We are really proud to say that the 20th Triple Helix Conference has been distinguished by the very high level of contents and contributions.

Please find below some great contents to download:

Slides of Plenary and Semi Plenary Sessions

Pictures and Memories

Numbers and Statistics

We are working also on the video recording of the sessions and more contents will be released soon!


Thank you and we are in touch

The 20th Edition of the Triple Helix Conference in Florence 2022 has opened a new era in our Conferences, in post-COVID times, integrating the Hybrid sessions, blending local and international, onsite and virtual, speakers and participants, and allowing researchers from all over the world participate in an active way in our conference. Together with ACEEU, we have had in this edition 293 attending delegates, 159 women, and 134 men.

We would like to remember our founders Prof. Henry Etzkowitz and Prof. Loet Leydesdorff, for starting this global movement promoting the Interaction of Universities, Government, and Industry for developing Ecosystems of Innovation in connection with the Quadruple Helix – Society and the Quintuple Helix – Environment.

We would like to recognize a lot of people that have worked from different angles for allowing us to enjoy this Triple Helix Conference this year in Florence.

We would like to start with the Scientific Committee Members, the Regional Promotors, and the Local Organizing Committee. A special recognition to the main Partner Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, and our Thematic Partner – ACEEU. Our gratitude extends of course also to the Sponsors Edizione Scientifiche Italiane, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, and Rummo S.p.A., and to the Patronage of the City of Firenze and the Chamber of Commerce of Firenze.

All the Keynote Speakers, such as Jerome Engel from UC Berkeley University, Louis Kempton from the University of Newcastle, Daria Tataj from the University of Manchester, and Prof. Luigi Nicolai former Minister of Innovation of the Republic of Italy, made a high-level contribution. The 8 Semi plenary Sessions from different perspectives provided great contributions as well, such as the Join Research Center session, the TH Master Class, the debate about Helixes for Peace, the ACEEU – Triple E Awards, the evaluation of the impacts of the Italian Universities’ Third Mission, the presentation of the book Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption, the debate about Urban Regeneration in Italy, and the meeting with the Editors.

Also, we would like to include recognition for the organizers of the 12 Special Sessions and all the presenters of the papers and chairs of the 22 Ordinary Sessions.

Congratulations to the winners of the THC 2022 Awards, and to the other short-listed contributors. Indeed, there were various other very interesting papers presented for the Awards and others that have been just presented at the Conference. A Call for Papers is now opening for a Special Issue on the Triple Helix Journal, where papers that have been presented at this conference can be submitted and short-tracked.

The Triple Helix Association is working on developing a Strategy Plan that follows the Mission of the Association to promote, lead studies, and disseminate scientific findings regarding all aspects of the Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations.

The new mandate formulated a clear vision: To be the Global Reference for Scholars, Practitioners, and Policy Makers in the Research and Development of the Interaction between University-Industry-Government, working in 3 clear strategic lines:

  • The development of Publication as the Triple Helix Journal
  • The organization of the Events as the Triple Helix Conference
  • And the more important one, the promotion and the management of the Community of the Triple Helix around the world.

With the New Board, we will continue working for this global movement, promoting the interactions between Universities, Industry, and Government, with the aim of contributing to a better world for economic and social development by combining inclusion and sustainability amid the extraordinary and tragic environmental, geopolitical, food and health crises of our times.

We hope to see all of you next June 26-29, 2023 in Barcelona. La Salle – Ramon Llull University will host our next Triple Helix Conference!9

Marco Bellandi
2022 Conference Chair


Josep Miquel Piqué Huerta
THA President

JMPIQUE 2019 vCreu Carnet

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)

Regional Promoters

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

Marco Bellandi
Mario Biggeri
Annalisa Caloffi
Letizia Donati
Amir Maghssudipour


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 [2014] and Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption [2022] 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.

Prof. Daria Tataj is the co-founder of Network Intelligence (nIQ) Academy set up in 2021 by Tataj Innovation and Masood Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Manchester, where Dr. Tataj is an Honorary Professor.

Network Intelligence is a capacity to turn people in your networks into collaborators who help you and your team increase productivity, innovate, and grow with a purpose in mind. Thanks to this system-change methodology, alumni of the Network IQ Academy accelerate their careers and projects in business, technology, and society worldwide.

Dr. Tataj is one of high-level European Commission experts on innovation, a member of the founding Board of the EIT European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Supervisory Board member of EIT Manufacturing, and former Chair of RISE Group which advised directly Commissioner Carlos Moedas. Since 2022, Prof. Tataj is the Vice President of the Triple Helix Association.

Daria has always been passionate about fostering entrepreneurship in Europe. She has taken Tataj Innovation, a Polish R&D and edutech firm, to work globally, and was recognised in 2021 by the Spanish government as one of the women role models shaping the entrepreneurial ecosystem. In 2022 Tataj Innovation became a formal ally of the Spanish government’s strategy “Spain Entrepreneurial Nation”.

Call for abstract and special sessions


Abstract Submission

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.

Special Sessions

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

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.

