FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIPLE HELIX SUMMIT 2017 Nairobi, Kenya: 20/21 February 2017 Call for Papers


University of Nairobi, Kenya
4-6 April 2017

Call for Abstracts
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 January 2017

The First International Summit of the Triple Helix Association (THA) will be held on 20-22 February 2017 at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
The Summit theme is:
Accelerating the Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Through ICT and Data
We invite all participants to embrace the Quadra Helix approach, and discuss the global challenges from a Multi-stakeholder perspective. We particularly welcome contributions that are multidisciplinary, addressing the complexity of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), proposing how ICT and Data can drive efforts to achieve these SDGs, and what role should governments, industry, universities, and civil society organisations play (The Quadra Helix).
Presenters are encouraged to submit a brief abstract on ground breaking innovations, research, and best practice in Health, Education, Environment and ICT and Data that can turn around the pace of attaining the SDGs.
All Abstracts on innovation and best practice cases will be double blind peer reviewed. Authors of accepted submissions will be invited to present their work at the Summit and abstracts and cases will be included in the programme subject to the successful registration of the participating authors.
Accepted abstracts and cases will be published in the summit proceedings which will be made available at
All submissions must be made electronically through the Summit on-line submission system ( by 15 January 2017.


Important Dates

Early bird registration 31 January 2017
Regular registration 28 February 2017
Last minute registration 3 march 2017



We welcome papers that address one or more of the following areas:

1.1 Boosting innovation and growth in health care through university-industry co-creation
1.1.1 Service delivery for sustainable development
1.1.2 Healthy workforce for sustainable development
1.1.3 Leadership and governance in health care
1.2 Innovations and technology for health systems
1.2.1 Health financing
1.2.2 Health research
1.2.3 Health commodities and technologies
1.2.4 Triple Helix for health service delivery support
1.3 Innovations for delivering community health
1.3.1 Best practices and innovations for increasing access to Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) services
1.3.2 Refocusing on prevention of Non-Communicable Disease
1.3.3 Sustainable implementation of community health service
2.1 Entrepreneurial University – from access and curriculum
to regional innovation systems
2.1.1 Education workforce competences analysis
2.1.2 Curriculum reforms for sustainable development
2.1.3 Improving education relevance and pathways
2.2 Innovation and technologies for education systems
2.2.1 Improving quality of education through teacher performance management
2.2.2 Improving learning outcomes through ICT and innovation.
2.2.3 Establishing global innovation hubs
2.3 Education system responsiveness and resilience
2.3.1 Leadership, governance and accountability for development
2.3.2 Improving equity and inclusion through integration
2.3.3 Financing models for quality education
3.1 Environmental sustainability, climate change and information systems
3.1.1 Climate change information system
3.1.2 Climate change commodities and research
3.1.3 Financing of interventions for combating adverse climate change
3.2 Innovations and technologies for climate change
3.2.1 Winning business models and partnerships
3.2.2 Renewable and green energy solutions and Triple Helix facilitation
3.2.3 Civil societies actions in safe guarding climate resilience and reduction of CGS emissions
3.3 Climate change and resilience
3.3.1 Food security and climate change
3.3.2 Production competitiveness of small scale farmers
3.3.3 Technology commercialization in production, value addition and marketing
4. ICT and DATA
4.1 Data roadmaps for sustainable development and Triple Helix responsibilities
4.1.1 Data for public and private decision making
4.1.2 Knowledge translation platforms
4.1.3 Innovations in civil registration and vital statistics
4.2 Innovation and technology ecosystems and Triple Helix
4.2.1 Innovations and technologies for citizen generated data
4.2.2 Frontiers in open data for sustainable development
4.2.3 Improve data quality for sustainable development
4.3 Data ecosystem responsiveness
4.3.1 Strengthening interoperability of data systems
4.3.2 Improving data collection and management through electronic systems


Paper Format

The word limit is 300 words excluding references, tables, charts, graphs and figures. Please use APA referencing style, 12 point Calibri font, and structure your paper using the following headings:

  • Aim/purpose
  • Rationale
  • Research design/Innovation
  • Scientific approach
  • Key outcomes contributions, including evidence of failure and success in a focus areas
  • Conclusions and recommendations

If your paper is theoretical, please use the appropriate headings. Do not include your name or affiliation on your submission so it is ready for double blind peer reviewing. Your paper should be upload as an attached word document on the paper submission system (
Participants are invited to join one of the roundtables that are set to advance the development and launch of the Quadra Helix SDGs Acceleration Roadmap. Please, register you participation at
In addition to the formal scientific sessions and the Quadra Helix Groups, we invite participants to propose special events which are relevant and complementary to the thrust of enquiry set out in our Call for Abstracts. If you would like to propose a special event (roundtable discussion, project review session, or an interactive workshop) please, e-mail your proposal to Philip Mbithi (*email address protected*).
If you have any questions, please email Philip Mbithi (*email address protected*) or Eric Nyamwaro (*email address protected*).


Sample of Abstract Format

Abstracts Title Must be Title Case in Calibri 12pt
Author Name1, Author Name1, Author Name1 and Author Name2
1First Affiliation listed with formal organization name
2Second Affiliation listed with formal organization name


Your abstract must be no longer than 300 words of text (excluding title, authors and institutions or affiliations, and references). Abbreviations may be used but they must be spelt out in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Your abstract must contain a title, written in Title Case and bold, as shown in the title above; all authors/presenters listed with their associated organisations/institutions. This should also be written in title case, as above. Titles, degrees and awards should not be included. The body of your abstract should be written in sentence case, Calibri size 12, left aligned, and must be a maximum of 300 words. Paragraphs should be single spaced, left aligned and a 10 point space should be left between each paragraph. Abstracts that do not conform to this template may be declined.


Djamin, M and Atmojo, J.P.: Utilisation of geothermal energy as an alternative solution in overcoming energy crisis in Indonesia (in Indonesian). Oral presentation in One-day Geothermal Energy Seminar, Universitas Negeri Padang. (2005).
Fridleifsson, I.B.: Human resources in geothermal development. Proc. 17th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop, Auckland, New Zealand. pp. 7 – 11. (1995).
Geological Agency, Up-to-date status of the Indonesia’s energy resources (in Indonesian). Presentation for the National Energy Council. (2009).

We look forward to receiving your abstract and contribution
The Secretariat
Triple Helix Summit 2017
Nairobi, Kenya