Conference overview

About the conference

A unique opportunity to share, learn and network

The University-Industry Interaction Conference is the annual conference of the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), through which UIIN brings together over 400 managers, practitioners and researchers in the field of entrepreneurial universities, collaborative innovation and university-industry interaction. Now in its 5th year, this conference is one of the largest conferences in this field and provides its participants with 3 days of sharing knowledge and interacting with peers. In order to best facilitate this, the conference is built around a number of key principles:

1. A mixture of science and practice - We foster both the research ON, as well as practical experience IN university-industry interaction. We believe that through this mixture of sharing research results on how to interact and, at the same time sharing experiences on these interactions our attendees are best equipped to further drive the interaction between university and industry.

2. Experience the local culture and knowledge facilities - Our conference enables participants to get to know the local culture and environment and learn from local good practice examples.

3. Insights into the minds of renowned leaders - Keynote speakers at UIIN events represent both the academic as well as the industry perspective, with past speakers being amongst others best-selling book authors, leaders of entrepreneurship centres, scientific experts as well as managers from SIEMENS, Volkswagen, Konica Minolta.

4. Get to work through hands-on workshops - We perceive it to be crucial for our participants to engage in practical workshops to, amongst others, reflect on their own understanding of the collaboration between university and industry, but also to interact and network with peers.

5. Expanding networks and knowledge base - We believe in building long lasting relationships and sharing knowledge beyond the actual conferendce days. As such we offer you access to 'UIIN Connect', to meet and interact before, during and after the conference with those having shared interests and goals. It is through this same tool that you can access the papers, presentations and other materials of one of the 100 speakers at our event.

Videos of past conferences


Amsterdam 2016

Berlin 2015

Madrid 2014

Barcelona 2014

Amsterdam 2013

Scientific committee

International expertise supporting the event



Andreas Altmann
Rector and Executive Director at Management Center Innsbruck


David Audretsch
Ameritech Chair of Economic Development and Director of the Institute for Development Strategie at Indiana University


Thomas Baaken
Director at Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre


Stephen Betts
Professor of Management at William Paterson University


Alexander Brem
Professor at University of Southern Denmark


James Cunningham
Professor of Strategic Management at Newcastle Business School


Todd Davey
Director at University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN)


Wolfgang Gerstlberger
Associate Professor at University of Southern Denmark


Paul Hannon
Director at Swansea University


Tobias Kesting
Manager Scientific Board at University Industry Innovation Network


Panayiotis Ketikidis
Vice Principal at CITY College


David Kirby
Vice President (Enterprise and Community Service) at The British University in Egypt


Magnus Klofsten
Professor and founding director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Linköping University


Marek Kwiek
Director of the Center for Public Policy at Poznań University


Gonzalo Leon
Vice President for Strategic Programmes at UPM & Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Technical University of Madrid


Gideon Maas
‎Director International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship at Coventry University


Anne-Laure Mention
Director Enabling Capability Platform - Global Business Innovation at RMIT


Andy Penaluna
Research Director at Trinity St David's


Carolin Plewa
Deputy Director - Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre at The University of Adelaide


Jose García Quevedo
Associate Professor at Universitat de Barcelona


Marina Ranga
at European Commission


Dana Redford
President at Portugal Entrepreneurship Education Platform


Michael Santoro
Professor of Management at Lehigh University


Eric Viardot
Director at EADA Business School


Harald von Kortzfleisch
Professor for Management and Entrepreneurship at Universität Koblenz-Landau

Practitioners committee

International expertise supporting the event



Jochen Barth
Director for Employability at University Industry Innovation Network


Juan Antonio Bertolin
Managing Director at FUNDACIO GENERAL DE LA UNIVERSITAT JAUME I


Iain Bitran
Executive Director at ISPIM – International Society for Professional Innovation Management


Johan Blaus
Partner Manager strategic partnership at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology)


Christopher Christodoulides
Director of Administration and Finance at Open University of Cyprus


Paul Coyle
Director at Entrepreneurial Mindset Network


Sven de Cleyn
Incubation & Entrepreneurship at iMinds


Natascha Eckert
Department Head at Siemens


Lars Frolund
Development Manager at Corporate Relations and Technology Transfer at Aarhus University


Troels Jacobsen
Director of Research and Innovation at Universitetet i Stavanger


Yatin Karpe
Associate Director at Lehigh University


Mirjam Leloux
Director at Innovation Exchange Amsterdam


Erik Bisgaard Madsen
Vice-Dean for Private and Public Sector Services at University of Copenhagen


Ketan Makwana
CEO at Enterprise Labs™


Philipp Marquardt
Senior Manager at Siemens AG


Erik Puura
Vice Rector for Development at University of Tartu


David Romero
Professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey


Jean-Pierre Segers
dean PXL-Business & chairman StudentStartUP / PXL Innovative Entrepreneurship at PXL University College


Jacyl Shaw
Director, Engagement, Carlton Connect Initiative at The University of Melbourne


Irene Sheridan
Head of CIT Extended Campus at Cork Institute of Technology


Alberto Soraci
Head of technology transfer department at Italian Technology Broker Association (AIBT)


Steve Stevens
Business Developer at Ghent University


Robrecht Van Goolen
Head of Services - Research Coordinator at UC Leuven-Limburg


Philippe Vanrie
Chief Executive Office at EBN