Advice and support for contacts and collaborations

Contacts and collaborations

We help you find the right contacts, expertise, partners and form for your cooperation.

We assist researchers, companies and organisations in forming good collaborations - knowledge exchange and cooperation on issues of common interest that are of benefit to all parties.

Our support is all about identifying the right skills, partners and forms of cooperation. We can also help with financing and coordination in order to start the collaboration, to ensure it works smoothly and reaches its goals.

In addition to private meetings with individual advice, we can offer various types of meetings and events for inspiration, matchmaking and exchange of knowledge. Below are some examples of effective and appreciated meeting forms.

Get inspired and connect in an informal setting

The idea of Accessdagen (Access Day) is to make it easier for researchers and especially small and medium-sized companies to connect and gain insight into each other's activities. During a half-day, presentations of ongoing research and innovation projects are mixed with short presentations by the participating companies. The setup is informal and includes generous mingling opportunities. Accessdagen has been held in different thematic areas, such as materials and diagnostics, materials for sustainable product development, medical technology and human tissue.

"It was really good that the format was so informal and with a limited group of participants - that made it easy and relaxing to talk to everybody. It was also good that it was optional to have a speak as a company representative (and if you did it was supposed to be very short). Often things like this don't get prioritized but if the effort is small it's easier to get it prioritized. Very good food and a good oppertunity to mingle around and connect."
Participant in Accessdagen

AIMday - a meeting format as simple as it is effective

AIMday is a full- or half-day event that provides businesses and organisations with a forum to address current and business-related issues with university researchers in specific areas.

It is these issues that set the meeting agenda. The company or organisation can submit multiple queries. Researchers then sign up for the questions to which they would like to contribute with their expertise. We then match the questions with the academic skills available. The result will be a day of activity with several hour-long workshops run in parallel with five to twelve participants in a focussed discussion.

It is all about an exchange of knowledge and ideas with a focus on finding new approaches and a starting point for further cooperation, rather than there and then resolving the current issue. Participation in AIMday provides opportunities to develop skills, to open the door to new solutions and to develop and maintain contacts and networks

The unique format - one question, one hour, a group of experts - provides short, sharp, but effective meetings. And since every question is usually discussed in groups of researchers from different scientific fields, it is addressed from multiple perspectives.

AIMday was developed by UU Innovation in 2008 and has since been held several times a year at Uppsala University in different thematic areas, such as welfare, cancer, materials, diagnostics and aging, with several research collaborations resulting. The unique and effective format has contributed to AIMday also being used at other universities in Sweden and also at prestigious universities such as Oxford and Edinburgh.

Information and registration to all AIMday events organized at Uppsala University, in Sweden and the rest of the world are gathered in one place, at


UU Innovation offers other universities in Sweden and abroad the use of the concept and the AIMday brand through cooperation agreements. We then provide the support needed for successful implementation.

How to organise an AIMday event

This is how AIMday works

Each AIMday is arranged within a specific, thematic area in order to contribute to effective knowledge exchange and increased utilization of research through collaborations.

Step 1: Companies/organisations report questions in advance, one or more, together with relevant background information.

Step 2: Researchers register for the submitted questions, one or more, that they are interested in discussing.

Step 3: Matchmaking to create relevant and interdisciplinary groups for each question.

Step 4: Meeting day on campus with workshops, often parallel, with each issue being discussed for an hour. Food and mingle.

Step 5: Follow-up workshops to, if needed, provide support for collaboration.

Stronger municipalities through research dialogue

UU Innovation has developed an interactive meeting concept that connects communities with the university to enhance the dialogue between science and municipal activities. The initiative is called KOM FRAM and aims to create a better regional development on the basis of each municipality's specific prerequisites.

The ambition is that KOM FRAM will be a starting point for deeper cooperation between the municipalities and the university.

Several municipalities in Uppsala County have participated, including Heby, Östhammar and Enköping, and this has resulted in a number of joint activities and partnerships.

Read more about KOM FRAM

The research bus - a knowledge intensive study visit

The research bus is a visit to a company or organisation to discuss specific issues with a view to scouting for the future or finding solutions to current challenges. The company or organisation decides the questions in advance. A group of researchers with specific expertise relative to the question are present on the visit.

The research bus is a way to learn more about each other's activities, forge new contacts and not least identify interesting areas for further knowledge exchange and collaboration.

The study visit and group discussions are often combined with a presentation of both the company/organisation and of current research.

The research bus has visited, amongst others, ABB and Uddeholm.

A focus meeting for deeper knowledge

For companies or organisations interested in an overview or a greater depth of knowledge of a specific research topic or question, we can arrange a focus meeting. This involves a full or half day meeting, depending on the need, with the opportunity for knowledge exchange and discussions with researchers in the field.

UU Innovation helps with matchmaking and arranging the meeting, which can take place at the university or at the company/organisation.

If a confidentiality agreement is requested, we will find a suitable solution.

Focus on thematic platforms and networking

From a combination of Uppsala University's areas of particular research strength and society’s needs, UU Innovation has initiated a number of thematic and interdisciplinary collaboration platforms and networks. These bring together scientists, companies and organisations around common interests, activities and projects.

The aim is to create new solutions to external challenges through collaboration and to achieve a real impact that will strengthen research and education and contribute to growth and sustainability.

Examples of platforms and networks:

  • Ångström Materials Academy, ÅMA - an access point to Uppsala University's collected materials research and a hub for goal-oriented research and development collaboration.

Want to know more about ÅMA? Contact Ernesto Gutiérrez

  • Welfare Network - a network to encourage collaboration around key welfare issues, such as sustainable community development, healthcare and school professions, citizen participation, segregation, depopulation and the role of civil society.

Want to know more about the Welfare Network? Contact Johan Edman

  • Tourism, heritage and innovation, BKI - a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration with the aim of laying the foundations for sustainable visiting sites within heritage, history and contemporary history, using digital tools amongst others.

Want to know more about the BKI Platform? Contact Anna Grönberg