Conference subthemes

The subthemes include but are not limited to the following:

Creating an innovative and entrepreneurial society

  • Smart specialization: Building an innovation driven-economy
  • Developing innovation districts and regional and national innovation systems
  • Stimulating sustainable and inclusive growth through university-industry interaction
  • Responsible research and social innovation: The role of citizens and society

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 university-business ecosystem
  • University management and leadership: Building blocks & initiatives
  • Cultural change: The transition towards a new generation of universities

University-business collaboration: The practitioner’s perspective

  • Training and career perspectives: Recognition for business developers, engagement officers and other practitioners
  • Models and methods to strengthen the innovation and external engagement potential of universities
  • Transitioning or translating: The role of the knowledge transfer officer
  • Brokering talent from university to business and vice versa

Employability: 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 Cooperation: A holistic approach

  • Developing knowledge alliances, networks and strategic partnerships
  • Building and managing mutually beneficial strategic partnerships and projects in practice
  • Shifting from a linear to a more holistic research valorization process
  • Seeing the mutual benefits of collaboration

Output and impact measurement: How to measure the intangible

  • Aligning individual, departmental and organizational performance measurement with incentives
  • Measuring the economic growth and impact of interactions and partnerships

Intermediaries: The enablers of university-industry interaction

  • The role of internal stakeholders (e.g. technology transfer, career, alumni offices) in enabling university-industry interaction
  • How incubators, entrepreneurship centers, technology and science parks create an entrepreneurship ecosystem