We are living in a time of tremendous changes. The Covid-19 has disrupted our way of life and has exacerbated the economic, societal, and environmental challenges we were already facing. That’s why we firmly believe that the co-creation of knowledge and the collaboration mechanisms among different actors embedded in innovation (eco)systems are crucial to build new sustainable paths of development for the wellbeing of our society. The 20th Triple Helix Conference will be held in Florence with the aim to bring together leading scholars, policy makers and practitioners from different fields and sectors to advance the understanding of the dynamics between science, the social sector, industry and governmental institutions under the contemporary challenges.
We are living in a time of tremendous changes.
The Covid-19 has disrupted our way of life and has exacerbated the economic, societal, and environmental challenges we were already facing. That’s why we firmly believe that the co-creation of knowledge and the collaboration mechanisms among different actors embedded in innovation (eco)systems are crucial to build new sustainable paths of development for the wellbeing of our society. The 20th Triple Helix Conference will be held in Florence with the aim to bring together leading scholars, policy makers and practitioners from different fields and sectors to advance the understanding of the dynamics between science, the social sector, industry and governmental institutions under the contemporary challenges.
2022 Conference Chair
Josep Miquel Piqué Huerta
Scientific Committee Members
Marco Bellandi (University of Florence) – 2022 Conference Chair
Josep Miquel Pique Huerta (La Salle Innovation Park- Ramon Llull University) – THA President
Monica Barni (University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy)
Andrea Bonaccorsi (University of Pisa, Italy)
Guido Bortoluzzi (University of Trieste, Italy)
Yuzhuo Cai (Tampere University, Finland)
Mario Calderini (Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy)
Annalisa Caloffi (University of Florence, Italy)
Elisabetta Cerbai (LENS, Italy)
Dimitri Corpakis (Former EU official, Belgium)
Chiara Di Guardo (University of Cagliari, Italy)
Fulvio Esposito (University of Camerino, Italy)
Emanuele Fiore (National Research Council – CNR, THA Executive Committee, Italy)
Christiane Gebhardt (Drees & Sommer, Switzerland)
Marcelo Goncalves do Amaral (Fluminence Federal University, THA Executive Committee Member, Brazil)
Rosa Grimaldi (University of Bologna, Italy)
Donato Iacobucci (Polytechnic university of Marche, Italy)
Lelio Iapadre (University of l’Aquila, Italy)
Caterina Meglio (Materias CEO, Italy)
Emilio Paolucci (Polytechnic university of Turin, Italy)
Andrea Piccaluga (Sant’Anna school of Advanced Studies, Italy)
Marco Pierini (University of Florence, Italy)
Adrian Solomon (SEERC, Greece)
Branca Terra (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro)
Emanuela Todeva (Past President, Research Centre for Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development, UK)
Lorenzo Zanni (University of Siena, Italy)
Monica Barni (University for foreigners of Siena)
Marco Bellandi (University of Florence)
Andrea Bonaccorsi (University of Pisa)
Elisabetta Cerbai (LENS)
Andrea Piccaluga (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies)
Marco Pierini (University of Florence)
Lorenzo Zanni (University of Siena)
Local organizing committee – University of Florence
Professor Jerome S. Engel is an internationally recognized expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital, lecturing and advising business and government leaders around the world. His research and publications explore innovation ecosystems, technology commercialization, venture capital, and lean innovation management practices in established and emerging enterprises. Professor Engel joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in 1991, after a successful business career, to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he currently serves as Senior Fellow and Founding Executive Director Emeritus. He is a leader in the Lean Innovation movement, founding National Faculty Director of the National Science Foundations’ I-Corps, a US government program that develops entrepreneurial technology commercialization teams at leading universities across the United States. He has been the founding General Partner of two successful venture capital funds, is an active Angel investor, and a member of the Investment Advisory Boards to several international venture funds.
Professor Engel is an Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business and instructs in both the School’s MBA and Executive Education programs, specializing in Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation, New Venture Finance, and Venture Capital. He serves on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards of several entrepreneurial ventures, venture capital firms, universities and innovation centers around the world. An author and frequent speaker, he has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and other global media.
