The AIMday concept

The foundation of the AIMday concept is to match challenges from industry with relevant research competence. These challenges are made the subject for discussions in small, multi-disciplinary groups with one hour per challenge.

AIMday is the simple idea that a new and broad mix of people can provide different perspectives and surprising new avenues to solving problems – and can create favourable conditions for continued cooperation between industry and academia. The concept is a structured process for matching challenges from business with relevant and broad academic skills.

An AIMday consists of several one-hour workshops where exchange of knowledge on the challenges submitted takes place. Transparency is the basis for workshops within the AIMday concept. All contributions are welcome within the specific theme, but questions need to be phrased in a way that makes clear what exactly the challenge is – and how academics within different fields can contribute with their expertise.

The details of the challenges and the names of the organisations that submit them are public information accessible to all. Participation in AIMday is about opening up to new knowledge, perspectives, ideas and contacts for all participating parties. Discussions are open and frank.

Workshops are in general open to other companies to observe where relevant, but closed workshops can be requested if required.

Although the core of AIMday workshops comprises concrete issues and questions, the academic researchers are not expected to deliver solutions. The workshops should be the starting point for finding the answers together. AIMday is a venue for learning and mutual exchange of knowledge.

Watch this short AIMday video to get a better understanding of the format and an idea of the benefits of participating.