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. The idea is simple: each AIMday has a specific theme and is centred around small group discussions based on a question posed by the external participant. This gives industry partners and researchers the assurance that the topics addressed will be of genuine interest, while also providing the opportunity to gain fresh insights, meet potential collaborators, and grow a network.
AIMdays were born at the University of Uppsala in 2008, and are a format used by universities worldwide to match researchers with industrial partners.The video below, filmed in collaboration with Voices from Oxford at the 2018 Biomedical Imaging AIMday, gives a sense of what the day offers.
How they work
Step 1: University of Oxford selects a theme of interest to industry partners and researchers
Step 2: Organisations submit a question (or questions) in this area that they would like academics to answer
Step 3: Oxford’s researchers sign up to discuss one or more or the questions.
Step 4: On the day, each question forms the basis for face to face, 60 minute meetings
Step 5: The Business Development Team will be available to follow up any productive discussions with researchers and external partners
The day is interspersed with opportunities for networking and informal discussion.
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If you are interested in learning more about AIMdays at Oxford, please contact Amira Burshan (firstname.lastname@example.org)