Session overview & Review presentations 


You can expect the following aspects in the programme:

Keynote talk: Abeje Yenehun Mersha

Charting the unknown: Personal reflection on professional journey

This year, the keynote talk will be delivered by Abeje Yenehun Mersha. Abeje is a professor of Smart Mechatronics and Robotics at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. He is a passionate and empathetic entrepreneurial engineer and scientist in Robotics and AI, with a particular interest and expertise in autonomous unmanned systems. He has over 15 years of experience in higher education in Ethiopia and the Netherlands and is a fellow of the Netherlands Academy of Engineering.

My personal mission is to inspire people from all walks of life by sharing knowledge equally to all and in all forms, so that they discover and use their “Unknown” potential for the betterment of our society. My fundamental moral values-sharing, empathy and loyalty, in which people are always the focus. I get a kick from making the “Impossible” possible.

Awards & Reviewing Oral presentations & Poster pitches 

During the sessions, all attendees of the event will award points to the best presentations in the sessions, and provide feedback (Tops & Tips), which you will receive after the Research day. There will be prizes awarded for the best 3 poster pitches and best 3 oral presentations.

1 more prize will be awarded 'Valorisation potential, creating impact with new business', offered by NovelT, the KTO of UT. This winner will receive a cheque worth €100. At the University of Twente, we are always looking for promising research outcomes that have the potential to create impact via new spinoff companies or licensing to existing companies. The Knowledge Transfer Office, located at NovelT, supports UT researchers in this process. For example in securing Intellectual Property, setting up agreements, finding funding and building a spinoff company.

At the end of the Research day, all winners are invited to give their oral or poster presentation in the plenary closing session. Winners will also get the chance to present their research at the TechMed Event, on the 6th of November 2024. Please note that submissions are only eligible for winning if the presenter is available to give a presentation during the TechMed Event 2024.