As part of the Summer Courses “Rafael Altamira” 2015 from the University of Alicante the Summer Course”Technology Watch:strategies and tools to innovate” is released, coordinated by the Virtual Observatory for Technology Transfer (OVTT) and will run from 7 to 10 July at the Campus of the University of Alicante (Spain).

This is a classroom and practical course of 20 hours, which participants learn how to get the most out of technology watch to improve decision-making in your organization or professional activity. Have a participative teaching methodology, which will combine lectures, workshops and debates from which to work on case studies and real experiences, and will include the participation of national and international faculty reference on the subject, many participants #MoocVT, the MOOC first introduction to technological surveillance to undertake.

The course is aimed at businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers interested in improving the management of scientific and technological information in their professional activity and develop a deeper understanding of the value of surveillance technology in innovative projects within the framework of the educational offer the University of Alicante this summer.

Why learn about technology watch:

Today surveillance technology is a fundamental tool in R + D + i and a strategic source of competitive advantage for organizations. Strategic management of scientific and technological information is increasingly important to innovate and survive in a complex and changing like the present, where the life cycles of technologies and products shorten, markets become global environment, technological risk requires be managed and open innovation emerges to transform business models of organizations. In addition, the Internet allows access, as never before, a lot of information that often can be overwhelming, awakening the risk of information overload or infoxication.

Therefore, technological surveillance is essential to anticipate changes and identify opportunities for technological innovation and ideas to facilitate improved processes, products and services of an organization in its market instrument.

Course Objectives:

The general purpose of the course is that companies, entrepreneurs and researchers develop specific skills to incorporate monitoring technology practices in their innovation activities and learn to apply strategic aspects of their methodology, such as detecting information needs in a project, where to look, what techniques and tools to use and how to be more effective to transform the information into useful knowledge to improve decision -making and identify new business opportunities, among other benefits .

Teaching skills related goals are:

  • Understand concepts encompassing surveillance management technology in an organization and its implications for innovation strategies .
  • Understand how you can contribute technological surveillance decisions in R + D + i .
  • Identify the main stages, elements and characteristics of the surveillance cycle technology.
  • Knowing methodologies and techniques of surveillance technology to be put into practice .
  • Identify relevant sources of information and specialized tools.
  • Learn to analyse and exploit the results of information.
  • Being able to design a system of technological monitoring and competitive intelligence.
  • Knowing useful recommendations of experts for the implementation of technological surveillance practices in organizations.

Program contents:

This summer course will be taught through a participatory teaching methods that combine lessons, workshops and debates from which to work on case studies and real experiences, and will last for 20 hours. Its contents are articulated in three full thematic blocks and a specialized day dedicated to health, health and demographic change and well-being sector and the potential that technology monitoring can contribute to the improvement and differentiation of R&D in the frame European Horizon 2020 and replicable to all program sectors. These contents are:

  • Block 1: Introduction to technology monitoring management as key to innovation.
  • Block 2: Systems of technology monitoring and competitive intelligence
  • Block 3: Useful tools for technology monitoring.
  • Health Monitoring technology: a strategic tool for success in Horizon 2020.

In the full detailed program you will find all the sessions, participating teachers and contents of each.


The teaching staff are experts in technology monitoring (national and international), also staff of the University of Alicante involved in projects and research related to technology monitoring, competitive intelligence and innovation.

  • Alessandro Comai, Founder and Director of Miniera, S.L. (Spain).
    Adel II González Alcalá, Director of Network Node TechnoParque Rionegro SENA (Colombia) and author of the methodology of technological surveillance Innovi-Tech.
    Juan Carlos Vergara Villanueva, Director and founder of CDE-Competitive Intelligence (Spain) and participant in the drafting of the UNE 166006 on Technology Watch and Competitive Intelligence AENOR.
    Cristina Trivedi, partner of e-Intelligent and chief technology monitoring and strategic intelligence (Spain).
    Nancy Veronica Perez, Technical-Management Advisory Professional National Program Technology Watch and Competitive Intelligence (VINTEC) belonging to the National Directorate of Studies, Undersecretary of Studies and Planning of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina, MINCYT (Argentina).
    Sergio Garcia Larreina. Director of Competitive and TT PONS Patents and Trademarks (Spain) Intelligence.
    Carlos Atienza, Director of the Field of Health Technology at the Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia, IBV (Spain).
    Elena Carrio Argos, TTO Innovation Area Health Research Institute of the Faith (Spain).
    Pastor Rita del Castillo, head of technological surveillance INNDEA Foundation Valencia (Spain).
    Patricio Martinez-Barco, Professor, Department of Computer Languages ​​and Systems at the University of Alicante (Spain).
    Sofia Oliveira Pires, Virtual Observatory of Technology Transfer (OVTT) of the University of Alicante (Spain).
    Alba St. Soriano, Virtual Observatory for Technology Transfer (OVTT) of the University of Alicante (Spain).
    Ana Martinez Vicente. Office of International Project Management (OGPI) of the University of Alicante (Spain).

Addressed to:

The summer course is aimed at all those interested in improving the management of scientific and technological information in their professional activity and develop a deeper understanding of the value of surveillance technology in innovative projects and in particular:

  • Researchers and research centres.
  • Entrepreneurs and spin-off companies.
  • Entrepreneurs and personnel departments R & D companies .
  • Managers of technology transfer offices, technology institutes and scientific and technological parks.
  • Managers and directors .
  • Directors and technical R&D personnel.
  • Directors and technical product development .
  • Commercial directors and technicians.
  • Management consultants innovation.
  • Professional market research and marketing.
  • Community manager specializing in science communication.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students .


The registration period is open from 18 May 2015 until all places of the course , which because of its practical nature are limited. The course fee is 60 euros for students and unemployed and 90 euros for professionals. Its duration of 20 hours is equivalent to 2 credits LRU / ECTS .

The registration process will be done electronically and will consist of the following phases: pre-registration , registration , payment receipt (except free) and delivery of documentation ( if required) . All these phases are carried out through the following link: registration information .

More information : Rafael Altamira Summer Courses 2015 of the University of Alicante.

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