Program 2018

(Latest update 2018-07-02)

This years theme is ”how to broaden utilization?”. During two exciting days, several perspectives on this topic will be raised. The first day will focus on broad global monitoring while the second day will emphasize Sweden.

The parallell sessions are divided into three themes. You will be able to pick the themes of your choice on the conference.

Track 1: Tools – Track 2: Trends – Track 3: Policy

Day 1 – September 17

09:00-09:45 Coffee and registration

09:45-10:00 Welcome! Ursula Hass, ordförande SNITTS

10:00-10:40 Reflections about how to broaden utilizaion, Anne Lidgard, Director Silicon Valley Office, VINNOVA

What does utilization really mean when discussing the role of universities in future societies? A society that risks being influenced by the tech giants’ agendas and an increasingly fast-paced development? Can universities secure its role as independent institutions, free som short-term politics while being a key player contributing to sustainable development in Sweden?

These are some of the topics I will touch upon while reflecting whether we can learn anything from Stanford and Silicon Valley.

10:50-11:30 Panel debate: Consequences of a broader utilization

What are the consequences if 33 % of university spending is assigned to utilization? What are the pros and cons of a broader way of working? How do we bring forward utilization that is already happening outside universities today? Is there a need of new roles, organizational structures etc? What is the limit of university capacity when it comes to utilization? Why should we make money of innovations that are made possible from the tax payers money?

11:30-12:30 Strategic change for utilization: hands-on workshop with financiers, universities and research institutes

For the 2016 budget, six of the biggest universities reported 0 SEK in spending for utilization activities. Meanwhile, in Sweden and globally, increased research utilization is every so emphasized. Universities can hardly ignore this for long if utilization is to be a core activity.

What are the goals in three and ten years and how do we get there? If utilization is to comprise one third of university activity, what does this require from management, the organisation, financiers and users in the shape of student and society?

The purpose of this session is to generate hands-on thoughts about what changes are necessary to reach an effective utilization in Swedish universities.

12:30-13:45 Mingle lunch

13:45-14:30 Parallell sessions

  1. Track 1: How to communicate Impact David Buntz Pedersen, Aalborg Universitet (Please note! 13:45-14:05)
    More information coming 
  2. CRE8® the Future – Jernkontoret
    Jernkontoret, together with Sandvik, SSAB and several participating students, explain their experiences and surprises when using CRE8® – en method developed by Karlstad university. Eleven multidisciplinary student teams from 12 universities provided creative solutions to an issue faced to Sandvik and SSAB. The winning team was rewarded with 400 000 SEK. Participants; (live or video):
    • Gert Nilson, Technical director Jernkontoret
      • Head of the Research and education Unit
    • Eva Petursson, R&D Manager SSAB
    • Mattias Klockars, R&D Director Sandvik Materials Technology
    • 2 or 3 students
    • Cindy Bråtenfeldt, CRE8®-facilitator, Karlstad university

  3. TBC

14:40-15:20 Parallell sessions

  1. Track 1: Impact Mapping - driving idea development towards Social Impact Karin Ackerholm, Innovation advisor, LiU Innovation (Please note! 14:15-15:20)
    In recent years support for innovation, investment and collaboration has been more and more tied to the goal of creating impact through sustainable development – economically, socially and environmentally. The global SDGs specify focused areas in need of this development, but how does one go about securing impact? Through the practice of Impact Mapping and Management, you’ll get new insight on how to outline, assess and create positive impact.In this workshop Impact Mapping will be sketched as a tool for driving positive change for all ideas supported by the innovation system. In different phases of idea development focus might be more or less set on the long-term impact. The need for setting up a strategy for securing positive impact might come as a reaction to funding discussion at a mature stage, or as a starting point for a socially conscious venture.Impact Mapping helps structure what is to be accomplished, and more importantly, for what purpose. With this informed structure as a baseline, Impact management keeps priorities straight and help decision-making while connecting current actions to the long-term goalImpact mapping helps in
    • getting a shared focus for the team and as a template
    • matchning collaborators and investors through joint interest
    • avoiding confirmation bias
    • creating momentum and keeping priorities on track

    The focus of the workshop will be outlining how to use different behavioural patterns to guide the building of a valid approach – for customers, users and other stakeholders – and how this tool can create benefit for building thriving organizations that drive positive development.

  2. Track 2: Blockchain: Threats and possibilities
    Workshop on the fundamental blockchain principles. We provide a hands-on workshop where we explain and discuss the fundamental properties of blockchain. The focus is on realistic assessment of the current state-of-the art and interesting possibilities it offers in the future.
    • What is blockchain?
    • What can it realistically do?
    • What are the limitations?

    Speakers /Session Leaders:
    Juho Lindman, University of Gothenburg, Blockchain Lab, Associate Senior Lecturer
    Andrea Astalan, Grants and Innovation Office, University of Gothenburg

  3. Track 3: How does the upcoming STRUT-report affect utilization?
    How far has the STRUT-investigation come and how will it consider current research policy goals? What will be the implications for utilization?

15:50-16:30 Closing session, Phyllis Leah Speser, Foursight ST

Dr. Phyllis Speser helped develop the legislation that created the US innovation ecosystem and is emulated by innovation ecosystems around the globe. More information coming.

Day 2 – September 18

08:30-09:00 Registration and coffee

09:00-09:45 Panel debate: Utilization - how do we do it??

The panel will share hands-on examples from their universities while presenting their long and short term goals and visions.

– Fredrik Hörstedt, Chalmers Tekniska högskola
– Sigrid Saveljeff, Vice principal collaboration, Högskolan Dalarna
– More to come

09:50-10:30 Parallell sessions

  1. Track 1: Open Access and innovation Jonas Gilbert, Södertörns högskola
    Costs of acquiring research results in traditional research media have increased to the degree that they pose a threat to spreading research. Jonas Gilberg shares his thoughts on how Open Access plays an important part to cope with this challenge.
  2. Access - creating strong innovation by collaboration
    More information coming.
  3. Track 3: Collaboration is more than commercialization - which is the role of the TTOs for developing university utilization?
    More information coming

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:40 Parallell sessions

  1. Track 1: From idea to innovation with the KTH Innovation Readiness Level™ Model, Gustav Notander, KTH
    KTH Innovation has over the last 8 years developed a model to make the road from idea to innovation more effective. This model is called the KTH Innovation Readiness Level™ Model and this session is an introduction to how it works and how to use it to improve the quality and increase the throughput in the innovation process.The model is based on the same principle as the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) but covers six of the most critical areas for successful innovation. It is a very useful tool to break down the road from idea to innovation into manageable steps, assess the current development stage of the idea, and determine the most relevant next steps.
  2. Track 2: How can we deal with societal challenges/Agenda 2030: Communication as a utilization tool?
    How can university knowledge be of use if it does not reach organisations working in the real world? Knowledge transfer is perhaps most important when dealing with disrupting forces such as xenophobia, climate change or world hunger. How can we develop university participation in actual societal challenges?
  3. Track 3: Collaboration done properly
    More information coming

11:45-12:30 Closing session

More information coming

12:30-13:45 Lunch

13:45-17:00 Closed meetings
At the end of the program, we provide the rooms for SIG meetings and internal meeting. If you are interested in reserving a room, please contact