About the Summit

Triple Helix movement, launched by Prof. Henry Etzkowitz and Prof. Loet Leidesdorff, began in 1996 when a workshop was organized in Amsterdam to discuss the Triple Helix model. This first workshop brought together of 90 researchers and attracted participation from Latin America, Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. The workshop was subsequently referred to as the first international conference on the Triple Helix. 

The conference explored scientific research in the field of: the relationship of science, industry, and government and their role in creating the conditions for future innovation; the importance of location; the capitalization of knowledge; cognitive, economic, social and cultural aspects of innovation; emerging models for the entrepreneurial university; regional diversities and global convergence; boundary spanning interactions, linking the different national cultures and innovation systems; job creation and social wealth.

The growing interest and participation in the Triple Helix movement lead to the idea of creating an Association that is able to pull together and facilitate interactions among international scholars sharing common research interests.

Theme and Sub -Themes

The Role of Government/Academia/Industry in Building Innovation-Based Cities and Nations

–  The Role of Triple Helix in Transforming Nations into Knowledge-Based Economies

–  The Role of Triple Helix in Building a Sustainable Economy

–  The Role of Government and Public Policy in Developing Triple Helix Systems

–  Entrepreneurial University and its Engagement in the Triple Helix System

–  Smart Cities and Overcoming Security Challenges

–  Towards a More Effective Triple Helix Management and Partnership




Papers presented at the II International Triple Helix Summit in Dubai is published in the  Topical Collections of the Triple Helix Journal (THJ)




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