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Opportunity: Customised platform to join manufacturers and researchers

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The manufacturing sector is the mainstay of the Nelson Mandela Bay economy. The Regional Innovation Forum and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University invite you to participate in AIMday Advanced Manufacturing which is a customised platform to bring together manufacturing industries and researchers within the region to discuss challenges related to advanced manufacturing for which solutions may be developed collaboratively. 

AIMday Advanced Manufacturing will be held on 24 March 2015 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.
View detailed information at www.innovationeasterncape.co.za/aimday and register to participate! 

How does AIMday work? 

AIMday is a process rather than a one-day event. 

Step 1: Submission of questions from industry

Industry is invited to submit manufacturing-related challenges, formulated as one or more questions, to be discussed with a tailored multidisciplinary team of researchers. Industry also is recommended to add background information related to the question.
The question is submitted to the meeting in advance. Submitting at least one question is the entrance ticket for industry representatives. The deadline for submission of questions is 7 November 2014.

Step 2: Researchers signing up for questions

The questions from industry are gathered and presented to researchers from different disciplines. Thereafter the researchers indicate which questions they have a special interest in, and which they would like to take part in discussing. Registration for researchers closes on 30 January 2015. 

Contact:

AIMday Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator
Ms Wendy McCallum
Tel: + 27 83 354 3134
E-mail: info@innovationeasterncape.co.za

Step 3: Matchmaking and formation of groups

The coordinator does the logistics for a schedule based on the interest and availability of researchers. The schedule optimizes participation and efficiency during the day for all attendees, and ensures a multidisciplinary constellation of each discussion group. If not enough researchers have registered for a specific question, the coordinator actively tries to identify appropriate researchers to tailor the discussion group, and if fruitless, the organisation will be informed that the university does not have the specific competences needed.

Step 4: The Meeting Day

AIMday Advanced Manufacturing will be hosted on 24 March 2015. Every question is discussed for one hour, no more - no less, and the size of the group is approximately 7-12 people. Time is also allocated in the program for participants to mingle with each other, or to follow up on the discussion in the groups.

Step 5: Follow-Up

About one month after the AIMday event, the coordinator will follow up on the meetings and if necessary offers assistance to get projects or other forms of collaborations going.