XVI International Triple Helix Conference 2018

e Helix and Beyond – a New Era
University Place, The University of Manchester, UK
5-8 September 2018

Greater Manchester, birthplace of the industrial revolution, is pleased to host the Triple Helix Conference on 5-8 September2018. We have an exciting programme bringing together academia, government, business and community to advance frontiers of knowledge and address societal challenges, economic growth, social development and sustainability. We will also explore the role of cities and regions as enabling spaces for these interactions.

For those who want to spend more time in this great City, the organising team will shortly release a workshops providing a chance for greater in-depth exploration of Triple Helix opportunities and developments

About Manchester

Manchester is a great and vibrant city rated one of the top ten best European Cities to visit by Lonely Planet. Birthplace of the computer, football league, and discovery of Graphene, Manchester is a cosmopolitan City with a rich heritage, great nightlife and phenomenal hotel, dining and shopping opportunities.


Birthplace of the computer, and the football league, Manchester’s heritage is rich and diverse. Take in the history at the Museum of Science and Industry, housed in the station of the world’s first inter-city passenger railway, or at Chetham’s Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.


Manchester is home to a large range of free-to-attend museums and galleries. Choose from over ninety museums and galleries in and around the city. Visit The Lowry, IWM North, National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour and many more.


Manchester United and Manchester City are two of the Premiership’s finest football clubs, both of which offer daily tours of their grounds. If you’re feeling energetic Chill Factore, is the UK’s largest indoor ski slope offering year round skiing, snowboarding and climbing. Manchester is also home to the British Cycling Team at Manchester Velodrome, offering taster sessions of the track.


From music and art to theatre and architecture, Manchester’s culture is known for its energy and excellence. Newly opened in 2015, The Whitworth and HOME provide platforms for some of the most ground breaking work in the UK.


From designer to high street shopping to vintage boutiques, Manchester has something for everyone when shopping. The main shopping areas within the city are located a short walk from the conference venue.


From high-end restaurants to independent good value eateries, global cuisine and locally produced food on offer, Manchester has cemented itself as a culinary city.


Conference programme


We have an exciting line up of Keynote Speakers confirmed for the conference:

Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, CANADA

Shiri M Breznitz, an economic geographer, specializes in innovation, technology commercialization, and regional economic development. Her research is at the critical intersection of theory and policy to fit the new realities of globalization. Dr Breznitz’s work has informed policymaking at the local, national, and international levels. She has advised on the role of universities in the larger story of innovation, on the economic impact of biotechnology, and on the role of clusters in driving innovation. In addition, Dr Breznitz is one of the section editors for Economic Geography at the Geography Compass Journal.



Director of Healthcare Reseach, Microsoft Research, UK

Professor Iain Buchan is Director of Healthcare Research for Microsoft Research in Cambridge UK.  His role is to take a ten-year view of how advanced informatics can transform self, clinical and population healthcare.

Before joining Microsoft in October 2017, Iain was Professor in Public Health Informatics and led the Centre for Health Informatics that he founded at the University of Manchester after training in clinical medicine, pharmacology, public health, biostatistics and health informatics.  He raised over £100m of research income in fifteen years at Manchester, was awarded a MRC Centre and was one of the founding directors of the UK Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research.  He also conceived the Connected Health Cities programme, which has become a blueprint for place-based digital health interoperability in the UK.  His civic work includes policy research to reduce inequalities in health and to mobilise health data with deep public involvemet (e.g. Twitter #DataSavesLives).  Iain has also written software for over thirty years (e.g. www.statsdirect.com).

Internationally, he is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and works through global networks towards a future of more globally interoperable, and thus more accurate, modelling with large-scale health data – for discovery science, for actionable analytics in health systems, and for citizen-driven healthcare.


Professor of Industrial Management, University of Gothenburg, SWEDEN

Maureen McKelvey is Professor of Industrial Management at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Business Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.  Her research focuses on the development and use of knowledge at the interplay between innovation management and entrepreneurship with science and engineering.  She has published extensively in journals including Research Policy and Small Business Economics, as well as books with Routledge, Oxford, Cambridge, and Edward Elgar.  She was recipient of the 1994 Schumpeter Prize, given by the International Joseph A Schumpeter Society. She has held many high level positions in expert groups and written reports, for Swedish organizations as well as for the OECD and EU.  In 2017, Professor McKelvey was granted a Distinguished Professor research program, from the Swedish Research Council. (www.handels.gu.se/iie).



Professor of Entrepreneurship, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Helen’s research career has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, innovation, public policy and regional development in national and international contexts. She is Founder and Research Director of the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University (http://oeo.geog.ox.ac.uk), and Director of Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research (http://bbk.ac.uk/innovation). She is Associate Editor, Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance, and was Birkbeck PI in the European Union project Transforming Institutions by Gendering contents and Gaining Equality in Research (TRIGGER) (2014-2017).

