Frequently asked questions

General aspects

What is the University-Industry Interaction Conference?
The conference, taking place over three days, will give you access to a wide variety of presentations and workshops and allow you to participate in numerous networking opportunities. Hosted in Helsinki, one of Europe’s innovation capitals, the conference gives participants the opportunity to meet over 500 participants from all over the world and interact, share knowledge, and establish new contacts.
Who organises the conference?
The conference is jointly organised by the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) and the Finnish Ministry of Education.

UIIN is a dynamic network of academics, practitioners and business professionals passionate about advancing university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation. Founded in 2012, UIIN has become a leading organisation in university-industry interaction, through, amongst others, bringing its stakeholders together at its annual conferences and workshops, and generating new knowledge through its research and development projects. We aim to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for our more than 200 members from over 25 countries, in order to exploit the full value of collaboration and cooperation, ultimately making an impact to academia, business and society.

The Ministry of Education and Culture is one of the twelve ministries that together with the ministers heading them form the Finnish Government. The Ministry of Education and Culture participates in the work of the Government by planning, outlining and implementing its policies.
Where does it take place?
The 2019 University-Industry Interaction Conference will take place in Helsinki, Finland.
I am attending, can you recommend a hotel?
Yes, we have listed a number of recommended hotels on the following page: Venues and travel
Do you provide financing for travels?
The travels and accommodation for attending the conference are the responsibility of each individual attendee.
How can I be kept up-to-date?
Please register for our newsletter, which will ensure you receive regular updates on the conference. You can register yourself at the bottom of this page.
I need a visa to enter Finland, can you help me?
Visa letters are only provided after we have received a full registration and payment of the conference fee. Please ensure you register in due time to allow sufficient time for yourself to acquire a visa. Once you have registered please send an email to to request a visa invitation letter. Please provide us with your fullname, date of birth, nationality, employer’s name, and department in order for us to provide you with an invitation letter for the conference.
I am interested in sponsorship opportunities, who do I contact?
If you would like to sponsor the event or promote your organisation to an international audience of close to 500 participants, please contact Aleksei Simonov at


How do I register?
If you would like to attend the conference, please register yourself online here
I cannot attend, can I get a refund?
Please see our terms and conditions for cancelling your conference ticket. The possibility to cancel and the extent of the refund depends on the date you cancel your registrations. It is always possible to transfer your ticket to a colleague.
I am a speaker, is there a deadline for my registration?
Yes, there is. The deadline for the registration is sent to the conference speakers via email upon acceptance of their abstract with other relevant instructions. The deadline is at the latest the same date as the submission date for final papers, posters and good practice cases.
I am not a speaker, but I want to attend the conference. When is the deadline for my registration?
If you are not a speaker, you registration can be processed up to 1 day before the commencement of the conference. However, it is advisable to process your registration with time in advance to avoid the complications with your accommodation and travelling arrangements.
Are there any discounts or reduced registration fees for those selected as speakers?
The Conference does not offer discounts for the speakers. However, our participants can benefit from the reduced fees in our Early Bird registration period or register for a UIIN membership.


I would like to present at the conference, where do I sign up?
You can submit your abstract / proposal to present until December 23rd, 2018 at the following page: here
I have submitted my abstract for the conference. How will I learn about the results?
All the abstract authors will receive the email notification if their abstracts are accepted or rejected within 6 weeks after the submission deadline.
Are the papers and posters published after the Conference?
Yes. Following the Conference, academic and practitioner papers are published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN number. Conference Proceedings are accessible in the Conference intranet within UIIN Connect for the UIIN members and Conference participants. After the Conference, we also publish a Good Practice Book that collects all Good Practice Studies (GPS) submitted and presented at the Conference, as well as Next Practice Series (NPS), as a collection of posters presented at the Conference. Good Practice Book and Next Practice Series are disseminated among UIIN members throughout the year.
Is it mandatory to submit a full paper?
If your abstract is selected, you will receive an email instructing you on the submission of the full paper. If you decide not to submit the full paper, you can still participate in the Conference if you register. However, in this case your full paper/ a good practice case/ next practice poster will not be published in Conference proceedings.


If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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