AAU offers a full palette of opportunities for collaboration that applies equally to small and medium businesses and to large - from working with students on projects or internships, to networking of researchers and practitioners (around specific subject areas), to opportunities to make use of university laboratory facilities, to more binding cooperation on research and development, just to mention some of the possibilities. Common to these options is the scientific focus and an approach that in most cases benefits both the company and the researcher.
If your knowledge of AAU is limited, it may seem confusing to find the right approach to collaboration. To help you get started, Aalborg University has established AAU Matchmaking; a strong network of matchmakers who can guide you to the right researchers, students and test facilities.
AAU Matchmaking consists of:
Each of Aalborg University's departments has an internal matchmaker to assist you in finding the relevant researchers and research environments in the department in connection with your inquiry about collaboration.
If you prefer to discuss your idea with someone outside the university, you can contact a matchmaker in your local area. The external matchmakers are in their own active professions and work mostly with business initiatives. They are appointed by AAU, have been certified as a matchmaker, and are continuously updated on opportunities for knowledge collaboration with AAU.
AAU Matchmaking's latest initiative is AAU Matcher — ambitious students who want to volunteer to help AAU Matchmaking create visibility around collaboration opportunities between students at their respective departments and the business community. We want to see AAU Matchers in each of Aalborg University's 22 departments who can assist in shortening the road between students and industry.
If you are ever in any doubt, you can always contact the secretariat for advice about the possibilities. We will initiate, support and coordinate networks and collaborative activities. We work closely with the internal and external matchmakers, and we can in most cases take you further with your idea to collaboration with researchers or students.