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:
- September 12, 2018: AIMday Agribusiness in the dairy chain in Porto Alegre, hosted by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) – Tech-Transfer Office SEDETEC
- October 3, 2018: AIMday Materials in Córdoba, hosted by the National University of Córdoba (UNC)
- October 5, 2018: AIMday Dairy Innovation in Montevideo, hosted by University ORT Uruguay (ORT) – Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship CIE
- November 8, 2018: AIMday Future of Food Production in Montevideo, hosted by the Catholic University of Uruguay (UCU) – Center for Entrepreneruship and Innovation IthaKa
- November 13, 2018: AIMday Biomedicine in São Paulo, hosted by the University of São Paulo (USP) – Innovation Agency AUSPIN
- February 27, 2019: AIMday Innovation and Optimization of Productive Processes in the Santa Fe Region, hosted by the National University del Litoral (UNL)
- March 20, 2019: AIMday Water in Recife, hosted by the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) – Innovation Office POSITIVA
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.
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Three rewarding days with the #listoproject have come to an end. Exchanging experiences from intense collaboration around innovation and entrepreneurship, including the implementation of the #aimday concept at several Latin American universities. What a joyful journey! #uppsalauniversity #erasmus #collaboration #innovation #entrepreneurship