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18-20 June 2019 | Helsinki

The 2019 UIIN University-Industry Interaction Conference held in Helsinki, brought together 400 delegates from all over the world including managers, practitioners, and researchers in the fields of entrepreneurial universities, collaborative innovation and university-business cooperation among others.


Conference's 100+ speakers provided insights into a wide range of university-industry interaction themes. Over the course of three days, the participants had access to a wide variety of presentations and workshops, where they had the opportunity to explore best practices on innovation, entrepreneurialism, industry partnerships, and the future of higher education. The conference provided a platform to interact, share knowledge, and establish new contacts with peers.

S2BMRC team has again substantially contributed to the 2019 conference.


Panel discussion "The Future of Universities: Industry Partnerships, Entrepreneurship and Leadership" hosted on 18 June 2019 by Balzhan Orazbayeva (S2BMRC)

After the CEO of UIIN, Arno Meerman, launched the Helsinki conference with a short keynote about the future roles of university, higher education disruptors and pioneers Manuel Dolderer, Co-Founder & President CODE University of Applied Sciences and Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius, CEO and Principal of KAOSPILOT, discussed together with a panel moderator Balzhan Orazbayeva what the future of universities will look like. Both speakers presented their visions of the future of higher education and shared their own experiences about how they implement these visions at their institutions already now.


Paper presentation "Business engagement in education-driven university-business cooperation" presented on 18 June 2019 by Balzhan Orazbayeva (S2BMRC) and Dr Victoria Galan Muros (OECD and former S2BMRC)

Our understanding of education-driven UBC and its motivations is lacking and there is no empirical evidence of the business motivations to undertake such cooperation with universities. This research addresses this shortcoming by exploring the motivations driving business engagement in education-driven activities with universities including student mobility, curriculum design and delivery, and lifelong learning.


Paper presentation "The female academic entrepreneurs and their networking competency" presented on 19 June 2019 by Dr Sue Rossano-Rivero (S2BMRC), Prof. Dr Ingrid Wakkee (HvA) and Dipl.-Kauffr. Friederike von Hagen (S2BMRC)

This research addresses the following question: How and to what extent do the perceptions of academic females about a supportive environment for academic entrepreneurship and their self-efficacy with respect to their networking behaviour, affect the extent of development of academic entrepreneurship among female academics?


Paper presentation "Bringing society back: A Playbook to Re-connect Science and Community", presented on 20 June 2019 by Eva Sormani (S2BMRC) and Choiwai Maggie Chak (S2BMRC).

This presentation draws on the extensive scientific research and practical cases in the field of community engagement and university-society collaboration, offering an integrative systematic review on strategies and tools available from practice and research that mitigate the barriers in university-society collaboration. Specifically, the research focuses on examining the solutions that facilitate the interactions between researchers and community stakeholders.

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