“Creating impact through research” – this was the objective of the second edition of the summer school of the OpenInnoTrain project, which took place at INESC TEC from June 27 to July 1. The five-days hybrid programme focused on five key-themes: Scoping, Identifying and Mapping, Engaging, Tracking and Communicating.
“The goal of this edition was to help the participants analyse how important is the impact of research done in universities and companies, and how said impact can influence different sectors of society,” explained Pauline Rasera, project manager.
This summer school addressed the objectives of the OpenInnoTrain project itself, which aims to establish a network of international organisations working together in research in the fields of “Open Innovation”, “Academy-Industry Cooperation”, and “Translation of Research Results”. In this sense, the project has been promoting a series of mobility initiatives among researchers from partner entities, namely through staff exchanges (called secondments) and international events like seminars, workshops, and summer schools, since “this way, it is possible to advance the progress of researchers and instil collaboration dynamics between the actors in the ideas and technologies development processes”, as mentioned by the summer school’s organising committee.
Funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme, OpenInnoTrain is coordinated by the European hub of RMIT University in Barcelona (RMIT Europe), and the first initiative to bring Europe and Australia together for the benefit of a global network of industrial partners and academic institutions. The project brings together a consortium of 22 members from 12 countries, with INESC TEC part of the group of 12 research and development institutions.