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1st Science2Society workshop: Boosting innovation efficiency across Europe

May 23rd, 2016

How can collaboration between universities, research institutions, industrial companies and the society bring the most value for Europe? By working on the EU-funded project ‘Science2Society’ the 18 partners of the consortium coming from seven countries will find the answer. The overall goal is to improve innovation processes and their effectiveness in society.

Science2Society Kick-off

March 08th, 2016

Science2Society is a CSA project under the topic INSO-4-2015, Innovative schemes for open innovation and science 2.0 aiming at creating, piloting and sharing good practices, guidelines and training materials that improve awareness and practical performance in seven concrete university-industry-society interfacing schemes specially affected by Science 2.0 and open innovation .

The S2S project officially started on March 1st, 2016 and the Kick-off meeting was held on March 8th in Leuven, Belgium.

Customer journey videos

Video scribing software (e.g. know from tutorial videos) use a comic style design to explain a product idea or product concept from a customer's perspective. It combines a structured story-telling approach with video technology and simple language. The preparation of the videos can be performed by the product developer or the marketing department. The videos help internal and external stakeholders to fully understand the key elements of a product idea or product concept within 2 minutes.

Software partnerships

Innovative software solutions for applications (e.g. innovations platforms) in product development often need a long-time evaluation. Providing these software solutions to students´ development projects to get early feedback by test users is one way to push up market entry. This helps the students to receive access to software they otherwise couldn´t afford. On the other hand the feedback by so-called digital natives which use the software under realistic conditions unhides all kinds of weaknesses and helps to improve the software solutions.

University Knowledge Transfer

This UIS interfacing schema relates to the direct knowledge transfer from university to industry, particularly interesting for SMEs and start-ups. The knowledge transfer can be carried out via activities like consulting, coaching and training, online or offline. Spin-off companies created by universities are traditionally another way of knowledge transfer.

InnoLab – Innovating Future Mobility with talented students (2016)

InnoLab – a case study focused on defining a feasible and viable vision for future mobility, conducted by specialists at CRF (the research & innovation centre of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles) which, when run in mid-2016, was characterised by the direct involvement of 33 students from diverse faculties and disciplines including Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Aerospace Engineering, Management, Economics and Business Administration, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology.

How small industrial SMEs can reach international markets and growth through Technology transfer

This Open Innovation (OI) collaboration initiative features an Austrian SME that is specialized in a very specific industrial market niche: the joining of dissimilar metals. Its products are highly technological and can be used for welding different types of traditional and new lightweight materials, allowing several improvements in weight, energy consumption and usability. This technology can be applied in automotive, railway, aircraft and shipbuilding markets, as well as the construction of pipelines, aluminium and steel products.