The School of Business and Society at St Mary’s University in the UK in cooperation with the Triple Helix Association and with the support from Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (Jean Monet Action) is inviting participants to present cases and join the debate on ‘Innovative Place-Based Triple Helix Approaches for Regional Development through Smart Specialisation Strategies’.


This workshop will focus on the role of location specific innovation strategies and engagement between regional Triple Helix constellations of university-industry-government (U-I-G) partnerships, driving economic growth within regional boundaries. Speakers and participants will compare impact cases of smart specialization across the European regional landscape, and examples of location-driven initiatives worldwide.

Speakers will engage in discussions on the: Mechanisms for Multistakeholder engagement; Pathways to collaborative strategic planning; Barriers to regional development and innovation; Place-based strategies for sustainable development; Regional Dimensions of Knowledge Exchange and the Role of Universities; Regional Innovation Policies and the Role of Intermediaries. The workshop will seek to identify in which ways a genuine Triple Helix approach can reinforce efficient delivery of successful Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Programme and Presentations

Day One: Friday 28th June 2019T

09:30  Welcome address

Rt Hon Ruth Kelly: Pro Vice-Chancellor, St Mary’s University 

09:40  Opening Session: Keynote speech - Smart Specialisation: Theory and Practice

Prof. Slavo Radosevic, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, SSEES, UCL
Presentation  YouTube

10:00-11:15  Panel 1:  Focusing on Research and Innovation Players in a Place-Based Policy Development Context

Moderator: Dr Dimitri Corpakis, former EU senior official
  Dr. Federica Rossi, Birkbeck College, University of London
Presentation  YouTube

  Dr. Felicia Fai, University of Bath
Presentation  YouTube

11:45-13:00  Panel 2: Entrepreneurial Universities as Drivers for Smart Specialisation

Moderator: Prof. Nikos Komninos, URENIO, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  Dr. Muthu De Silva, Birkbeck College, University of London
Presentation  YouTube

   Dr. Yuzhuo Cai, Faculty of Management, University of Tampere, Finland
Presentation  YouTube

14:15- 14:40  Keynote Speech – Science Parks, Accelerators and the Triple Helix: How to Make Technology Districts Thrive

Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO, IASP President
Presentation   YouTube

14:40-16:00  Panel 3: The Experience of UK Catapults: Towards High-Powered Innovation

Moderator: David J Hardman MBE – Honorary Chairman of UKSPA, MD Innovation Birmingham 
  Suzi Rigby – UKRI INNOVATEUK, Relationship Manager Health Catapults 
Presentation  YouTube

  Rosa Wilkinson, High Value Manufacturing Catapult 
Presentation  YouTube

  Dr. Catarina Fernandes, Digital Catapult 

Presentation   YouTube

16:30 - 18:00 Panel 4: Local Economic Development, Local Industrial Strategies and the Triple Helix – From Policy Leadership to Key Stakeholders Engagement

Moderator: Andrew Basu-McGowan, policy lead for innovation and place at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)
  Will Lord, Senior Policy Advisor in the Cities and Local Growth Unit, a joint team between BEIS and MHCLG
Presentation  YouTube

  Liz Shutt, Director of Policy at the University of Lincoln and Greater Lincolnshire LEP
Presentation  YouTube

  David J Hardman MBE - Honorary Chairman of UKSPA, MD Innovation Birmingham
Presentation  YouTube


Day Two: Saturday 29th June 2019

Panel 5: Activating the Cross-Over between Smart Specialisation and Innovation Policies – Actors and Challenges

Moderator: Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO, IASP President

  Prof. E. Todeva, St. Mary’s University
Presentation  YouTube

  Dr José Christian Linares from the University of Brighton
Presentation  YouTube

  Dr. Stefano Bonfa, Director, Oxford Sustainable Development Enterprise
Presentation  YouTube

11:15-12:30 Panel 6: Multi-level Governance and Smart Specialisation: A View from the Regions

Moderator: Dr Dimitri Corpakis, former EU senior official

  Dr. Phil Tomlinson, SFHEA, Centre for Governance, Regulation & Industrial Strategy (CGR&IS), University of Bath
Presentation  YouTube

