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AIMday™

Ryerson is AIMday’s official Canadian hub

Academic Industry Meeting day, or AIMday™, is a unique, highly effective program for university-based researchers and organizations to connect and bring world-class research to life. By matching organizations' need for new knowledge with academic expertise, AIMday furthers understanding of and enables new perspectives on real-world problems.

The AIMday program centres on small group discussions where a question raised by an organization is examined during a one-hour workshop with researchers and experts from several different disciplines. AIMday has proven itself to be successful in helping organizations to find useful contacts and collaborations, and in initiating paths to developing solutions.

Background

Established in 2008 at Uppsala University, Sweden, AIMday has been implemented and refined by 20+ universities in seven countries, including the U.K. (Newcastle University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford), Brazil (Federal University of Pernambuco, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, University of São Paulo), Sweden (Umeå University) and Canada (Ryerson University, University of Saskatchewan).

AIMday™ in Canada

In January 2021, Ryerson University and Uppsala University entered into a partnership to allow Ryerson to build the AIMday program in Canada by becoming its official Canadian hub. As the Canadian AIMday hub, Ryerson will work with other Canadian universities to help them develop their own AIMday programs and provide access to global best practices for developing collaborations with organizations and for developing the capacity of organizations to exploit these collaborations.