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THA members and member organisations can save an additional 10% or 20%.
please contact Maria Laura Fornaci (*email address protected*) for more details.

Cape Town is well known for Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and its magnificent beaches.  Surrounded by mountains and hills, oceans and winelands, there are many sites and places to visit while you attend the XVII Triple Helix International Conference on 9 -11 September 2019.


The conference will be hosted in a rather unique venue, the Cape Town Stadium, located in Green Point close to the ocean and with the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain.  The stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and has since been home to two of the local soccer teams.  The SA Innovation Summit conference host, has also held their annual event here over the last three years.  The Cape Town Stadium creates a euphoric atmosphere for all delegates with breath-taking views of the pitch and city centre.  2019’s Triple Helix Conference is one to definitely remember and an opportunity to embrace all that beautiful Africa has to offer.


The programme is shaping up, and the conference organising committee is proud to host high level keynote speakers, both local and international.



Dr Phil Mjwara
The Department of Science and Technology
South Africa

Dr Thulani Dlamini
Chief Executive Officer
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
South Africa


Dr Christiane Gebhardt
Head of Global Initiatives
Malik International AG


Professor Sally Davenport
Professor of Management
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand


Professor Henry Etzkowitz
The Triple Helix Association


www.triple-helix.co.za         *email address protected*         Mobile/WhatsApp: +27827081960


Dr Phil Mjwara

Director-General, The Department of Science and Technology


Dr Mjwara is responsible for all policy development in the science and technology sector in South Africa, as well as the portfolio management and governance of South Africa’s systems of government laboratories.  His responsibilities include the management of the South African science and technology official development assistance, the driving of the implementation of South Africa’s National Research and Development Strategy, and the management of South Africa’s new DST Ten Year Innovation Plan.  He has published and presented numerous papers on physics, technology analysis and foresighting related topics.  He serves on the Board of the World of Platinum of South Africa and the Council of the University of Johannesburg.


Dr Thulani Dlamini

Chief Executive Officer, The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)


Dr Dlamini is no stranger to CSIR having previously served the organisation with distinction for many years.  He joined CSIR in 2005 as Head of the National Laser Centre and was later appointed as Group Executive of Research and Development.  He moved to Sasol, where he was Executive Manager: Research and Development, and later became Vice-President for Strategic Research and Technology.  Dr Dlamini is a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and the South African Academy of Science.


Dr Christiane Gebhardt

Head of Global Initiatives, Malik International AG, Switzerland


Dr Christiane Gebhardt is a Member and Strategic Advisor of the Triple Helix Association.  She is the Associate Editor of the Triple Helix – an open access Journal of University-Industry-Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  Christiane holds a doctoral degree in political sciences with a focus on comparative technology policy and polity.  She is Vice President at Malik International 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 of innovation clusters, as well as governance systems and operational management for mastering complex projects such as climate policy implementation, digital transformation and smart (human centred) city development.


Professor Sally Davenport

Professor of Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


Professor Davenport is the Director of the New Zealand National Science Challenge “Science for Technological Innovation” which aims to increase the nation’s capacity to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth.  She has research interests covering the commercialisation of scientific research, entrepreneurship, and the growth of high-tech firms, innovation strategy and policy.  She has published widely in the strategy, innovation and technology management literatures.  Sally is also a Commissioner with the NZ Productivity Commission.  In 2018, she was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for her services to science.


Professor Henry Etzkowitz

President, The Triple Helix Association


Professor Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the ‘Entrepreneurial University’ and ‘Triple Helix’ concepts that link university with industry and government at national and regional levels.  As President of the Triple Helix Association, he is at the centre of a unique international network of several hundred scholars and practitioners of university-industry-government relations.  Henry is also the co-founder of the Triple Helix International

Conference Series, which has produced a series of books, special journal issues, and policy analyses since it started in Amsterdam in 1996.

It is going to be a diverse and inclusive conversation on how we can leverage the triple helix model for socio-economic development for the continent through the creation of innovation ecosystems.  One of the key touch points for this conference is to develop a Legacy Project of the Entrepreneurial University.  Theme 1 of the conference themes: The Role of the Entrepreneurial University and University-Industry-Government Interactions in the XXI Century’s Economic Development Agendas, explores this with many papers providing perspectives from different countries around the world.  The hope is to develop a blueprint that can be used in South Africa and the rest of the world.


