11.09.2014 - 13.09.2014 | Tomsk

The 12th International Triple Helix Conference 2014

The 12th International Triple Helix Conference took place in Tomsk on 11-13 September 2014. The organiser of the Conference was the Triple Helix Association in cooperation with the Tomsk Sate University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (TUSUR), Tomsk State University (TSU) and the Association of Russian Entrepreneurial Universities.

Over 300 participants joined the work of the Conference, among them representatives of business and government from 30 countries and scholars from 60 international universities.

The central theme of the Conference was “The Triple Helix and innovation-based economic growth: new frontiers and solutions”, discussed from many perspectives during workshops and discussion sessions.

impression from the Triple Helix Conference 2014 | © Liana Kobzeva, Triple Helix Conference
Impression from the Triple Helix Conference 2014 | © Liana Kobzeva, Triple Helix Conference

At the first plenary session, the participants were welcomed with keynote addresses from the author of the Triple Helix concept, Stanford University Professor Henry Etzkowitz; the 'ambassador' of the Triple Helix Association (THA) to Russia and initiator of the THA conference in Tomsk TUSUR Vice-Rector for innovative development and international affairs Alexander Uvarov; and TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky.

On behalf of the regional government, the audience was welcomed by the Chair of the Legislative Duma of Tomsk region Ms. Oxana Kozlovskaya. She noted that the model of interaction among universities, business and government has been active in Tomsk for several years. One of the successful examples of innovation-driven development mentioned by Ms. Kozlovskaya was the consortium formed by the universities of Tomsk united by the common goal of scientific and academic cooperation.

 impression from the Triple Helix Conference 2014 | © Liana Kobzeva, Triple Helix Conference
Impression from the Triple Helix Conference 2014 | © Liana Kobzeva, Triple Helix Conference

The need for unification through consortiums was also the focus of the speech given by Russian Deputy Minister for Education & Science Ms. Lyudmila Ogorodova, who talked about Russian public policy in science.

The mechanisms and challenges of innovation-driven developments was the theme covered by Alexander Uvarov, a long-standing partner of the Triple Helix Association and the head of a research team at TUSUR University which deals with studies on the impact of the Triple Helix model on the economy of Tomsk Region.

Many important issues related to cooperation between the university, business and government sector were raised and discussed at the XII International Triple Helix Conference. Speakers talked about different approaches to such cooperation, experiences of different regions, and approaches and standpoints of the actors of the Triple Helix model.
The best reports of the Conference were recommended for publication in the Triple Helix Magazine run by Springer – one of the largest international publishing houses.

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