University-Industry Partnerships


Prof. Panagiotis Ketikidis, *email address protected*, GREECE

The Vice Principal for Research, Innovation & External Relations of CITY College – An International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, President of the Greek Chapter of the Triple Helix Association, President of the Computer Society (EPY) – Macedonia-Thrace chapter; Honorable Member of the Exporters’ Association of Northern Greece Management Board; Member of the Administration Board – Centre for the support of female employment and entrepreneurship ERGANI; Chief Editor of the International Journal of Innovation & Regional Development (IJIRD), Associate Editor of the International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation (IJLEG), Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Operational Research (IJOR), European Editor of the International Journal of Enterprise Network Management (IJENM).

JAB_16114Juan A. Bertolin *email address protected*, SPAIN

Chief Innovation & Project Officer, Espaitec, Science and Technology Park of Castellon (, Expereince as Project Manager at Accenture (the ICT sector in Turkey, Finland, Switzerland, Britain, Italy, France, Mexico, Holland and Germany) and Grupo IT Deusto Valencia (projects on healthcare and telecommunications in the Valencian Community).




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If you would like to join this Special Interest Group in its collaboration activities, please e-mail a request to both *email address protected* and *email address protected*

Agenda and Vision

The main interest of the University-Industry Partnership Special Interest Group (UIP-SIG) is to engage academics and practitioners into cutting-edge research of mechanisms and capitalization bridges that would enable proper co-creation with measurable outputs between university and industry. Our scholarly work contributes to  the emergence of more market oriented knowledge while review of practices  enables to focus on products/processes than can be directly commercialized for the purpose of regional economic growth.

Together with industry, the UIP-SIG will constantly monitor and identify inefficiencies / blockers in relation to achieving the desired co-creation of value and will identify / propose solutions of how to overcome them. Additionally, by attracting research funding, the UIP-SIG will develop projects that focus on design and implementation of innovative mechanisms for university-industry co-creation and through such projects, we aim to develop pilot activities to test the proposed mechanisms. The ultimate goal of the UIP-SIG is to make sure that the emerged practices and mechanisms will achieve their intended impact and that industries will realize the importance of this co-creation and will accelerate their investment for sustainable growth.

In order to achieve this mission, the UIC-SIG will endeavour on the following path:

–         Integration with the EU Platform for University Business collaboration that will be launched soon;

–         Initiation of a UBP Survey in the THA Member countries to identify the current status and future needs;

–         Identification of relevant UBP offices from THA Member countries and invite them to the UIP-SIG;

–         Identification of relevant universities and industries from THA Member countries and invite them to the UIP-SIG’;

–         Development of a UBP related webinars;

–         Academic and practitioner research on identification of innovative means and co-creation capitalization between industry and academia.

Download the SIG Strategic and operational plan for 2016

Latest activities

  • Recruitment of 3 new PhD Students funded by H2020/MSCA (RETRACE project) to work on university-industry projects related to circular economy
  • Acquisition of 6 EU funded projects on university-industry collaboration such as:
  • Participation as keynote speakers in various conferences & events aiming to promote university-industry collaboration:
    • WIRE-X (European Week of Innovative Regions) – Iasi, Romania
    • Triple Helix Forum – Almaty, Kazakhstan
    • 4th Ajman Environmental Conference – Ajman, United Arab Emirates
    • State of the Nation Conference – Bucharest, Romania
  • Presentation of university-industry research advancements in more than 10 conferences
  • Special issues & editorship:
  • Ketikidis, P. H., & Solomon, A. (2018). Special issue: Co-producing knowledge, innovation and growth through university–industry collaboration – Lessons from experience.IHE32(4), 211–280.
  • Ketikidis, P. H. and Solomon, A. (2017). “University-Industry Links”. Proceedings of the 10thInternational Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Thessaloniki, Greece. ISBN:  978-960-9416-11-5.


ECEI 2015 –  Mini-track on “Triple Helix Interactions as  a tool for Innovation and Entrepreneurship”