From 24-26 April 2019, the LISTO consortium met in Uppsala for a concluding workshop of WP 2. Exactly one year earlier, in April 2018, we had started WP 2 with a training workshop for the AIMday method in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Read the Montevideo meeting report) Afterwards, the seven Latin American partners planned and hosted seven AIMday events, matching and connecting researchers of their universities with companies around a shared question or problem:

Organizing teams of 7 AIMday events

After each AIMday, we conducted a survey of the experience of both organizers and participants. The results of these surveys provided the base for a comparative assessment of the AIMday event outcomes which we discussed during the Uppsala meeting. While we will published a more detailed analysis in an ebook (forthcoming 2020; Title: University-Industry Cooperation in Latin America: Lessons Learned from Applying AIMday Methodology), we can share some first take-aways:

  • All 7 AIMdays combined had 329 participants which discussed 80 questions in 51 workshops. 40 different companies participated.
  • Close to 100% of the AIMday participants reported that they would recommend AIMday and attend future AIMday events.
  • Some of the feedback received asked for more time in the workshops, addressed questions of confidentiality and offered suggestion for a better preparation of the event.

One of the biggest questions from the AIMday organizer side was concerned with follow-up procedures after an AIMday to continue working on the new relationship after the AIMday match-making discussions. Enrico Baraldi Professor of Industrial Engineering & Management at Uppsala University addressed these question by presenting theoretical frameworks for university-industry interactions as well as a practical example: PLATINEA: Platform for Innovation of Existing Antibiotics Moreover, Anette Persson Stache from UU Innovation introduced the 5i-process to support innovation by collaboration.

Apart from the AIMday evaluation, we also hosted a panel discussion about “Collaboration across borders: the role of embassies in an international innovation system” with the following participants:

  • Santiago Wins, Ambassador Uruguay
  • Claudia de Angelo Barbosa, Minister-Counsellor Embassy Brazil
  • Andreas Larsson, STUNS (a Uppsala foundation at the interfaces between universities, business, and the public sector)
  • Regina Summer, VINNOVA (Swedish National Agency for Innovation)

 

During the next next months, the WP 2 participants will work on a publication of the AIMday activities and the lessons learnt, to be published in 2020.