UniPID & FinCEAL+ Seminar: Science, Technology and Innovation Crossroads - Global Lessons from Cooperation among Academia, Private and Third Sectors, Helsinki, 27-28 October, 2016

September 16, 2016

UniPID and FinCEAL+ have the pleasure to invite researchers, companies, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to join us for the "Science, Technology and Innovation Crossroads: Global Lessons from Cooperation among Academia and Private and Third Sectors" seminar and Horizon2020 training to be held in Helsinki on October 27-28.

In the light of the developments occurring in the higher education institutions in Finland, relations between Academia and other sectors have emerged as paramount for re-igniting innovation and socio-economic development; and fostering sustainability. At the same time, international organizations and funders are promoting collaboration initiatives that require a multi-stakeholder approach. Sectoral partnerships, especially with businesses, and a global outlook have become important when forging Finnish university strategies.

UniPID is organizing a seminar to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to cooperation between universities, businesses and other stakeholders in joint global projects. The main focus of the event is to examine the roles of the different actors, share lessons learned and inspire each other to create better cross-sectoral partnerships for addressing global challenges. The event is the main UniPID event in 2016 and the final seminar for the FinCEAL Plus (Developing Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Europe, Asia, Africa and the LAC Region) project[1]].

The two-day event consists of a seminar on the first day, and a practical training on proposal preparation for Horizon2020 with ‘Third Country’ parties on the second day. The seminar on the first day includes a plenary session and thematic workshops. The plenary speakers will provide different perspectives on the "lessons learned” in international researcher-company collaboration in projects dealing with global partnerships, including EU framework programmes such as Horizon 2020. The break-out workshops offer an opportunity to address specific elements of science - private sector partnership interactively. The second day contributes to further building the capacity of the Finnish research community on Horizon2020, offering practical insights on writing successful proposals with Third Country partners for Pillar III (Societal Challenges) of Horizon2020.The training is also offered as an online webcast.


The objectives of the seminar are to:

  • Identify challenges and opportunities for research-company cooperation in Third Countries
  • Identify practices / models for cooperation
  • Provide a forum for discussion and networking for participants

The objectives of the Horizon2020 training are to:

  • Provide practical advice on applying for H2020 funding, Pillar III (Societal Challenges) particularly in the context of research cooperation with Africa, Asia and the LAC regions;
  • Facilitate discussion on Finnish participation in Horizon 2020, particularly in the context of research cooperation with Africa, Asia and the LAC regions.

The seminar is aimed at researchers, companies, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders interested in working together in joint global projects. The Horizon2020 training is tailored to researchers. Please see the programme of the seminar on 27th October and the workshop descriptions (pdf).
The Horizon2020 training programme, 28th October, is available here.
  UPDATE: The on-site Horizon2020 training is fully booked, but you can still register for the seminar and online training!


The seminar and training will take place in Helsinki, Finland on 27-28 October, 2016. The event will be held at Event Hotel Huone located on Länsisatamankatu 16 in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki. See arrival instructions here. The event is free of charge but requires registration by 20th October at: https://goo.gl/forms/otkjawjSFFS2G12C2

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high number of no-shows in recent events, we have decided to start charging a
50€ no-show fee from those who have not cancelled participation in advance. If you have registered and need to cancel your participation, please email one of the FinCEAL+ coordinators as soon as possible. Contact information

[1] The project is funded in 2015-2016 by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and implemented by UniPID. The project is a continuation and expansion of the FinCEAL project (2013-2014) and aims to enhance Finnish expert participation the EU-Africa, EU-Asia and EU-CELAC Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy dialogues and to support Finnish researchers focusing on Africa, Asia and the LAC regions in building partnerships for Horizon2020 and beyond.