Innovative Applications of Research and Science (4.5 credits)

This course runs every autumn and is offered to PhD students in all disciplines from Linnaeus University, Karlstad University, Mid Sweden University and Örebro University.

Impact and utilisation of research and science

The findings, experiences, and ideas that emerge from research have traditionally been utilised through academic publication and teaching programmes. However, academic impact alone is no longer enough for a successful research career.

With the growing emphasis in the research funding landscape on maximising impact beyond academia, it is increasingly important that researchers reach wider society by embedding non-academic impact strategies in their projects, by working with a range of non-academic partners, and by using ever more innovative methods of dissemination and utilisation.

This course showcases a range of approaches researchers can employ to ensure that their research has impact and relevance beyond universities. It will also provide students with tools that will help them best communicate the value of their work to research funders and potential investors.


How to Apply?

Please send your application to by 11 May 2020. The Application opens 2 March.

You should provide:

  • Your name
  • Department
  • Contact details
  • A short description (max. 100 words) of your research project

Please ensure that you obtain your supervisor’s approval for attending the course, and also state their name in your application email.

Lecturers and content

You will be provided with knowledge around idea development within research. Particular emphasis will be given to developing an understanding of ’research impact’ and how to embed this in your projects.

You will meet researchers from various disciplines, all of whom have chosen different paths to take their ideas further – from non-profit routes to commercialisation.

Other sessions will involve people with extensive experience in key areas around the utilisation of research – such as intellectual property rights and protection. You will also review different types of entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as the importance of networking.

Seminar details, autumn 2020

Karlstad: 8-10 September

  • Research impact – why and how?
  • Utilising Intellectual Assets
  • Innovation – what is it?
  • Open innovation, and innovation in the public sector
  • Networks: Building, Utilizing and Maintaining
  • Service innovation

Sundsvall: 20-22 October

  • Research pitch (Value Creation Forum)
  • Social and cultural entrepreneurship
  • Using patent, trademark and design
  • The funder ́s view of utilisation

Stockholm: 19 November

  • Examination – research pitch


Eligibility and further details

The course is offered to PhD students in all disciplines from Karlstad University, Linnaeus University, Mid Sweden University and Örebro University. The course consists of three mandatory sessions in the autumn of 2020 (at Karlstad, Sundsvall, and Stockholm).

The course syllabus has been evaluated and approved by the Research Education Committee at Karlstad University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The innovation office Fyrklövern covers the cost of your course travel and accommodation. The course is taught in English.

"I really liked the course!”

Read the story of Maria Ulan ( Maria is a doctoral student in computer and information science at Linnaeus University. She is one of the former participants at this doctoral course.


Martina Lago, Innovation Advisor, Linnaeus University