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C235/09 Improve your research project with entrepreneurial methods

ECTS: 5.50
GP: ClinFO
Responsible: Kathrine Arlander
Secretary: Helle Mellerup
Application deadline: 30-1-2019

Improve your research project with entrepreneurial methods C235/09

is being offered being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, spring 2019.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, natural science, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students). Current PhD students or research-year students who have a complete PhD/RY project protocol. It is essential for the course that the content and the prerequisites for the study can be shared in plenum.


Getting an insight into entrepreneurship and business methods will help you:

The rationale for this course is that researchers need to be better at identifying the value and applicability of their research and they need to be better at working in interdisciplinary teams and attract research funding under the new regimes of the EU, NSF and Innovation Fund Denmark.

The purpose is to provide an eye-opener for the value of using methodologies that originated from the start-up environment as a way to leverage results and provide value for stakeholders. The course will increase the PhD students’ ability to identify and increase the societal value of their research and thereby increase to possibility of raising more founding.

In your future workplace you will need the skills taught here to be able achieve funding, attract collaborators, and carry out interdisciplinary projects in a successful manner to achieve the changes you deem necessary.

Learning goals:

Contents: Interdisciplinarity will be demonstrated and trained through group work on a common case-project and field work assignments. In line herewith, the participants will at the first course day present their knowledge and skills in relation to their own research project. This information will be used to group the participants in groups of 3-4 people where the collective intelligence of the participants is used to form a new common project (a problem to be solved) which will act as the learning case for the rest of the course.

The Business Model Canvas (BMC) will be used for review and clarification of the value creation of the projects.

Field work is an integral part of this course and participants will perform interviews with stakeholders and specialist in relation to the common case-project to validate the need and potential scope.

Flipped-class room methodology will be used and the participants will afterwards demonstrate their understanding of theory and methods through the activities in class and in their field work.

Preparation: There will be homework and field studies between the modules with the workload calculated according to the amount of 5,5 ECTS.

Recommended knowledge for participation:

Language: English

ECTS: 5,5

Head of course: Martin Vesterby, Kathrine Arlander

Instructors: An interdisciplinary panel of scientific reviewers will be present at module 4.

Number of participants: Max 16 participants

Dates and times:

Module 1: 27 Feb, 2019 at approx. 9:00-16:15
Module 2: 13 March, 2019 at approx. 9:15-16:15
Module 3: 03 April, 2019 at approx. 9:15-16:00
Module 4: 30 April, 2019 at approx. 9:00-15:00

Place: Victor Albeck Bygningen, Vennelyst Boulevard 4, 8000 Aarhus, and Aarhus University, Hedeager 3, 8200 Aarhus N

Course fee: DKK 6.600,00

Participation in the course is without cost for:

Application deadline: 30-1-2019