Innovation and Value Creation in Research

General information about the course

A course organised for all PhD students at LTH, Science faculty and Medical faculty with support from LU Innovation system.

Today a researcher not only needs to address the important scientific questions. A researcher should also be able to have a wider perspective on the utilization of research results and their benefits for society. This course will help you as PhD student to put your research project into a wider context, and give you insights into the processes for innovation and creativity.

Aim of the course

The aim of this course is to broaden the idea about what innovation is, and to equip PhD students with tools and process, ”innovation and value creation lenses” needed to be able put their research in a utilization and societal perspective. This will stimulate the transfer of research results to society, and contribute to enhanced innovation and cooperation between academia, investors, business society and society as whole.

The course is held during six full days within 2 months time, focusing on research based innovation and idea generation, covering the following topics:

  • Processes and tools for stimulating innovation and value creation (what is innovation, prerequisites for utilization and value creation of research results, the NABC-concept, design thinking, mental and physical tool (iterative prototyping)),
  • Trends and new markets (business intelligence, global challenges and market analysis),
  • “Protecting your ideas” (intellectual property, patent strategy, licensing, contracts, patent search),
  • Entrepreneurial journeys (every day of the course ends with an invited entrepreneur who talk about her/his experience and reflects on the subject of the day, 
  • Assess and present your ideas, as well as give and receive feedback (”Elevator pitch”. The last day of the course is organized as a “value creation forum”)

During the course, one group assignment and two individual projects related to the individual's research project will be performed. 

In other words - this course prepares you for a successful career in academia or industry.

Course directors and contact persons:

Jessica Lagerstedt Wadin, Innovation Engineering, Design Sciences, LTH:

Anders Warell, Industrial Design, LTH:

Charlotta Johnsson, Automatic Control, LTH:

Limited spots - first come first served!


Apply by sending an e-mail to 
Please state which year you started your PhD studies, and to what department you belong.


The course will run on site -
at LTH. 

Dates: 3, 6, 12, 17, 24, and 31 May 2022. 

Time: All meetings from 9:00-16:30.

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