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IN SEARCH OF INNOVATION: How knowledge exchange contributes to regional development

IN SEARCH OF INNOVATION: How knowledge exchange contributes to regional development
Added on 03/09/2012

A two-day conference featuring representatives from the European Commission (Directorate General for Research and Innovation), the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts ( NESTA, UK) and the New Economy Development Fund (GR) will illustrate how knowledge exchange practices in University City Regions can benefit regional development . The International Conference is coordinated by the Decentralised Administration of Macedonia - Thrace (DAMT) and it will take place in 11 & 12 October in Thessaloniki (GR), within the framework of the INTERREG IVC project “INNOPOLIS”.

The Conference includes speakers from the following Universities: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the National & Kappodistrian University of Athens and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (GR), the Universities of Salford, Bradford (UK), Maastricht (NL), Lodz (PL) and Aalto (FI). Apart from the DAMT and the Region of Central Macedonia, local government will be represented by the region of Lodz (PL), the Urban Facts of the City of Helsinki (FI) and the Manchester City Council (UK). Speakers from local businesses and academic organisations will join the conference to discuss their experience of university-company cooperation through the presentation of successful knowledge exchange practices.

The Conference will showcase policy practices that promote successful knowledge exchange between universities and business, successful cases of knowledge exchange between universities and enterprises, and tools available to support the exchange of knowledge between universities and business. Furthermore, the results of the INNOPOLIS project will be presented and ways in which the continuous progress of knowledge transfer processes can lead to sustainable performance in innovation will be discussed and debated.

The following keynote speakers will present at the conference (in alphabetical order):

  • Dimitri Corpakis, Head of Unit Regional Dimension of Innovation Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Nikolaos Haritakis, Vice-Chairman & CEO at TANEO S.A. and Assistant Professor in Economics at the National University of Athens
  • Christos Kalantaridis, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Bradford University School of Management
  • Nicos Komninos, Professor of Urban Development and Innovation Policy in AUTH
  • Yannis Pierrakis, Head of Investment Research at NESTA UK and Innovation Expert at The World Bank
  • Lena Tsipouri, Associate Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Economics and Centre of Financial Studies
  • René Wintjes, Senior Researcher, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University

Participation – Registration

The Conference is open to the public and the entrance is free. The official language of the conference is English. More information at:


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The project INNOPOLIS - “Innovation Policy in University City Regions".

INNOPOLIS aims to identify regional best policy practice in the field of knowledge exchange between universities & enterprises. The project focuses on university city-regions, (localities with at least three multi-departmental universities and at least 60,000 students) and the potential of those regions in practicing knowledge exchange activities that would be beneficial to local societies and economies. The project is formed through the collaboration between universities and regional authorities in four different campuses in Europe (Manchester-UK, Central Macedonia-GR, Helsinki-FI and Lodz-PL).

The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and made possible within the program INTERREG IVC.

For more information on the project visit:


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