We work to increase opportunities for companies to interact with researchers from the University – a conversation can often spark new innovative ideas. Throughout the year we organise a wide range of workshops, events and activities for companies can find out more about the latest research from the University.


AIMday or Academic Industry Meeting day is a one-day event providing an effective and focused way for companies to meet with multi-disciplinary researchers from across the University.

The event is made up of a series of one-hour workshops that tackle a challenge posed by an individual company around a central theme – for example Energy, Construction or Materials. By bringing together multi-disciplinary researchers and their ideas, the event can generate unique perspectives on how to solve a particular problem. To find out more about AIMday and our upcoming events visit our events calendar.


Meeting in progress at an EI event


Student Industry Meeting day (SIMday) is a successful collaborative knowledge event based on the highly acclaimed AIMday. A one-day event designed to provide fresh thinking and innovative ideas for companies as students tackle a challenge presented by an individual company.

One to one meeting during breakout at EI event


Hackathon style events provide access to the innovative and creative thinking of University of Edinburgh students. A topic is pre-set by a company, which is then tackled by student teams on the day. Innovative ideas are scoped and researched for commercial feasibility with a company mentor before being pitched to a panel who select the event’s winning idea. They are a great way for companies to get direct access to the latest thinking on a topic.

Innovation week event


Innovation Week is an opportunity for companies to hear about the latest research at the University around those topics that are important to them such as big data, robotics, advanced materials or sustainability. Researchers present the latest thinking and discuss how this could be applied to businesses today.


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