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Z-Labs - Courses for ENGAGE.EU

Z-Labs are addressed to second-year graduate students, stimulating them to further develop key skills that they will apply towards empirical and experimental theses that they will have to submit for their master’s degree. Theses can enrich the synergies between academic research and education with professional expertise and challenge-based approach to formulate interdisciplinary solutions’ proposals to real-life issues. The Z-labs contain three sets of lectures on Technology Transfer, Scenario analysis, and Sustainable Governance respectively.

The classes can be followed online on Fridays from 8:15 to 9:45 as follows:

Aleardo Furlani, CEO, Innova

How can students in academic spin-offs contribute to bridge the distance between technology and market? How can they contribute to the early stage of a technology transfer process (before invention disclosure)? 

The lessons will build on the development of skills and procedures which are intrinsic part of the technological innovation process’s complex value chain, linking research to its societal deployment and playing a key role in our economic ecosystem. From the discovery of novel technologies, through the involvement of non-technological stakeholders, the protection of intellectual property and finally to the marketing, licensing and product development, these lessons will give an overview of the entire process. 

·       16th of February 8:15 to 9:45

·       23rd of February 8:15 to 9:45

·       1st of March 8:15 to 9:45


Simone Mori, Former Head of Europe, ENEL

The course will reflect on emerging scenarios in the energy transition in the Global South.

It will review the state of the decarbonization process, the energy framework in the mediterranean, the energy development and climate challenge in Africa, and the Carbon Credit market

·       8th of March 8:15 to 9:45 (join HERE)

·       15th of March 8:15 to 9:45

·       22nd of March 8:15 to 9:45


Gaetano De Vito, President, Assoholding

The course will present tools to understand the difference between international governance systems, in particular an analysis of the governance of Common Law countries, Civil Law countries and Asian countries will be proposed. The instrument of the multiple voting shares in companies ‘groups will be explored, with an example of how it works in family firms. Following this, EFRAG’s European sustainability reporting standards (Esrs) will be presented, with a focus on the correlation between the financial statement and integrated reporting. Finally, the principles of innovative regenerative governance will be discussed.

·       5th of April 8:15 to 9:45

·       12th of April 8:15 to 9:45

·       19th of April 8:15 to 9:45


To register for the courses, please email