Conference themes and subthemes

The subthemes include but are not limited to the following:

Creating an innovative and entrepreneurial society

  • Smart specialization: Building an innovation driven-economy
  • Creating smart cities and regional and national innovation systems
  • Challenges in creating an innovative and entrepreneurial society
  • Measuring social and economic growth and impact
  • Stimulating sustainable and inclusive growth through university-industry interaction
  • Responsible research and innovation: The role of citizens and society
  • The role of universities in civic engagement

Leading higher education into the future: Developing more engaged and entrepreneurial universities

  • Becoming a more engaged and entrepreneurial organisation
  • The position of universities in the knowledge triangle and entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • University management and leadership: Building blocks & initiatives
  • Cultural change: The transition towards a new generation of universities

Educating the leaders, researchers and employees of tomorrow

  • Developing transversal skills: Making students and researchers employers and employable
  • Stimulating and evaluating entrepreneurial mindsets, attitudes and creativity
  • Creating entre- and intrapreneurs: Generate and recognize value and drive future growth

University-business collaboration: The practitioner’s perspective

  • Training and career perspectives for business developers, engagement officers and other practitioners
  • Building and managing mutually beneficial partnerships and projects in practice
  • Brokering talent from university to business and vice versa

Innovation in universities: Powering the innovation engine

  • How to stimulate creativity & innovation in education and research
  • Models and methods for strengthening innovation through universities
  • Increasing and measuring the impact of innovation

Start-ups and spin-offs: Student & academic entrepreneurs

  • How to stimulate student and academic entrepreneurship
  • University start-ups and spin-offs and their main challenges
  • Universities, incubators, entrepreneurship centers, technology and science parks and their role in the entrepreneurship ecosystem

University-Business Cooperation

  • Facilitating and driving university-business cooperation
  • Developing knowledge alliances, networks and strategic partnerships
  • Measuring the impact of interactions and partnerships
  • How collaboration can lead to mutual benefits

Knowledge and technology transfer

  • Approaches towards technology commercialization
  • Knowledge transfer: More than just selling patents and licenses
  • Knowledge transfer offices and their management
  • Transitioning or translating: The role of the knowledge transfer officer