Meeting 2 in Montevideo – AIMday training

From 17-19 April 2018, the LISTO project met in Montevideo, Uruguay to start work package 2: university-company relations. We were hosted by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Universidad ORT Uruguay, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Ithaka) at the Catholic University of Uruguay and the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII). Over the course of three days, the partner universities exchanged their experience and strategies for engaging with companies and took part in a training of the AIMday method. During 2018/19, the partners will host their own pilot AIMdays.


On the first day, the project discussed examples of successful/failed collaboration between universities and companies, strategies for managing different expectations as well as how to activate diverse stakeholders inside and outside of academia.

Video summary of the group sessions on workshop day 1:

During the second day, Anette Persson-Stache and Ernesto Gutiérrez from Uppsala University Innovation introduced the AIMday methodology ( as a way for academic scientists and organisations to make contacts and exchange knowledge. By matching organizations need for new knowledge with academic expertise, AIMday brings understanding and new perspectives to actual problems. The AIMday method is centered on small group discussions where a specific question is discussed during one hour by scientists and experts from several different disciplines.

The third workshop day was dedicated to the individual AIMday planning. Each of the seven Latin American partner universities has picked a topic for a pilot AIMday which they will plan and host in 2018/19. The topics range from water, material science, dairy production, biotechnology, production processes to food waste management. The LISTO project will evaluate the experience of organizing the pilot AIMdays and bring all partners together for a concluding conference in Uppsala in April/May 2019.

Video summary of the individual AIMday planning groups:

During the meeting, the participants used the Twitter hashtag #listoproject to spread the word about the project.

Several partner university websites and news outlets reported about the LISTO workshop:

Kick-Off Meeting in Porto Alegre

From December 11-13, 2017 the LISTO consortium met for the first time in Porto Alegre, Brazil to get to know each other and plan the agenda for the three years ahead. We were hosted by the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and its tech-transfer office SEDETEC. The group included participants from all 10 LISTO partner universities as well as from our associate partners Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación (ANII), Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT), Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (FINEP), Federation of Industries of Rio Grande do Sul State (FIERGS) as well as the Swedish Embassy in Brazil.

During the course of three days, the participants presented their home universities and the local entrepreneurship and innovation eco-system. In addition, two panel discussions aimed at creating some common understanding by bringing together European and Latin American perspectives on innovation and entrepreneurship, and the role of universities and national /government agencies in the area. The main activity of the meeting were three group work session dedicated to preparing and planning the three development work packages which form the core of the LISTO project:

WP 2 – University-Industry Relations
WP 3 – Teaching Entrepreneurship
WP 4 – Entrepreneurial Universities

In addition, the consortium discussed relevant internal/external stakeholders of the project and how to reach them which will inform the dissemination and communication strategy of LISTO. Some of the participant used Twitter to spread the news about our project and the meeting using the hashtag #listoproject.

We thank our partners at UFRGS for being such fantastic hosts. For a report in Portuguese, see here.

In 2018, we are looking forward to three project meetings:

April 17-19, Montevideo/Uruguay: WP 2 University-Industry Relations: AIMday training workshop

June 25-27, Groningen/Netherlands: WP 3 Teaching Entrepreneurship: Knowledge/methods sharing workshop, preparation for international classroom

Oct./Nov., Córdoba/Argentina: WP 3 Teaching Entrepreneurship: Modules development for international classroom (exact time to be decided in spring)

Todos Listos?

Welcome to the website of the Erasmus+ capacity building project LISTO: Latin American and European Cooperation on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The project will officially kick-off with a meeting at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil from 11-13 December 2017.

We will keep you updated on this blog and you can also follow the participants and our discussions on Twitter: #listoproject