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The University-Industry Interaction Conference goes to Barcelona!

Theme: Challenges and Solutions for Fostering Entrepreneurial Universities and Collaborative Innovation

The conference is hosted by the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) in cooperation with the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) which represents eight universities in Cataluña with more than 200.000 students and 15.000+ teaching and research staff.

Following our successful conference last year in Amsterdam, with 338 participants from 48 countries, this year’s conference organisers have found the Barcelona Science Museum (known as CosmoCaixa) willing to open its doors for this unique event. The conference will take place inside this "interactive" museum, allowing participants to experience the history of science whilst learning how to exploit the full value of science-business relationships.

Join over 300 participants and engage in rich dialogues with researchers, lecturers, technology transfer professionals, industry representatives, entrepreneurs and policy makers over three days full of discussions, workshops, presentations, networking and idea sharing.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in beautiful Barcelona.

Conference organisers

What is new in 2014?

Horzion2020 and Erasmus+ Sessions
Two sessions to meet potential partners for joint proposals!
Good Practice Presentations
Dedicated sessions for good practice cases and instruments. Learn & apply!
Networking Space
More space and activities for networking (e.g. Speed Dating)
Skill Development Workshops
Six pre-conference workshops designed to enhance your competencies
Online Networking Tool (UIIN Connect)
Connect to other participants before the conference, and plan your schedule and individual meetings. Read more

Keynote speakers

Professor Carl J. Schramm
American economist, entrepreneur, and former President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Professor Liz Towns-Andrews
Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Huddersfield (UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2012) & and Chief Executive of the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre

Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth
Director and Vice President, IBM Research – Zurich

Professor Keld Laursen
Professor for Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and Vice-president of the European Academy of Management (EURAM)

Conference speakers

  • Albinas Brancevicius

  • Aline Azevedo Larroyed

  • Andreas Altmann

  • Carlos Kemeny

  • Christopher Brown

  • Irene Sheridan

  • Jukka Laitinen

  • Katerina Ciharova

  • Katsuya Fukami

  • Ryan Jim

Conference schedule

Workshop Wednesday
April 23, 2014
  • PhD Workshop
  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Get together
April 24, 2014
  • Conference day 1
  • Champagne reception
  • Conference dinner
April 25, 2014
  • Conference day 2

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HEInnovate Workshop on "Developing Entrepreneurial Universities"

Using a tool developed by the European Commission and the OECD you will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses in groups, and discuss how HEInnovate can be used in your organisation to become more entrepreneurial.

Key Benefits

  • Increase your knowledge on how to extract the full value of university-industry interaction, how to foster collaborative innovation in firms and how to create an entrepreneurial university
  • Develop your skills through the conference’s executive education programme (delivered by EADA Business School)
  • Meet and network with those facing similar challenges (e.g. through our discussion roundtables)
  • Develop partnerships and projects with other conference participants through our project development sessions

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Conference news

» Museum National d’Art de Catalunya – a unique dinner location

March 10, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

» UIIN Connect - connecting you to all conference participants!

March 10, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

» HEInnovate – A European Commission and OECD workshop

March 06, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

Associated journals

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Download the 2013 Conference Proceedings

Download the 2013 Good Practice Series Report

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