Research and innovation infrastructures in the focus of university-industry engagement – InnoHEIs project exposed in the UIIN Conference 2022

Indoors of the social event room

The 10th anniversary of both the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) and its annual international conference connected more than 400 delegates working across universities and industries worldwide in Amsterdam during the second week of June.

Keynote panels giving fruit for thought

The daily keynote panels with prominent speakers from universities and other stakeholders highlighted topics around educational and ecosystem leadership, role of external engagement units, and research valorisation & impact. Inspiring talks were accompanied with lively discussion and questions from the audience, paving the way for the parallel sessions and workshops of the programme as well as dialogues during the networking breaks.

Under the overreaching topics of innovative and entrepreneurial universities, the role of research and innovation infrastructures was discussed and assessed in many of the sessions. Specifically in the sessions focusing on partnering universities, the importance of these infrastructures and their essential elements of university-industry co-operation was emphasized.

Dissemination of the InnoHEIs project

The poster entitled Virtualisation of Research and Innovation Infrastructures Supporting University-SME Collaboration outlined some of the findings and outcomes of our InnoHEIS project. The poster focused on the implementation of virtualisation process of TAMK FieldLab. This process was a direct outcome of transnational sharing of good practices within InnoHEIs project partners and thus directly co-financed by Interreg Europe Programme. The poster was presented onsite in the conference by the authors Ms. Hanna-Greta Puurtinen and Mr. Petri Pohjola form Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). The full paper introducing the virtualization process in more detail will be published in the UIIN Conference 2022 Proceedings.

The poster a served as an inspiring example on how organisations can move towards greener and sustainable utilization of research and innovation infrastructures. Simultaneously, the virtualisation can provide an easy access and important information about the infrastructure’s offering, services and availability.

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Text and photo: Hanna-Greta Puurtinen