Special Events

Panel Discussion: Innovation in Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region

Chair: Ulf Berghaus

Dr. Elmar BourdonCity of Mannheim, Mannheim Medical Technology Cluster

Gregor Greinert – Alugha, Duravit AG

Dr. Martin Raditsch –  InnovationLab Heidelberg

Panel Discussion: Comparison of National Innovation Systems in Europe and the Role of the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO)

This panel will give an introduction to the observatory and its resources followed by a country report on Germany.  Prof. Christoph Kratky presenting the Excellence initiative in Germany will discuss Germany’s indicators. In the end RIO performance-based funding will be debated.

ParticipantsEC JRC RIO 

Chair: Dr. Emanuela Todeva

Kasia Szkuta – Structure and Content of the RIO Reports

Koen Jonkers – RIO and Performance-Based Funding in Europe

Wolfgang Sofka – RIO – Germany’s Report

Christoph Kratky – Critical Reflections

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Panel Discussion: Social Innovation – Is there a Role for Universities?

The Innovation Systeait_logoms Department, Austrian Institute of Technology AIT, will host a session on “Social Innovation – is there a Role for Universities?”. This session will be a mixed event with the possibility to present academic papers. The discussion panel will involve experts, academics and representatives of NGOs. This session emphasizes the increased importance of the society, not only from a Quadruple Helix view, but as a platform for The Triple Helix and possibilities to redefine the role of universities, especially as knowledge hubs, for this important and fast developing type of innovation: social innovation.

The organizers of Triple Helix track 18 on ‘Social Innovation – is there a role for universities?’ are pleased to invite conference participants and representatives from local authorities and businesses to a roundtable discussion on social innovation.

Chairs: DI Dr. Matthias Weber, Doris Schartinger; Research, Technology & Innovation Policy, Innovation Systems Department AIT

Participants: will follow soon

The aim is to address the qualitatively different roles for universities in different social innovation undertakings. Furthermore, we invite theoretical and empirical perspectives from different areas, as well as experimental research and case studies of social innovations addressing ecosystem challenges.
For participation in this plenary please register your interest selecting track 18. on the abstact submission system.

Global Entrepreneurial University Metrix (GEUM): Team Leaders and Project Managers

Facilitator:    Professor Guilherme Ary Plonski

Karl-Heinz Leitner & Giustina SecundoMetrics for the evolving model of entrepreneurial university based on the intellectual capital approach (a scorecard type of model)

Marina van GeenhuizenChallenges of the GEUM Topic: Delineations; Time Dimension; Type of Transfer Channel; Type of Facilitating ‘Instruments’

Yao Wei  – Interaction of Entrepreneurial University and Regional Innovation System

GEUM Roundtable Discussion

Presentations & Facilitation:  Professor Henry Etzkowitz & Svetlana Bazueva (on behalf of Alexander Bikkulov)

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ROUNDTABLE Gender, Diversity and Entrepreneurship 

The organizers of Triple Helix track 14 on ‘Triple Helix: Gender, entrepreneurship and diversity in academia’ are pleased to invite conference participants and representatives from local authorities and businesses to a roundtable discussion on gender, diversity, and entrepreneurship.

Chairs: Dr.Rebecca Lund, Professor Helen Lawton Smith, Dr. Devrim Göktepe-Hultén

The aim is to explore how researchers who have studied universities and entrepreneurship from a gender and diversity perspective can bring their knowledge to inform everyday practices at the university and beyond? The round table will consider under what conditions women want similarity or differences from men in the way they are perceived and supported. In connection to this we open up for debating experiences from everyday life and management of gender related issues in concrete workplaces.

ROUNDTABLE Varieties of Technology Transfer

The purpose of this roundtable is to discuss emerging issues in university-industry relations as well as existing beliefs and assumptions regarding technology transfer. In the roundtable we will further discuss varieties of technology transfer, challenges different stakeholders are facing in different contexts (namely Germany, Sweden and the US). We will present a benchmarking study on technology transfer and we aim to derive suggestions to improve the ecosystem of technology transfer. We will summarize key issues from the roundtable, provide suggestions as well as present emerging issues, questions for future discussions and investigations.

