Academia Industry Meeting days (AIMday®), originated and developed by Uppsala University, are structured around questions submitted by companies – those questions form the basis for workshops and discussions by academics from various disciplines. The goal is to increase interaction between the minerals sector in Saskatchewan and academic researchers by focusing on specific R&D challenges with an aim to identify pathways to innovative, sustainable solutions.
Innovation Enterprise and the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII), in collaboration with the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, hosted ™AIMday Minerals 2017 on March 22, 2017 in Saskatoon. AIMday Minerals 2017 was attended by 20 industry representatives from 5 major mining companies in Saskatchewan who met 39 researchers to find pathways to solutions for specific R&D challenges. Prior to the event industry submitted questions which were discussed in 21 workshops throughout the day. As a result of the workshops, researchers have sumbitted 55 applications for explore research collaboration opportunites. All applications will be reviewed by the mining companies and funding will be amde available to those selected for further discussion/collaboration. AIMday Minerals 2017 was the first AIMday in North America and it was very well recieved by both industry and academia.
Innovation Enterprise is hosting a second AIMday on Oct 18, 2017 with a focus on Imaging. For more details, please visit the AIMdayTM Imaging 2017 website here.