Program 2018

(Latest update 2018-09-03)

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 on a broader utilization, 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?

Moderator: Danielle Lewensohn


  • Anne Lidgard, Director Silicon Valley Office, VINNOVA
  • David Budtz Pedersen, Professor (MSO), Aalborg Universitet
  • Andrew Telles, Head of Innovation, Grants and innovation office at Gothenburg Universit

11:30-12:30 Group discussion: Practical implications of a broader utilization

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.

Discuss in groups what consequences a broadened utilization has or could have on different aspects of our profession:

1. Spin off Creation and our processes of company creation and
financing of newly established companies

2. Collaboration with other parties such as industry and other
authorities and in particular  internationally (what types of objects and
what changes in process we need to take into account.)

3. Innovation Office’s work processes in research contacts

4. Funding agencys and financing of activities in our branch

5. Competences Needed

12:30-13:45 Mingle lunch

13:45-14:30 Parallell sessions

  1. Track 1: Communicating Research Impact, David Budtz Pedersen, Aalborg Universitet
    A pressing issue for institutions concerned with knowledge translation is how to best communicate the impact of research in a powerful and convincing way. Getting the impact of research across is not just about facts and figures but connecting with stakeholders and understanding their capacity to mobilize, integrate and utilize knowledge. A key to success in knowledge utilization and knowledge transfer is understanding your target audiences, their institutional settings, and their limitations in terms of time and resources. In this workshop we look at tools for communicating research impact to policy-makers and stakeholders, including strategies for joint refinement of research questions and designs; sharing of expertise among knowledge-users and researchers; and joint development of a knowledge dissemination and implementation plan. Working collaboratively and communicating the impact of research continually throughout the research process is more likely to create change than transferring and sharing the final results. 
  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. Systematic ways to create, share, and implement knowledge in public private consortia – The SuMo model, Anette Larsson, Professor, Chalmers
    This presentation reports how SuMo Biomaterials (SuMo), a VINN excellence research centre for industry and academia on functional biomaterials, has systematically applied tools and worked with partner involvement to create, share, and implement knowledge efficiently between the centre participants. How a center, such as SuMo, is set up and operates greatly affects the efficiency in creating break-through knowledge as well as the ability to translate this knowledge into value for the center partners. It is not enough to perform research and hope for the best. Instead, a “SuMo model” consisting of a combination of methods, tools and ways-of-working was created and applied in the center. By sharing the “SuMo model” in this report the goal is to contribute to the further development of efficient industry/academy-centre collaborations in the future. A special focus will be on an overview of the “SuMo model” and how key success principles lead to the three prioritized initiatives that are the basis of the model. These initiatives are presented in detail with explanations of the key drivers of the initiatives, the approach that was taken and finally the outcome and results.

14:40-15:20 Parallell sessions

  1. Track 1: Impact Mapping - driving idea development towards Social Impact Karin Ackerholm, Innovation advisor, LiU Innovation
    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 3: How does the upcoming STRUT-report affect utilization? Lars-Olof Mikaelsson, Regeringskansliet and Janne Laine, Aalto University
    The on-going STRUT-investigation is coming to en end later this year and will present a new system for resource distribution for universities that includes utilization and collaboration. How far has the STRUT-investigation come and how will it consider current research policy goals? What will be the implications for utilization? A similar system is already exists in Finland; what are they differences, similarities and challenges?
  3. Track 2: Blockchain: Threats and possibilities, Juho Lindman and Andrea Astalan, University of GothenburgWorkshop 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

15:20-15:50 Coffee and fika

15:50-16:30 Replacing Money with Sustainability: Ethics, Metrics, and International Collaboration, Phyllis Leah Speser, Foursight ST

I invite you to join me in a thought experiment.

We live in tenuous times, where the behavior of shortsighted captains of industry and mad politicians raise questions about the long term legacy of our species. As tech transfer professionals we are a cog in this machine. When we talk about tech transfer we commonly use  three metrics for measuring success: money, economic development, and knowledge dissemination.

In this experiment we replace money with sustainability. We will see that this shift can  have a significant impact on a global ecosystem driven in many ways by technological advance. The impact begins with changes in how we prioritize technologies for transfer, do deals, and follow-up to support and monitor. Even little hits and break-evens can be prioritized under this approach, which make it possible to move more of our technologies into use by industry, nonprofits, NGOs, and governments. It opens us up to transfers to rural  and other underserved populations and to new models for international collaboration, which in turn has some interesting benefits for meeting   economic development and knowledge transfer metrics.

Because of the role of technology in global society, replacing money with sustainability has significant impacts on climate change, population migrations, lifestyle, health, and politics. Along the way I will describe some of my own activities and those of others which demonstrate it is possible to implement more ethical perspectives successfully.

Dr. Phyllis Speser has a long experince in the field of Technology Transfer and helped develop the legislation that created the US innovation ecosystem which is emulated by innovation ecosystems around the globe.

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. Access - creating strong innovation by collaboration, Jim Moen, UU Innovation et al.
    True collaboration, to embrace the unexpected and shared perspectives enables enormous possibilities. However, it is easier said than done. Örebro, Linköping and Uppsala University have created a model for collaboration between universities and the industry that generate collaboration in several steps. Could this be a universal model for collaboration? Similarities and differences pose both as challenges and assets in collaboration. The universities will share their common journey towards strengthening the innovation power of SMEs in Mid-East Sweden.
  2. 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 Gilbert shares his thoughts on how Open Access plays an important part to cope with this challenge.
  3. Track 3: Collaboration is more than commercialization - which is the role of the TTOs for developing university utilization?
    The terms collaboration and utilization are frequently used terms – what do they actually mean? Collaboration includes many research and education activities while utilization seems to refer mainly to innovation. Kan the experience from the TTOs be transfered to the broader are of collaboration? This session will discuss what collaboration can be and how experiences from the innovation system kan be transfered to collaboration.

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:40 Parallell sessions

  1. Track 2: How can we deal with societal challenges/Agenda 2030: Communication as a utilization tool? Gunnar Dick, University of Oslo
    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?
  2. 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.
  3. Track 3: Collaboration skills
    Incentives for collaboration is desired by many. One way to achieve this is to include collaboration and collaboration skills in the merit systems of researchers and teachers. During this session, we will listen to how collaboration can be included in governing documents and used in Swedish universities, followed by a discussion about the benefits and how it can be used in the merit system. The session is led by Anna Bergstrand, Collaboration Strategist, University of Borås and Project manager, Vinnova MERSAM Project

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