Professor of Regional Development Studies (Emeritus), Newcastle University, UK

John founded and led the University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) from 1977 to 1998. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor until his retirement in 2008. In that role he had special responsibility for the University’s city and regional engagement and chaired the group of six English Science Cities. John has led reviews of regional engagement by individual Finnish universities for the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council and acted as academic leader of the OECD Institutional Management in Higher Education programme (IMHE) on universities and city and regional development. He is a member of the Mirror Group advising the Commission’s Smart Specialisation Platform and has been a member of the Steering Committee for the European Universities Association (EUA) programme on collaborative research and the academic leader of an EU Lifelong Learning Programme on building regional partnerships between universities, business and public authorities. He has facilitated a partnership between the EUA and the Smart Specialisation Platform at the EU Joint Research Centre JRC/ITPS, has been chair of the Advisory Group on Widening Participation in Horizon 2020, a member of the Advisory Group on Science With and For Society and has advised the Economic and Social Committee on ‘Universities for Europe’.

Director, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, US

Jan is a director in the Enterprise Innovation Institute, a commercialization, entrepreneurship, and business services unit of Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on technology-based economic development, manufacturing modernization, emerging technology assessment, bibliometric and patent analysis, and innovation and knowledge measurement and evaluation. Sponsors of her work include the National Science Foundation, European Commission, and the Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation. Her research has appeared in Research Policy, Scientometrics, and the Journal of Technology Transfer among others. She has been recognized as one of the top authors in technology and innovation management research by the International Association of Management of Technology. Her recent book, The Strength in Numbers, co-authored with Barry Bozeman and published by Princeton University Press, discusses research authorship decision-making. She holds a doctorate in political science from Emory University.

Vice President, Malik Institute, SWITZERLAND

Christiane has been a Member and Strategic Advisor of the Triple Helix Association since 1992, and the Associated Editor of the Triple Helix which is a Springeropen Journal of University-Industry-Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She holds the position of Vice President at the Malik Institute in Switzerland, an international organization renowned for strategy and organization advisory for industry, university and government studies as well as for projects based on cybernetics and systems thinking. The focus of her research and work is strategy and organizational development as well as governance systems and operational management for mastering complex projects. She is also an expert in comparative innovation policy. Among her clients and partners are the German Ministry of Research and Education, the Helmholtz Association of German Research institutes as well as many industries and national champions. She organized the Brainport Smart City quadruple helix driven strategy Syntegration in close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Smart City Initiative and was a member of the Industry 4.0/ Smart Service World project team, headed by Henning Kagermann, president of the German Academy of Science and Engineering. Dr Gebhardt earned her degrees at Constance University and Giessen University in Germany. She carried out research at Chicago University and the MIT in the United States of America. Dr Gebhardt teaches innovation studies in a Master Lab at Heidelberg University.



We have had a phenomenal response to our call for abstracts, and parallel sessions will be packed full with oral and poster presentations complementing our keynote and panel sessions. In addition we have a number of tours including an insight into Greater Manchester’s innovation district, global industry partnerships, science park developments, incubation and social enterprise opportunities.

The scientific programme will cover the following topics:

PGeographical and sectoral dimensions of the triple helix

Policy and governance of the triple helix

The triple helix in transition and emerging economies

Socially responsible innovation and the quadruple helix

Micro foundations of the triple helix: New actors, relationships, and business models


Friday 7 September 2018

Each tour is priced at £30 per person and includes travel from the University of Manchester

On Friday 7 September 2018, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the triple helix and beyond in action. Examples from the Manchester environment will stimulate discussion and debate and will help develop a greater understanding of what works and what does not work in terms of optimising collaborative triple helix interactions. Each tour is led from a different perspective ranging from industry, academia and innovation cluster. It is envisaged that at the end of each tour the group will establish the top three contributing elements to successful triple helix interaction. These will be collated to help inform iterative debate towards creating a ‘blue print’ of key elements for an optimum triple helix partnership.

13:00-16:30 Oxford Road Corridor

Join us on an afternoon tour to explore the Oxford Road Corridor, Manchester’s Innovation District and a prime example of the Triple Helix and beyond. Collaboration includes local and national government, academia, industry and commerce, health and communities. You’ll have the opportunity to visit some landmark buildings and see how the partnership works in practice. The tour features sites at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Science Park, as well providing the opportunity to sample the new food and drink experiences in this dynamic and cosmopolitan area.

13:30-16:00 Waters Corporation, Wilmslow

Waters Wilmslow is the largest site globally committed to the support and development of mass spectrometry systems – an international centre of excellence. Waters is dedicated to contributing to the future of mass spectrometry; the work carried out at this facility enables collaboration with international scientific thought leaders, fosters innovation, and furthers the ground breaking science which began in Manchester over 200 years ago.

What happens in laboratories affects all of our lives. We listen to the outside world and as the leader in speciality measurement, deliver benefit though innovations and people that enable customer success in the life, materials and food sciences.

During the tour of the facility you will have an opportunity to learn more on how we collaborate across the globe with key opinion leaders in industry, academia and policy makers. Plus you will get a chance to see what it takes to manufacture a research grade mass spectrometry instrument.