Professor Engel’s awards and recognitions include the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Lifetime Educational Achievement Award, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advance the Discipline of Entrepreneurship, among others. His most recent research and publications focus on the nature of innovation processes in entrepreneurial ventures, major corporations, and venture capital in regional ecosystems and global networks. Professor Engel’s publications, including two books, Clusters of Innovation: Entrepreneurial engines of economic growth around the world  and Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption  explore these topics in depth.
Louise Kempton has over 25 years’ experience in local, regional and international economic development as a policy maker, practitioner and researcher. She joined Newcastle University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) in 2011, where her main area of focus is contributing through research and policy development to the shaping of an evolving understanding of the role of universities as ‘anchor’ institutions in local/regional economic growth and innovation. She is also interested in the process of building local collaborative leadership to develop innovative solutions to meet local challenges and opportunities. In January 2019 Louise was appointed Associate Dean for Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences where she leads the strategic development of the faculty’s approach to knowledge exchange and innovation.
Luigi Nicolais, chemical engineer, graduated from the Federico II University of Naples.
He was Full Professor of Polymer Technology and Materials Science and Technology at the same University, Director of the Department of Materials and Production Engineering, Founder and President of the degree course in Materials Engineering and Founder and President of the PhD in Biomaterials, member of the Academic Senate and President of the Science and Technology Center (1999).
From 1969 to 1971 he was in the United States where in 1971 he obtained a Master of Science from Washington University in St. Louis (MO) and from 1981 to 2003 he was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the “University of Washington” (Seattle) and from 1986 to 2004 Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Materials Science – University of Connecticut at Storrs. He was founder and Director of the Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials of the CNR. He founded and chaired the Technological District on Engineering of Polymeric and Composite Materials and Structures – IMAST Scarl. He has obtained numerous national and international awards including that of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) for the service rendered to the knowledge and development of composite materials and their use.
In 2000 he was appointed fellow at the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE), and fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (BSE); in the same year, he received the George Winter award from ESB, European Society for Biomaterials. In 2003 he was included in the ranking of the Top Italian Scientists and since the same year, he has been president of the “2003 Group”. He has written 7 scientific monographs in addition to 700 publications in international journals and has filed over 80 patents (both Italian and international) in the sector of new technologies and advanced materials.
He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of numerous institutions including Federchimica, Confindustria, Alenia, Swedish institute of composites, ENEA, CIRA.
He is part of numerous national and international professional societies including the American chemical society, the British society of rheology, the American Institute of chemical engineering, the Italian chemical society, from which in 2006 he received the gold medal “Sebastiano De Luca”.
He was President of the City of Science in Naples and of the Regional Agency for Technologies and Innovation at the Puglia Region.
From 2000 to 2005 he was Councilor of the University, Scientific Research and Technological Innovation and New Economy, at the Campania Region. From May 2006 to May 2008 he was Minister for Reforms and Innovations in the Public Administration of the second Prodi government (XV legislature).
Between April 2008 and February 2012 he was Deputy and Vice-President of the Culture Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.
He was President of the CNR from 2012 to February 2016. He has been President of the COTEC Foundation – Foundation for Technological Innovation since 2012.
He is co-founder and partner of I4U and I4U Consulting Service based in Montreal since 2014 and co-founder and President of MATERIAS s.r.l. since July 2016.
He has been Chairman of GETRA Engineering & Consulting Srl since June 2016. Since the same year he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Adler Group.
In 2016 he was awarded the honor of Knight of the Grand Cross to the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
In September 2016 he was appointed President of the Real Sito di Carditello Foundation by the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT).
He has been President and member of the Steering Committee of the Campania Digital Innovation Hub since November 2018.
Since 2019 he has been a member of the scientific committee of the magazine entitled “Monère – magazine of cultural heritage and political institutions”. He is a member of the scientific council of Management Innovation.
Since March 2021 he has been a member of the scientific committee of TE.AM International Study Center for the Territory, the Environment and Cultural Heritage.
Also, he is a regular external expert for innovation with Deloitte.
Since the beginning of 2021, he has been Research Policy Advisor of Minister Maria Cristina Messa at the Ministry of University and Research.
Josep Miquel Piqué is a Telecommunication Engineer from La Salle / UPC and MBA. He is Doctor on Ecosystems of Innovation from Ramon Llull University. He holds also diplomas from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of California-Berkeley.