  Prof. E. Todeva, St. Mary’s University
Presentation  YouTube

  Jan Larosse, former policy adviser to the Flemish Government for Innovation and Industrial Policies
Presentation  YouTube

13:30-14:00 Final keynote: Smart Specialisation: What Have we Learned and Where We Are Heading

Prof. Dr. Jorge Luis Nicolas Audy - Professor at the School of Computer Science and Superintendent for Innovation and Development
Presentation  YouTube

Round-Table Discussion Deepening Smart Specialisation: Towards a New Approach

Moderator: Jan Larosse, a former policy adviser of the Flemish Government for innovation and industrial policies

  Dr. Dimitri Corpakis, former European Commission senior official
Presentation  YouTube

  Prof. Nikos Komninos, URENIO, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Presentation  YouTube


More information about this workshop

Among the questions that speakers and presenters may address are:

  • How regions can handle best Triple Helix partnerships and multi-stakeholder engagement?
  • How cities and micro-regions can select strategic priorities for growth?
  • What is the impact of science parks, accelerators, incubators or catapults on regional specialisation?
  • Are triple helix partnerships of U-I-G capable to carry out investment projects?
  • How value chains intersect clusters, and what drives regional specialization?
  • What are the triple helix governance principles that support community development through U-I-G engagement?
  • What is the impact of regionalism and subsidiarity on regional Triple Helix constellations?
  • What are the current best practices in creating innovative place-based strategies for growth?

The preliminary program includes presentations on:

  • Regional S3 Strategies and University-Industry engagement
  • Smart Specialization platforms and partnerships’ and emerging investment strategies
  • Successful case studies of public sector agencies and brokers in Triple Helix intermediation
  • Place-based strategies and sharing capabilities
  • Connecting private sector value chains and regional development 
  • Triple helix collaborations for regional smart growth
  • Governance and intermediation for regional smart growth
  • A debate on policy mixes for smart specialization and the Entrepreneurial Discovery Practice across regions
  • A debate on the comparative policies supporting regional smart growth

Participants will have the opportunity to share their views on this broad agenda for debate on different dimensions of place-based approaches to innovation and will have the chance to interact with a community of scholars and practitioners mobilizing university-industry and government resources for accelerated growth and regional development. 

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To participate in one of the debates...

Please submit a 500-word abstract, statement of your expertise and viewpoint.

To present your own research...

Please submit a 500-word abstract with a description of your research.

To demonstrate a showcase of a successful Triple Helix project...

Please submit a 200-word outline for your poster.

Benefits from attending the workshop

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Showcase best practices of place-based strategies and smart specialization in regions and clusters
  • Take part in roundtable discussions and open debates with representatives from academia, government and business
  • Present research findings or work in progress in one of the parallel sessions
Scientific and organising committee

International Scientific Committee

  • Prof Emanuela Todeva: School of Business and Society, St Mary’s University (UK)
  • Prof Panos Ketikidis: SEERC (GR)
  • Dr Dimitri Corpakis: Former European Commission official (BE)
  • Prof Örjan Sölvell: Stockholm School of Economics (SE)
  • Dr Yuzhuo Cai: Tampere University (FI)
  • Dr Adrian Solomon: SEERC (GR)
  • Prof Riccardo Viale: General Secretary and Founder of THA, University of Milano (IT)
  • Prof Henry Etzkowitz: President of the Triple Helix Association (US)
  • Prof Mariza Almeida: University of Rio de Janeiro (BR)

Organising Committee

  • Bruce Rigal: Head of Department, Head of School of Business and Society, St Mary’s University (UK)
  • Rt Hon Ruth Kelly: Pro Vice-Chancellor, St Mary’s University (UK)
  • Prof Philip Booth: Dean Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, St Mary’s University (UK)
  • Prof Emanuela Todeva: School of Business and Society, St Mary’s University (UK)
  • Prof Josep Miquel Piqué Huerta: IASP – Honorary President
  • Andrew Basu-McGowan: Head of Policy – Smart Specialisation Hub, Innovation and Place Policy Lead - National Centre for Universities and Business, NCUB, UK
Confirmed speakers
davidDavid J Hardman MBE: Honorary Chairman of UKSPA, MD Innovation Birmingham

David’s career over the last 25 years has been in knowledge transfer; creating infrastructures to promote translation of new ideas and concepts into commercial reality. After 10 years at the Babraham Institute leading the early commercial aspects of the development of the Babraham Research Campus, he moved to Birmingham in 2008 to develop a new strategy to deliver what has become the Innovation Birmingham Campus.

Prof Dr Jorge Luis Nicolas  Audy: Professor at the School of Computer Science and Superintendent for Innovation and Development at PUCRS (Pontifical Catolic University, Brazil).

Prof Audy has experience in Management of Science, Technology & Innovation and in Innovation Ecosystems (Science and Technology Parks). He is currently Coordinator of PNPG National Committee and National Research Agenda (MEC / CAPES - Ministry of Education), Member of the Deliberative Council of CNPq (MCTI), member of the Superior Council of FAPERGS, the Deliberative Council of CGEE (Center for Management and Strategic Studies of the MCTI). Member of SBC - Brazilian Computer Society, SBPC, AIS - Association for Information Systems, PMI IEEE and ACM.

paulPaul Krutko: Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO President, International Assoc. Science Parks / Areas of Innovation

Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor area of innovation. In his role as CEO, he leads the organization’s efforts to expand the regional economy through initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early-stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential.

andrewAndrew Basu-McGowan: policy lead for innovation and place at the National Centre for Universities and Business (UNCB) 

Formerly head of policy for the UK’s Smart Specialisation Hub, he has worked on key national and European policy agendas for over 10 years, primarily in the UK government. He has extensive experience in research and innovation, science policy, catalysing university participation in economic growth at national and local level, SME funding, finance and networking opportunities, European and international research partnerships including at the European Commission, and in Ministerial private office.

dimitriDr Dimitri Corpakis: former senior European Commission official specialising in innovation, growth and technological change

An engineer and planner by training, he was recently appointed as Senior Research Fellow with the South East European Research Centre (part of the University of Sheffield). He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty of the School of the Environment (A&M University of Florida, FAMU) and a full member of the Club of Rome (EU Chapter, CoR EU). His experience spans in many policy areas including Education and Training, Information and Communication Technologies, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Regional Innovation Ecosystems.

nicosProf Nicos Komninos: Professor emeritus at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, founder of URENIO Research, and currently CEO of Intelspace Technologies

His research expertise is in two interrelated areas (1) innovation systems and strategies (innovation and digital transformation; cyber-physical systems of innovation; data intelligence and co-creation; innovation over platforms; innovation strategies for smart specialisation) and (2) intelligent / smart cities (formation and evolution of smart ecosystems; ontologies and knowledge functions; planning, strategy, design and development of software applications).

Jan-LarosseJan Larosse: Former policy adviser of the Flemish Government for innovation and industrial policies

Jan Larosse graduated in economics and philosophy at the University of Leuven. He worked for 25 years in the innovation policy of the Flanders Region. He was a long-time member of the OECD Working Party on Technology and Innovation Policy and national expert in DG Research and DG Regio of the European Commission. In these capacities he was also engaged in the development of smart specialisation policy frameworks and implementation. He is co-founder of the ‘Vanguard Initiative for New Growth through Smart Specialisation’ and of the ‘Friends of Smart Specialisation’.

Federica-RossiDr Federica Rossi: Senior Lecturer in Business Economics at Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Federica Rossi's research interests are in the fields of science and technology policy, economics and management of intellectual property rights, innovation activities of firms and networks of firms, economics and governance of higher education. She has contributed to numerous research projects sponsored by, among others, OECD, UK Intellectual Property Office, World Intellectual Property Organization, Eurostat, British Academy/Leverhulme, Society for Research in Higher Education, British Academy of Management. She has authored numerous articles in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals including Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Studies in Higher Education, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Research. She has also published two books and contributed to numerous edited volumes.

Yuzhuo-CaiDr Yuzhuo Cai: Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the Higher Education Group (HEG), Faculty of Management, University of Tampere, Finland

Dr Yuzhuo Cai has been with the HEG for 16 years and was the Acting Professor of the unit from August 2013 to July 2014. He is serving as guest professor at both the Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University, and the Institute of China’s Science, Technology and Education Policy (ICSTEP), Zhejiang University in China. He is an member of the Executive Committee of the Triple Helix Association. He is also an associate editor of the Triple Helix Journal. His main teaching and research areas are innovation studies, higher education policy and management, internationalisation of higher education, with around 80 peer reviewed publications in these fields.

phil-tomlinsonDr Phil Tomlinson: Deputy Director of the Centre for Governance, Regulation & Industrial Strategy in the School of Management at the University of Bath

Dr Phil Tomlinson is also a member of the Manufacturing Commission for the UK All Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group’s Inquiry on Local Industrial Strategies. He recently led a Regional Studies Association Policy Expo exploring Smart Specialisation and Industry 4.0 in lagging regions. He has published widely with on place based industrial strategies, regional development and economic governance with over 50 research articles in these fields. He is also currently a Co-Investigator on a £1.5 million European Regional Development Fund grant to establish two business acceleration hubs in the South West of England.

slavo-radosevicProf Slavo Radosevic: Professor of Innovation Studies at UCL

Prof Slavo Radosevic has worked at University of Sussex SPRU and before moving to the UK in 1993 as researcher in Croatia and as federal-undersecretary in the former SFR Yugoslavia. His research is in the area of S&T, entrepreneurship, industrial change, and innovation policy in Europe and with special reference to central and eastern Europe (CEE). He has published extensively in international journals in these areas and has edited several volumes on these issues. He is co-editor of Advances in theory and practice of Smart Specialisation, Elsevier Publishers, 2018. He has been engaged in quite a number of empirically oriented and policy relevant research projects funded by the EU. He acts as an expert for the various DGs of the EC, OECD, UNESCO, UNIDO, World Bank, and UNECE. He is a special advisor to the EC DG Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy.

emanuela-todevaProf Emanuela Todeva: Professor of International Business Strategy and Innovation at St Mary’s University

Prof Emanuela Todeva is the elected Vice President of the Triple Helix Association, Co-convener of the research group on Innovation Policy Implementation Nexus (INNOPIN), Director of the research centre on Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development (BCNED). She is also a Senior Consultant to the European Commission on evaluation of National Innovation Systems, Smart Specialisation policies and Mapping of Global Value Chains. Her expertise includes: Triple Helix governance and intermediation; Triple Helix policy implementation through stakeholder practice; Business models for open innovation and industry/ market development; Triple Helix engagement, co-alignment and co-creation; Orchestration and eco-systems design.

will-lordWill Lord: Senior Policy Advisor in the Cities and Local Growth Unit, a joint team between BEIS and MHCLG

Will Lord leads on local innovation policy and working with places on the innovation and business growth aspects of their Local Industrial Strategies. Before joining the civil service, he worked at the Institute for Government and Sense About Science.

muthu-de-silvaDr Muthu De Silva: Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Muthu De Silva's research investigates strategies and practices adopted, opportunities pursued, and organizational forms designed in relation to co-creation, intermediation and university-business interactions. She has published in Research Policy, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, International Small Business Journal, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, R&D Management Journal and Studies in Higher Education and received best paper awards in Innovation by the BAM Conference in 2015 and 2016. She has secured major grants from Innovate UK, Intellectual Property Office, EU and British Academy/Leverhulme, and British Academy of Management. She is a fellow of Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

felicia-faiDr Felicia Fai: Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Business & Innovation.

