Triple Helix XI Conference, London, UK


Come and join collective action! With a spectacular line-up of keynote speakers, PLENARY sessions, 8 convened workshops, and over 50 parallel OPEN SESSIONS, the conference will have a wealth of academic and policy/practitioner presentations. Take advantage of being in London through the exciting SOCIAL PROGRAMME, including a Thames River cruise and dinner, an event in the Grand Hall of Lincoln’s Inn, and a visit to Tech City (hosted at Google Campus) to meet innovating entrepreneurs.

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 work together and take action alongside governments is critical. The 2013 Conference will integrate highly topical contributions on challenges in each of the three spheres of the triple helix: universities, industry, and government, 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?

Conference Themes

  • How can global challenges to the digital sphere, healthcare, the natural environment and 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?
  • build innovative markets, places and networks, and what are the challenges to open innovation, demand and business models?
  • build more innovation-friendly financial institutions, and what are the challenges to the business of banking in driving innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in SMEs?
  • enhance universities as interactive partners in our innovation systems, and what are the challengesto the absorptive capacity of academic knowledge within firms and by other users?
  • enhance skills for innovation, and what are the challenges to management and leadership skills for high growth firms?
  • enhance place-based innovations, and what is the role of local innovation systems and local key institutions to build and accelerate regional clusters?
  • How can public action drive innovation in the private sector, and what are the challenges to public procurement, as wellas intellectual property management and IPR policies?


Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford, and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre Professor Henry Etzkowitz, President of the Triple Helix Association, Stanford University

Professor John Goodacre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University

Sergio Arzeni, Head, Local Economic and Employment and Development Programme, OECD

Dr Dimitri Corpakis, Head of Unit, Regional Dimension of Innovation, European Commission

Dr Jon Hague, Vice President – Open Innovation, Unilever Research and Development

Dr Jackie Parkin, Vice President – Research and Development, GlaxoSmithKline

Bill Janeway, author of ‘Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy’.

Confirmed Workshops

  • University entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial universities: the role of universities in the Triple Helix (organised by Circle, Lund University).
  • The Triple Helix and Europe (organised by EU).
  • Entrepreneurship and local development: Triple Helix influences (organised by OECD).


The conference will be held at University of London locations, including Senate House, in historical Central London’s Bloomsbury area.


  • Professor Birgitte Andersen, Director, Big Innovation Centre – The Work Foundation, and Lancaster University
  • Tim Barnes, CEO, UCL Advances, University College London
  • Professor Helen Lawton Smith, Director, Centre for Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck, University of London


  • Circle, Lund University
  • SQW
  • Knowledge Unlatched
  • Regional Studies Association