ETHAC: First Triple Helix Congress on Responsible Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Thessaloniki, Greece

30 September – 1 October 2019

The Triple Helix Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Triple Helix Congress on Responsible Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ETHAC2019) organised in cooperation with the South East European Research Centre during 30 September – 1 October 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The mission of ETHAC is to mobilise knowledge and innovation transfer to the global market by enabling international triple helix interactions where academics, innovators, industry, entrepreneurs, investors, governments and policy makers actively engage in innovation co-production and transfer.ETHAC2019 is targeting EU Funded Projects and Consortia on Responsible Research and Innovation as well as Entrepreneurship.

The congress will feature keynote speakers including:

  • Professor Loet Leydesdorff (Professor Emeritus, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Global Pioneer of the Quadruple Helix Model with more than 44 000 citations)
  • Professor Martin Jones (Trustee, Regional Studies Association and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University, United Kingdom)
  • Dr Dimitri Corpakis (Former senior European Union official at DG Research, Brussels, Belgium)
  • Professor Lenny Koh (Director, Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre and World Leader in environmental sustainability, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)

We will push the frontiers of triple helix interactions in the most pressing worldwide challenges in terms of innovation development processes and its outcomes.

Submissions are encouraged around the main topics of the congress which include:


Regional and national innovation systems 

* Triple, quadruple, quintuple, n-tuple helix advances, hybrid organizations and multi-stakeholder groups

* Smart specialization and policy making

* Knowledge and technology transfer

* Developing innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems

* University-industry collaboration

* Science and technological parks


Advances in responsible research and innovation components

* Responsible innovation, open access, gender equality, science education, civic engagement in research

* Governance

* Open science

* Territorial responsible research and innovation


Fostering sustainable development goals through responsible innovation and entrepreneurship 

* Circular economy and circular business models

* Lean startups and environmentally sustainable entrepreneurship

* Smart cities and sustainable development

* Social innovation and sustainable development

* Multi-stakeholder partnerships in light of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Entrepreneurship, startups and scale-ups 

* Cross-cultural understanding of innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability

* Financing innovations and entrepreneurial ventures

* Entrepreneurship and the knowledge based economy


Disruptive technologies and responsible innovation 

* Blockchain

* Organisational productivity

* Industry 4.0

* Smart and transparent contracts


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Deadline for short/full paper submission 13th May 2019





Boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, supporting the business group strategies of the EC

30 September 2019   –   1 October 2019

Thessaloniki, Greece


The Triple Helix Association is pleased to announce the call for registrations for the HLX4EU Jean Monnet sponsored workshop on Boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, supporting the business growth strategies of the European Commission (in particular young innovative SMEs). 

This workshop will take place during 30 September 2019 – 1 October 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece, in conjunction with the European Triple Helix Congress on Responsible Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ETHAC2019)

Access to the HLX4EU workshop presentations is given FREE to a limited number of applicants.  In order to apply, please write a 1000-word memo answering the following question: “What should the European Commission do (policy wise) in order to boost innovation and entrepreneurship?”

The memo should be sent by email to *email address protected* with a specific mentioning in the title of the email that the application is seeking the HLX4EU Jean-Monnet workshop.

The selected participants for the HLX4EU workshop will also be given full access (to attend) all the sessions, keynotes and workshops of ETHAC2019.

Benefits from attending:

  • Engage with top speakers and regional, national and EU policy makers
  • Co-create with like-minded stakeholders interested in innovation and entrepreneurship policies
  • Learn what are the latest challenges and trends in EU policy making on innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Network with future project partners, innovators, academics and industry representatives

For more information please contact:

*email address protected*.


Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515

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