Conference organizers: the Triple Helix Research Group

The Triple Helix Research Group at H-STAR comprises:

Professor Henry Etzkowitz, Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University and Visiting Professor at School of Management, Birkbeck, London University and Edinburgh University Business School, UK.

Professor Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the ‘Entrepreneurial University’ and ‘Triple Helix’ concepts that link university with industry and government at national and regional levels. As President of the Triple Helix Association, he is at the centre of a unique international network of several hundred scholars and practitioners of university-industry-government relations. Henry is also the co-founder of the Triple Helix International Conference Series, which has produced a series of books, special journal issues and policy analyses since it started in Amsterdam, 1996.

Prior to coming to Stanford, he held the Chair in Management of Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School and served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Technology and Society, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University. He has developed several innovative concepts for university-industry linkages together with colleagues in the Triple Helix Research Group at Newcastle University Business School, including: (i) the ‘Professors of Practice’ (half-time dual positions in high-tech firm and academia held by high-tech entrepreneurs with academic backgrounds and research interests), implemented with the support of the Regional Development Agency One Northeast as a signature feature of Newcastle Science City; and (ii) the ‘Novum Trivium’, an undergraduate degree program proposed as a contribution to the Bologna process, which combines a specialized academic field (e.g. science, arts, engineering, etc.), with training in entrepreneurship and innovation and a foreign language and culture.

Professor Etzkowitz is the author of Triple Helix: University, Industry Government Innovation in Action (Routledge, 2008), MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science (Routledge, 2002) and co-author of Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Public Venture Capital (Harcourt, 2000), and Universities and the Commercialization of Knowledge: New Dimensions for the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, In Press). He also co-authored “The Coming Gender Revolution in Science” in The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (MIT Press, 2008). He publishes regularly in Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, R&D Management, European Planning Studies and Minerva.

In TH9 he serves as a member of the TH9 Steering Committee and the Chair of the Program Advisory Committee.

Dr. Marina Ranga, Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University and Visiting Fellow, Sussex University, School of Business, Management and Economics, UK.

Marina Ranga received her PhD and MSc in Science and Technology Policy studies from SPRU, Sussex University, UK, and her MSc in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Prior to coming to Stanford, she was Assistant Professor in Innovation Management at Newcastle University, UK and Groningen University, the Netherlands.

Dr. Ranga’ s research interests include national and regional innovation systems, policies and strategies, Triple Helix interactions and the evolution of the entrepreneurial university, the construction of the European Research Area and integration with national/regional research policies, as well as the gender dimension in innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship.

She serves as a member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Expert Group on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies and of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission for Science and Technology for Development. She has recently participated in a UN mission to Belarus to review the innovation performance of the country and authored the UN ‘Training Module on Policies and Instruments for Enhancing the Innovative Performance of Firms’. She is also a consultant for the OECD (Investment Compact for South East Europe) and the European Commission’s DG Research, DG Enterprise and DG Regio, in several initiatives: PRO INNO TrendChart, ERAWATCH Research Inventory and Intelligence Services, METRIS – Analysis of Social Sciences and Humanities in EU27, European Observatory of Research Universities and Funding Agencies in EU27, evaluation of 2007-2013 Cohesion Policy of the European Union, State Aid for RDI. She also led or contributed to various research projects for the European Commission, national and regional governments (e.g. Lithuania, Northeast and Southeast England, Northern Netherlands, Flemish government, etc.) and government agencies, e.g. the German Research Foundation (DFG) on various topics, including: monitoring knowledge flows in the European Research Area based on university patents, research policies in the top nine non-European R&D spenders, women in technology transfer in four EU countries (UK, Germany, Finland and Romania), creation of high-tech valleys in Lithuania, linkages between small firms and knowledge institutions in Northern Netherlands, entrepreneurship policies and practice for Northeast England, gender bias in research funding, etc.

Dr. Ranga has authored several articles in Research Policy, Scientometrics, Science and Public Policy, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Journal of Technology Management and Innovation, etc., book chapters and research reports. She has recently guest-edited a Special Issue on the gender dimension in technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship for the Journal of Technology Management and Innovation (with Prof. Etzkowitz), and is currently preparing a new Special Issue on innovation and the economic crisis for European Planning Studies. She served as a member of the Scientific Committees of TH6, TH7, TH8 and the 2006 international conference ‘The Triple Helix Paradigm for Development: Strategies for Cooperation and Exchange of Good Practice’ (Bristol, UK). She is a key promoter of the gender dimension in the Triple Helix conference programs (chaired a Specialist Session on Gender at TH7 and a Plenary Session on gender at TH8) and of other research themes (chaired a parallel session on academic patenting in the European Research Area and beyond at TH8). In TH9 she is the Chair of the Scientific Committee and a member of the TH9 Steering Committee.

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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