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UCL, Birkbeck and the Big Innovation Centre host 11th Annual Triple Helix Innovation Conference

5 July 2013

UCL, Birkbeck, University of London and the Big Innovation Centre – an initiative of The Work Foundation and Lancaster University – are hosting the 11th international Triple Helix Innovation Conference, running from Monday 8 July and runs until Wednesday 10 July.

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The conference is bringing together entrepreneurs, academics and government representatives – the three strands of the Triple Helix which are the model of future innovation – to discuss, act on and co-innovate solutions to our most pressing economic, social and technological challenges.

The conference is taking place at the University of London’s Senate House building and the UCL and Birkbeck campuses in Bloomsbury.

David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, will give a keynote speech on the first day of the conference addressing some of its key themes, and will specifically focus on the UK government’s innovation policy, and how it matches up to its global counterparts.

Other highlights of the conference include a session to be chaired by Timothy Barnes, Director of UCL Advances – the University’s centre for entrepreneurship – as well as a keynote address from Will Hutton, Chair of the Big Innovation Centre, on the importance of the Triple Helix principles in driving innovation between governments, universities and business.

The closing day of the conference includes a plenary session on the future of healthcare and how it can be improved through government, business and university collaboration. The session features Sergio Arzeni, the Director of the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development and Jackie Parkin, Vice-President of Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline.

Over one hundred and fifty papers will be presented by academics and professional practitioners throughout the three days of the conference including:

  • An examination of the latest developments of the Tech City digital cluster in East London;
  • A study of whether entrepreneurial traits make for better scientists;
  • How the presence of a university can affect the development of the physical, commercial and cultural fabric of the cities of which they are part.

“Closer collaboration between universities, business and government is vital for driving the sustainable growth of the British economy,” said Professor Stephen Caddick, Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL, who is speaking at the conference. “UCL is committed to the triple helix approach and has particular successes in healthcare and technology.

“One of our most recent examples was developed to support the Government’s Tech City initiative in London’s Shoreditch, where we are working with Cisco and DC Thomson to establish an innovation hothouse in the area”.