OpenInnoTrain Summer School 2021: Creating Impact Through Research

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Join the OIT online summer school on the importance, theory and practice of research impact in academia and industry.

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The OpenInnoTrain summer school 2021 covers the importance of research impact in both academia and industry and how impact can be delivered at different stages of research.

Summer school objectives:

By the end of this summer school, you'll gain knowledge and an understanding of a step-by-step approach to generate impact both in industry and academia at each stage of the research process.

You'll be assisted in achieving your individual and professional research goals such as:

  • developing ideas with potential impact
  • publishing research outputs through various platforms.
  • implementing tactics to enable a highly visible research profile within industry and academia.

Summer school key learnings:

  • How to ideate impactful research ideas.
  • How to scope opportunities in industry to collaborate for successful implementation.
  • How to develop engagement pathways for developing university-industry collaborations.
  • How to apply tools and techniques to track the output of research impact and strategise future approaches.
  • How to pitch your ideas and use a canvas approach to design your pitches.

Who can attend:

  • PhD researchers at any stage
  • Post-doctoral researchers
  • Academics
  • Industry fellows

Summer school format:

The summer school will run in both an individual and group format with a combination of workshops, lectures, individual feedback activities and pitches. It will run for five days (9–5pm CET + home tasks) from17 to 21 May 2021 online via Zoom sessions.

A maximum of 30 participants will be accepted.

You'll receive a certificate of participation from the OpenInnoTrain faculty upon completion of the summer school and will have access to all material and templates for future use.


The summer school is free of charge but availability is limited, so register by 31 March 2021. More details, including the program, are on the OpenInnoTrain website:

OpenInnoTrain is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement number 823971.

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Summer school organisers

Professor Anne-Laure Mention is the Director of the Global Business Innovation Enabling Capability Platform (GBI-ECP) and a (full) Professor of Management at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Anne-Laure is a visiting Professor at Université de Liège, Belgium and the Deputy Head of the Centre d’Evaluation de la Performance des Entreprises. She is also a visiting Professor at Tampere University, Finland, and a Fintech & Blockchain Fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Dr Avni Misra is a Researcher at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Avni's research focuses on innovation management with interests in digitalised innovation, business networks and industrial marketing. Her qualitative research capabilities extend towards another key area of research that deals with the issues and management of gender equality. Additionally, Avni is a lecturer of product innovation and management and B2B Marketing at RMIT University.

Dr Massimo Menichinelli is Research Fellow at RMIT Europe, Barcelona, Spain, and a designer who researches and develops open, collaborative, and co-design projects and the systems that enable them. Massimo has published several scientific articles and books on the topics of Open Design, Digital Fabrication, Makers, Fab Labs and Social Innovation and has lectured on Digital Fabrication and Open Design at Aalto University (Helsinki/Espoo, Finland) and Open Design at SUPSI (Lugano, Switzerland) and in the Fab Academy in the Opendot and WeMake fab labs (Milan, Italy).

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