Strengthening the exchange of knowledge and technology between universities, public research institutes, and firms is a key policy priority in Germany. At the same time, indicators on the extent and content of transfer processes between the two sectors are largely missing. How to proceed on this challenge was at the centre of a conference that took place in Berlin on 11 October 2019. Jointly organised by ZEW Mannheim and Stifterverband and supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the event provided an opportunity for intensive exchange to its more than 130 participants. High-ranking representatives of companies, associations, research institutions, and from the world of politics delved into the details of technology and knowledge transfer.