30 November – 2 December 2017

Join a unique and lively event. Learn more through high-potential expert discussions, public interviews, author presentations, cross-disciplinary workshops and collaborative foresight sessions. Contribute to build advanced models, action plans and projects to leverage academic and creative vitality and spur innovations and economic growth.

Our special track “University in the new urban economy” addresses the university’s role in the development of a new economy in a city or a region. The track participants will include experts in the field of urban and technological development, cluster policy experts, representatives of universities, municipal and regional authorities and representatives of business. The track events engage in the discussion how the university contributes to the development of the new urban economy as well as the best initiatives and practices of the university city transformation. Key issues for discussion enhance the following topics:

  • how to build university-industry-government cooperation on urban development;
  • how to transform the campus of the university into a place of attraction for companies and a new type of urban environment;
  • how to create a consensus space for developing and implementing joint initiatives of universities, business and government; how to jointly manage the transformation of the urban

The track events will be in the format of workshops and panel discussions and will enhance the interactions of the Triple Helix actors in the course of unfolding a new urban economy. The framework for discussing cases, practices, mechanisms and tools, to transform the campus of a smart city into a new economy could be:

  • clusterization and localization of the economy;
  • agents and leaders of the new economy transformation;
  • Triple Helix actors partnerships for a new economy; institutional transformation of the university and its new role.

This track is organized as one of the events of the THA Thematic Research Group – Triple Helix Actors, Governance and the region (THARG).

For more information about participation in the Forum, please contact Liana Kobzeva, *email address protected*, Head of the Organizing Committee and Director of the track “University in the new urban economy”.




Professor Panayiotis Ketikidis (President, Triple Helix Association Chapter of Greece) participated during 18-22 September 2017 at a “train the trainers” event and Triple Helix-Society discussion on the co- creation of digital entrepreneurship training materials for startups in Izmir, Turkey.

These activities are part of the iSTART project (an Erasmus+ funded transnational collaboration, 2016-2019) which pilots an open co-creation approach towards digital entrepreneurship knowledge development by organizing short academies in which all the relevant stakeholders are being brought together.

The role of the Triple Helix model is vital to ensure a proper market integration of digital entrepreneurship, and it is important that future entrepreneurs get accustomed with the specifies of this model in order to overcome any potential obstacles in their pathway to startup success.

iSTART is an extension of the STARTIFY7 project (H2020, 2015-2016) which organized intensive startup academies across Europe, and brought on-board investors towards moderating the startup concepts and ensuring potential funding.

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The THA Chapter of Greece organized a round-table discussion on Triple Helix interactions on 1 September 2017 during the Tenth International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (

The event welcomed a wide participation (more than 100 participants) enabling practitioner, scientific and policy insights around the Triple Helix model in Greece and beyond.

The discussion was coordinated by Professor Panayiotis Ketikidis (President of the THA Chapter of Greece) and Professor Tim Vorley (Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Sheffield, UK).

The international panel members were: Vladimir Sucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Belgium; Lina Liakou, Deputy Mayor for Urban Resilience and Development Planning, and Chief Resilience Officer for Thessaloniki, Greece; Panagiotis Liargovas, Professor of Department of Economics, University of Peloponnese, Greece;Dimitris Lakasas, C/ Strategic Design and Marketing Manager, Olympia Electronics, SEVE Think Tank, Greece; Mary Albertson, President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Senior Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), Stanford University, United States; and a representative from ASTP-Proton, Knowledge Transfer Europe, The Netherlands.



The SATHA Chapter, in cooperation with the Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre – PASTIC, and the Mehran University Institute of Science, Technology and Development – MUISTD, will organize two sessions on IP Policy for Research and Commercialisation respectively on 30 November 2017 at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar, and on 22 December 2017 at the University of Karachi.

The purpose is to share insight on different IP policy models and discuss the challenges in policy implementation. The session is a part of the Third Invention to Innovation Summit. The days prior to the sessions will be devoted to the delivery of the SATHA Innovation Awards to selected Research Innovators from the Pakistani areas who have contributed significantly in the field of academia, industry and the social sector.

The main points of the conference and of the round-table discussion are:

  • Without collaboration we cannot have innovation. All stakeholders (universities, industries, government, society/ users) need to collaborate in order to trigger innovation and Collaboration is taking new shapes through innovation. Actors are constantly changing their boundaries and ambitions and drive thus new collaboration forms.
  • In order to stay innovative, industry needs to take risks and invest in R&D by building upon the triple helix and the knowledge capital provided by universities. Conventional success is no longer valid and thus, innovative approaches are required as continuous disruptions require continuous innovation.
  • Local authorities (i.e. government) should reach out to their local/regional stakeholders and engage them in co-creating the future of the Similarly, the government should empower cities/regions to develop innovation hubs/centers in order to retain and incentivize local/regional talent (human capital, cultural and creative capital). Overall, governments should maximize their outreach and enable all stakeholders to become more visible in the decision making processes.
  • Technology transfer models are in high need of embedding local specificity and not just follow global successful To this end, emerging technologies, Industry 4.0 and Sustainability are key shapers of innovation and of the way the actors collaborate and interact. Even more, research-led Startups and TTOs should be better integrated with the concepts of open science and responsible research and innovation
  • There is also a need for better match-making collaboration models between investors and startups.
  • We need to learn from successful EU regions that implemented smart specialization and study their structural changes that brought success. Similarly, the role of the Triple Helix within the smart specialization framework requires a more in-depth understandin
  • Business model innovation can prove to be a key tool for industries to exploit their innovation potential and stay ahead of competition.
  • What is the right mix of incubation/acceleration/mentoring and how these can better match startups needs