22 October 2021

Good mix of disciplines and many interesting discussions at AIMday Materials 2021

At AIMday Materials 2021, arranged by Uppsala University, industry and the research community discussed issues that can be addressed in future joint development projects.

Three companies – Getinge (medical technology), Hitachi (power electronics) and Scania (lorry manufacture) – brought materials science issues to the table that were discussed with researchers in five workshops.

The Aimday format involves bringing people together for a very efficient hour of discussions on issues that are highly relevant and of mutual benefit for both parties.

Ernesto Gutiérrez from Uppsala Unversity/Big Science Sweden was very satisfied with the day.

“We had a good mix of disciplines and many interesting discussions in the groups,” he says. “Topics included new materials for advanced medical applications, understanding behaviour of special materials at high temperatures, and studying cellulose-based materials in electrical applications.

"We have researchers who are working at the cutting edge of materials sciences and industrial companies that are global leaders in technology development. When they get the opportunity to meet, scientists obtain insights into new areas of application for their own knowledge, while industry understands more about their development challenges in the light of latest research. Discussions generate opportunities for future applications.”

The aim of the day is to link together industry and academia, establish contacts, and lay the foundation for further discussions on joint development projects.