Edinburgh Research and Innovation, the commercialisation arm of the University of Edinburgh, has announced a new AIMday® (Academic Industry Meeting day) for companies looking to anticipate possible future risks to their operations and plan resilience strategies for today’s global marketplace.

AIMday Risk & Resilience will tackle topics such as risk & financial decision making, management risk in day to day operations, strategic resilience, regulatory issues and climatic risk.

Risk & Resilience – terms that have become increasingly commonplace in boardroom discussions – places greater emphasis on planning for dramatic economic or climatic changes and technological advances that could have repercussions for companies, their customers, employees and supply chains within the competitive market environment.

AIMday is a one-day event that allows companies to submit a question or commercial challenge around any element of Risk and Resilience. Academics from across the University, will self-select those questions where they believe their research could add the most value to the company discussion.

On the AIMday itself, the companies and academics meet in a one-hour workshop face to face to discuss possible pathways to a solution – the emphasis being on generating innovative ideas to meet today’s challenges using multi-disciplinary approach.

Douglas Graham, commercial relations executive, University of Edinburgh Business School comments: “The announcement of an AIMday focused on the topic of Risk & Resilience coincides with increased emphasis on the identification and management of risk in industry today. With companies increasingly looking to meet global market demands, universities are a vital source of knowledge on this topic. This AIMday event will provide a source of innovative and multi-disciplinary thinking to companies who are looking to protect their supply chains, investments and bottom line well into the future.

“Today, it is important that organisations embed risk management strategies into their day-to-day operations. Supply chains are increasingly outsourced, therefore, companies need to understand, anticipate and plan for strategic resilience in order to safeguard their bottom line and competitive edge.

“I am delighted the University of Edinburgh is hosting what will be a compelling and informative AIMday and we’re looking forward to a good level of engagement particularly from the public sector, financial services and construction industries amongst many others.”

The event will be held on 27th January 2016 at the University of Edinburgh Business School and will allow companies to access the interdisciplinary strength and depth of expertise across the University of Edinburgh’s three Colleges of Humanities & social science, Medicine & Veterinary Medicine and Science & Engineering.

In 2014, The University of Edinburgh became the first higher academic institute outside Scandinavia to be approved as hosts for AIMday® – a unique collaborative knowledge exchange initiative which began life at Uppsala University in Sweden

This is the sixth AIMday to be organised by Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI) at the University of Edinburgh, an event which is proving successful in establishing useful contacts and collaborations, as well as identifying possible new solutions to challenges facing organisations today.

Companies can register and submit their questions or challenges until 30th October 2015, at which point academics will be able to select those questions their research is most closely aligned to.

Interested companies can find out more at http://aimday.se/risk-resilience-edinburgh-2016/