Director and Co-founder of the International Triple Helix Institute (ITHI)

Professor Zhou is Director and Co-founder of the International Triple Helix Institute (ITHI). After a BS in physics and MS in science education, she worked with Professor Changshu Chen, both Renmin University and Northeastern Universities of China, founder of the technological innovation and technological
philosophy research fields in China, receiving a PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in 2000.
She published From Science to Technology: the Scientific Basis in the Technological Era (Northeastern University Press, 2002), based on her dissertation. In 86 publications since 1997, Dr Zhou’s key contributions include the “triple helix field”, “government-pulled triple helix,” “triple helix circulation” concepts as well as “Triple Helix Twins for innovation and sustainability” (with Henry Etzkowitz). She is also co-editor Social Entrepreneurship, Springer, 2014) and co-author Triple Helix: University-Industry-Government Interactions, 2nd edition London: Routledge, 2018.





Global Entrepreneurial University Metrics Initiative

 Universities in developed and developing countries have been increasing the collaboration between the three institutional spheres of industry, academia and government, recognizing the importance of entrepreneurial activities.  This panel discussion will explore this international phenomenon in a more systemic way in order to understand the specific and general characteristics of entrepreneurial universities considering the different contexts, such as: strategies, culture and practices to become more entrepreneurial, evaluation and indicators to express this trend, balance between social and business activities.


Opportunities and Challenges in Operationalising the Triple Helix model at Regional Level: the Experience of the Triple Helix Association Chapters

 A panel discussion to shed a light on how the Triple Helix model has been routed in different local contexts by some of the Triple Helix Association Chapters, in order to boost their innovation ecosystem.  It intends to elicit the blockages, breakthroughs and achievements faced and reached by Chapters in operationalizing the Triple Helix model including the different TH constellation and orchestration put in place, and the expected impact in the long term.


Re-Inventing Africa’s Development: Linking Africa to the Korean Development Model

Dr Jong-Dae Park,
ambassador at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea


An open access book which analyses the development problems of Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) from the eyes of a Korean diplomat with knowledge of the economic growth Korea has experienced in recent decades.  In exploring an approach based on mind-set and nation-building, rather than unity, the author suggests new solutions for SSA’s economic growth, inspired by Korea’s successful economic growth model much of which is focused on industrialisation.






Early Career Researcher


 XVII THC2019 in Cape Town, South Africa 

Early Career Researchers (including full-time doctoral students) at the XVII Triple Helix International Conference in Cape Town, September 2019 (THC2019) are invited to submit their paper for the Triple Helix Association (THA) 2019 Early Career Researcher (ECR) Best Paper Award.

Eligible authors who have registered for THC2019 will be considered for the Award.  To be eligible as an Early Career Researcher (ECR), you must be on a full-time doctoral study course in a field related to functions within Triple Helix or have completed your PhD between January 1, 2018 and May 5, 2019.  If you already work or have accepted an academic position you may still apply.

While papers co-authored with others are eligible, the Early Career Researcher submitting the paper must be the primary author and presenter.

The Award Committee will comprise international academics, and will assess papers using a blind review process and criteria of originality, conceptual and methodological quality, and applications and implications for Triple Helix models, concepts and approaches.


Why participate?

The best paper author will receive a signed and stamped official award certificate by the Triple Helix Association (THA) to be given out at the gala dinner; announcement of their achievement on the THA website and online collaterals and by THC2019 media outreach; and a one-year free membership of THA.  (If already a THA member, then this award will add one year to the current membership.)

To learn more on the benefits, read the interview with Sergio Manrique, the winner of the ECR Award 2018, at www.triplehelix association.org/news/interview-with-the-2018-tha-ecr-award-winner

To enter, submit the full paper to *email address protected* by 14 July 2019.



Formatting:  All papers must be received in the same format and should:

  1. Have a title page followed by the body of the paper (Abstract – 250 words double space).
  2. Papers to be considered for the award should be between 6,000-8,000 words, submitted in a journal style (with title, author names and affiliations, date, abstract, text, references, and any tables and figures).
  3. See Triple Helix Journal Author Guidelines: https://brill.com/fileasset/downloads_products/Author_Instructions/THJ.pdf
  4. In case the author has already submitted an abstract in response to the XVII call for paper, the title and abstract should be the same as, or substantially similar to, the abstract already accepted by the THC2019 Scientific Committee.
  5. The paper should be submitted in Word, DOC, DOCX, or RTF formats, written in English, double-spaced, with a standard font size (at least 11 point), any standard font, and a standard referencing style.
  6. The submitted paper should be original and not already published in a journal at the time of submission to the THA2019 Best Paper Award competition. The Triple Helix Journal will be pleased to consider the awarded paper and other submissions for publication.


Deadline: Papers for the Best Paper Award competition should be submitted by 14 July 2019 to *email address protected*.

For more information, contact the organising committee at *email address protected*.




Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515

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