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The Triple Helix Association Research Project on the emergence, evolution, and impact of the Coronavirus pandemic draws on multiple dimensions. It tries to identify the multiple patterns through which governments, academia, and business communities, individually and collectively, through their interactions, [Triple Helix Model], reacted to the evolving threat: the ways these actions were structured, their quality and resilience, as well as their relevance for society. The project will capture, as much as possible, the social and health, economic, urban and environmental and governance aspects of the crisis, and how these impact, in positive or negative terms, the evolution of the overall situation.

Societal, cultural and economic approaches in confronting COVID-19 appear to vary in different parts of the world, as well as the impact of similar measures implemented in diverse regions produce varying results.

Therefore, this study will focus on the multiple response patterns of the triple helix agents during the timeline of the Covid-19 pandemic: (i) Pre-COVID; (ii) COVID and, (iii) Post-COVID.

The major project elements include:

  • Case studies identifying actions of the triple helix actors: Who?, Why?, How? and When?
  • A survey related to COVID-19 and the science and innovation systems, to reflect the triple helix interactions perspective.
  • A comprehensive Covid-19 literature review
  • Comparative analysis in European, Asian, and Latin American societies
  • Forums to disseminate the results.

The project impact is projected to include:

  • A set of policy recommendations in the light of lessons learnt from the COVID-19 crisis response
  • A scenario design of the effectiveness of key actors actions (government, industry and academia) in relation to the threats posed by the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The build of resilience of the triple helix actors in the socio-economic system and how these can be enhanced and replicated to encourage best practice the long term.

Download the COVID19 research project presentation at:(

If you are interested in joining the research team, email: Maria Laura Fornaci, *email address protected* and Claudia Olvera, claudia.olvera(at)



This survey has the scope to better understand the expectations of the Triple Helix Community: what are the satisfactions/dissatisfactions, and how/where participants would like to engage in the future. To this end, the Executive Committee of THA is discussing activities and projects to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our Association and the community, and, at the same time, take advantage of opportunities that could emerge in the “new normal” economy.
Please take ten minutes, to answer the online survey to help us serve better your interests:



Would you like to be part of the organizing team of the III International Virtual Summit 2020; get exposed to international high level scholars, practitioners and policy makers; and have an amazing learning experience from the back stage of an International Event?
We are looking for student volunteers to provide remote support in the organization and delivery of the III International Triple Helix Virtual Summit 2020, 24-26 November 2020.
If you have a good command of the English language, any experience with the organization of online meetings (via Zoom or Teams), are passionate about technology and eager to learn how a virtual international event is organized, you are the right candidate.
To apply, please send your CV to Maria Laura Fornaci (mlaura.fornaci(at) by 30 September 2020.
Selected candidates will have the opportunity to attend the Summit free of charge, and have a one year free THA membership.



Professor Tariq S Durrani, OBE, FRSE, FREng, FTWAS and Foreign Mem US NAE, of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, and member of the Triple Helix Association, has been made a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IKE).

The Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IKE) is the professional body for innovators in the UK. It accredits and certifies innovation practices, offers business solutions and delivers a range of executive education and training programme to organisations to strengthen and accelerate their innovation capability.




The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has recently launched the EIT Crisis Response Initiative, which mobilize EUR 60 million of additional funding to innovators powering high-impact solutions that tackle this unprecedented social and economic challenge. The financing will allow the launch of new innovation projects to address the immediate crisis as part of the ‘Pandemic Response Projects’, and will support highly innovative start-ups, scale-ups, and SMEs crucial to the economy’s fast recovery to benefit from additional funding under the ‘Venture Support Instrument’.

You can find more information on the EIT Crisis Response Initiative at:

The new EIT initiative consists of two main tracks of activities to be implemented by the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities across Europe:

  • Venture Support Instrument: Start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs have been enormously impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with investment drying up and significant cash flow issues emerging. Additional EIT support (financing, technical assistance and network) will help highly innovative ventures weather the crisis and accelerate their growth.
  • Pandemic Response Projects: More than ever, innovations and new solutions are needed to tackle the current crisis and prevent its resurgence. The EIT ecosystem is agile and will mobilise innovators to address the COVID-19 crisis impact, both in terms of the immediate health concerns and the wider response needed.

The EUR 60 million financing will power innovations in health, climate change, digitisation, food, sustainable energy, urban mobility, manufacturing and raw materials. Reflecting the EIT innovation model’s flexibility, the EIT’s eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities have responded decisively to the crisis and will launch additional pan-European calls for these activities in the coming weeks.


Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515


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