The UU Innovation seminar series Take Off

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Have breakfast with us and at the same time build your skills to improve impact.

To the UU Innovation seminar series Take Off, we are welcoming all PhD students, postdocs and researchers at Uppsala University who are interested in learning more about research impact beyond academia. Have breakfast with us and at the same time build your skills to improve impact!

Do you want to discover new opportunities for creating impact with your research? Do you want to gain a deeper insight into the different impact dimensions and how they relate to your research? Could you benefit from concrete tools and advice for accelerating the impact of your research in society? If so, the Take Off seminar series is for you.

Step-by-step introduction and hands-on tools

An impact journey can include many different activities, such as collaborating with industry, public organisations, the culture sector and healthcare. Other examples are securing intellectual property and starting spin-off companies.

In this seminar series you will learn about key aspects of creating impact, beyond publications. The seminars will give you a step-by-step introduction to the concept of impact, and provide you with concrete tools for identifying the potential impact of your research. In addition, you will learn how to successfully communicate the impact of your research and what support is available to help you on your journey towards impact.

Take Off includes six seminars. Read more about each seminar below.

Breakfast and useful contacts included

  • Have breakfast with us and at the same
    time build your skills to improve impact.

  • Meet with fellow colleagues from across
    the university and broaden your network.

  • Get to know us. Throughout the seminar
    series you will meet many members from
    our team - advisors who can provide
    support in your own projects. 

Registration for Take Off

Get ready for take off! The seminar series is open to PhD students, postdocs and researchers in all disciplines at Uppsala University. The number of seats are limited. We invite you to take part!

Join us for breakfast

Every other Wednesday 9 September - 18 November 2020 at 08:00-08:45.

Seminar 1: 9/9
Seminar 2: 23/9
Seminar 3: 7/10
Seminar 4: 21/10
Seminar 5: 4/11
Seminar 6: 18/11

The seminars take place at UU Innovation's location in house Hubben in Uppsala Science Park. The number of seats on-site are limited to 20 participants to promote social distancing. The seminars will also be available online on Zoom.


Registration for the autumn 2020 round of Take Off is closed. We are planning for a new round of the seminar series, starting in early 2021. If you are interested in participating, email us and we will get back to you as soon as the registration opens. 

Expression of interest

Take Off short facts
  • Six seminars, every other Wednesday during 9 Sep-18 Nov at 08:00-08:45
  • Breakfast included and served from 07:45
  • Location: UU Innovation, Hubben, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 38 in Uppsala Science Park
  • Seats are limited to 20 on-site
  • Seminars also available online on Zoom
  • Registration is required
  • Free of charge

About the seminars

Seminar 1 - Why societal impact?

Why would you as a researcher consider to put your knowledge to use outside of academia? And how could it be done?

The Swedish higher education act states that ”Universities’ responsibilities include collaboration with the surrounding society and informing the public about their activities to make sure that research results are utilized”. How can this be done and how can your research benefit from such activities? In this seminar we will provide you with examples of research utilisation and discuss how your ability to clearly describe the potential impact of your research will put you in a better position when applying for grants from Vinnova, Forte, Formas and VR, but also H2020 and ERC. What is more, you will get a first glimpse of what an impact journey can look like.

Seminar 2 - How to create impact in society

Talking of impact is one thing, but how can impact in society really be created? Using the Impact Planning Canvas, we guide you through one tool for describing the impact of your research results.

Seminar 3 - Plan your impact journey, part I 

Are you aware that as a researcher you fully own the rights to your research results? In this seminar we will discuss how to identify the intellectual assets of your research, and how to protect them – if possible. Get familiar with terms like the professor’s privilege, intellectual asset management (IAM) and intellectual property (IP) and learn what to do – and when – to maximize the impact potential of your research results.

Seminar 4 - Plan your impact journey, part II

In this seminar we touch upon how to go from an identified knowledge asset (an idea) to something that creates value for someone else, and we discuss what activities may be included to make this transformation happen. We also share our knowledge and best tips on how to successfully collaborate with external organisations. What is co-creation about and what are the opportunities and pitfalls? What is NDA, CDA, MTA and what to consider before signing them?

Seminar 5 - Package and fund your impact

Once you have identified the potential impact of your research and planned on how to realise it, you need to think of how to best communicate the plan you have. Learn about different approaches, such as impact logic and NABC (Need, Approach, Benefit, Competition), for structuring your message and how to adjust the message depending on who the receiver is. In this seminar we will provide examples of how to communicate your message. In addition, we will present different funding opportunities that can help take your  project to the next level. What is more, you will get some useful tips on how to improve your hit rate, drawing on the fact that funders of research and innovation put more and more emphasis on the potential societal impact of research, as well as communication with stakeholders or users in funding proposals.

Seminar 6 - Impact stories

What can we learn from how others have pursued their impact journeys? Meet researchers who are committed to creating impact with their research in society. Which paths have they chosen and why? What have they learned from their experiences and are there any tips and tricks for successful utilisation of research?


If you have any questions about the UU Innovation seminar series Take Off, please contact Marie Östlund.