13:00-17:00 : Manchester Science Partnerships

Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) is a public, private and academic partnership and the UK’s leading science and technology park operator. It supports a vibrant community of knowledge-based businesses at three main campuses – Manchester Science Park, Citylabs and Mereside at Alderley Park, all of which have Enterprise Zone status. It provides scalable, world-class physical facilities and a comprehensive programme of business support services to enable companies of all sizes in the life sciences, digital, and medical technology sectors to grow.

MSP is part of a joint venture (with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), MMU and TRUSTECH) to manage the MedTECH Centre Incubator, stimulating the growth of healthcare technology companies in Manchester and is an active stakeholder in Health Innovation Manchester.

Working with parent organisation and property company, Bruntwood, as the strategic property partner, MSP in a joint venture with MFT has secured planning permission for Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0. A £60m, 220,000 sq ft extension to the Citylabs campus which will see the creation of a world-leading precision medicine and data analytical hub due to open in 2020.

MSP is at the forefront of technological and digital innovation in the UK. Its 70,000sq ft Bright Building located at Manchester Science Park, is the HQ of CityVerve – the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) smart city demonstrator and Mi-IDEA (Manchester Inspired – Innovation Digital Enterprise Alliance) – a post-accelerator programme and co-innovation ecosystem delivered in partnership with Cisco.

In 2018, MSP will launch a new digital tech incubator at Manchester Technology Centre, part of Circle Square. This will support start-ups and tech entrepreneurs focused on data science and technology innovation.

The tour will provide you with the opportunity to visit and go behind the scenes of MSP’s three campuses, and to meet the team who can answer any questions you may have.

13:30-15:20 : University of Manchester Innovation Centre (UMIC)

Join us on an afternoon tour with the University of Manchester Innovation Centre (UMIC) to explore the Manchester Incubator Building, the UK’s first bioscience incubator constructed in 1999 and the Core Technology Facility constructed in 2005 to house the scaling companies at the university and provide for grow on space and to collocate companies involved in collaborative R&D. You’ll have the opportunity to visit these important buildings and see how UMIC contributes to the growth of the dynamic innovation ecosystem. The tour will also feature a presentation from UMIP the universities intellectual property commercialisation company and Manchester Enterprise Centre on its academic and student accelerator programmes and how it has embraced social innovation and developed a multi-award winning programme for social enterprise and impact creation. As well as presentations from social enterprise companies.

Social Programme

Welcome Reception
Thursday 6 September 2108

We look forward to welcoming you to the Conference Drinks Reception to be held in the conference venue on Thursday 6 September 2018. The welcome reception is an informal evening, open to all attendees at no extra cost.

Timings: 18:30-19:30


Conference Party
Friday 7 September 2018

The conference party will be held at the inspiring Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), where visitors can learn about Manchester’s rich legacy of world-changing industrial innovations and scientific discoveries, and which provides a spectacular and memorable backdrop to a fun and vibrant evening. The conference party promises to be a fantastic night of networking, excellent food, and live music.

Tickets are priced at £60 + VAT, and can be purchased when registering (registration) for the conference.

Timings: 19:00-midnight (Dress code: Smart Casual)



Jackie Oldham, University of Manchester

Anne Dornan, MSP
Sally Randles, Manchester Metropolitan University
Natalie Ireland, Museum of Science and Industry
Philip Shapira, University of Manchester
Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester


International Scientific Committee

Philip Shapira, University of Manchester and Georgia Institute of Technology
Elvia Uyarra, University of Manchester
Sally Randles, Manchester Metropolitan University

Local Organising Committee

Jackie Oldham, University of Manchester

Catherine Beaudry, École Polytechnique de Montréal
Paul Benneworth, University of Twente
Shiri Breznitz, University of Toronto
Pablo Catalan, University of Concepción
David Charles, University of Lincoln
Rune Dahl Fitjar, University of Stavanger
Pablo D’este, Polytechnic University of Valencia
Tariq Durrani, University of Strathclyde
Gabriela Dutrénit, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
Henry Etzkowitz, Stanford University
Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina
Lene Foss, University of Tromsø
Xuding Gao, Tsinghua University
Mikhail Gershman, Higher School of Economics
John Goddard, Newcastle University
Maribel Guerrero, Northumbria University
Nola Hewit Dundas, Queens University
Can Huang, Zhejiang University
Fumi Kitagawa, University of Edinburgh
Cornelia Lawson, University of Bath
Loet Leydesdorff, University of Amsterdam
Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University
Romulo Pinheiro, University of Agder
Francesco Rentocchini, University of Milan
Federica Rossi, Birkbeck College, University of London
Sergio Salles-Filho, University of Campinas
Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo, European Commission
Tharan Thune, University of Oslo
Michaela Trippl, University of Vienna
Tim Vorley, University of Sheffield
Jue Wang, Nanyang Technological University
David Wolfe, University of Toronto
Jan Youtie, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

Come and join at this exciting conference.
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