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Boundary Spanning Champions Online Forum

Bridging University and Industry

December 2-3, 2020

Are you a boundary spanning champion and want to share your story?

This is your chance to be recognised for your work
and present your tools, frameworks and stories.

Join a global forum for university-industry cooperation champions – leaders, researchers, practitioners and business representatives operating at the intersection between academia and business. Share your spanning boundaries tools, frameworks and unique personal stories from across the globe, meet peers and connect with other champions driving university-industry interaction, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation.

This online gathering of practitioners, organised by UIIN, will cover a wide range of topics around university-industry engagement with the main focus being on people – those who are at the forefront of interaction, who break down the barriers between academia and business and drive meaningful change and collaborative innovation for their organisations.

This is an international recognition of the efforts of university-industry champions and the role these spanning boundaries agents play in today’s innovation and higher education landscape.

Important dates

October 23, 2020
Submission deadline for proposals

October 30, 2020
Notification of acceptance to successful authors; instructions for presentations will be provided

November 7, 2020
Schedule announced & voting for Spanning Boundaries Champions open

December 2, 2020
Voting closed

December 2-3, 2020
Forum & Award ceremony

Call for workshop concepts

Deliver your workshop at the forum on how to:

Build collaborative research centres
Drive university-business cooperation for future oriented education
Scale R&D based collaboration
Create impactful challenge-focused collaborations
Drive strategic partnerships with industry
Set up external technology transfer offices
Call for tools and practices

Present your tool or concept at the forum. Submit your contributions that address the following areas:

Boundary spanning/ relationship building
Market ready innovation
Technology transfer
Entrepreneurial education
Entrepreneurial/innovation ecosystem scanning and mapping
Strategic university-business partnership
Call for stories

Tell your story at the forum. We are calling for:

University Champions (academics, professional staff and leadership) undertaking or fostering university-industry cooperation
Intermediary Champions working effectively to support cooperation between the academic and industrial worlds
Industrial champions undertaking or fostering University-Industry Cooperation

The deadline for the proposals’ submission is October 23, 2020.

2020 Spanning Boundaries Awards

Your contributions will be reviewed by an international panel of boundary spanning experts and selected for the 2020 Spanning Boundaries Awards with an award ceremony hosted during the forum. All event participants will be able to vote for the contributions to select the 2020 Spanning Boundary Champion in the fields of:

Innovative Education

Collaborative Research

Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialisation


Organisational Member
Individual Member

*includes a 1-year Individual Membership

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