Triple Helix XI Conference 2013

The Triple Helix in a context of global change: continuing, mutating or unravelling?

Bloomsbury, central London

London, Monday 8 – Wednesday 10 July 2013

XI Triple Helix International Conference 2013 London: ‘Bringing businesses, universities and governments together to co-innovate and solve economic, social and technological challenges

Global Conference with 350 people from more than 25 nations. Big Innovation Centre co-hosted with University College London and Birkbeck College of the University of London

About the conference


Triple Helix International Conference is a thought leadership network and bi-annual event which focuses on how universities, businesses and policy makers can best work together to address global economic challenges.

The 11th Triple Helix conference was co-organised by (i) Big Innovation Centre, (ii) Birkbeck College, University of London and (iii) UCL Advances, UCL University of London. It will be held in historic Bloomsbury at Birkbeck, UCL and Senate House, University of London.

Title: The Triple Helix in a context of global change: continuing, mutating or unravelling?

The conference is held in Birkbeck, University College London, and Senate House (the headquarters of the University of London), all located in Central London’s Bloomsbury district.

Content (London, Monday 8 – Wednesday 10 July 2013)

  • Plenary and parallel sessions
  • Workshops by the EC, OECD, RSA, other
  • Hub in a Day hosted by Google at their Tech City campus to showcase innovative entrepreneurs
  • Social and inspiring events, including a Thames River cruise.
  • Plenary speaker: David Willetts, MP, David Willetts, MP, Minister for Universities and Science

Provocation for the conference: Raising the potential of the Triple Helix. Co-innovation to drive the world forward, Big Innovation Centre (by Birgitte Andersen and Will Hutton) LINK TO REPORT

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Provocation for the conference: Raising the potential of the Triple Helix. Co-innovation to drive the world forward, Big Innovation Centre (by Birgitte Andersen and Will Hutton)

Provocation questions at the conference

Never has the Triple Helix mission been more timely. Globally the economy faces significant challenges – unemployment, low or no growth, spiralling healthcare needs, rapidly emerging digital business models, unsustainable changes to the environment. The need for universities and businesses to work together and take action alongside governments is critical.

The 2013 Triple Helix Conference integrates highly topical contributions from world class academics and researchers with business and policy forums to address the key question:

How can the Triple Helix approach build ‘the enterprising state’ in which universities, businesses and governments co-innovate to solve the global economic challenges?

In this context, timely questions for the conference includes:

  • How can the global challenges to the digital sphere, healthcare, the natural environment and other areas facing disruptive forces be turned into growth opportunities?
  • How can the Triple Helix create a better mode of coordination to enhance productivity, output and innovation, and what are the challenges to universities, businesses and government?
  • How can the Triple Helix build innovative markets, places and networks, and what are the challenges to open innovation, demand and business models?
  • How can the Triple Helix build more innovation-friendly financial institutions, and what are the challenges to the business of banking in driving innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in SMEs?
  • How can the Triple Helix enhance universities as interactive partners in our innovation systems, and what are the challenges to the absorptive capacity of academic knowledge within firms and by other users?
  • How can the Triple Helix enhance skills for innovation, and what are the challenges to management and leadership skills for high growth firms?
  • How can public action drive innovation in the private sector, and what are the challenges to public procurement, as well as intellectual property management and IPR policies?
  • How can the Triple Helix enhance place-based innovations, and what is the role of local innovation systems and local key institutions to build and accelerate regional clusters?

Papers and presentations at the conference had an an academic focus, or a practitioner and/or policy focus, around eight broad conference themes:

  1. Building the innovative markets, places and networks
  2. Building an innovation friendly financial system
  3. Overall performance of the Triple Helix Approach: From efficiency of factors of production to ‘modes of coordination’:
  4. Universities as interactive partners
  5. Building management and leadership skills in high growth firms
  6. Public action to drive private innovation
  7. Place based innovations
  8. Building an enterprising state

Conference co-organizers

  • Professor Birgitte Andersen – Director of the Big Innovation Centre, London
  • Professor Helen Lawton Smith – Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Dr Tim Barnes – CEO of UCL Advances, University College London

Featured from from the 350 speakers, excluding the organizers

  • Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, UK
  • Sergio Arzeni – Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurships, SMEs and Local Development, OECD
  • Dr Dimitri Corpakis – Head of Regional Dimension of Innovation, European Commission
  • Professor Henry Etzkowitz – President of the Triple Helix Association and Stanford University, USA
  • Professor Solomon Darwin – Associate Director of the Center for Open Innovation, University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • Will Hutton – Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University, UK and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre
  • Michael Best – Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, USA
  • Professor Loet Leydesdorff – Triple Helix Association board member and University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr Jon Hague – Vice President – Open Innovation, Unilever Research and Development
  • Professor Philip McCann – University of Groningen Endowed Chair of Economic Geography, The Netherlands
  • Professor Richard Harrison – Queen’s University Management School, Belfast
  • Professor John Goodacre – Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University, UK
  • Jackie Parkin – Vice President – Research & Development, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Professor Steve Caddick – Vice Provost Enterprise, UCL, UK
  • Emeritus Professor John Goddard OBE – Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, UK
  • Preview of Triple Helix Conference 2014: Evgeniy Perevodchikov – Assistant Professor, TUSUR University, Russia
  • Dr Richard Barker OBE – Director of CASMI (Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation)
  • Andy Burton – Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum
  • Roger Townsend – Innovation Manager, EDF Energy R&D

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