Frontiers, Switzerland

frontiersOn 25 May 2016, Professor Henry Etzkowitz, President of the THA, and Christiane Gebhardt, Malik-management, paid a visit to Frontiers in the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (EPFL) Innovation Park in Lausanne, Switzerland.

They met with Kamila Markram, the CEO of Frontiers, who is a Neuroscientist and Autism Researcher; and Henry Markram, a Professor of Neuroscience at EPFL, and founder of the Brain Mind Institute, founder and director of the Blue Brain Project, and the founder of the Human Brain Project (HBP), one of only two ten-year one billion Euro Flagship Projects selected in January 2013 by the European Commission.

Frontiers offered the following interesting perspectives for discussion: a) the success of disruptive innovation in knowledge dissemination and the impact on the publishing and academic world, b) intelligent impact metrics and further development of the metric system for science induced innovation, and c) the underlying research in neuroscience of the Human Brain project creating a system logics for point 1 and 2.

At the conclusion of the meeting, it was agreed: 1) that open access for the Triple Helix Journal (THJ) was the right approach; 2) that Frontiers should be invited to join the metrics project and the upcoming Triple Helix Conference for new insights; and 3) that the Human Brain Project shows how Artificial Intelligence pushes R&D development and disruptive innovation.