Knowledge Transfer of JGU
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz sees itself as an integral part of society with which it works closely and openly; it perceives knowledge transfer as one of its primary objectives. As an open university, JGU has undertaken a broad spectrum of transfer activities over the past few decades; these range from standard forms of technology transfer through a wide range of vocational continuing education courses to numerous concepts designed to promote PUSH (Public Understanding of Science and Humanities). The university is also involved in numerous research projects dealing with knowledge transfer. JGU received national recognition for its transfer activities thanks to the success of the Mainz Science Alliance while competing for the 2011 'City of Science' title. The university is currently undergoing an audit by the 'Stifterverband'; it hopes as a result to be able to extend its knowledge transfer activities and to provide them with a more strategic focus.
Profitable Technology Transfer
The transformation of the results of research into actual applications that can be employed by businesses and local administrations and, vice versa, the transposition of experience and new demands from the world of practice to the level of research are fundamental aspects of knowledge transfer at JGU. Important partners of JGU here include BASF, Boehringer Ingelheim, Dyckerhoff, Merck and Schott. Successful JGU spin-offs include companies such as Biontech, Ganymed, Genterprise and TRON, which in 2017 was integrated in the Helmholtz Institute HI-TRON. To facilitate the establishment of spin-offs, JGU and Mainz University of Applied Sciences founded a start-up office in 2012.
The Center for Continuing Education coordinates all the continuing education programs of JGU. It focuses on aspects of life-long learning for people who already have professional experience or academic degrees but are generally interested in updating their knowledge or improving it. For businesses and institutions that require specific continuing education courses for their employees, the Center for Continuing Education will develop tailored concepts. Important target groups include teachers and those in the 'Studying at 50-plus' program who wish to explore academic subjects once they have retired from their profession and would like to take advantage of what the university has to offer. The 'junior campus mainz' program of JGU and Mainz University of Applied Sciences provides extracurricular teaching projects designed for primary and secondary school pupils of all ages and school types as well as continuing education courses for teachers.
In addition to this, JGU offers the general public a unique portfolio of information dissemination concepts that extend far beyond the scope of standard popular academic formats. Examples include the annual 'Science Market of the Mainz Science Alliance', the 'Night of the Profs' event series in the Staatstheater Mainz and the 'University in the City Hall' along with the 'Johannes Gutenberg Endowed Professorship' of the 'Friends of Mainz University'.