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: