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The THA has a new board for 2020-2022

During the period of November-December 2019, we have run the online elections to appoint 6 new members of the THA Executive Committee, the main governing body of the association.

10 candidates presented their agenda for the elections and the THA General Assembly (composed of all THA paid members) have been invited to cast its vote for one of them via an online app.

We are pleased to officially announce the final results of the voting process.

Congratulations to Yuzhuo Cai, Tampere University (FI), Marcelo Amaral, Fluminence Federal University (Brazil), Dimitri Corpakis former EU official and independent policy advisor (BE), Christiane Gebhardt, Drees & Sommer (CH), Emanuele Fiore, Italian National Research Council (IT), Branca Terra, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the new elected Executive Committee members who will govern the THA for the next 2 years together with the President Henry Etzkowitz , the Vice-Presidents Emanuele Todeva and Mariza Almeida and the Secretary General Riccardo Viale.

Thanks to all the THA membership constituency for their active participation in the elections: 77% of those having right to participate to the elections, have casted their vote!



Prof. MARCELO GONCALVES DO AMARAL, Associate Professor, Fluminense Federal University, Institute of Human and Social Sciences, Department of Administration, (Brazil)

Actions proposed:

Triple Helix needs more academic development to reach a critical mass and be recognized as a global approach to supporting spheres’ actors to create technologies, innovation, and economic development. One relevant aspect is to develop comparatives studies among different countries to map the dissemination, experiences, and the evolution of the topic. A second aspect is the development of more practical tools to support entrepreneurs, managers, and policymakers, like the Amaral’s Model for Innovation Environments Management (AMIEM), useful to managers of techparks and innovation ecosystems/habitats to discuss regional economic development.


Dr YUZHUO CAI, Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the Higher Education Group (HEG), Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, (Finland)

Actions proposed:

  • To make mature the Triple Helix scenario game training as a useful tool for practitioners and policy-makers to learn how to use Triple Helix model in improving their engagement in innovation. Only THA members are authorised to use the Triple Helix Scenario training tool.
  • To develop effective information sharing mechanisms regarding funding opportunities, job offers, publications and events etc.
  • To have the Triple Helix Journal included in major index databases, offering THA members Article Publication charge (APC) exemption.
  • To make the THA community a gateway between multiple networks of innovation research and practice, through developing collaborative relations with other associations/networks on innovation studies and innovation policy on a global scale.
  • To fully make use of THA as a multidisciplinary and boundary crossing community to provide members continuous sources of inspirations for creative ideas and innovation.


Dr DIMITRI CORPAKISIndependent expert, advising on innovation, growth and technological change. (Belgium)

Actions proposed:

  • The Triple Helix Association is an organisation with a strong unfulfilled potential. Born out of a brilliant academic concept, it has not yet delivered its full power to society. The concept itself has become a well-accepted and ubiquitous factor of socio-economic development, especially in the context of Western societies, while gathering increasing traction in developing countries. Yet, most will agree that the Association itself has not yet won the place it deserves in the academic and policymaking circles that influence decision-making. Membership is rather low and diffusion of key messages has difficulties to take-off.
  • Other similar organisations display a healthier performance (e.g. Innovation Excellence, Peter Drucker Forum, World Economic Forum, INGSA etc.). We need to have a thorough review of the THA, its structures, profile, branding, activities, presentation, delivery of services and key messages. We need to review our potential and put forward our key selling points. This will allow the THA to find a new path to a better performance. I think that I could contribute to such an effort.


Dr EMANUELE FIORE, Expert of R&D and Innovation Strategy – Science Diplomacy/Policy, Italian National Research Council (CNR) (Italy)

Actions proposed:

Conscious of the great potential of the triple-helix model created in recent years, my candidacy wants to have as an ambition a broader vision of the Model of THA with the model “Network of Network” to be presented to the European and World clusters on the technology transfer.


Dr CHRISTIANE GEBHARDT, Consultant, Member and Strategic Advisor of the Triple Helix Association, and Associated Editor of the Triple Helix Journal (Germany)

Actions proposed:
Publication Pipeline:
• Develop and Set up Triple Helix Comparative Studies for urban and regional as well as institutional (entrepreneurial Universities) cases and involve young researchers (TH Journal Special Issues).
• Further chapter acquisition and proposal coaching
• Drive the TH visiting scholar program in the TH world
• Fundraising
Research Fields:
•Technology and Policy Impact Analysis: Impact of digitalization programs and AI on different science and industry fields, research methods and academic knowledge production and teaching.
•Urban / Regional Innovation Studies: Dissemination and operationalization of the entrepreneurial discovery process EDP and smart specialization R3 with a triple helix approach.
•Management Studies: Strategy implementation and organizational development in innovation and entrepreneurship


Prof. BRANCA TERRA, Coordinator of the The Chapter Brazil 2018 – 2020 of the Triple Helix Association, Helice Book Reviewer,  and researcher on triple helix model (Brazil)

Actions proposed:

  • New activities ― I intend to organize technical visits to several research parks, firms and universities that develop triple helix model in their organizational framework, in order to observe the best practical initiatives.
  •  New projects ― I intend to develop three new projects in Brazil, linked with the GEUM Project, named: (1) Entrepreneurial University – A Proposal for S, T & I Indicators, where the main objective is to identify, validate and propose S, T & I indicators that define the maturity stage of the entrepreneurial university model in Brazilian universities and (2) Entrepreneurial Universities – A Study of the Universities of the State of Rio de Janeiro participating in the Evaluation of the S&T Ministry; (3) Sports Innovation with the support of the Brazillian Federal Agency; (4) To apply the Triple Helix Model to evaluate the Brazil, Portugal and Israel ecosystem.
  • Networking ― I intend to disseminate the Triple Helix Model in local groups and to make bigger the participation of different areas` persons in the Triple Helix activities.
  • Promotion ― I am organizing the proposal for The Brazilian Chapter of Triple Helix 2020 2022 and I intend to start the activities next semester.
  • Membership recruitment ― I intend to encourage researches, students and entrepreneurs to establish a collaborative relationship with universities, businesses and government, observing the Triple Helix Model.



A new coalition for boosting entrepreneurship education in Europe

Most university entrepreneurship courses still focus on the creation of new ventures. We believe that professors and students can benefit from a more holistic and personal development oriented approach that applies not only to starting a new company, but also more broadly to students for whom the entrepreneurial mindset will be of value even if they do not plan to start a company.

The eTime initiative, finance by the European Commission (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises -EASME), and implemented by a coalition of 8 organizations, will offer to HEI educators a flexible blended learning train the trainer program (introductory workshop, a number of time- and location-flexible basic and advanced on-site modules, accompanied by virtual teaching formats, and personal mentoring) and a set of tools (open community platform, toolkit and MOOCs) to boost their capacity to deliver compelling and holistic entrepreneurship education courses.
The approach of the coalition embraces experiential learning to build skills and attitudes such as problem-solving, human empathy, teamwork, communication, self-efficacy, adaptability, alertness, tenacity, and resilience.

THA is partner of the eTime coalition together with Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (leading the coalition); Universidade de Aveiro; Lulea University of Technology; Athens University of Economics and Business; Tampere University of Applied Sciences; Technopolis Group;  J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia plus 7 external experts/organizations supporting the coalition.

If you wish to have more information about the project or host a thematic Workshop in your institution, please get in touch: *email address protected*





Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515


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