PhD4Innovating: how can high-level training, policy makers and economic players work together towards a new structured Innovation paradigm?

September 3, 2020 12:00 - 1:30

Location: Auditorium 28A


PHD4INNOVATING/PHD4PMI is an exercise to experience new paradigms where high-level training, innovation demand coming from society and productive system, academic research and industrial know-how can get in touch concretely and create a truly win-win situation for each other. PhD Students and young researchers enter in contact with companies and end-user organizations for finding out solutions to real-world innovation un-met needs, in a path of mutual knowledge where nobody “teaches” but everyone “learns”, where different languages/competences/points of view are stimulated to interact and collaborate to achieve a common objective. Conceived within SISSA Education and Research Services Area through its Valorisation&Innovation Office and strongly supported by SISSA top management, the concept and the consequent pilot initiative were implemented for the first time in 2019 - in collaboration with Confindustria Venezia Giulia - and were focused on innovation challenges coming from SMEs. In this “ESOF2020 special edition”, beside Confindustria there is also the important partnership of Port of Trieste and the participation of the six Italian Advanced “Scuole” of Excellence (besides SISSA, Sant’Anna di Pisa, Normale di Pisa, IMT di Lucca, GSSI dell’Aquila e IUSS di Pavia) and the innovation challenge is focused on “digitalization, big data and harbor logistics” (important issue - among others - on which the Port of Trieste is working to improve its competitiveness at European/international level). After the first part of the session, where PhD students will present their innovation proposal to the "on the ground" experts and sector linked companies, the second one will consist in a round table where the different stakeholders involved will discuss on "How can high level training, policy makers and economic players work together towards a new structured Innovation paradigm?"

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