He is a disciple of Professors Henry Etzkowitz (co-founder of Triple Helix), Francesc Solé Parellada (Entrepreneurship) and Jerome Engel (Clusters of Innovation).
He is the Founding President of XPCAT (Catalan Network of Science Parks), Vice-President of APTE (Spanish Network of Science Parks) and Past-President of IASP (International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation).
He is expert of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission and member of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies of the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE).
His long professional experience in university management has leaded him to promote and lead Postgraduate Programs, Technology Transfer Centers, University Incubators and Innovation Science and Technology Parks. He has promoted several hybrid organizations taking the partnership model University-Industry-Public Administration. Nowadays is Executive President of Technova Barcelona – La Salle Innovation Park and Director of La Salle MBA – Ramon Llull University.
In the field of public administration has been CEO of the District Innovation – 22 @ Barcelona (developing 22@Barcelona Urban Lab), Director of Strategic Sectors of the Agency of Local Development – Barcelona Activa and CEO of the Office of Economic Growth of the Barcelona City Council. Among other projects he has participated in teams of Barcelona European Capital of Innovation and Barcelona Mobile World Capital. Nowadays is Head of Economic Zones of Barcelona Activa – Barcelona City Council.
He has published several papers in publications and congresses on Innovation Ecosystems. He has participated in several international forums in Europe (Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy and UK), America (Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, U.S.A.) and Asia (Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Japan and China).
The central line of his activity is the promotion of Knowledge-based Economy and Society with a Triple Helix approach in order to consolidate Knowledge Cities on Smart Cities.
Call for abstract and special sessions
THIS DEADLINE EXPIRED ON FEBRUARY 28. CALL FOR ABSTRACT AND SPECIAL SESSIONS IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED AND NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE WILL BE DONE BY MARCH 31.
The Triple Helix Association together with the University of Florence (Department of Economics and Management) invite you to the 20th edition of Triple Helix Conference “Governing new and traditional partnerships for innovation and development in the post-pandemic world” which will be held from the 27 to the 29 of June 2022 in Florence.
The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the social, environmental, and economic system of the 21st century at the global level, further exacerbating the societal challenges faced by society in the pre-pandemic era. Climate change, social exclusion and inequality are just a few of the wicked problems that need to be addressed in the near future. The collaboration mechanisms among the actors embedded in innovation ecosystems are crucial to develop novel solutions and reach well-being and sustainability. Universities, private and Public Research Organisations (PROs) and governmental institutions as well as industrial and social organisations must find new governance arrangements and ways of working together to tackle these unprecedent challenges to boost innovation for a sustainable and just development in the post-pandemic world.
The Conference aims at providing an international and multidisciplinary venue for discussing and advancing our understanding of these relations with outstanding scholars, policy makers and practitioners. The Conference will be held in presence at the University of Florence giving the opportunity to explore the beauties of this city as well as to visit the Tuscany region in the heart of Italy. It will be also possible to participate online as this edition of the conference will be organized as a hybrid event, giving participants the opportunity to present and interact from remote.
We encourage submissions of abstracts from academics, practitioners, and policymakers in the following categories within the 28 February 2022:
Research papers: Theoretical and/or empirical research.
Practical Experiences: Practitioners presenting cases of interactions between research, policy, and operative organizations (with emphasis on successes/challenges, good/bad practices, current and future implications for industry and society).
Posters: Visual summaries of Research papers and Practical experiences.
The contributions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the 2022 Triple helix Conference. The selection criteria include the scientific/practical relevance of the proposed paper/case and the fit with one or more of the below mentioned themes. No review comments will be provided.
Academics, practitioners, and policymakers that are willing to organize a special session within the Conference are kindly invited to submit their proposal within the 28 February 2022. Proposal must be submitted filling the special sessions template and sending by email to AbstractTHC2022@oic.it.
Please click here to download the template.
Click on tracks titles to read the full description.
We welcome contributions that are related, but not limited, to the following themes:
Theories and methods to advance the theoretical understanding of TH approaches and initiatives, included extensions (e.g., quadruple and quintuple helix).
