Workshop 1

Triple Helix Scenario Planning and Multi-stakeholder Engagement

ORGANIZER: Prof. Emanuela Todeva, Director Research Centre for Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development, UK

DURATION: This is a half-day training programme with leading experts in the field of Triple Helix and university-industry-government interactions.

TARGET GROUP/S (who should attend?): Representatives from Academy, Industry and Government. Although there are no prerequisites, participants are encouraged to mobilize their knowledge and expertise across individual helices (Academy or-Industry-or Government) – and to bring personal observations and insights on the societal transformation related to technology diffusion and regional development and the new models of cooperation where Government, Industry and Academia co-align strategies, steering the opportunities and reducing the hurdles in the right direction for our society at large.

MAIN CONTENTS: Participant interactions will explore how to understand problems in their context of unfolding scenarios, and how to build and mobilise multi-stakeholder coalitions capable to address complex situations.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Online pre-registration is mandatory. You will be asked to complete the following fields:

  • your expectations from this discussion
  • your experience in one or more of the helices
  • challenges and questions / current engagement with business, universities, government authorities / current research project

WHY TO ATTEND: The programme will enhance skills and understanding of the multi-stakeholder approaches to governance of innovation and entrepreneurship.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Up to max 50 participants.

Workshop 2

Towards a specific strategy for the Entrepreneurial University

ORGANIZER: Dr. Christiane Gebhardt, Member of the Executive Committee of the Triple Helix Association, Switzerland; Dr. Adrian Solomon, Deputy Director, SEERC, Greece

DURATION: 3 hours

TARGET GROUP/S (who should attend?): Triple helix actors including:

  • Local Policy makers (with the wish to stimulate, activate and revitalizing sectors and districts or engage new industry formation)
  • Local industry interested in innovation and innovation intake via students or innovative networks
  • Professors with ideas for innovative teaching and applied science with regional impact
  • Technology Transfer Office at Universities
  • PhD with start-up ideas from academic research and lack of space and support for it


  • Learn about the Concept: The University of the Future
  • Discuss the criteria (according to OECD, EU)
  • Self Assessment and reflection
  • Strategy process (Tips and Tricks on how to run it)
  • Learn about Entrepreneurial University in Triple Helix Constellations/Innovation Cluster and Smart Cities: Case
  • Current research questions in the field

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Online pre-registration is mandatory. No preparatory activities are foreseen.


1. Making an impact

2. Distinguish yourself: uniqueness and specificity, innovativeness

3. Strive for excellence (teaching, research, regional innovation/ third role)

4. Alignment and well-being (faculty, disciplines, administration and students)

5. Integration into the innovation ecosystem (multi-level approach)

6. Clarity and commitment (projects, actions, teaching that contribute to EU strategy)

7. Win the war for talents (students, faculty, administration and staff)

8. Organizational readiness for strategy and triple helix cluster activities (the importance of Technology Transfer (Office), different modes to spin off firms, incubators, accelerators, strategic partnering)

9. Better Science Management

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Up to 30 participants

Workshop 3

Conducting and Publishing Impactful Research in the Triple Helix Context

ORGANIZER: Prof. Riccardo Fini

DURATION: A half-day workshop for junior academics researching on university-industry-government interactions.

TARGET GROUP/S (who should attend?): PhD students and early-career researchers interested in: i) understanding how to design and conduct impactful research; ii) receiving feedback on their research papers.

MAIN CONTENTS: First, senior academics will address both challenges and opportunities of conducting research on university-industry-government interactions. Then, junior academics will present their papers, receiving feedback on their research.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Online pre-registration is mandatory. Early-stage full papers should be submitted by April 30th, 2020 at Up to 12 papers will be invited for presentation at the workshop. Each paper will be discussed, receiving feedback from senior scholars. The papers should be neither under review nor published in a journal.

WHY TO ATTEND: The workshop will enhance research skills and understanding on how to publish impactful research in the triple helix context.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Up to 12 presenters and 18 auditors (max 30 participants).

Workshop 4

“eTime” Master Class: Introduction to a train-the-trainer program to realize an entrepreneurial eco-system in a triple helix environment

ORGANIZER: Klaus Sailer, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and CEO of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE), Germany

DURATION: 3 hours

TARGET GROUP/S (who should attend?): Professors & educators of universities; coaches, leaders and lateral thinkers from industry and politics.

MAIN CONTENTS: The triple helix approach requires new ways of thinking, new collaboration structures and new holistic processes in its implementation. This requires masterminds, pioneers and designers who can motivate, convince and train as many actors as possible to use the possibilities of a triple helix society. The focus here is on entrepreneurial, responsible approaches that use the innovative power of the players involved to promote social change through collaboration in order to create a livable, ecologically sustainable and economically successful future.

eTime is a master-class that shows educators, decision-makers and coaches from science, business and politics principles, competencies and the necessary mindset of entrepreneurship actors. In parallel, concepts, methods and tools from the field of societal entrepreneurship are presented and applied. In practical exercises, the participants learn to pass on these insights to students, employees and partners.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Online pre-registration is mandatory. No preparatory activities are foreseen.

WHY TO ATTEND: To learn concepts, methods and tools to actively shape an entrepreneurial eco-system.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Up to max 30 participants.