a university, in order to create more long-term collaborations and to help revitalise the local area.
In addition to the web-based tool, Plug in labs aims at: - getting complementary innovation players to create together in a defined area. - standardising the presentation of skills within an area for increased visibility and legibility. - using a language which is understandable by both the educational and economic fields. - standardising the process while complying with the specific features of the area so as to add even more value to it.
Genesis: An initiative of the Université Bretagne Loire
The Plug in labs approach and logic originate from the Brittany region. In 2009, the Université Européenne de Bretagne, the technology transfer office Ouest Valorisation and Brittany's regional development and innovation agency (BDI) decided to enhance skills across the whole of Brittany. They implemented Technosciences, an expertise search tool, to help identify key players in the field of public research and get them to connect with innovative economic players. It was launched thanks to the support of the DIRRECTE via a European funding (ERDF) and of the Brittany region. In 2013, this approach received the "AEF universités-entreprises price, best shared initiatives" in the "Research and Innovation" category during the "RUE" (gathering stakeholders from universities and businesses). In 2014, Technosciences became Plug in labs Ouest, a web-based tool even more adapted to expertise search of socioeconomic stakeholders (especially for SMEs) In 2017 Plug in labs Ouest has expanded through the Pays de la Loire region before being transferred to new areas.
Implementation: A user-centred method and position
To adopt the Plug in labs tool in an area, several key steps are required to guarantee its successful implementation and use: - meeting with all involved stakeholders for the promotion and innovation of an area - data collection and organisation - integration of the data into an efficient search engine - definition and adaptation of the interface according to the specific characteristics of the area - continuous improvement taking into account the users’ group feedback
Users’ group: Continuous improvement and experience sharing
The users’ group was launched in 2017 following the transfer of the tool from the Brittany/Pays de la Loire region to the University of Paris-Saclay. The users’ group helps promote the Plug in labs approach and share good practices in terms of promoting public research, innovations and technology transfers to the socio-economic world. The areas that are interested in this approach can therefore benefit from the experience gained by the Plug in labs community and from a framework facilitating the implementation of their tool. One of the advantages of the group is the adaptation to each area, thus creating a virtuous circle and enriching all existing Plug in labs communities.
The User must carefully read the present Legal Notice and must comply with it. He/She must checked in advance that the computer system used does not contain any virus or other “malevolent software” and that it is perfectly working. The User is the only one responsible for the choice, the use and the interpretation of data he/she consults, queries and transfers on the Internet. The website owner must do everything to provide the users with verified and available information and/or tools, but is not responsible for mistakes, lack of information and/or the presence of viruses or “malevolent software” in the website.
Information Technologies, Data Files and Civil Liberties
In accordance with the Law 78-17, the User has the right to access, modify and delete any personal data by sending an email to: info[at]pluginlabs.fr
Intellectual Property, Reproduction Right
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Notice and Action Procedures
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Change of the Legal Notice
At any moment, the Université Bretagne Loire, owner and website manager, reserves the right to modify the present notice. Thus, the User must regularly read it.
In case of litigation, the French legislation is applicable. It is assigned to the exclusive jurisdiction of the relevant courts in Rennes (France).
Done in Rennes on 18th September 2017
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