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Call for Abstracts: 2021 University Industry Interaction Conference


The call for abstract is an important step towards shaping the conference agenda. We are looking for the latest research results, practice-based experiences and best practice case studies on university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial & engaged universities and pathways to impact.  The call for abstracts will close on February 22nd, 2021.

The overview below gives you some guidance on the type of proposals that we welcome, and themes will be addressed at the conference. This list is not exhaustive and we always welcome submissions covering other relevant topics. Only proposals that are submitted through the online portal will be considered, and submitted proposals will be reviewed by an international scientific and practitioners committee.


  • Research-based abstracts
    • Accepted abstracts will be presented at the conference. The full papers (optional) will be published in the conference proceedings.
  • Practice-based abstracts
    • Accepted abstracts will be presented at the conference. The full papers (optional) will be published in the conference proceedings.
  • Good practice cases
    • Accepted case studies will be presented at the conference. The case study will be published in the UIIN Good Practice Series.
  • Workshop proposals
    • Accepted workshops will be granted a 1 1/2 hour workshop slot at the conference. Workshops will have to be practical and interactive.


  • University-Industry Partnerships: A holistic perspective to accelerate relationships
  • Engaged and Entrepreneurial Universities: The future of higher education
  • Pathway to Impact: Managing and measuring external engagement
  • Knowledge transfer and engagement professionals: The role of boundary spanning agents
  • Structures and mechanisms supporting university-industry cooperation
  • Regional engagement: The university as a home-base and entrepreneurship catalyst
  • The university as a talent-engine & life partner: Supporting students and lifelong learners
  • The entrepreneurial and engaged academic in research and education


Learn more about the subthemes, download preparation guidelines and submit your abstract at https://uiin.org/conference/submission/.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • February 22, 2021: Call for abstracts closes
  • June 14-16, 2021: 2021 University-Industry Interaction Conference (online)

About the Conference

The annual University-Industry Interaction Conference brings together over 500 participants from around the globe, who are passionate about driving university-industry engagement, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation. Delivered through a mixture of presentations, workshops and facilitated networking, the online conference is your opportunity to hear the latest insights across the field and connect with engaged peers around the world.