THA News


Professor Michele Coletti

Michele Coletti is an Associate Professor at the Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), where he teaches Innovation in bachelor, master, MBA and executive programmes. He is the Academic Director of the MBA specialisations in Management Consulting and Smart Sustainable Business and leads the Executive Certificate in Innovation, Design Thinking and Intrapreneurship. His research interests concern collaborative and sustainable innovation, firm networks and clusters. He has published in journals such as Science and Public Policy, and Economics of Innovation and New Technology.
Michele started his career in the energy sector. Then he became a management consultant and trainer, and more recently he worked as an innovation policy advisor for public administrations. He has participated to several EU-funded projects and impact assessments.

Michele holds a PhD in Management Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), an MBA from Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France), and a MSc in Technology and Innovation Management from SPRU at University of Sussex (UK).


Dr Tatiana Pospolova

Tatiana Pospelova holds a PhD in Economics. She is a Researcher at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Innovation Department in Moscow: the
Executive Director of the Triple Helix Association (Russian Chapter); and a
Expert at venture capital fund, The Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF).`

Together with Henry Etzkowitz she is the co-author of the Stanford course Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Triple Helix of University Industry Government Interactions
Assistant professor at University | Department Science, Technology and Society | Class STS-186
Tatiana leading Triple Helix projects in India and Kazakhstan. Entrepreneur and innovation mood around the world and beyond. Tatiana is also a Triathlete Ironman.



Mr Josep Pique

We are pleased to welcome in our team Mr Josep Pique as a Ambassador for the Triple Helix Association. Josep is IASP Past President, Executive President of La Salle Technova Barcelona and he has been the CEO of 22@Barcelona, and CEO of the Office of Economic Growth of Barcelona. He has published in international journals and congresses, and has authored three books.
As a THA Ambassador Josep will play an active role in raising awareness on the TH model and promoting the Association activities among an audience of practitioners and policy makers, and will offer his an intellectual contribution for better connecting and grounding the Triple Helix model into science parks and innovation centre practices.

We warmly welcome Josep on board!


We are pleased to announce that the XVII International Triple Helix Conference will be held on 9-11 September 2019, and hosted by the SA Innovation Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. The Conference theme will be: The Triple Helix – A Catalyst for Change

The City of Cape Town curated the conversation between Government, Private Sector, Academia and Civil Society for more than a decade in terms of innovation. This collaboration produced tangible outcomes as a result. It was the top rated city in emerging economies for entrepreneurship in 2017, and innovation and creativity outcomes led to the City being awarded the World Design Capital title in 2014. The City is the ideal space, with accessible infrastructure and unparalleled beauty, to experience how Triple Helix thinking and implementation can lead to economic and social change.

We invite you to join us in Cape Town!


THA Meeting Series

The Triple Helix Association Conference and Summit Series has been hosted in sixteen cities on five different continents. Your city could be the next.

The TH Conference is recognised as an international scientific platform that offers a unique occasion to update knowledge and information on the latest Triple Helix scientific developments, as well as an exceptional opportunity for networking. Since 1996 the Triple Helix International Conferences have brought together thousands of scholars, practitioners, and policy makers from all over the world, for three intensive working days that have had a global impact on TH models and practices.

The TH Summit is a new meeting format initiated three years ago, with a more practice-oriented purpose. It is the “Laboratory” of the THA to facilitate practice exchange on some new emerging trends of “Triple Helix” collaboration. The Summit aims to mobilize professionals, academics, and policy makers in order to share good practices and lessons learned in the orchestration of the Triple Helix actors, and in the activation and governance of the academy-industry-government collaboration for facing emerging challenges.

Would you like to host one of the Triple Helix Meetings in your country? For more information, or to submit an application, please visit the ‘open call for proposals’ or contact Mrs Maria Laura Fornaci, THA Executive Director, and Professsor Panos Ketikidis, Chair of the Meetings and Prize and Awards Committee:

The deadline for receiving 2019 Summit proposals has been postponed to 31 October 2018.




THA to implement Jean Monnet project HLX4EU

The Triple Helix Association (THA) has been awarded a two year Jean Monnet project aiming at improving the delivery of three key EU policies in the real world through the concept, method, and approach of the Triple Helix.

It is broadly acknowledged that while EU policies are well appreciated, they most often fail to deliver to their full potential on the ground. The project entitled “Boosting the European integration process in a time of crisis through the Triple Helix: strengthening the delivery of EU policies for growth and jobs” (HLX4EU) will seek to improve the delivery of three key EU policies in the real world through the concept, method, and approach of the Triple Helix. These policies are:

(a) Reforming the higher education institutions (HEIs) through social responsibility and entrepreneurship (HEIs in this respect could be well playing the role of efficient innovators and multipliers of the key concepts that build together the European ideal);
(b) Boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, supporting the business growth strategies of the European Commission (in particular young innovative SMEs);
(c) Supporting the European Commission strategies on smart specialisation for a place-based innovative regional development, boosting growth and jobs.

The THA believes that boosting the dialogue among the key players of the societal progress process (universities, businesses and government, together with the broader civil society) helps better identify problems, engage a frank and creative mutual learning process and inspire practical and tangible solutions. This dialogue can thus result in identifying new ways for boosting key European Union policies on the ground. The project will consist of desk research (literature review and synthesis), connected with a consistent set of three main workshops that will be completed with relevant webinars, resulting in a set of policy recommendations for improving EU policy making and implementation.

Our organizational members, St Mary’s University, Tampere University and SEERC, will lead on the delivery of the literature review which will culminate in the organization of three thematic collaborative workshops, and six webinars for devising compelling policy recommendations for EU policy makers.



Triple Helix Model presented at the Board of Directors of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the Laval University Partnership

It is Québec, the Canadian province that spends on scientific research a value equal to an OECD country ($1.3Bn GDP in R&D) and that has planned (2017-2022) a strategic five-year plan of investments in scientific research, Stratégie québécoise de la recherche et de l’innovation (SQRI) of $580Mn.

Board Directors (UMI) CNR-ULAVAL

By 2022, Québec aims to position itself among the ten leaders of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and to do so, it needs to realize a real scientific diplomacy, through academic collaborations to develop joint projects, and share experience and skills.

To this end, since 2016, the International Mixed Unit (UMI), was born between the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the Laval University, (Directed by Professor Vincenzo Di Marzo), with ambitious objectives related to the development of research, innovation, education, and knowledge transfer in the emerging field of the biomolecular study of the microbiomeintestinale.
The birth of this partnership has generated a further development of the already close relations between Italy and Canada in scientific matters, financing eight research projects in the bilateral field at CNR Institutes related to the Department of Chemical Sciences and Materials Technologies to a value equal to about $180,000 CAD.

The most recent meeting of the executive committee of the UMI, was attended by Dr Emanuele Fiore, a THA member, President of the CNR since 2016, and former Scientific Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Canada from June 2007 to October 2014. On this occasion the Triple Helix model was presented, and very much appreciated by all the members of the committee, and, they say, a valid model to be copied in all countries where institutions, research and companies work on technological platforms to get closer the industrial world to the research.


Asia-Pacific School

“Managing International Strategic
Partnerships in Higher Education”
University of Hong Kong
7-12 October 2018

The Asia-Pacific School will focus on international strategic partnerships between higher education institutions from the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and from Europe.

This one-week leadership and management development programme for fast track mid-career to senior managers, brings together professionals from across Asia-Pacific and Europe.

It will be of great interest to senior university managers who are working on strengthening partnerships between European universities and universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Participants will see from the programme that this is reflected in the various plenary sessions and the case institutional studies that will be used throughout the School. They will gain insights from a range of different types of international partnerships; participants will discuss issues related to their governance and management and look at the new opportunities offered through transnational online education.

Further information on the 2018 EFMD-HUMANE Asia-Pacific School as well as a flyer describing the initiative and the programme are available at:


The 2018 RSA Russian conference will be held 22-23 October 2018 and takes place within the Russian All Russia Strategic Forum in St Petersburg. The All Russia Strategic Forum is the premier event in regional policy and development to be held annually.

Attended by Ministers of State, it brings together the key players within Russia supplemented by key speakers from other territories and representing organisations such as The World Bank, OECD and other meta-level players.

The Forum has been held annually since 2002 and has already firmly and justifiably gained the right to be regarded as the main platform for the discussion of methods and tools of strategic planning, as well as constructive analysis on the most important and sensitive problems of strategic plans and complex projects implementation in urban development of the Russian Federation. More information is available on the Forum website:

The RSA Russia Conference is delighted to have been invited to host an academic conference within this prestigious event which offers a unique opportunity for meaningful knowledge exchange between the worlds of academia, policy, and practice, and which offers unparalleled access to key figures in our fields. Participants may register for either event and will have free access to the sessions of both events. All refreshment breaks will be taken together to maximise the chance of interaction.

This conference will bring together researchers and practitioners from different countries interested in urban and regional development, new development path creation, and urban and regional resilience.



2-4 OCTOBER 2018

BENEFIQ proposes a three-track program co-created with stakeholders of the sector. Under the theme of the future of food, the conference offers a wide range of sessions that focus on current issues, innovative solutions, and future challenges. Presented by industry experts and internationally renowned scientists, these sessions will provide attendees with exclusive and valuable information about the most recent developments in research, innovation, and market trends in Canada and around the world.

The international rendezvous on health ingredients will be held from 2-4 October 2018, at the Quebec City Convention Centre in Canada. Anchored in Quebec City’s reputation for excellence in food and health, BENEFIQ is a must-attend event sparking synergy among scientists and industry professionals from sthis rapidly evolving sector. For this fourth edition, the program, co-created with industry stakeholders, was devised around the broad theme of “The Future of Food”. and includes:

  • an innovation hall (expo) focused on knowledge and innovation in the sector

  • personalized business meetings (B2B-R2B) to connect research and industry stakeholders, promote partnerships and maximize opportunities both locally and internationally
    social activities to promote exchange and networking in a convivial atmosphere
    joint event, the first edition of “GREEN FOOD TECH 2018, sustainable processes for the food of tomorrow”.
  • BENEFIQ is for stakeholders involved in the sectors of health food and ingredients, nutritional supplements, cosmeceutical and nutrition. Researchers, industry professionals, distributors, investors, health professionals, socio-economic development agents are invited to this major event at the crossroads of science and industry.

Why participate:

To update and increase your knowledge about the field and find out about the latest breakthroughs and trends
To discuss advances and challenges in the industry
To take advantage of numerous business and scientific networking opportunities
To meet future partners, investors, clients and distributors
To meet and discuss with international leaders in the sector
To take advantage of an international platform specifically designed for the health ingredients sector.

More information at:


Regional Studies Association (RSA)
Travel Support Scheme

There is an opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £500 funding towards your travel costs (transport only) to attend a non-RSA event. This grant is a fantastic opportunity to help towards your travel costs to present your work, network, and participate at worldwide non-RSA events within the field.

In offering these awards, the Regional Studies Association is seeking to promote and encourage research and dissemination activities, both within and across trans-national borders and to further the overall aims and objectives of the Association. A maximum of two applications can be awarded per round. Those who are not successful are welcome to reapply. Recipients of the travel grant must be a member of the Association at the time of the application and at the time of travel (non-members are encouraged to apply and join at the same time). Only one grant can be awarded every five years of membership. Please be aware that the event you wish to attend needs to be held a minimum of six weeks after the Travel Grant application deadline has passed. You can read reports from past RSA Travel Grant awardees in the section “Previous Awards”.

Forthcoming application deadlines:

30 November 2018
28 February 2019
31 May 2019
13 September 2019
29 November 2019