The XVII Triple Helix Conference 2019Triple Helix – a Catalyst for Change, will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 9-11 September. The Triple Helix model presents an opportunity to achieve innovation outcomes for the socio-economic good through collaboration with multi stakeholders within academia, industry and government spheres. Local and international researchers, policy makers and practitioners will gather together to discuss how to affect positive change by bringing the creators, implementers and enablers of innovation in social, economic and environmental  issues together in research collaborations, policy initiatives and political actions in society.

This call for papers  links the Triple Helix with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs-Agenda 2030) and the AU Agenda 2063. Exploring this connection  and developing  follow up will be a major projected  outcome of the 2019 conference.

SDG-Agenda 2030 are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 (Resolution 70/1) to “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Agenda2063: Toward the Africa we want is the strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years adopted in 2015. These agenda aims to make the world a better place for all and calls on academia, governments and business to collaborate in new ways to make our world a better place to live in.

The concept of the Triple Helix of university-industry-government relationships initiated in the 1990s by Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff, analyzes the shift from a predominant  industry-government dyad in Industrial Society to  triadic relationships among university-industry-government in the Knowledge Society.
The Triple Helix thesis is that the potential for innovation and economic development in a Knowledge Society resides  in a more prominent role for the university in innovation and entrepreneurship and in the hybridisation of elements of  institutional spheres  and actors, generating new institutional and social formats for the production, transfer and utilization of knowledge.
A growing community of  researchers, practitioners and policy makers carries the Triple Helix project  forward into the 21st century  through the Triple Helix Association, including Helice, the Triple Helix Magazine and the open access Triple Helix Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship  and various world region, regional and local cognate  organizations, for example, The International Triple Helix Institute, Silicon Valley,  and its Global Entrepreneurial University Metrics (GEUM)  collaboratory project.

The call for conference papers, PhD session, poster and Panel session themes are:

Theme 1: The Role of the Entrepreneurial University and University-Industry-government interactions in the XXI Century’s Economic Development Agendas
Theme 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Innovation in Civil Society: The Role of Design Thinking and Citizen Science
Theme 3: Post-Industrial Industrial Policy: Convergence and Fusion of Arts, Creative and Service Industries, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Genetic Technologies
Theme 4:  Spacial and Temporal Axes of Innovation:  Innovation Spaces, Smart Cities and Knowledge-based Rural Development
Theme 5:  Gender and Indigenous Equity and Equality in Science, Technology and Innovation
Theme 6: Other topics related to Triple Helix

Further information and application guidelines available on

Early bird tickets will open in December 2018.

Do not miss to contribute to this very stimulating Conference, submit now your abstract!