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Improving science projects through network and collaborations – Open Science (2019)

ECTS credits:

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Fall 2019
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 30 / 48
Capacity limits: 20 participants

Objectives of the course:
How to involve industry in a research project through networking and interviews. Through teaching days and industry interaction, the student will be guided through the process of building a network around the science project.

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Use the Research Canvas to organize and plan the progress of his/her scientific project
  • Create new industrial and academic contacts and utilize new contacts to benefit the scientific project
  • Identify business and societal needs in the research project, incorporate them, and thereby add extra value to the project

Compulsory programme:

  • Active participation in teaching lessons and interactions with industry
  • Perform interviews
  • Fill in research canvas

Course contents:
Teaching days (3) and interactions with industry (4):

  • Teaching day 1(3 hours): Research Canvas Workshop
    • Fill in research canvas
    • Prepare interview guide
  • Industry Interaction 1(5 hours): Open Science Seminar, September
    • Perform small interviews using interview-guide: Industrial need for the research project
  • Teaching Day 2(3 hours): Validate problem/need
    • Ethnographic methods
    • Plan industrial observations
  • Industry Interaction 2 and 3 (5+6 hours): Open Science Seminar, October, and short company visit
    • Arrange company visit
    • Visit company to observe production, development, or other relevant departments.
  • Teaching Day 3 (3 hours): Ideation and realization
    • Fill in the rest of the research canvas and prepare interview guide
  • Industry interaction 4 (5 hours): Open Science Seminar, November
    • Verify solutions
    • Interview with focus on important parameters concerning the research and technology – what should happen after this research project, how does the science make it into industry/society?

The student must be doing a research project that could benefit from an industrial network alongside the course.

The student must be motivated for engaging with a new network.

Name of lecturers:
To be announced

Type of course/teaching methods:
Workshops, seminars, exercises and networking


Course homepage:

Course assessment:
Pass/Fail based on active participation and research model canvas

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Special comments on this course:
This course is part of the Open Science collaboration at ST, AU (www.spoman-os.org) and has been evolved in collaboration with Open Entrepreneurship


  • September 2019 (2 dates)
  • October 2019 (3 dates)
  • November 2019 (2 dates)


Deadline for registration is 10 September 2019. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than 12 September 2019. 

For registration: Send an email to ibenbk@inano.au.dk, with a short description of your research project. Include current industrial collaborators, or future industrial relevance of the project.

If you have any questions, please contact Iben Kongsfelt, Open Science, e-mail: ibenbk@inano.au.dk

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