AIMday breaks new grounds
The AIMday concept, developed at Uppsala University Innovation as an effective tool for creating connections and facilitating knowledge exchange between academic researchers and private, public and non-profit organizations, continues to prosper. In 2014, around 100 organizations participated in eight differently themed AIMday events, of which five were hosted by Uppsala University. New topics included ICT and disability. What’s more, the concept was launched in the UK with two events at the University of Edinburgh. Three more are planned for this year. And also in March 2015, AIMday was launched in South Africa via a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Since its inception in 2008, AIMday has gained a strong reputation among Swedish universities as a strategic collaboration tool, and this fact has now been recognised internationally.
“We liked the AIMday concept, especially its structured approach. It’s a win-win situation for both academia and industry. Our researchers are already asking for new themes and we have noticed interest from other UK universities in collaborating with us,” comments Ian Sharp, Commercial Relationship Manager at the University of Edinburgh.