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The 2016 University-Industry Interaction Conference is on the horizon and all things are in place for a great conference experience. With over 400 members arriving from over 40 countries, the potential to network, analyse experiences and share ideas on an international scale is huge.
With a wide variety of presentations and workshops, six expert keynote speakers, and a multitude of good and next practice case studies, you will gain invaluable knowledge and ideas to return to your institution with.
A great conference experience is also dependent on another important factor: fun. That’s why we have organised social and networking activities throughout the three-day experience to allow you to relax and get to know your fellow participants. With a pre-conference get-together at the Royal Cafe de Kroon, a champagne reception and boat tour through Amsterdam’s infamous world heritage site and an unforgettable conference dinner at Het Sieraad, we believe you will have, not only productive, but a thoroughly enjoyable stay in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
In order to ensure you get the absolute most out of your conference experience, we have put together five basic tips:
1. Log in to UIIN Connect
Prior to the conference, UIIN Connect, our virtual platform, allows you to set up a professional profile, create a personalised conference schedule, browse your fellow attendees, send messages or meeting requests to other participants, and explore all the conference materials. Head over to UIIN Connect and make full use of this valuable tool.
2. Actively take part
In order to make the most of your conference, and allow others to do the same, it is important that you share your own knowledge and experiences. With 400 participants attending from over 50 countries, your insight will be of great value in learning from the cases of others, and vice versa! You definitely get out what you put in, so share and receive!
3. Learn from some of the leading voices in university-industry interaction
With close to 100 organisations sharing their knowledge through presentations at the conference, you will not be short of opportunities to expand your understanding of university-industry interaction and acquire ideas to take back to your organisation. You will receive a comprehensive conference programme on the first day, which you can use to make sure you are always in the right place at the right time. You can also view the programme online here.
4. Participate in conference social activities
Although providing great networking opportunities, the primary focus of our pre-conference get together and conference dinner is to allow you to unwind, surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your passion for university-industry interaction. Whether reuniting with familiar faces, or introducing yourself to some new, make yourself visible during all breakout times and you will no doubt open up many exciting new opportunities for collaboration in the future.
5. See the city!
As well as being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Amsterdam was recently awarded the prestigious title of 2016 European Capital of Innovation for its holistic approach to innovation based on four areas of urban life: governance, economics, social inclusion and quality of life. Spend some time wandering around the city and you will soon see for yourself why. Our main conference location places you right in the centre with many of the city’s highlights just a stones throw away, whilst our champagne reception and boat tour offers the opportunity to see the city the best way; from the water! Find out more about Amsterdam and the must-see sights here.