Join us on 30 November at 12.30-14.00 (GMT+2) for our webinar and launch event on the state of industry-academia collaboration in humanities, social sciences and arts.
Six months ago, the Finnish Research Impact Foundation started an investigation into the current status and future possibilities for collaboration between humanities, arts and social sciences and private enterprises. This investigation has included a roundtable with representatives from the Finnish academic institutions and other stakeholders, in-depth qualitative interviews with European experts and an online survey for Finnish academic and enterprise representatives.
Now we’re about to launch our discoveries. Join us for this unique webinar to hear new perspectives into industry-academia collaborations from the Nordics and the United Kingdom. You will learn from the insights we have gathered and hear keynotes from Julia Black (British Academy), Alf Rehn (University of Southern Denmark), and Marja-Liisa Niinikoski (Finnish Textile and Fashion Association).
The event will be hosted on Zoom and recorded for future use. By signing up to the webinar you can opt to receive the whitepaper in your inbox. The whitepaper will also become available for download on this website on the 30th of November 2023 at 12 pm.
(in FI time, GMT+2)
12.30 Opening words and key insights from our whitepaper State of industry-academia collaboration in humanities, arts and social sciences – Perspectives from the Nordics and beyond
Aurora Airaskorpi & Outi Vanharanta, writers of the whitepaper
12.45 Keynote: State of SHAPE innovation – Insights from five years of building a network of universities to support SHAPE innovation in the UK and beyond
Professor Julia Black, Chair of the ASPECT Steering Group and President of the British Academy
13.00 Q&A with Julia Black
13.05 Keynote: Industry-Academia Collaboration: Alignment, Asymmetries, Anarchy, and Apotheoses
Alf Rehn, Professor of Innovation, Design, and Management at the University of Southern Denmark
13.20 Q&A with Alf Rehn
13.25 Keynote: The contradictory role of arts, humanities and social sciences in the transformation of industries. Case textile and fashion industry
Marja-Liisa Niinikoski, Managing Director of Finnish Textile and Fashion Association
13.40 Q&A with Marja-Liisa Niinikoski
13.45 Closing words and next steps from the Finnish Research Impact Foundation
Petro Poutanen, CEO, The Finnish Research Impact Foundation
Aurora Airaskorpi is the author of the whitepaper State of Industry-Academia Collaboration in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Specializing in scientific and societal topics, she’s an independent writer and coach and works in close collaboration with the Finnish Research Impact Foundation. She explores creativity, freelancer culture, and artist careers in her 2022 book, Freedom Seekers. Through her business High on Hope, she coaches entrepreneurs, creatives and researchers with projects and businesses that strive for societal impact. She holds a Master’s Degree in social sciences.
Outi Vanharanta is the Research Impact Officer at the Finnish Research Impact Foundation. She is dedicated to unravelling the wide range of impacts of industry-academia collaboration and developing new ways to foster partnerships between academic researchers and industry. She holds a PhD in Economics and Business Administration and has over ten years of experience in research collaboration with large companies and SMEs.
Julia Black, President of the British Academy.She is also strategic director of innovation and professor of law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and specializes in the legitimacy and dynamics of regulatory systems. She has advised global policymakers, consumer bodies, and regulators, holding key roles in institutions like the Bank of England, Prime Minister’s Council of Science and Technology and the UK Research and Innovation Council. Julia is also a director of Zinc, a social sciences, mission-based incubator.
Alf Rehn is professor of innovation, design, and management at the University of Southern Denmark, and has previously held professorships in both Finland and Sweden. He has been referred to as a thought leader in innovation, creativity, and leadership, has worked as a board professional, and is currently an internationally active keynote speaker and strategic advisor, collaborating with corporations on a near-daily basis.
Marja-Liisa Niinikoski is the Managing Director of Finnish Textile & Fashion. Prior to this position, she has worked as the CEO of companies providing expert services and, among other things, as a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University.
Petro Poutanen is a recognized expert in the fields of corporate communication, societal impact, innovation, and creativity. He holds the position of CEO at the Finnish Research Impact Foundation (FRIF), an organization established by the Finnish government in 2019 to foster public-private partnerships and facilitate interaction between industrial and academic stakeholders.