The III International Triple Helix Summit 2020 welcomes submissions

Join us in Bologna at the 2020 Triple Helix Summit, where global leaders from academia, industry and policy will discuss how to build and grow regional innovative ecosystems to tackle world grand challenges!

The Call for submissions:
The Summit welcomes abstracts for scientific papers,  practical cases and posters coming from Industry, Academia and Governmental institutions.


  1. Boosting sustainable development through smart partnerships
  2. Building and growing regional innovation ecosystems through industrial specialization and collaborations
  3. Responsible Research and Innovation, stakeholders’ engagement and social innovation practices in regional ecosystems
  4. Empowering local communities through big data, internet of things and artificial intelligence
  5. Global and local impacts of entrepreneurial universities
  6. Finding a balance between urban and rural sustainable development
  7. Building the cities of the future trough smart infrastructures and sustainable planning
  8. Industry 4.0 and the next manufacturing revolution
  9. Circular Economy, Industrial symbiosis and ecosystem services for the sustainable development of regions, cities and industrial districts

You may submit your contributions in the following categories by Thursday, 30th April 2020:

  • Academic papers: Academic research (theoretical and/or empirical)
  • Practical case studies: Cases addressing the interactions between research, policy and practice (with emphasis on successes/challenges, good/bad practices, current and future implications for industry and society). We encourage submissions from academics, practitioners and policy-makers
  • Posters: Visual summaries of academic papers and practical case studies


Consult the Guidelines at this link

Submit your abstract at this link




Key note speakers

Pre-conference program

A series of workshops are planned as follows, for the 23th November and are free of charge for all Summit delegates.

Triple Helix Scenario Planning and Multi-stakeholder Engagement

ORGANIZER: Prof. Emanuela TodevaDirector Research Centre for Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development, UK

MAIN CONTENTS: Participant interactions will explore how to understand problems in their context of unfolding scenarios, and how to build and mobilise multi-stakeholder coalitions capable to address complex situations.

Towards a specific strategy for the Entrepreneurial University

ORGANIZER: Dr. Christiane Gebhardt, Member of the Executive Committee of the Triple Helix Association, Switzerland; Dr. Adrian Solomon, Deputy Director, SEERC, Greece

MAIN CONTENTS: Learn about the Concept: The University of the Future; Discuss the criteria (according to OECD, EU); Self Assessment and reflection; Strategy process (Tips and Tricks on how to run it); Learn about Entrepreneurial University in Triple Helix Constellations/Innovation Cluster and Smart Cities: Case;  Current research questions in the field

Conducting and Publishing Impactful Research in the Triple Helix Context

ORGANIZER: Prof. Riccardo Fini, University of Bologna, Italy

MAIN CONTENTS: First, senior academics will address both challenges and opportunities of conducting research on university-industry-government interactions. Then, junior academics will present their papers, receiving feedback on their research.

 “eTime” Master Class: Introduction to a train-the-trainer program to realize an entrepreneurial eco-system in a triple helix environment

ORGANIZER: Klaus Sailer, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and CEO of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE), Germany

MAIN CONTENTS: The triple helix approach requires new ways of thinking, new collaboration structures and new holistic processes in its implementation. This requires masterminds, pioneers and designers who can motivate, convince and train as many actors as possible to use the possibilities of a triple helix society. The focus here is on entrepreneurial, responsible approaches that use the innovative power of the players involved to promote social change through collaboration in order to create a livable, ecologically sustainable and economically successful future.

eTime is a master-class that shows educators, decision-makers and coaches from science, business and politics principles, competencies and the necessary mindset of entrepreneurship actors. In parallel, concepts, methods and tools from the field of societal entrepreneurship are presented and applied. In practical exercises, the participants learn to pass on these insights to students, employees and partners.

Consult the pre-conference program here :

Since seats are limited an early pre-registration is recommended via the Summit online registration form


All the authors presenting at the Summit a scientific paper, a poster or a practical case will be considered for our Triple Helix Awards, conceived to acknowledge and give international exposure to the “best in class” from Academia, Industry and Government  via the Triple Helix Association multichannel outreach.
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Palazzo Re Enzo is located in the heart of Medieval Bologna, in the historical atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore and has always been the hub of the city’s economic and social activities. It was built between 1244 and 1246 as an extension of the other municipal buildings and just three years later, it became the ‘residence’ of the King Enzo of Sardinia, son of Emperor Frederick II, who lived in the building for twenty-three years until his death in 1272.

Publication opportunities

  • Triple Helix Journal, Brill |Sense
  • Triple Helix Best Practice Series
  • Hélice Magazine

Sponsorship opportunities

Here is a non-exhaustive list of sponsorship opportunities for Industries, Universities, Political or Cultural Institutions that wish to give their contribution to the III International Triple Helix Summit:

  • Conference sessions (Co-branded paper/case session; Panel/round table discussion; Sponsored Workshop)
  • Sponsored Awards
  • Advertisement and venue customization (Visibility of Sponsor’s logo)
  • Conference material
  • Social opportunities

Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss sponsorship packages tailored to fit your needs at summit2020(at)

Why to join

  • To get international visibility and scientific recognition for your organization projects, results and achievements
  • To network with policy shapers, scholars, practitioners and their institutions at international level involved in innovation and growth in the realm of the Triple/Quadruple Helix
  • To learn from the experience of other international peers and from the latest research and practical developments

Online registration are open at :

Early bird fee available up until 29th June 2020

Special discount is granted to THA individual members (10%) and THA organizational members (20%).
For more information, please contact *email address protected*



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