12th November 2019, 9:00-17:00Rodolfi Room, U6 building

In every UFN event, space is reserved for meeting the host institution and for networking between researchers and other actors. The common interest resides in the discussion of topics such as future development trends, challenges that must be faced, changes that may or may not occur. For 2019 the focus will be on university-enterprise relationships, explored in a workshop addressing both worlds.


9:00 – Welcome

Prof. Salvatore Torrisi, Vice-Chancellor for the Valorization of Research

Dr. Andrea Mangiatordi, Researcher at “R. Massa” Department of Human Sciences for Education and UFN member

9:30 – Keynote Speech

“University-Industry Interactions: The unresolved puzzle”

Prof. Aldo Geuna, Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti De Martiis”, University of Torino

Moderator: Dr. Martha Burkle, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta & UFN

10:30 – Panel – Partnerships and networks for innovation

How can universities and companies cooperate in networked organizations? What is (or will be) the role of university spin-offs?

Panel speakers: Adão Carvalho, University of Évora & UFN, Carina Lion, University of Buenos Aires & UFN, Chiara Muzza, iBicocca

Panel coordinator: Francesco Peri – University of Milano-Bicocca

11:30 – Coffee break

12:00 – Panel – The digital university and its relationship with the enterprise world

How is digitization changing the way universities and companies teach skills and promote competencies? What models and synergies are worth taking into consideration?

Panel speakers: Eva Cendon, FernUniversitët in Hagen & UFN, Sarah Guri-Rosenblit, The Open University of Israel & UFN, Livio Zingarelli, Philips

Panel coordinator: Andrea Mangiatordi, University of Milano-Bicocca & UFN

13:00 – Lunch

14:30 – Panel – Access and inclusion in Higher Education and in the workplace

What role are universities playing in the creation of inclusive study and work environments that are sensible to diversity? What best practices can be shared?

Panel speakers: Consuelo Battistelli, IBM Italy, Roberta Garbo, University of Milano-Bicocca

Panel Coordinator: Mpine Makoe – University of South Africa & UFN

15:30 – Panel – Enterprise PhDs & the entrepreneurial university

PhD students play a key role in the university-enterprise relationship: what happens to them when they end their academic journey?

Panel speakers: Martha Burkle, University of Alberta, Andrea Galimberti, University of Milano-Bicocca, Eva Ratti, FindYourDoc.org, Raimondo Schettini, University of Milano-Bicocca

Panel Coordinator: Josep Duart – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya & UFN

16:00 – Closing remarks


Organization: Andrea Mangiatordi

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