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History of Triple Helix Conference


The upcoming international Triple Helix Conference is the sixth one in a series of biennial conferences that started 8 years ago to analyze the interaction between University, Government and Industry and its influence on the economic development of specific regions.

The Conference, organized by NUS Enterprise (ETP), will be held in Singapore from 16 - 19 May 2007 and will deal with the Emerging Models for the Entrepreneurial University: Regional Diversities or Global Convergence.

Over 300 participants - academics, policy makers and practitioners - from the whole word will be brought together to discuss and interact on all issues related to the triple helix concept. The aim is to allow debate and exchange of ideas, methodologies and outcomes, in order to innovate and influence practice and policy making.

Past Conferences

The Triple Helix conference series was launched in Amsterdam in 1996 with a meeting titled “A triple Helix of University-Industry-Government relations”. The triple helix model was discussed by a group of 80 researchers and policy analysts from 30 countries.

The second conference took place in Purchase, New York (January 1998) and dealt with "the future location of research". Over 160 delegates from Europe, Asia, North and South America attended it.

The third meeting, held in Rio de Janeiro (April 2000), was titled "the endless transition”. It’s theme was the relationship of science, industry and government and their role in creating the conditions for future innovation. A special focus was placed on the contribution of research in job creation and social wealth.

The fourth meeting was held both in Copenhagen, Denmark and Lund, Sweden (November 2002); the conference theme was “Breaking Boundaries and Building Bridges”, which reflected on the conference site: the bridge as a metaphor for boundary spanning interactions, linking the different national cultures and innovation systems. More than 200 participants convened for this meeting and over 150 papers were presented.

The fifth meeting was held in Turin, Italy from 18 - 21 May 2005 with the theme "The Capitalization of Knowledge: Cognitive, Economic, Social & Cultural Aspects.

For more information on last triple helix 5 conference, please visit

Conference Structure

The Conference is basically organized through an open call for papers, with the addition of some eminent personalities, representing the three helices, who will be invited as speakers. The Conference program is currently “under construction” and will be defined after the submission of all papers.

The programme will be structured around several plenary sessions and tracks of parallel sessions. Themes for the plenary sessions and tracks will be announced soon.

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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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