Empirical evidence and theoretical contributions regarding the governance of TH and the design of related multi-level policies in the post-Covid.
Indicators, metrics and novel methods to assess the social, economic and environmental impact of TH models (and their extensions).
Cases and projects addressing complex cross sectoral and TH (and extensions) partnerships, including spanning organizations and functions, which aim at fostering co-creation of knowledge, innovation and sustainability in different local contexts.
Novel approaches and related practices to organize third mission of universities and PROs possibly engaging new disciplines (e.g. the humanities), for the wellbeing of communities in the aftermath of Covid- 19.
Entrepreneurship and innovation courses and programmes in the context of TH approaches to enhance soft and transversal skills within and beyond the framework of the Entrepreneurial university.
Social innovation dynamics and ecological transition in innovation ecosystems to boost urban regeneration and sustainability in cities and regions.
Unpacking the weak/missing links between systems of SMEs and universities/PROs, also in the context of global knowledge networks and industrial value chains. Hindering conditions in the exchange and co-creation of knowledge. Supporting factors of connectivity with research and higher education within and throughout TH.
The complex relationship between universities/PROs and more peripheral regions in both the Global North and South; universities/PROs finding/losing balance between the search for excellence in national and global academic/research networks and the collaboration with regional stakeholders for local development.
The importance of relationships between health science and transnational research, highlighted by the Covid-19 to develop new solutions (e.g., digital medicine) for the well-being of society.
Contributions addressing the problems of intellectual property rights concentration and market power relation affecting the production and diffusion of knowledge of universities/PROs, and the possible role of TH partnerships in the management of infrastructures of public knowledge for innovation.
Theoretical and empirical contributions to unpack which roles can TH (and extensions) play within the Recovery programmes that Governments, across both the Global North and South, are designing and implementing to tackle the effects of Covid-19 under objectives of economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Contributions on innovation mega-trends and cases and practices of digital and green transitions in the aftermath of Covid-19 where TH initiatives (and extensions) give an effective or potential support to new knowledge and responsible innovation (e.g., in smart cities or in urban regeneration programmes).
Contributions on models and strategies of universities to connect global knowledge to local communities, to create international research networks and transnational relations.
Monday, 27 June
14:30 – 16:00 Opening & Plenary
14:30 – 14:45 Welcome by Conference Chair Marco Bellandi
14:45 – 15:00 Opening by Josep Pique (on-site)
15:00 – 16:00 Keynote speech
NEXT GENERATION EU AND THE NEED OF MULTI-LEVEL INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS – AN ITALIAN PERSPECTIVE
Luigi Nicolais (President of Materias srl and Professor Emeritus, University of Naples, Federico II) (on-site)
19:15-20.15 Plenary at the Innovation Hub
ITALIAN BANKING FOUNDATIONS AND THEIR INVESTMENTS FOR SOCIAL PROGRESS
Organized by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, the main partner of THC 2022, the session will put together the experiences of four important Italian banking foundations in supporting helical partnerships for social innovation and territorial development.
Tuesday, 28 June
14:30-16:00 Plenary (Keynote dialogue)
NEW PARTNERSHIPS FOR INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT FACING CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Jerome Engel (UC Berkeley University): The clusters of innovation and the need of a culture of multi-actor collaboration: an USA perspective (on-site)
Daria Tataj (THA vice president): Network Intelligence (nIQ). How to make innovation partnerships actually thrive (on-site)
Chair: Virginia Trigo (ISCTE) (onsite)
Wednesday, 29 June
14:30-16:00 Plenary (Keynote dialogue)
GREAT EXPECTATIONS? THE ROLE OF THE UNIVERSITIES AS CIVIC ANCHORS IN PLACED-BASED INNOVATION
Louise Kempton (Newcastle University): an international overview (on-site)
Josep Pique (THA President): a TH commentary (on-site)
Chair: Marco Bellandi (UNIFI) (onsite)
18.00 – 19.00 Award Ceremony
Emanuele Fiore (CNR – Member of the Board of the THA) (on-site)
Alexander Heichlinger (GovInsight – Member of the Board of the THA) (online)
Marco Bellandi (UNIFI) (on-site)
During the Award Ceremony the members of the Conference Awards Committee will announce the results of the selection and present the Conference Awards to the winners in the 3 categories
It is compulsory to register both for participation on-site in Florence or on-line via streaming.