Dr Felicia Fai's research interests originated in the evolution of technological competences and their role in corporate longevity but now considers the evolution of capabilities at the regional and industrial level. She is editor of ‘Place Based Industrial Strategy’ , a policy brief for the Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath. She was a member of a Regional Studies Association Policy Expo research team exploring Smart Specialisation and Industry 4.0 in lagging EU regions and is a co-Investigator on a £1.5 million European Regional Development Fund grant to establish two business acceleration hubs in the South West of England. Through the Cabinet Office's Launchpad initiative, Felicia served as an academic adviser to central UK government about the role of universities in regional growth and is currently a member of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Industrial Strategy Independent Review Panel.

suzy-rugbySuzy Rigby: UKRI INNOVATEUK, Relationship Manager Health Catapults

Suzy has spent the last 29 years working in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. After gaining a Degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Electro-organic chemistry she was recruited by Fisons in 1989 into the newly established Bioanalytical Department. Over the next 18 years she worked for Fisons, Astra and Astra Zeneca firstly within Bioanalysis moving from there to pre-clinical drug metabolism working on new projects moving from Discovery and into Development. During this time she set up a clinical Biomarkers function developing bioanalytical methods for disease biomarkers which could be used for decision making within clinical trials. On leaving Astra Zeneca Suzy worked for several years as a consultant to CROs and small and large Pharma advising on organisational effectiveness in scientific departments. During this time she also set up a company which provided experienced locum scientists to start-ups. Following a 18 month period at University of Derby Suzy began working for Innovate UK in April 2018 as a Relationship Manager for the Health Catapults namely Medicines Discovery catapult and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult.

birgitte-andersenProfessor Birgitte Andersen (PhD Economics): CEO of Big Innovation Centre

Big Innovation Centre is a London-based think-tank and innovation hub that promotes open innovation and develop best-practice prototypes via challenge-led taskforces, innovation-ecosystem analytics, and All Party groups in the UK Parliament on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. Since 2011, she has rapidly - through a strong vision – directed and grown the Big Innovation Centre to become a building block in the innovation landscape in the UK and European Union. During the internet boom, Birgitte launched and ran (2000-2010) probably UK’s biggest interdisciplinary postgraduate programmes on E-Commerce at University of London (Birkbeck), where she holds the title Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation. She advises economists and policy makers of national governments in and beyond Europe including OECD, UN and WIPO, and serves as an expert defence witness in the UK courts on matters of IP use on the Internet. Birgitte was recently appointed on Arab League Expert Group on Digital Transformation regarding the Digital Government Strategy for the Arab World.

rosa-wilkinsonRosa Wilkinson: Formerly Director of Stakeholder Engagement at the Department for International Trade

Rosa joined the High Value Manufacturing Catapult in September 2017 as Director of Communications. Previous roles have included Director of Innovation and Strategic Communication at the Intellectual Property Office and as Director of Public Policy for Lloyds TSB. Her earlier career includes a variety of Whitehall policy roles including as Managing Director of the Government’s Small Business Service and Director of Manufacturing at the then Department for Trade and Industry. Outside the Catapult, Rosa retains an involvement in her family’s industrial property business and is a non-executive with the MTA.

catarina-fernandesDr Catarina Fernandes:  Academic Engagement Manager, Digital Catapult, UK

In her capacity as Academic Engagement Manager, Catarina is responsible for managing and creating new relationships with UK academic partners. She manages several programmes such as Researchers in Residence and Placements, all of which form part of the Digital Catapult strategy designed to create links between Academia and Industry. Catarina has a PhD in Cosmochemistry and has previously worked at several universities in roles such as Senior Teaching Fellow, Chair of Equality and Inclusion Committee, outreach programmes development, and researcher skills development. She also started her own technical consultancy business that gave her the additional experience required to experience allow her to bridge the gap between academia, and the startup and scaleup community. 

Master class and special events

On 27th June 2019, prior to the commencement of the workshop, delegates are invited to join a selection of events at St Mary’s University.

A Master Class on Triple Helix Scenario Planning and a How-to-Do Practice for Multistakeholder Engagement

27th June 2019, 2-5pm
This is a half-day training programme with leading experts in the field of Triple Helix and university- industry-government interactions. The programme will enhance skills and understanding of the multi-stakeholder approaches in innovation and entrepreneurship. 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.

A Private Tour of Strawberry Hill House

27th June 2019, 12-1pm
Strawberry Hill House is Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture created as a Gothic fantasy between 1747 and 1792 by Horace Walpole, historian, writer, collector and son of Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole.