Dear Readers

This release of Hélice opens up the full range of formats and activities of the Triple Helix Association, its chapters and its members.  The main upcoming event of the year, the XVII Triple Helix Conference 2019 “Triple Helix – a Catalyst for Change”, will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 9-11 September.  The key issue on the agenda of many regions around the world is brought to the center of attention.  What should be the policy in science and technology to ensure sustainable economic growth?  This raises the question of design of institutions and often creation of communities and transformation of social structures, so that they become more susceptible to new solutions, organizational changes and technologies.  Everyone who tries to meet this challenge will be brought together by the Cape Town conference agenda.

Association is the most efficient format for disseminating new approaches.  The Association, as a group of researchers and practitioners, analyzes not only the challenges in the field of socio-economic development and innovation, it also focuses intellectual resources on innovative strategies for specific regions and territories, helping stakeholders to make sense of processes and initiatives that are implemented in the format of multilateral interaction and collaborative design.  For example, the recent workshop “Innovative place-based Triple Helix for regional development through Smart Specialization Strategies” aimed to determine how a Triple Helix approach can enhance the effective implementation of successful Smart Specialization strategies.

The work formats of the Association support the transfer of knowledge and new solutions between scientists, innovators, industry, entrepreneurs, investors, and the government.  In this Hélice you can get acquainted with the agenda of the upcoming events – the XVII Triple Helix International Conference, “Innovative and Strategic Strategies”; the Triple Helix Congress and the Responsible Innovation (ETHAC2019), Workshop “Boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, supporting the business group strategies of the EC”.

Interviews and articles in this issue raise key points in implementing the Triple Helix model.  An interview with Professor Arabella Bhutto “Bridging Academic Inventors – TTO Managers Schism: The Lean Canvas for Invention” is an excellent example of specific steps to overcome the innovative gap between academia and industry, change the formats of research teams’ activities, overcome their isolation, and find the TTO function in the university in the country with emerging science and technology policy.  This is an example of retaining the scale of the work of a single research team based on the LCI mechanism and the scale of interaction of all TH actors, tracing their functions to stimulate the use of advanced technologies in the national economy.

Olga Sudibor from Turan University (Kazakhstan) draws attention to the transformation of the university, taking into account clusters creation, changes in industrial policy and state priorities in the field of education.  There is a specialization on university educational programs with a parallel concentration of advanced research competencies at Nazarbayev University, and sustaining a minimum quality of research infrastructure in regional universities. The author raises the important question of strengthening universities’ orientation towards the development of the country’s innovation capacity and the formation of a national innovation system, as well as the implementation of the Triple Helix model on a national scale in an environment where the higher education sector will internationalize faster than the industry becomes capable of creating jobs, including for foreign citizens who have been trained in universities of Kazakhstan.

The South Asia Triple Helix Association draws attention to the mission of the Triple Helix actors – to return to their country a place in the international division of labor corresponding to its economic capacity, which was lost in the previous economic cycle.  SATHA identifies two factors as the most important.  The first is a consistent policy that prevents the randomness of investment in research and, as a result, focuses efforts on specific markets.  In the leading economies of the world, the trend of steady growth in R&D spending in the long-term period makes it possible to take a leading position in export.  Second is the creation of a “consensus space” at the national level on the development of science and technology.

The President of the Triple Helix Association, Henry Etzkowitz, draws attention to key shifts in the understanding of an academic career, moving the focus from demands for scientific productivity to increasing the flexibility of an academic career, the possibility of restoring status and returning to research activities in academic structures after removing attention to family and raising children.  Across the academic world, the focus is on the issue of an effective academic career model against the background of the desire of many governments to transform the “research and development” sector into an investment-attractive and efficient sector.

In this edition, you will find an overview of books and academic papers, as well as an overview of the latest webinar “Innovative place-based Triple Helix Approaches for Regional Development through Smart Specialization”, which discussed Smart Specialization as a management mechanism for bringing together academia and industry, politicians and communities to increase co-benefits, economic progress and contribution to future growth prospects.

In the New THA Members section, we detail who has joined our unique network of knowledge and solutions.

As Editors, we appreciate your interest in the Hélice Magazine, and invite you to publish or submit new items for publication. We would like to strongly encourage our individual members to be engaged in our shared collaborative work of shaping the content of Hélice.  Also, we encourage our regional chapters to look for specific potential contributors from the university-industry-government community and for topics which could be potentially interesting and useful for them.  For further information, please contact Liana Kobzeva (Editor in Chief) at *email address protected*, or Sheila Forbes (Managing Editor) at *email address protected*.


We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Liana Kobzeva
(Editor in Chief)
*email address protected*

 March 2019



Cover:  Shenyang, Peoples Republic of China.  Contributed by Professor Henry Etzkowitz





Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515


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