Conference main theme: «The Triple Helix and innovation-based economic growth: new frontiers and solutions»

The above main theme splits into several sub-themes. All the submitted papers are expected to follow these sub-themes:

1. Role of innovation theory in spurring innovation-based economic growth: better understanding – better life?

Issue: Why does solving problems in theories today influence so much our well-being and prosperity? Can we truly achieve more by strictly adhering to the theoretical models? Which theory gives us the most accurate answers to what is happening?
Topics might include:
• Role of theories in justifying and stimulating innovation-based economic growth and evolution of innovation development models
• Cluster theory
• Open innovation paradigm for understanding industrial innovation
• Technological revolutions and techno-economic paradigms
• Rainforest as the theory of innovation ecosystems
• Science and Technology Studies (STS) as the sources for a new model of innovative development
• Triple Helix theory

2. Triple Helix Model in developing countries: catching up or unique way?
Issue: What are the key challenges of the economic growth where the Triple Helix model can give the best answers and prove itself to be the most efficient? How does the Triple Helix model can help to avoid the current system labor division? How can the Triple Helix model help the developing countries?
Topics might include:
• Triple Helix and division of labor
• Indicators of the Triple Helix model for innovation-based economic growth
• Local systems of innovation in developing countries: concepts and policy implications
• Triple helix for developing countries
• Triple helix in the emerging market context
• Triple Helix in BRICS countries
• The new economics of innovation ecosystems

3. Triple Helix models
Issue: What are the specific traits of the Triple Helix model realization in different countries and what are the reasons for that?
Topics might include:
• The Triple Helix model in Europe
• The Triple Helix model in APEC countries

4. Diffusion of innovations
Issue: How does it happen? What new mechanisms appear? Who becomes a more active actor? Do new actors appear?

5. University economic impacts
Issue: What can contribute to the rise of university and to “saving” the economy?
Topics might include:
• The Triple Helix as the core for university international competitiveness)
• Models of entrepreneurial university
• University as a part of innovation ecosystem / national clusters development
• Open innovation: impact on university’s activities
• University research
• University management
• Education and research in universities in BRICS countries
• Engineering education: educational technologies and standards (CDIO, etc.)
• Commercialization of academic research and IPRs
• University technology commercialization & spin-offs
• University transformation: long-distance learning
• University as a start-up:
a) creating the universities, striving for top positions in global rankings:
b) creating the universities for local economic development.

6. The new role of the government
Issue: What should be the policy in the field of science, technology and innovation in the face of slowing economic growth?
Topics might include:
• New frontiers: the transformation of the state as an effective manager of innovation-based economic growth
• Catching-up: the role of R&D and innovation
• Join innovation strategy: EU-Russia; EU-BRICS; etc.
• Role of Triple Helix in Russian-European cooperation
• National innovation systems
• Cluster and industry policies
• Support of hi-tech business and welfare as the way of economic development and income generation to solve social problems
• Science and innovation policy
• Innovation infrastructure: incubators, science & technology parks, special economic zone, technopoles, science cities
• Technology platforms as a Triple Helix tool
• Cluster formation support
• Innovative development programs for state-owned companies
• Project offices and centers in the public administration as “hybrid” organization

7. Role of industry
Issue: What management of R&D can lead to global competiveness?
Topics might include:
• Corporate innovation
• R&D management in large corporations
• Large companies and SMEs cooperation
• R&D and technology partnerships
• Industry transformation and new business models
• New technologies:
a) Advanced manufacturing: can we count on new emerging leading countries?
b) Big data analysis / Smart agenda (smart cities, smart infrastructure, smart transport etc)
c) Hi-tech medicine

8. The growing importance of megacities: the role of Triple Helix
Issue: Are the cities able to become a foundation for innovation-based economic growth and to consolidate the Triple Helix players?
Topics might include:
• Megacities innovation policies

9. Infrastructure for new links between academia and industry
Issue: Does existing infrastructure meet the requirements and plans of both actors? What changes are necessary?
Topics might include:
• University-industry partnership: drivers and challenges
• The projects under Decree No. 218 of the Government of Russian Federation
• Technology platforms
• Educational programs ordered by the industry
• Consulting
• Cross-sectoral work force mobility
• University-industry R&D network in Japan

10. Interaction between universities, industry and small innovation business
Issue: How do relations between these actor develop? How can the business grow from small-sized to medium-sized? Does industry need the products of SMEs? Are the small spin-off university companies useful in building up dialogue between universities and industry? If so, in what way?

11. Government and business interaction
Issue: how to make the interaction between government and business effective during the phase of economic slowdown? How to make joint contribution to the future economic growth?
Topics might include:
• Building infrastructure: transport, social, energy, etc.
• Creation of high-performance workplaces
• Projects providing long-term economic growth
• Triple Helix in investment projects
• Infrastructure and instruments for communication between SMEs, large business and government.

12. New research funding schemes and outcome of research
Issue: How can new funding patterns for researches improve their efficiency? Does funding source determine the performance of researches and to what extent?
Topics might include:
• Research funding in the Triple Helix era
• Influence of university-industry cooperation on the university researchers ability to innovate
• The influence of the entrepreneurial orientation of scientists on their scientific performance
• Market Valuation of Technology

13. Sustaining Triple Helix interactions
Topics might include:
• Institutions providing sustainability of university, government and industry interaction

14. The Triple Helix model as the source of new solutions to exit from the economic crises
Issue: What kind of new decisions can the Triple Helix model provide?
Topics might include:
• The Triple Helix model and institutions for innovation-based economic growth

15. Entrepreneurship as the key element of innovation-based economic growth
Topics might include:
• Socio-entrepreneurial city: from social innovation to capitalization of territory and people:
a) The University as a center for social innovation: successful examples and necessary conditions
b) Best practices of social innovation at the university and development of the existing infrastructure for them
c) Incubators and accelerators of social innovation in universities: focus on changes in the quality of the urban environment
• Technology entrepreneurship
• Entrepreneurship and innovation in education
• Role of SME`s as a driving force in economic development

16. The Triple Helix model and the society
Issue: What should be the social structure to run economic growth based on innovation?
Topics might include:
• Innovation networks
• Researchers networks
• Societies
• Associations

17. New frontiers
Topics might include:
• Digital Economy
• A new model of the welfare state
• Ethic model for a new phase of growth

18. Gender Gap in research and innovation
Topics might include:
• Differential access to venture capital and the experience of programs to readdress inequities and Women’s startup experiences

19. Building an innovation friendly financial system
Topics might include:
• Triple Helix in venture industry development
• Role of banking sector in development of innovations