Does your university want to grow its collaboration with business and the wider community? With AIMday you have an effective tool for forging new contacts, enhancing knowledge exchange, and rewarding collaboration that benefits both research and education. Support has been developed over the past ten years to enable universities to organise and run AIMday events, including a manual, proprietary tools and training. This information ensures that an AIMday will be conducted reliably and efficiently regardless of where it is arranged in the world. Alltogether, the AIMday brand, owned by Uppsala University, provides guarantees for quality
How to organise an AIMday
The AIMday concept provides a complete package and brand for how successful academic-industry meetings are arranged.
A ready-made solution to collaboration
Organisers of AIMday. Universities choose their AIMday themes, invites companies and organisations to attend and encourage academic participation.
Questions from external organisations form the AIMday agenda. Submitting at least one question is the entrance ticket to AIMday events for organisations.
Based on their own interest, academics self-select among submitted questions and contributes their knowledge in discussions with external organisations whilst gaining inspiration and ideas for their research.
Choosing a theme for your AIMday
As a tool for collaboration, AIMday is not limited to any specific academic area. The concept has been tested and evaluated in various disciplines within several scientific fields and found to work well regardless of the field. Nevertheless, the starting point is that the theme of each AIMday is firmly anchored in the university’s internal strengths and needs. This means that AIMday is arranged within the university’s focus areas, either because these areas are particular strengths or because they are of strategic importance to the university. Moreover, the choice of theme should reflect an identified need and researchers in the field should have a real interest in external contacts and collaborations. Having said that, the theme selection provides the university the opportunity to specifically approach an industry or sector with which it would be desirable to build fruitful relationships.
Explore the tools
AIMday comes with a toolbox packed with user-friendly and tailored solutions that enables universities to organise and run an event in a smoothly fashion. In addition to manuals, training and hands-on support, it consists of web & registration tools, and optimisation software.
A structured method
AIMday offers a structured approach to knowledge exchange that has proven its worth for more than ten years. The concept comprises of an easy-to-follow six step ‘planning to follow-up’ process.
What about the costs?
The expenses that you will incur include on-site event expenses, such as venue costs and food and catering, and production expenses, i.e. the cost of organising the event, attracting attendees, and managing the administrative elements. The toolbox provided by Uppsala University allows production expenses to be kept at a low level. The only fee that Uppsala University requests of a university AIMday host is the full reimbursement of the cost of the training and support that we provide.
How to initiate AIMday at your university?
AIMday is available to academic institutions worldwide. By establishing a collaboration agreement between your university and Uppsala University, you will get hold of all support needed to get started.
University of Manitoba, Canada
Experiences from the Manitoba Industry-Academia Partnership
AIMday is a great program for Manitoba universities and colleges to stimulate economic growth through innovation and tech transfer.
Ryerson University, Canada
As the Canadian hub for AIMday,
Ryerson will be able to support the Canadian innovation ecosystem and the application of new knowledge and technologies.
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
First university to organise an AIMday in Canada 2017
AIMday is a unique meeting concept that enables local industry to connect with researchers and academia at USask in a way that we had not done before.
Umeå University, Sweden
AIMday brings academy and society closer together
As a knowledge-driven organisation, Umeå University is striving to provide students and staff with unique opportunities for learning and development.
University of Edinburgh, UK
University of Edinburgh: the UK Hub for AIMday
The first university in the UK to organise an AIMday and has hosted hundreds of company representatives and academic researchers at many events since 2014.