Triple Helix Conference 2013

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

See the Conference Programme here

See the Delegate List here

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 integrated highly topical contributions from world class academics and researchers with business and policy forums 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?

In this context, timely themes for the conference included:

  • 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?

The inspiring social events included a Thames River cruise, dinner in the Great Hall of Lincoln's Inn, and a visit to London’s Tech City.

The conference was held in Birkbeck, University College London, and Senate House (the headquarters of the University of London), all located in Central London’s Bloomsbury district.

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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