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MIT and UG researchers jointly work on improving impact

13 September 2023
The participants in the workshop

From 10 to 12 September 20 researchers from the University of Groningen (UG) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) attended a workshop in Cambridge (MA) to familiarise themselves with MIT’s Catalyst and IMPACT methodologies and build connections.

The workshop is a next step in ongoing discussions between MIT and UG to explore a more intensive collaboration in the areas of impact and entrepreneurship with a thematic focus on healthy ageing and energy transition. In the next months this should lead to the development of a longer term collaboration model between MIT, UG, other partners from the University of the North and businesses from the Netherlands and the US.

MIT Impact is a short programme of 10 weeks during which early career researchers explore and defend the real-world impact of their research, additionally they learn more about career options outside of academia.

MIT Catalyst starts with a period of six months during which Catalyst Fellows work together to craft a portfolio of research proposals through an iterative process guided by an experienced mentoring team. Then, a 12–30 month phase starts where teams collaborate, develop, and test solutions with ongoing mentorship to ensure progress towards impactful outcomes.

The spin-out count from MIT is remarkable, with a project translation rate of 15% at MIT and an impressive 50% with MIT Catalyst. Furthermore, these educational initiatives have also already proven their success in other European countries where they were implemented.

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