Triple Helix International Conference 2013

London, UK

July 8, 2013 – July 10, 2013

Bringing businesses, universities and governments together to co-innovate and solve economic, social and technological challenges

Read more in the Big Innovation Centre's provocation piece for the Triple Helix Conference

Monday 8 – Wednesday 10 July, 2013: Triple Helix main conference

Sunday 7 July, 2013: Pre-conference meetings of the Triple Helix Association

CALL FOR PAPERS closes 7 March 2013 – both academic and policy/practitioner contributions

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The Triple Helix in a context of global change: continuing, mutating or unravelling?

Never has the Triple Helix mission been more timely. Globally the economy faces significant challenges – unemployment, low or no growth, spiralling healthcare needs, rapidly emerging digital business models, unsustainable changes to the environment. The need for universities and businesses to work together and take action alongside governments is critical. The 2013 Triple Helix Conference will integrate highly topical contributions on challenges in each of the three spheres of the triple helix: universities, industry and government to address the key question:

How can the Triple Helix approach build ‘the enterprising state’ in which universities, businesses and governments co-innovate to solve the global economic challenges?


Come and join collective action! The conference will have high quality academic and policy/practitioner presentations in its plenary and parallel OPEN SESSIONS and convened WORKSHOPS as well as an exciting SOCIAL PROGRAMME, including a Thames river cruise and dinner, an event at Lincoln's Inn Fields, and a visit to Tech City (hosted at Google Campus) to meet innovating entrepreneurs.

Themes for the conference include:

  • How can the global challenges to the digital sphere, healthcare, the natural environment and other areas facing disruptive forces be turned into growth opportunities?
  • How can the Triple Helix create a better mode of coordination to enhance productivity, output and innovation, and what are the challenges to universities, businesses and government?
  • How can the Triple Helix build innovative markets, places and networks, and what are the challenges to open innovation, demand and business models?
  • How can the Triple Helix build more innovation-friendly financial institutions, and what are the challenges to the business of banking in driving innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in SMEs?
  • How can the Triple Helix enhance universities as interactive partners in our innovation systems, and what are the challenges to the absorptive capacity of academic knowledge within firms and by other users?
  • How can the Triple Helix enhance skills for innovation, and what are the challenges to management and leadership skills for high growth firms?
  • How can public action drive innovation in the private sector, and what are the challenges to public procurement, as well as intellectual property management and IPR policies?
  • How can the Triple Helix enhance place-based innovations, and what is the role of local innovation systems and local key institutions to build and accelerate regional clusters?

Speakers include:

  • Bill Janeway, author of ‘Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy’
  • Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre
  • Professor Henry Etzkowitz, President of the Triple Helix Association, Stanford University
  • Sergio Arzeni, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, OECD
  • Dr Jon Hague, Vice President - Open Innovation, Unilever Research and Development
  • Professor Loet Leydesdorff, Triple Helix Association board member and Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam
  • Professor Philip McCann, The University of Groningen Endowed Chair of Economic Geography
  • Dr Jackie Parkin, Vice President - Research & Development, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Professor Richard Harrison, Queen's University Management School, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Emeritus Professor John Goddard OBE, Professor of Regional Development Studies, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University
  • Professor Stephen Caddick, Vice Provost (Enterprise), University College London
  • Professor John Goodacre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University
  • Dr Dimitri Corpakis, Head of Regional Dimension of Innovation, European Commission

Confirmed workshops include:

  • University entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial universities: The role of Universities in the Triple Helix – organised by Circle, Lund University
  • The triple helix and Europe – organised by European Commission
  • Entrepreneurship and local development: Triple Helix influences – organised by OECD

The conference will be held at University of London locations - including Senate House - in historical Central London’s Bloomsbury area.


  • Professor Birgitte Andersen, Director, Big Innovation Centre - The Work Foundation and Lancaster University
  • Tim Barnes, CEO, UCL Advances, University College London, UK
  • Professor Helen Lawton Smith, Director, Centre for Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck, University of London


The hosts - Big Innovation Centre; Birkbeck, University of London; and UCL Advances - would like to thank the following organisations for their support:

Conference Information

The Triple Helix International Conference Series is an initiative of the Triple Helix Association | Corso Giulio Cesare 4bis/B, Torino, Italy

Triple Helix Conference I Amsterdam, 1996 II New York, 1998 III Rio de Janeiro, 2000 IV Copenhagen, 2002 V Turin, 2005 VI Singapore, 2007 VII Glasgow, 2009 VIII Madrid, 2010 IX Stanford, 2011 X Indonesia, 2012 XI London, 2013
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