Call for Thematic Workshop experts

1. Applications for thematic workshops experts

We are looking for experts (discussants and chairs) in the areas of the thematic workshops listed below. If interested, please submit an Expression of Interest, mentioning the title of the thematic workshop for which the application is made, the desired position (discussant or chair), your name, position, institutional affiliation, contacts and a short description of your professional experience in the respective area (max. 1 page). Applications can be submitted by email to: by 18 March 2011. Accepted applications will he reviewed by the TH9 Scientific Committee and will be confirmed by 15 April 2011.

2. Thematic Workshop

1. Smart, Smarter, Smartest: Running the digital race

From Cisco’s “Smart+Connected Communities” to HP’s “Central Nervous System for the Earth” and a myriad of “apps” that speed up the conversion of the real and the digital worlds, we are increasingly surrounded by new digital technology that makes everything more intelligent, brings greater efficiency and lots of new opportunities, but also a new ground for fierce competition and fears for loss of personal contact and traditional values. Who are the new “have’s and have not’s” of the digital race and what are the implications of the digital divide?

2. Social Network Nation: the Next New, New Thing after Facebook?

The unprecedented capacity of Facebook to grow not only in its scale, but also in its emerging country-like features (own currency, governance, etc.) has given rise to a growing debate on its ability to blur boundaries between the real and virtual worlds, on how much impact virtual economies and currencies will have on real world ones, and how can they reshape the social contract and transactions between the State, the Citizen and Civil Society. How far could and should social networks go in changing social norms and relations, technology, politics?

3. Economic Crisis, Innovation and the Philosopher’s Stone

The “stagnation of the West and emergence of the rest” that marked the recent years is likely to continue over the coming years, at the slow pace of recovery in a large part of the world, still suffering by high unemployment, low productivity growth and the ambiguous effects of stimulus vs. austerity measures. How can innovation speed up economic recovery, what are the ‘dynamos of the new economy’ and how can they be supported?

4. From “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” to “Government as an Entrepreneur”: The Role of Public Venture Capital

Between Josh Lerner’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed — and What to Do About It and Al and Jamie Link’s Government as Entrepreneur lies a world of pros and cons of government interventions to support innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic research partnerships from public funds. Is ‘Government as Venture Capitalist’ an oxymoron or a counter-cyclical imperative?

5. The Entrepreneurial University: (R)Evolutionary Transformation or Heresy?

The emergence of the entrepreneurial university as a key driver of transition to a Knowledge Economy is a significant departure from previous academic models that has often been contested, on the grounds of a gloomy scenario fraught with irresolvable conflicts of interest, degradation of the traditional mission and freedom of the university, subordination of the university to business, ‘commodification‘of scientific results, etc. This is why some believe that strong boundaries must be maintained between academia and industry, as the latter’s commercial values will inevitably subsume the former’s intellectual independence. We revisit this debate in the light of new evidence from both proponents and opponents of the Entrepreneurial University concept.

3. Thematic workshops format

The thematic workshops will be organized as 1.5 hour-events during the conference, with the participation of 4-5 discussants, a chair and a broad range of audience. The format will include both Power Point presentations and free talks moderated by the chair. Active interaction with the audience is strongly encouraged.

4. Contact

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Marina Ranga
Chair, Triple Helix 9 Scientific Committee
Stanford University, H-STAR Institute Center for Innovation and Communication


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