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September 11, 2018
September 14, 2018
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Northwestern University
1881 Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60208
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UIDP27: Conference in Chicago, IL

September 11, 2018 - September 14, 2018

Please visit here to access UIDP27 Conference Materials including the conference report and presentations.

UIDP27 was hosted by Northwestern University, in partnership with The University of Chicago and The University of Illinois at Chicago in September, 2018.



UIDP27 Agenda Highlights

The UIDP27 program will include four half-day workshops on open innovation programs within both industry and universities.

The semi-annual conference will explore the role of university-industry partnerships in emerging technologies, including the life cycle of relationship management as it applies to university-industry partnerships, example models of impactful master research agreements and the role of startups. There will be optional tours highlighting innovation in the Chicagoland region and two evening receptions, one in Chicago and one in Evanston.

UIDP27 registrants can look forward to:

General interest sessions  grouped in areas such as:

  • Contracting
  • Compliance
  • Strategic Engagement
  • Workforce Matters

Short sessions providing a quick overview of company approaches to university engagement as well as hot topics affecting U-I collaborations.

Project sessions highlight the UIDP project portfolio and our focused efforts to address issues affecting collaborations between the sectors.

Breakout Sessions

Presentations that discuss ways to initiate and grow university-industry relationships

Networking Opportunities 

  • Two evening networking receptions. Including one at the innovative Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, located in the heart of downtown Chicago. 

Optional Tours


Agenda is subject to change.

UIDP Academy Workshops

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Please note the TWO event locations below

Sept. 11, 13 and 14
Technological Institute
Northwestern Evanston Campus
2145 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston IL 60208

Sept. 12
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 E. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60611

**Note that all estimated drive times are to the Technological Institute on Northwestern’s campus in Evanston.

Special thanks to these generous sponsors.











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