Invitation to sign up for UU Innovations new seminar series - Take Off!

In the beginning of 2020, we are launching a new breakfast seminar series called Take Off! We welcome all PhD students, postdocs and researchers who are interested in learning more about research impact beyond academia.

Would you like to discover new opportunities for creating impact with your research? How can your grant applications become even more competitive by highlighting how your research addresses societal needs?

Have breakfast with us and at the same time build your skills to improve impact. We invite you to take part in our brand new seminar series, Take Off!

An impact journey can include many different activities, such as collaborating with industry, public organisations, the culture sector and healthcare. Securing intellectual property and starting spin-off companies are other examples of activities. In this seminar series you will learn about key aspects of creating impact, beyond publications. The seminars will give you a step-by-step introduction to the concept of impact, and provide you with tools for defining the potential impact of your research. In addition, you will learn how to successfully communicate the impact of your research and what support is available to help you on your journey towards impact.

The seminar series runs from January to March 2020 and includes six seminars. You can choose to attend all seminars, or just a few based on your needs.

Read more about the individual seminars below.

Registration and Contact

Get ready for take off! The seminar series is open to PhD students, postdocs and researchers in all disciplines at Uppsala University. We invite you to take part! Seats are limited to 25 people so don't delay to register! You are welcome to register for all seminars here, or you can register for one or more separately below. Register for all seminars

If you have any questions, please contact Hillevi Englund.

Short facts
  • Six seminars starting on 15 January 2020
  • Every second Wednesday, 08:00-08:45
  • Breakfast included and served from 07:45
  • Location: UU Innovation, Hubben, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 38 in Uppsala Science Park
  • Free of charge
  • Seats are limited to 25

About the seminars

15 January - Why societal impact?

Why would you as a researcher consider to put your knowledge to use outside of academia? And how could it be done?

The Swedish higher education act states that ”Universities’ responsibilities include collaboration with the surrounding society and informing the public about their activities to make sure that research results are utilized”. How can this be done and how can your research benefit from such activities? In this seminar we will provide you with examples of research utilisation and discuss how your ability to clearly describe the potential impact of your research will put you in a better position when applying for grants from Vinnova, Forte, Formas and VR, but also H2020 and ERC. What is more, you will get a first glimpse of what an impact journey can look like. Register here

29 January - How to create impact in society

Talking of impact is one thing, but how can impact in society really be created? Using the Impact Planning Canvas, we guide you through one tool for describing the impact of your research results. Register here

12 February - Plan your impact journey, part I 

Are you aware that as a researcher you fully own the rights to your research results? In this seminar we will discuss how to identify the intellectual assets of your research, and how to protect them – if possible. Get familiar with terms like the professor’s privilege, intellectual asset management (IAM) and intellectual property (IP) and learn what to do – and when – to maximize the impact potential of your research results. Register here

26 February - Plan your impact journey, part II

In this seminar we touch upon how to go from an identified knowledge asset (an idea) to something that creates value for someone else, and we discuss what activities may be included to make this transformation happen. We also share our knowledge and best tips on how to successfully collaborate with external organisations. What is co-creation about and what are the opportunities and pitfalls? What is NDA, CDA, MTA and what to consider before signing them? Register here

11 March - Package and fund your impact

Once you have identified the potential impact of your research and planned on how to realise it, you need to think of how to best communicate the plan you have. Learn about different approaches, such as impact logic and NABC (Need, Approach, Benefit, Competition), for structuring your message and how to adjust the message depending on who the receiver is. In this seminar we will provide examples of how to communicate your message. In addition, we will present different funding opportunities that can help take your collaborative or commercialisation projects to the next level. Register here

25 March - The next step – ready for take off!

No one is an island. Learn how to build teams and get to know the great innovation support ecosystem surrounding the university. In Uppsala there is a whole network in place for your benefit. In this seminar you will get an insight into the different supporting actors and how they could be of help whenever you are ready to take off on your impact journey! Register here

Register for all six seminars