Call for papers

Triple Helix international conference
London, 8-10 July 2013

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

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 take action alongside governments is critical. The 2013 Triple Helix Conference will integrate highly topical contributions from worldclass 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 global economic challenges?'

The 11th Triple Helix conference is organised by the Big Innovation Centre, Birkbeck, University of London and UCL Advances, UCL University of London. It will be held in historic Bloomsbury at Birkbeck, UCL and Senate House, University of London.

Papers are welcomed from academics, practitioners and policy makers. Papers will be presented in parallel streams: Academic (A) and Policy/practitioner (P). Abstracts are required for academic papers and summaries for the practitioner/policy papers.

Below you will find:

1. Important deadlines
2. Conference themes
3. Instructions for Authors
4. Evaluation
5. Submitting an abstract or a paper
6. Workshops
7. Contacts for paper submission

1. Important deadlines


Call for papers and summaries

  • SUBMISSION of abstracts and summaries: CLOSES March 7 2013
  • Confirmation of acceptance: March 31 2013
  • Full paper submission: Closes June 1 2013

For late submission of papers contact Helen Lawrence:


Register here.


2. Conference themes

Papers are invited for eight themes below.  They may either have primarily an academic focus, or a practitioner and/or policy focus. Please indicate in the relevant box which strand you are submitting your abstract at submission: Strand A for academic, Strand P for policy/practitioner.

1. Building the innovative markets, places and networks

Topics might include:

  • Open innovation
  • Demand
  • Business models in the digital economy 

2. Building an innovation friendly financial system

Topics might include:

  • New finance models to drive innovation and entrepreneurship,
  • Finance for start-ups  and SMEs
  • Crowd funding 

3. Overall performance of the Triple Helix Approach: From efficiency of factors of production to ‘modes of coordination’:

Topics might include:

  • Indicators of productivity and output  
  • Innovation (S&T, R&D, Intangibles, spin-offs design, etc.) 
  • The triple helix approach in transformation, including globalisation and societal welfare issues 

4. Universities as interactive partners

Topics might include:

  • From science push policies towards a Triple Helix perspective and the role of users
  • Mapping university-business relationships, including University spin-offs 
  • Evaluating implications 

5. Building management and leadership skills in high growth firms

Topics might include:

  • Building management and leadership skills in high growth firms, including gender aspects 
  • New models of training e.g. Professors of Practice 
  • Networking 

6. Public action to drive private innovation

Topics might include:

  • Intellectual Property (IP) policy and management
  • Public procurement to drive private innovation 
  • National and EU Innovation policies 

7. Place based innovations

Topics might include:

  • Regional triple helix spaces
  • Local innovation systems and local key institutions
  • building and accelerating regional clusters 

8. Building an enterprising state

Topics might include:

  • Innovation and research strategy for growth: 
  • Sectoral /Technological / National innovation systems / Business systems 
  • Equal opportunities for all   


3. Instructions for Authors

Writing summaries and abstracts 

The abstracts and papers should make clear their relevance to one or more of eight conference themes (see section 2 just above)

They should state the main issue the presentation will address, explaining why it is important and how triple helix thinking can be implemented or strengthened to inform the way forward.

Abstracts: These have a minimum of 1,000 – maximum of 1,500 words, excluding references. They should include 1) Name of author and institution; 2) Theme; 3) Title; 4) 1-5 keywords; 5) Brief presentation of the state-of-the-art, methodology, findings and interpretation, conclusions, implications for business management or policy. Abstracts submitted to Strand A (Academic) will be double-blind refereed. Abstracts submitted to Strand P (Policy/practitioner) will be open reviewed.

Summaries: contributors to the practitioner/policy theme should submit summaries of between 1000 and 1500 words which cover: (1) Title; (2) Conference theme being addressed and (3) Keywords (1-5). These summaries will be evaluated by the conference organisers against the core themes and main objectives of the conference, and applicants will be notified of the outcome and provided with feedback at the end of the evaluation process. 

Full papers: maximum 8,000 words, excluding references, including: 1) Theme; 2) Title; 3) Author information (institutional affiliation, contact details, 150 words bio); 4) up to 5 keywords; 5) 0-4 JEL Classifications, 6) Introduction, state-of-the-art, methodology, findings and interpretation, conclusions, policy implications and directions for further research.  Full papers can be submitted with the abstract. Any papers submitted at this stage will not be read as part of the review process, and if submitted to Strand A should be anonymised.

Document format: PDF file, Arial 10 or Times New Roman 12 font, double spaced.

The submitted final papers for Strand A will be considered for special issues of journals, in which case the final paper will be subject to further editorial processes.


4. Evaluation

Evaluation criteria for abstracts include: (i) Relevance to the conference themes; (ii) Methodology; (iii) Originality; (iv) Clarity of the argument; (v) Paper structure and coherence; (vi) Policy relevance.  Final non-anonymised full papers can be submitted at any stage after notification of acceptance of abstracts.

Disclaimer: authors of papers which have been accepted for presentation will be expected to agree to accept the following copyright terms:

Copyright of the paper belongs to the author(s). Submission of a paper grants permission to the Triple Helix 2012 Organising Committee to include it in the conference material and to place it on relevant websites.  


5. Submitting an abstract or a paper

To submit an abstract, you must first create an account. Once you have done that log in, go to your user home area and select 'New Submission'. You will be able to revise your abstract and other metadata you provide (bio date etc not available to reviewers) at any point up to the cut-off date of 7 March 2013.

Full papers can be submitted from December 1 2012 until June 1 2013.

For late submissions contact Helen Lawrence:

6. Workshops

Note that, the conference will contain a number of workshops. These will cover an additional range of academic and practitioner interests. They will consist of presentations invited by the Scientific and Policy Committees. Further information on the workshops can be found here


 7. Contact


Helen Lawton Smith, (regarding Academic (A) strand) 

Birgitte Andersen, and Timothy Barnes, (regarding Policy/Practitioner (P) strand)

Helen Lawrence, (regarding questions about creating an account, sumbitting an abstract/summary or workshops)


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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