This is AIMday

AIMday is an opportunity for academics and organisations to make contacts and exchange knowledge. It is simply the idea that a broad mix of academics can provide different perspectives and surprising new avenues to solving real-world problems – and to create favourable conditions for continued cooperation between academia and non-academic organisations. Developed by Uppsala University in 2008, the AIMday concept has been embraced by several leading universities in Sweden and other parts of the world.

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How AIMday works

AIMday stands for Academic Industry Meeting Day. As the name suggests, it’s a day where a university’s academic experts meet representatives from external organisations. But what makes AIMday special – many would say unique – is the format of that meeting.

 

01Questions are submitted by organisations

Specific questions raised by organisations kickstart the whole process and form the meeting day agenda. To take part, interested organisations must submit at least one question. Each question addresses an organisational challenge that they want academic researchers to discuss with them.

 

02Academics sign up for questions

Academics self-select questions, and prioritize, based on their specific competence and research interest. Since the idea is to bring different perspectives to each question a broad academic participation is encouraged.

03Matchmaking

Finding a perfect match for each question put forward by organisations is a main priority of the AIMday organiser. Based on researchers’ priorities and availability, the organiser does the logistics for an all-day-schedule that ensures efficiency and involvement of all attendees.

 

04Meeting day

Have your sights set on a day filled with a series of ‘one question, one hour’ workshops with teams on each side of the table candidly discussing each question. It’s an exchange of knowledge and ideas focused on finding novel pathways to solutions. What is more, there are ample opportunities to network and develop new and rewarding contacts.

 

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Why AIMday?

AIMday is truly an easy and effortless way for academic experts and organisations to meet and discuss important issues.

Petra Pertoft, Lecturer at Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Uppsala University.

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Uppsala University

Uppsala University aspires to be a force for good in society. We teach, pursue research and contribute knowledge that moves the world forward. Collaboration with external actors is a natural dimension of the university’s operations and we constantly seek novel ways to drive this cooperation forward. AIMday is one example. Pioneered by Uppsala University in 2008, AIMday also enjoys a strong reputation among leading universities in other parts of the world. By making AIMday available to other academic institutions, and supporting implementation of the concept locally, Uppsala University not only is true to its mission to contribute to a better world. What is more, we continue to build bridges across the academic world.

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