Press release by LUT on OI-Net

This is a facsimile of the press release published by LUT:

The European Network for Open Innovation meets at LUT January 15-17 2014

The European Academic Network for Open Innovation (OI-Net) will convene for the first time at Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT January 15-17 2014. At that time representatives of 52 different cooperative organisations from 35 countries will arrive at LUT. A total of 100 participants are expected to arrive.
   "This is the first time that LUT has been the engine of such an extensive and ambitious project with joint funding from the European Union", says Professor Marko Torkkeli of the School Industrial Engineering and Management.
The pan-European group of visitors comprises representatives of European universities, associations, corporations, and research and innovation centres.
  "They are all interested in open innovation and its utilisation in European education, innovation, and business. The ultimate aim of the project is to strengthen the competitiveness of Europe and Finland", Torkkeli points out. 

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