The AIMday concept has been used in several areas, including cancer research, diagnostics, materials science, aging and imaging. It has proven to be an effective tool for generating new contacts, new ideas and new approaches to solving problems - driving innovation forward.

AIMday was initiated and successfully developed by Uppsala University in Sweden. Innovation Enterprise has signed a collaboration agreement with Uppsala University with the purpose of implementing the AIMday concept in North America.

Mutual benefits for academia and industry:

  • Academic researchers gain valuable insights into ‘real-world’ problems and how these relate to their own research

  • Industry gains access to academic specialists who can contribute to solving industry problems

For more information contact Amit Shukla @ 306-966-2083 or amit.shukla@usask.ca

Inspiration and Insight

Bringing compentencies together in tailor-made discussions is key to identifying areas of common interest. Many collaborative projects are started this way.

Great Networking

During AIMday there are ample opportunities for networking and spontaneous meetings. Many beneficial contacts are made.

Efficient meetings

Every question is discussed for one hour, no more, no less. The size of the group is small, five to ten people, including industry representatives and researchers from various disciplines.

AIMday™ AgTech 2018

Our next AIMday™ will focus on AgTech and is scheduled for October 31, 2018. Companies and researchers will discuss technology-based solutions to challenges facing the agriculture industry in order to increase productivity, improve production efficiency and enhance sustainability of the agricultural industry. We would like to encourage all industry partners operating within the AgTech space to consider registering for this event.

Canadian AIMday™ Hub

We are pleased to announce that the AIMday™ program has been officially launched Canada-wide under a new agreement between U of S Innovation Enterprise and Uppsala University in Sweden.

For the full media release, see https://news.usask.ca/media-release-pages/2018/aimday-program-launched-canada-wide-under-new-agreement-between-u-of-s-innovation-enterprise-and-uppsala-university-in-sweden.php

AIMday™ Big Data 2018

Innovation Enterprise, in collaboration with Innovation Saskatchewan, the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, held the third AIMday™ on April 11, 2018 with a focus on Big Data. Questions posed by industry ranged from how to better use Saskatchewan-grown crops for health and wellness applications, improve short-term weather forecasting, optimize insurance pricing models using machine learning, and use big data to increase workplace safety in mining and manage policing resources.

Here are the results from this day:

  • 22 questions were submitted by industry
  • 53 researchers and 30 representatives from 12 companies attended
  • 21 workshops took place during the day
  • 55 research applications were submitted by academics in response to 21 questions
  • 16 applications were selected for funding to develop project proposals

AIMday™ Imaging 2017

In October 2017, Innovation Enterprise, in collaboration with Innovation Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Canadian Light Source, hosted a very successful second AIMday™ with a focus on Imaging. Companies, organizations and academic researchers discussed global challenges in agriculture, health care, and mining, and how imaging research techniques could help solve them.

The results of this day speak for themselves:

  • 29 questions were submitted by industry
  • 50 researchers and 22 representatives from 10 companies attended
  • 29 workshops took place during the day
  • 69 research applications were submitted by academics in response to 26 questions
  • 24 applications were selected for funding to develop project proposals

AIMday™ Minerals 2017

In March 2017, Innovation Enterprise and the International Minerals Innovation Institute jointly hosted AIMday™ Minerals 2017, the first AIMday™ in North America. The event was in collaboration with the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. AIMday™ Minerals 2017 focused on finding solutions to a wide variety of mining sector questions and problems, ranging from reduced reliance on fossil fuels and more green energy sources, to developing new methods of detecting potential pipeline breaks before they occur.

Industry representatives and academic researchers welcomed the meeting concept and the results speak for themselves:

  • 26 questions were submitted by industry
  • 39 researchers and 17 representatives from 5 major mining companies attended
  • 21 workshops took place during the day
  • 55 research applications were submitted by academics
  • 17 applications were selected for funding to develop project proposals