Workshop on Innovative place-based Triple Helix Approaches for Regional Development through Smart Specialisation Strategies

The School of Business and Society at St Mary’s University in the UK, in cooperation with the Triple Helix Association, and with the support from Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (Jean Monet Action), is inviting participants to present cases and join a debate on

Innovative place-based Triple Helix approaches for regional development through Smart Specialisation Strategies


This workshop will focus on the role of location specific innovation strategies and engagement between regional Triple Helix constellations of university-industry-government (U-I-G) partnerships, driving economic growth within regional boundaries.  Speakers and participants will compare impact cases of smart specialization across the European regional landscape, and examples of location-driven initiatives worldwide.Speakers will engage in discussion on the: mechanisms for multi-stakeholder engagement; pathways to collaborative strategic planning; barriers to regional development and innovation; place-based strategies for sustainable development; regional dimensions of knowledge exchange and the role of universities; regional innovation policies and the role of intermediaries.  The workshop will seek to identify in which way a genuine Triple Helix approach can reinforce efficient delivery of successful Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

* showcase best practices of place-based strategies and smart specialization in regions and clusters

* take part in roundtable discussions and open debates with representatives from academia, government and business.


Speakers for panels including:

David J Hardman MBE – Honorary Chairman of UKSPA, MD Innovation Birmingham;

Professor Dr Jorge Luis Nicolas Audy – Superintendent for Innovation and Development at PUCRS (Pontifical Catolic University, Brazil);

Paul Krutko – Ann Arbor SPARK’s President and CEO, President, International Association of Science Parks / Areas of Innovation (IASP)

Andrew Basu-McGowan – policy lead for innovation and place at the National Centre for Universities and Business (UNCB);

Dr Dimitri Corpakis – former senior European Commission official specialising in innovation, growth and technological change;

Dr Phil Tomlinson – SFHEA, Associate Professor in Business Economics, Deputy Director, Centre for Governance, Regulation and Industrial Strategy (CGR&IS), University of Bath;

Dr Federica Rossi – Birkbeck College, University of London;

Professor Slavo Radosevic – UCL, London;

Dr Muthu De Silva – Birkbeck College, University of London;

Professor Birgitte Andersen – CEO and CoCreator Big Innovation Centre;

Dr Felicia Fai – University of Bath.


All panels are expected to bring live discussions across the university-industry-government spectrum of stakeholders.

Participants can register for the workshop (free of charge), and can submit their proposals for poster presentations or taking part in one of the Roundtable discussion.

Science Parks managers can bring-in pull-up banners demonstrating the engagement between key players shaping local innovation ecosystems.  Local Enterprise Partnerships can discuss their industrial strategies with experts from the triple helix community and experts shaping place-based local economic development strategies.  Catapult managers can present the sectoral translation of smart specialization and the localized impact for university-industry interactions.



Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515

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