Special Events

New Frontiers in Global Science Spaces

Special Event Organised by the ‘Global Science Spaces’ Project

Major science spaces have become vital elements of economic and development strategy in societies across the world. These spatial imaginaries find expression in government policy across scales, and are an important aspect of political discourse projecting the dynamism of national, regional and local economies. While considerable research has been directed towards the efficacy of such spaces in promoting economic competitiveness and innovation, science spaces also operate as a locus for transnational flows of technological know-how, development practice, and symbolic capital. In this session papers reflect upon the nature of science spaces around the world, and on their hybrid physical, political-ideological, and cultural forms.

Gender, Diversity, and Entrepreneurship

Chairs: Dr Rebecca Lund, Professor Helen Lawton Smith, Dr Devrim Göktepe-Hultén

The organizers of the track on ‘Triple Helix: Gender, Entrepreneurship and Diversity in Academia’ are pleased to invite conference participants and representatives from local authorities and businesses to a roundtable discussion on gender, diversity, and entrepreneurship. The aim is to explore how researchers who have studied universities and entrepreneurship from a gender and diversity perspective can bring their knowledge to inform everyday practices at the university and beyond? The round table will consider under what conditions women want similarity or differences from men in the way they are perceived and supported. In connection with this, we open up for debating experiences from everyday life and management of gender related issues in concrete workplaces.

Foresight: Enhancing Policy and Corporate Decision Making

During the last decades, foresight activities have been used increasingly within policy and corporate decision making. This is due to the rising complexity and competition within markets and technologies for firms causing governmental innovation and research programs to be well adjusted by policy makers to support identified critical industries. However, the field is very fragmented and still confusing in practical usage. This session will highlight new insights from academia regarding the impact of foresight activities on performance and quality of decisions. Furthermore, foresight methods, cases, and current activities within policy and corporate decision making will be discussed.