Click here to register.
Registrations fees – VAT 22% included:
*This category includes bachelor, master and PHD students.
** Special fee only for audience, NOT allowed for Presenters.
Reduced fees for THA members:
THA members will benefit from a 10% discount for individual members and 20% discount for organizational members on their registration fee.
In order to get your discount please ask for your special code writing to: email@example.com.
Presenting authors will have the opportunity to participate to the following awards:
Those who intend to participate to the awards are requested to submit a full paper within the 31 May 2022.
We are happy to announce that Professor Marco Bellandi (University of Florence), Dr Dimitri Corpakis (Former EU official) and Dr Letizia Donati (University of Florence) will act as guest editors to organize a Special Issue for the Triple Helix Journal, which is indexed in WoS and Scopus. The special issue’s theme is Governing new and traditional partnerships for innovation and development in the post-pandemic world. Submissions to the special issue based on full papers presented at the Triple Helix Conference 2022 will be on a fast track in the peer-review process. The call for papers will be launched at the beginning of next June (check on the websites of the Journal and the Conference). The first decisions on papers on the fast track are expected to be made within 40 days. We invite all the members of our wide community to stay tuned and join us at the Conference, in Florence (or online), 27-29 June!
The Triple Helix Association offers several publication opportunities on dedicated journals:
- Triple Helix Journal
- Triple Helix Best Practice Series
Department of Economics and Management (DISEI)
University of Florence UNIFI
POLO SCIENZE SOCIALI NOVOLI
Via delle Pandette, 9 – 50127 Florence (Italy)
Florence, one of the most beautiful and visited art cities in the world, is an open-air museum, placed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1982.
In the fifteenth-century Florence, a self-governed, independent city-state with a population of 60.000, became with its writers, painters, architects, and philosophers the cradle of Renaissance culture; Renaissance shifted mankind into the centre of the known cosmos and man became its measure. With such relevant philosophical and scientific inheritance, with its beautiful Mediterranean climate, good and healthy food and great shopping opportunities Florence it is the ideal place to host the 20th Triple Helix Conference in June 2022.
Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence to visit are: the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi Gallery and the Academia Gallery with the wonderful Michelangelo’s David. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo’s architectural genius. Here you can wander in some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio and experience the “newest” area of Florence, the Oltrarno. You can also spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence.
Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Florence has just been included in the Lonely planet best destinations for 2022.
We selected 2 hotels walking distance from the congress venue and we reserved here a certain number of rooms with special rates for the THC 2022 attendees (in your request please specify that you are involved in Triple Helix Conference 2022).
All the requests of reservation must be sent via email directly to the hotel.
The confirmation of the availability will be on first-come first-served base.
The Hotel is located inside the University campus, just 2 minutes walking from the Congress Venue.
RATE: € 129,00 single / € 159,00 double occupancy
Breakfast and VAT included
City tax NOT included
Email for reservation: FLRNV_RS@HILTON.COM
Rooms will be available for reservation until June 1st. After that date any reservation will be upon request.
The Hotel is located approximately 1km from the Congress Venue, about 12 minutes walking.
RATE: € 105,00 single / € 120,00 double occupancy
Breakfast and VAT included
City tax NOT included
Email for reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rooms will be available for reservation until June 10th. After that date any reservation will be upon request.
Instead if you are interested to stay in Florence city center, please check here below availabilities and prices in some of the Hotels affiliated with the Florence Convention Bureau:
Following the latest Italian and European laws in terms of COVID-19 pandemic emergency, OIC Srl as Organizing Secretariat developed a detailed COVID-19 Protocol.
In case of any more questions, please feel free to ask us writing to: email@example.com.
TOP 3 IMPORTANT THINGS to know about COVID-19 and TRIPLE HELIX CONFERENCE in Florence:
As for now, in Italy the GREEN PASS is no more needed to access the Congress venue, but the face mask is still required for all the indoor events.
Either in Pisa or Florence Airports, it is possible to take a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab.
This is the link to make a reservation: Aeroporti – Ra.M.I. Rete Ambulatoriale Misericordie.
Contact us for any further information you may have.