UMIO Inspiration Day

UMIO Inspiration Day

Future-proof your business
Date: 13 June 2024
From: 13:00 till 19:00 - CE(S)T
Location: Tapijnkazerne, Maastricht
Language: English, Dutch

Step into the future at UMIO Inspiration Day! Under the overarching theme of ‘Future-proof your business’, we’re excited to showcase UMIO’s diverse offerings designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for success in tomorrow’s world.

Join us for an engaging Q&A with Maastricht University Rector Magnificus Pamela Habibovic and UMIO Director Boris Blumberg, delve into breakout sessions covering topics such as leadership, sustainability, innovation, and digitalisation, and seize the opportunity to network with fellow attendees over refreshments.

UMIO Inspiration Day is free to attend for all. However, don’t wait too long to sign up, as seats are limited.


  • 13:00-13:30 Walk-in with pie and coffee
  • 13:30-14:00 Q&A
  • 14:00-15:30 First breakout session
  • 15:30-16:00 Break with drinks
  • 16:00-17:30 Second breakout session
  • 17:30-19:00 Networking drinks

Read more on the various breakout sessions below.

In this interactive session by Assistant Professor Jermain Kaminski, we will explore the practical uses and limitations of generative AI technologies in business and creative sectors. You will build a custom GPT model tailored for personal assistance and use advanced image generation techniques to create detailed customer personas and product visualizations. We will also engage in a discussion about how creative culinary experts in Limburg perceive AI as a partner in innovation. By the session’s end, you’ll see how AI can be both a core ingredient for accelerated experimentation as well as the the occasional burnt toast that needs some scraping.

Language: English

In this working session, we unravel a complex challenge that will span decades and affect many: In 90 minutes, we will make the circular transition tangible.

  • What does this transition encompass?
  • What consequences does it have for a province like Limburg?
  • And what contribution can everyone make to it?


Using inspiring work materials, we enter into a strategic dialogue with each other.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, policy maker or researcher, everyone is welcome. The more diversity in the group, the richer the dialogue!

This working session is hosted by Dr. Nicole Rijkens, researcher and lecturer at the Maastricht Sustainability Institute, coordinator of the Regional Transition Platform and co-founder of the future research agency Pantopicon.

Language: Dutch

Getting the most out of your colleagues, employees, or leaders is not an easy job; otherwise, we wouldn’t need so many management books and management training to achieve this. What we know is that Trust, Engagement, and Safety seem to go along with High Performance. We also know that Leadership, HR, and Organizational Design do seem to play a role in this. Join Wim Gijselaers, Chair of Educational Research at Maastricht University, as he discusses and shares research on the missing link in understanding how groups, networks, units, and organizations can utilize their potential.

Language: English

Join Mikhael Akasha from UMIO/Innovate for a Business Design workshop designed to help you identify new growth opportunities in your marketplace.

Who is your fiercest enemy? Or rather, does your fiercest enemy exist yet? It may be hard to quantify – but there are ways in which you can future-proof yourself. Join Mikhael as you design your next growth rocket and will work hands-on to develop potential disruptive concepts tailored to your market while assessing your organization’s readiness for innovation.

This workshop is perfectly suited to Impact Entrepreneurs seeking to enhance their understanding and implementation of innovative practice. We classify an Impact Entrepreneur as anyone — in organisations large or small — who is helping to propel themselves, their organisation, and humanity forward. The workshop’s goal is to equip you with the necessary tools and methodologies to navigate through change confidently.

Language: English

Join Eddie van der Wereld, a UMIO MaastrichtMBA alum and expert in behavioural and cultural change, for an enlightening session on unleashing the power of TEAMENERGY. As a seasoned facilitator and coach, Eddie brings a contagious passion for fostering high-performing teams and sustainable organizations. With insights from his Executive MBA in Leadership & Sustainability, Eddie will delve into the science of team dynamics, exploring how to measure and optimize team energy for enhanced performance and collaboration.

In this dynamic session, you’ll learn practical strategies to assess and elevate your team’s energy levels, leading to greater cohesion, innovation, and success. As a team leader, it’s natural to wonder how your team is doing beyond performance metrics. From social dynamics to teamwork and collaboration, every aspect plays a role in achieving high performance. Surprisingly, research indicates that only 20% of teams reach this high performance, with team energy emerging as a critical factor in their success. Managing team energy is a leadership role that’s crucial. But how to do this, and what scientific approaches can you use to measure team energy and create the right interventions? Don’t miss this opportunity to tap into the world of TEAMENERGY and unlock your team’s full potential!

Language: English

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