The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Civilian Research Development Fund (www.crdf.org) jointly sponsored a two-day workshop, "Financing University Technology Transfer", with St. Petersburg State University (www.spbu.ru) as the host. The workshop was held the 13-14 December 2004 in St. Petersburg.
In developing the workshop, the OECD and CRDF worked closely with the Russian Ministry of Education and Science (www.ed.gov.ru). The workshop brought together technology transfer experts from OECD area and Russian universities, international organisations, governments, business and finance. It explored, through expert presentations and the ensuing discussions, several timely issues on technology commercialisation and the development of entrepreneurship (start-up activity) at Russian universities and its financing.