The roundtable is organized and chaired by Dr. Devrim G. HULTEN and will have three distinguished speakers who are experts in the area of technology transfer. We welcome all colleagues who are interested in university industry relations, knowledge transfer, academic entrepreneurship. The result of the roundtable will be summarized and published collectively in the Triple Helix Association, Magazine Helice.


Chair: Dr. Devrim G. Hultén – docent, Associate Professor in Faculty of Economics and Management, Lund University

Dr. Maryam Olsson – Senior Business Development Manager, Lund University, LU –Innovation (TTO)

Dr. Ruth Herzog:  – German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Head of the Office of Technology Transfer, T010

Dr. Denis Gray – Professor of Psychology, North Carolina State University, USA.

Roundtable Speakers will discuss key issues on technology transfer based on their experiences.

Dr. Olsson, will discuss the establishment of technology transfer in Sweden, in particular at Lund University. The presentation will be based on an extensive benchmarking study (of some successful tech transfer units in Europe and Nord America) that took place in April 2016.  The presentation will give the highlights of the main activities and processes for tech transfer at the TTO of these universities as well as Lund University, including the most important similarities and differences. The benchmarking was divided into four major parts including 1) the process for invention disclosure, 2) the process for commercialization, 3) the role of tech transfer offices, and 4) the innovation ecosystem around TTOs including student innovation labs, incubators, science parks, venture networks and relevant industries in the region. The process for commercialization focused on IPR, spin-off and licensing strategy will also be discussed, as well as the role and efficiency of Open Innovation as a widely used method for transfer of innovations from academy. In addition, the presentation will briefly address innovations from humanities and social science in order to raise the awareness about the importance of involvement of these sciences in bringing academic output to society.

Dr. Herzog, will discuss the major goals of TTO and will highlight the major challenges in technology transfer from different perspectives – creation of revenues, generative value and achieve impact. She will provide a holistic model for performance measurement in technology transfer taking into account input, processes, output and outcome. Moreover, she will share her experiences on the peer review of her office, notwithstanding her almost 20 years of experience of technology transfer at the DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center).

A Systems Perspective on Technology Transfer Based on U.S. Experience Dr. Gray’s presentation will stress the two principles: the importance of embedding the technology transfer funcation within an integrated system of supporting functions; the importance simple “knowledge transfer” plays in fulfilling the universities role triple helix interactions.To support a systems approach to technology transfer, the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED) at NC State University will be used as an example. He will highlight how ORIED’s different components including its Research Administration, Centers & Insitutes, Centennial Campus, Research Development, Partnership & Economic Development and Research Education functions serve constitute an “innovation ecosystem” that contributes to the Office to Technology Transfer’s success. To address the importance of “knowledge transfer” he will draw from his research on NSF sponsored-Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers to highlight evidence that firms derive considerable benefit from non-IP knowledge transfer transactions. He will also act as a discussant relate the European experiences to the US perspective. As a scholar Dr. Gray, will also provide his opinions what practicinars can learn from academic work and what academics can learn from technology transfer practicinars, and how we can facilitate the interaction between academics (e.g. inventors, entrepreneurs and tech.transfer officers).

ROUNDTABLE on Global Science ‘Scapes’ 

Special Event Organised by the ‘Global Science Scapes’ Project

Major science spaces have become vital elements of economic and development strategy in societies across the world. These spatial imaginaries find expression in government policy across scales and are an important aspect of political discourse projecting the dynamism of national, regional and local economies. While considerable research attention has been directed towards the efficacy of such spaces in promoting economic competitiveness and innovation, science spaces also operate as a locus for transnational flows of technological know-how, development practice and symbolic capital. In this session papers reflect upon the nature of science spaces around the world, and on their hybrid physical, political-ideological and cultural forms.


Dave Valler – Department of Planning, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Henry Etzkowitz and Annika Steiber – International Triple Helix Institute, USA

Tian Miao – University of Glasgow, UK

Paul Benneworth and Franziska Eckardt – Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, Netherlands

Nick Phelps – University College London, Tsukuba, Japan