The AIMday® concept – How it works
To initiate the process, companies are invited to submit their issues formulated as one or more questions. The companies are also recommended to submit some background information related to the question. The questions from the companies are gathered and presented to researchers from different disciplines. Thereafter the researchers announce which questions they have a special interest in, and which they would like to participate in a discussion group around.
A committee then does the logistics for a schedule based on the interest and availability of researchers. The schedule optimizes participation and efficiency during the day for all attendees, and ensures a multidisciplinary constellation of each discussion group.
Every question formulation is discussed for one hour, no more – no less, and the size of the group is approximately 5-10 people. Time is also allocated in the program for AIMday participants to be able to mingle with other attendees, or to follow up on the discussion from the discussion groups.
If not enough researchers have registered for a specific question, the committee actively tries to identify appropriate researchers to tailor the discussion group, and if fruitless, the company will be informed that the University does not have the specific competences needed.
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