For the first time since its inception in 2013, the workshop was held online due to Covid-19 pandemic. The workshop attracted about 40 participants from different academic backgrounds. It provided a platform for discussing academic papers and projects on innovation in healthcare organisations, medical devices and pharmaceutical industries and the broader field of medicine and life-sciences. There were also sessions for social interactions among the participants to facilitate the exchange ideas on future research agendas.
The OSIRIS team actively participated in the workshop in different capacities. Magnus Gulbrandsen organised a panel on how to study the coronavirus situation from a science and innovation perspective. Taran Thune presented a paper based on a survey to investigate how innovation and employee involvement in innovation activities in hospitals can be nurtured, while Ismael Rafols and his colleagues talked about research and development strategies in the pharmaceutical industry. Trust Saidi and Magnus Gulbrandsen made a presentation on the pathways to impact focusing on the civic translation of health research. Ismael Rafols and Maria Karaulova served as discussants for the papers that were presented at the workshop.
The next WOMI will take place in December 2021 at University of Gothenburg.