CALL FOR PROPOSALS XVIII International Triple Helix Conference

XVIII International Triple Helix Conference
Tampere, Finland, 15-17, June 2020

Call for Proposals

The XVIII International Triple Helix Conference 2020Future of Innovation and Innovation for Future, will be held in Tampere University, Finland, on 15-17 June 2020.  (

Tampere University welcomes you to take part in the conference, which unites scholars, policy makers and practitioners to discuss the future directions of innovation.  The 2020 Triple Helix Conference is aimed to evoke both scholarly debates and best practice sharing on how innovation could create a desirable society in the future and how innovation should be understood and approached for achieving such a goal.

The conference will promote dialogue among researchers, policy-makers and practitioners, who are involved in various aspects of innovation ecosystem, for example, with the issues related to the knowledge society, social innovation, technology transfer and innovation policy to name a few.  While the Triple Helix will be a lens to examine various innovation practices and the future of innovation, we welcome those, who either challenge the Triple Helix model or promote alternative approaches of innovation studies.

We are inviting you to submit proposals for individual papers, poster presentations and panel discussions by 15 January 2019.


The concept of the Triple Helix of university-industry-government relationships initiated in the 1990s by Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff, analyzes the shift from a predominant industry-government dyad in Industrial Society to triadic relationships among university-industry-government in the Knowledge Society.

Tracks of the Conference include:

  1. Theoretical foundations and methodological approaches of Triple Helix
  2. Concepts and theories to frame the future of innovation
  3. Innovation in transnational contexts
  4. Innovation for sustainable development goals
  5. University reforms for future innovation
  6. Governance and public policy in shaping future innovative society
  7. Individuals’ role in Triple/Quadruple Helix or future innovation
  8. Other topics related to the theme of the Conference.

The Triple Helix thesis is that the potential for innovation and economic development in a Knowledge Society resides in a more prominent role for the university in innovation and entrepreneurship and in the hybridisation of elements of institutional spheres and actors, generating new institutional and social formats for the production, transfer and utilization of knowledge.

A growing community of researchers, practitioners and policy makers carries the Triple Helix project forward into the twenty-first century through the Triple Helix Association, including Hélice, the Triple Helix Magazine, and the open access Triple Helix Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and various global, regional, and local cognate organizations, for example, The International Triple Helix Institute, Silicon Valley, and its Global Entrepreneurial University Metrics (GEUM) collaboratory project.

For further information,

consult the application guidelines at:

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Henry Etzkowitz   President of Triple Helix Association and the

International Triple Helix Institute, Silicon Valley

Joanna Chataway  Head of Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy,

University College London

Martin Kenney  Distinguished Professor of Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis Senior Project Director at the Berkeley                                                    Roundtable on the International Economy

More information on speakers at:


The Foundation for Economic Education (Liikesivistysrahasto (LSR)) has provided FOUR competitive ”Economic Education Early-Career Conference” Grants of 1000Euro to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers wishing to participate in the Conference.  The candidates can send their abstracts via online form at, with the motivation cover letter to *email address protected*.  The Local Organizing Committee will evaluate the submissions based on academic excellence, novelty and motivation.

Early bird tickets will be available from

30 January 2020 until 15 April 2020.

For additional info visit: *email address protected*

Free Side Events for THC2020 Delegates

In conjunction with the 18th Triple Helix Conference, there will be two events being hosted by Tampere University, that the Triple Helix delegates can attend free of charge:

  • International Forum of Sino-Nordic Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation (15-16 June 2020)
  • International Workshop of Socially Responsible Entrepreneurial University (17-18 June 2020).

More information about the two events will be published later on the conference website.


Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515


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