In two separate general assemblies last week in Vienna, members of ASTP (Association of Science and Technology Transfer Professionals) and Proton Europe (Public Research Organization Transfer Offices Network – Europe) voted in favour of a merger of their two associations in order to better serve the KT/TT community in Europe. The new association will be known as ASTP-Proton.
ASTP-Proton will be a non-profit association under Dutch law, with its headquarters established in Leiden (NL) and a satellite office in Brussels. A Merger Committee consisting of current ASTP and ProTon Europe Board members has been set up to finalize the formal merger with a target completion date of 30 November 2013. Membership of ASTP-Proton will include individuals and representatives of institutions.
A National Association Advisory Committee (NAAC) will be set up, gathering together representatives of national associations of KTOs (as ProTon Europe has done up till now). This will preserve a good connection with national relays, especially with regard to benchmarking policies, metrics and experience exchange. Professional development, certification of professionals and accreditation of KT offices are key issues for the new association.