Key dates

28 February 2022

Submission deadline
for abstract and special sessions

31 March 2022

Notification of acceptance

15 January to 15 April 2022

Early Bird Registration

31 May 2022

Regular registration deadline


Click on the “FINAL PROGRAM” button here below to download the detailed agenda with Plenary, Semi Plenary, Special and Ordinary  Sessions.



Tracks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ordinary Sessions

Entrepreneurship education in the context of TH approaches                                                                                                                                                             1
Connecting and upgrading industrial districts                                                                                                                                                                                             2
Translational research in health science in the post pandemic world                                                                                                                                               3
Local communities with global knowledge networks                                                                                                                                                                               4
Partnerships of emerging actors and hybrid organizations for knowledge co-creation, innovation and sustainability         5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 20, 21
Evaluating the impact of TH initiatives                                                                                                                                                                                                            6
Governance models and policy design for triple helix initiatives in face of contemporary crises                                                                                   8, 19
TH research in emerging fields and countries                                                                                                                                                                                            10
Universities connecting local communities and global knowledge networks                                                                                                                             12
TH contribution to Sustainability and Recovery programs and policies                                                                                                                                        13
Theoretical foundations and methodological approaches for TH research                                                                                                                          14, 18
Academic engagement, third mission and the social impact of universities in the aftermath of Covid-19                                                                    16
Boosting social innovation and ecological transition in regional innovation ecosystems                                                                                                     17
TH partnerships, co-patenting, and market power relations                                                                                                                                                              22

Plenary sessions

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


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


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)


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)


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:

€ 390
early bird
Early bird fee until April 15th
€ 390,00
Regular fee from April 16th to May 31st
€ 420,00
On site fee starting from June 1st
€ 440,00
€ 150
early bird
Early bird fee until April 15th
€ 150,00
Regular fee from April 16th to May 31st
€ 170,00
On site fee starting from June 1st
€ 190,00
€ 190
€ 190,00
€ 90,00

€ 190
€ 190,00
€ 90,00
€ 440
On site fee from June 1st
€ 440,00
€ 190
On site fee from June 1st
€ 190,00
€ 183
One Day On-site Fee from April 16th to June 20th
€ 183,00

€ 183
Fee from April 16th to June 1st
€ 183,00

€ 190
€ 190,00

€ 90,00
€ 190
€ 190,00
€ 90,00

*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:


In case you need a visa letter to attend the Conference in Florence, please make your request writing to


Presenting authors will have the opportunity to participate to the following awards:

The Triple Helix 2022 Awards go to:

Early career researcher


Andrea Braun Strelcova, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany

Mesay Barekew Liche, Adama Science and Technology University, Adama, Ethiopia

Best conference paper

Marina Van Geenhuizen, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Razie Nejabat, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlandsh

Best practical case

Daniel Pimentel, Emerge Consultoria e Treinamentos LTDA, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lucas Delgado, Emerge Consultoria e Treinamentos LTDA, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Best poster awards

Awarded to researchers, students, or practitioners with ability to present clear and concise posters showing the results of application and implementation of the Triple Helix model for innovation.

Those who intend to participate to the awards are requested to submit a full paper within the 31 May 2022.

Publication Opportunities

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 have been launched, don’t miss this opportunity!

Download all the info below and submit your paper before the deadline of August 18th.

The Triple Helix Association offers several publication opportunities on dedicated journals:

  • Triple Helix Journal
  • Triple Helix Best Practice Series
  • Hélice


Join the Conference as SPONSOR! Download the Sponsor book and choose between all the interesting sponsorship opportunities.

For more information send an email to

The 20th Triple Helix Conference whishes to thank all its Partners and Sponsors:



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General Information

Congress Venue

Department of Economics and Management (DISEI)
University of Florence UNIFI
Via delle Pandette, 9 – 50127 Florence (Italy)


You can easily reach the Conference venue by Florence public tramway: the University Campus is located on the T2 line of the tramway, at the stop “San Donato Università”.
The T2 line connects directly also the Florence Airport with the Florence Railway Station (and the Florence city center).
Tramway is open everyday from 05.00 AM to 00.30 AM and there is a ride each 4-10 minutes maximum.
You can buy tickets at any tramway stop (at the automatic vending machines) at € 1,50 for a 90 minutes ride. 
For any further info about Florence Tramway please click HERE

About Florence


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.


Hotel Accomodation

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:
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:




In Italy the GREEN PASS is no more needed to access the Conference venue, but the face mask is still required to attend all the Conference sessions.


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.


If you want to be updated on the latest rules for traveling to/from Italy you can always check the official Italian Government’s website: Info Covid Viaggiare Sicuri.

In case of any more questions, please feel free to ask us writing to:

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Contact us for any further information you may have.


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University of Florence
Department of Economics and Management

Via delle Pandette, 32
50127 Florence (Italy)

Organizing Secretariat

Viale G. Matteotti, 7
50121 Florence (Italy)

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Florence Convention Bureau
Via del Tiratoio, 1
50124 Florence (Italy)

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