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The University of Strathclyde will play host to the seventh biennial Triple Helix Conference from 17-19 June. The theme of the Conference, “The role of Triple Helix in the Global Agenda of Innovation, Competitiveness and Sustainability”, reflects the interaction between academia and the private and public sectors.   The conference has attracted some 300 delegates from over forty countries.


A key element of the Conference this year is a Plenary Ministerial Session to be held on Wednesday 17 June, to be chaired by Ms Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Scottish Government.


The high powered Ministerial Panel will include presentations by a galaxy of international luminaries including Dr Manuel Heitor, Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education Government of Portugal, His Excellency Dr K Kadiman, Minister for Science, Technology, Government of Indonesia, Mrs Renee Bergkamp, Secretary general, Ministry of Economic affairs, Government of the Netherlands, and Dr Augusto Gadelha, Secretary for Information Technology Policies, Government of Brazil.


The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), of which Strathclyde is a founding member, will host one of the plenary sessions, with Principals, Vice Chancellors and Rectors from EU universities describing their perspectives on developing Triple Helix related activities.


The three-day event will also feature distinguished keynote speakers from Harvard University, the University of Newcastle and Amsterdam University, among others, including industry leaders who will participate in a key plenary session on 19 June.


The Triple Helix is widely recognized for its significance as a dynamic institutional basis for wealth creation and sustainable development through the generation of knowledge and its effective application. The biennial Triple Helix conferences started twelve years ago to analyse the interaction between University, Government and Industry, and its influence on the economic development of specific regions.


Triple Helix VII offers a multi-disciplinary forum for experts from universities, industry and government. The Conference is designed to attract leading authorities from across the world who will share their knowledge and experience, drawing a link between research, policy, and practice in sustainable development. The Conference will bring together policy-makers, academics, researchers, postgraduate students, and key representatives from business and industry.



Wednesday 17 June 2009  




Professor Tariq Durrani

Conference General Chair


Professor Jim McDonald

Principal, University of Strathclyde

Keynote Address

Ms Fiona Hyslop

Cabinet Secretary for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning, Scottish Government

(Scotland's Science and Innovation: Excellence and Ambition)





Dr Kusmayanto Kadiman

Minister of Research and Technology, Republic of Indonesia  

(Aligning A-B-G Challenge to Nurture Innovation in Indonesia)

Dr Manuel Heitor

Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Government of Portugal  

(Portugal on the Crosstalk of Change, facing the Shock of the New)

Mrs Renee Bergkamp

Director General Enterprise and Innovation Ministry of Economic Affairs, Government of the Netherlands   (Programming New Combinations - Stimulating PPD-R&D in The Netherlands)

Dr Augusto Cesar Gadelha

Secretary for information Technology Policies, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Brazil

(Government Support to Innovations in Brazil)  





Professor Henry Etzkowitz                        

Business School

Newcastle University, England, UK



Professor Loet Leydesdorff

Amsterdam School of Communications Research

The Netherlands



Thursday 18 June 2009

UNIVERSITIES PANEL  (Chair: Dr A H Flierman)

Universities as Major Actors in the Knowledge Triangle

Dr Anne H Flierman

President, University of Twente;

Speaker of the ECIU

Dr Garabed Antranikian

Vice-Rector for Education,

Technische Universität Hamburg- Harburg

Dr Mercedes Unzeta

Vice-Rector for Internationalisation

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Dr Ian Young

Vice-Chancellor and President

Swinburne University of Technology 


Friday 19 June 2009



Dr Iain Gray

Technology Strategy Board

The Role of the Technology Strategy Board in Promoting University and Business

Dr Melfort Campbell

Chairman and Chief Executive

Imes Group

The CBI Business-Higher Education Task Force, Update and Progress to Date

Lord Stafford

Lord Stafford Awards

Championing Innovation through Business and University Collaboration - Lessons from the Lord Stafford Awards





Professor Calestous Juma

John F Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University









Strathclyde Collaborative Training Account (CTA)


















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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