Current courses

How can I commercialise my research? How can I communicate my idea in the best possible way? What do I need to consider in terms of patents and intellectual property rights? And what funding opportunities are available? LU Innovation organises lectures, presentations and courses to inspire and educate.

I strongly recommend Commercialise your Research. Above all, it has made me confident in presenting my idea and taught me how to plan my project financially within realistic frameworks.

Caroline Börjesson, Department of Biology

Commercialize your Research

For the last five years, LU Innovation, together with the Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship, has offered a course of 7.5 credits for doctoral students on how to commercialize your research. 

Researchers today are faced with growing expectations that their research will help contribute to the common good. Obviously, there are a number of different ways of achieving this. Some researchers might see potential in starting their own business based on their research. Some may want to license their results to established companies or start a consultancy. Others see the opportunity to initiate social projects that help create valuable benefits and development.

The present course gives the participants an introduction to entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization of research through lectures and practical workshops. The focus is on the entrepreneurial process, including how to:

  • identify a business opportunity
  • design a business model
  • perform a market analysis
  • manage intellectual property rights and financing.

The course is in English and is offered every year. It is very popular and receives high scores on course evaluations.

For more information, please contact fredrik [dot] edman [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se (Fredrik Edman) or read more on the course webpage.

The best part of the course is the individual help and support you receive from the course directors.

Martin Hassler Hallstedt, Department of Psychology


Knowledge in collaboration - how research creates values in society (1.5 hp)

The 1.5 hp course is aimed at PhD students at the medical faculty and is offered several times per year. The overall goals are to learn to reflect on the importance of academic research in society at large and how academic research can help solve society's challenges. 

Students will learn to:

  • Describe and reflect on the concepts of collaboration, utilization and innovation in relation to academic research.
  • Deliver a "pitch" that effectively describes the potential benefits of a research project.
  • Concrete ways they can contribute to increased cooperation and creation of values in society.

For more information, visit the course webpage.

Learn how to pitch your research as a TED speaker

Through Science for Society, LU Innovation organises a Pitch Training Day for doctoral students – a one-day course in how to effectively communicate research to your audience. The participants are equipped with concrete tools used in, for example, TED talks and investor presentations, while practising on their own pitches. Pitch Training Days are arranged a couple of times a year. For more information, please contact fredrik [dot] edman [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se (Fredrik Edman).