An Academic Industry Meeting Day (AIMday) is an innovative networking event that allows external organisations to set the agenda and gain academic perspective into industry challenges.
AIMdays offer a unique way to facilitate interaction between industry and academia. Born at the University of Uppsala in 2008, they have increasingly gathered attention and use at universities across the globe looking to match researchers with industrial partners.The video above, filmed in collaboration with Voices from Oxford at the 2018 Biomedical Imaging AIMday, gives a sense of what the format offers for both academics and industry partners.
'AIMdays are a fantastic opportunity for researchers and industry to spark new collaborations, build their networks, and get a fresh perspective on how their work could be translatable.'- Dr Martin Kerr, Industry Partnerships Manager, University of Oxford
First, interested industry partners are invited to submit questions around a certain topic that they will chair in a one hour round table discussion. For example, at the Microscopy AIMday, companies including Zeiss, Olympus, and Andor Technology submitted questions around imaging technologies to aid medical diagnostics, use of virtual reality to understand biological processes, and novel techniques for the future of microscopy research.
Academics then choose which of these questions they would like to answer, depending on their particular area of expertise. The AIMday algorithm designs a programme of sessions that matches industry partners and academics by their shared interests so that sessions can run in parallel, and interaction between industry and academics is maximised. It is a format that has proven successful in finding useful contacts, collaborations, and new paths to solutions to organizations’ questions.
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In 2018 we hosted an AIMday focused on Biomedical Imaging, which is at the heart of much of the clinical and biomedical research that is conducted at the University of Oxford. Technological advances in both hardware and image analysis capabilities are opening up new and exciting applications in biological research. Oxford has a world-class biomedical imaging community both in the development and application of novel advanced techniques. This event offered an opportunity for external organisations and researchers from Oxford to get together and discuss current and future challenges and opportunities in the field. Companies represented on the day included Novo Nordisk, GE Healthcare, GSK and Barco, among many others. Topics discussed included:
- Big data
- Artificial Intelligence
- Deep learning techniques
This AIMday focused on questions around Microscopy. A range of topics were discussed, including:
- New advanced microscopy techniques, including improved imaging methods
- Quantitative image analysis
- Biological applications, including live cell imaging
- Particle tracking by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
- Development of hardware/software
- Electron microscopy/cryo-EM
Due to our ageing population there is an urgent need to improve healthcare systems, deliver better community-based healthcare and to develop innovative methods/technologies for self-management of health, in parallel with promotion of healthy living and support of active ageing. This AIMday Ageing brought together healthcare researchers and practitioners to discuss these key issues including:
- Medical device development
- Assisted living technologies
- Strategies for disease prevention
- Promoting healthy living
If you are interested in learning more about AIMdays at Oxford, please contact Martin Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org).