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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS 34th IASP World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS 34th IASP World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation


The Turkish Technology Parks Consortium (Teknopark Istanbul, ODTU Teknokent and ITU ARI Teknokent) will host the 34th IASP Annual World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation in September 2017.

The conference will bring together experts from STPs (Science and Technology Parks) and other AOIs (Areas of Innovation), technology-based incubators, academia, the public sector and business to discuss and debate in depth the trends in STPs and other areas of innovation as increasingly complex structures for professional innovation support.

To serve their companies and communities, STPs and other AOIs often collaborate and coordinate activities with different institutions and organisations, such as chambers of commerce, development and funding agencies, industry associations, sectoral clusters, networks, venture capital, etc. All of these institutions are welcome to make contributions to this conference.

Theme and Programme

The programme will be divided into a variety of sessions – retaining both the traditional plenary and parallel sessions on specific topics, as well as more innovative formats - to encourage a more dynamic knowledge exchange. The format of the sessions will only be determined after the paper review, and for the time being authors are invited to choose from 4 theme blocks to submit their abstracts. All conference sessions will be related to the overall theme for the 2017 IASP World Conference which has been set as:

Science parks and natural innovation ecosystems: Articulating future strategies

Istanbul 2017 will be a great chance to analyse the best and most innovative solutions being applied throughout the world to further shape the role of AOI/STP ecosystems so that they match new social requirements and reinforce their relevance as tools to stimulate knowledge based economic development.

It will be the place where STP executives will meet with key industry players, city & government officials, R&D firms, incubators, legal consultants, business mentors, angel investors, venture capitalists, academics, graduate students, IP specialists and technology advisors to articulate opportunities and evaluate risks in different subthemes.

The overall aim is to identify the main opportunities that the emergence of new ecosystems give to AOIs and STPs, as well as the potential challenges and risks that may appear, and to reflect about the best strategies to cope with them.

In detail: session descriptions and guidelines for authors


Innovation in Funding Schemes for AOIs/STPs ecosystem

Crisis periods can encourage AOI/STP ecosystem stakeholders (entrepreneurs, SMEs, big companies, and even STPs/AOIs themselves) to find new funding mechanisms.

New mechanisms including diverse configurations of crowd-funding, new approaches in former Angel Investment networks or Venture Capital support, or the role of international funding tools such as Horizon2020, Interregs or other European mechanisms that are extended to other continents, are changing the funding scenario for AOI/STPs.

Authors are encouraged to share their experiences and expertise in this topic.


Service mechanisms: what should AOIs and STPs offer to their residents/users?

Science Parks and AOIs are all about interactions among resident companies and different stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem. In order to stimulate this interaction and to promote the generation of wealth, specialized services must be offered, and, in many cases, new concepts of space are also required.

Authors are invited to discuss new concepts of services; new tools to evaluate and improve them; the role of IP in STPs and AOIs; internationalization of the park and its companies; mechanisms and benefits in promoting connections among startups, SMEs and large companies; conflict management and best practices in compliance, etc.


Rethinking space: new habitats of innovation; how should AOIs/STPs incorporate new space concepts.

The knowledge-based economy needs both hard and soft factors for developing talent and technology in habitats of innovation. Science and technology parks and areas of innovation are the platform of talent and technology (TxT), but new tools are emerging in order to activate TxT and generate, prototype and validate innovations in real environments.

FabLabs, design centres, co-working spaces, accelerators, corporate incubators, living labs and others are using space with new ways of providing value to tenants and new ways of monetization. AOIs and STPs are developing different strategies to reflect these new activities.

We welcome contributions regarding programmes, tools and strategies that STPs and AOIs are developing to reflect the new tools and ways of integrating them.


The Future

This theme offers the opportunity to speculate about the future of our sector. Extrapolating from your own experience and knowledge, what might science and technology parks and areas of innovation look like five years from now? How might they develop in response to current trends in technology, communications, global politics, social values and business models? Some specific areas to consider include:

What kind of organisations will want to be associated with STPs and AOIs? What kind of value proposition will attract and keep them? Will there be any formal tenants/residents or just users? Will Generation M businesses demand a completely new approach from service providers? What will be the impact on the business model of STPs?

How does smart manufacturing and advanced industrialisation (Industry 4.0) fit into our model? Are these "valid" members of our community? Can they add value to the innovation ecosystem?

How will the relationship between STPs and AOIs develop? Will all STPs aspire to evolve into AOIs? Will emerging economies seek to leapfrog the STP stage and create AOIs to support a developing knowledge economy? Will STPs continue to thrive as specialised kinds of AOIs, finding synergies within the larger geographical area that magnify their economic impact?


Submission of abstracts (paper proposals) is open to everyone. Authors do not need to be members of IASP, and participation from a variety of organisations and sectors is welcomed.

Proposals to present contributions at this IASP World Conference in 2017 will undergo the review process below. Selections will be made according to the paper content and its ability to address the topics and themes outlined above. The conference organisers will aim to include papers from the broadest possible range of expertise and perspectives.

Selection of Abstracts

Anyone interested in presenting a paper at the conference must first submit an 800-1200 word abstract to the Steering Committee Secretariat. Submissions should be made through the online system by 3rd November 2016.

Access to the system will soon be available from the conference website www.iasp2017istanbul.org.

All abstracts must be in English.

Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Steering Committee and review panel. The authors will be notified by 11th January 2017 as to whether or not their abstract has been selected for the next step in the paper selection process (full paper for review).

The authors whose abstracts have been selected will need to submit their complete papers no later than 3rd May 2017. Only those authors whose abstracts are approved may submit a full paper for review.

Selection of Full Papers

Full papers will be evaluated by the Conference Steering Committee and review panel. The panel will select the final papers that best contribute to the theme and desired discussion at the conference based on the clarity and relevance of their argument. Authors will be notified by 23rd June 2017 as to whether their full paper has been selected for inclusion in the conference programme.

Given the limited number of speaking opportunities at the conference, some of the full papers that are approved by the review panel may be included in the conference proceedings but may not be allotted time for an oral presentation at the conference.

Important deadlines

Submission of abstracts 3rd November 2016

Notification to authors 11th January 2017

Submission of full papers 3rd May 2017

Notification to authors 23rd June 2017

Conference dates 26th – 29th September 2017

Steering Committee Secretariat

For more information about the Call for Contributions process for the conference, please contact Ebba Lund or Francesca Antoniazzi at papers@iasp.ws.

Conference Secretariat

For more information about the conference and the city of Istanbul, please

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