The IASP World Conference is a knowledge community in action, a global gathering of 67 speakers and a record-breaking 1,600 delegates visiting the 2016 event, including leading government, business and innovation figures from 56 countries. The last few days have demonstrated just what can be achieved when innovators and innovation managers from across the world collaborate.

iasp-moscow-d-medvedevSkolkovo Technopark, MSU Technopark and Technopark Strogino, with the support of Moscow City Government, recently hosted the 33rd IASP World Conference in Moscow, Russia on September 19th -22nd 2016. With the theme of “The Global Mind – linking innovation communities for internationalization, sustainability and growth,” this conference deepens our understanding of how science parks (STPs) and other areas of innovation (AOIs) can use the Global Mind for the benefit of their innovation communities as well as for their cities and regions.
Held in three different venues –
Skolkovo Technopark, the World Trade Center and MSU Science Park, it showcased the flourishing science park and area of innovation community in Moscow, fast becoming one of the biggest tech hubs in Europe. It is the first time an IASP World Conference has taken place in Russia, recognising its growing role in the international innovation community.

Network highlights
Opening Ceremony and keynote speakers
The event began with an impressive opening ceremony lead by the IASP President, Jean François Balducchi (Atlanpole, France) who welcomed delegates to Russia alongside IASP Director General Luis Sanz.

iasp-moscow-highlights-ebba-lundRussian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev also addressed the Opening Day, praising the progress of the Skolkovo project and recognising the great value of IASP as a global network for supporting internationalisation and innovation. Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich also visited IASP Moscow, holding a round table event with key experts from science parks and areas of innovation around the world including IASP President Jean-François Balducchi and European Division President Jari Lauronen. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Moscow also took to the stage, emphasising the city’s commitment to global entrepreneurship.
The first day’s keynote speaker was Saku Touminen (Finland), founder of the Idealist Group one of the most successful Finnish independent TV production companies, who focused on the role education can play in inspiring future global innovators. The closing day heard from Neil Gershenfeld (USA), Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, who echoed the theme of education with a look at the FabLab network which helps brilliant students to flourish outside the conventional school system.

IASP Inspiring Solutions
During the Winter Symphony gala dinner on September 21st, the IASP Director General Luis Sanz announced the winners of the IASP Inspiring Solutions Programme 2016, as voted for by IASP members.

The three winners are:
Connecting the dots to accelerate innovation, presented by Utrecht Science Park, The Netherlands
Corporate Entrepreneurship – Technova PreAccelerator, presented by La Salle Technova, Spain
Innovation Lift «schoolchild-student-entrepreneur», presented by MSU Science Park, Russia

Inspiring Solutions is IASP’s knowledge sharing initiative which gives visibility to innovative ideas in science park and area of innovation management, and seeks to inspire other members. This year the programme attracted 29 entries from across the world, 9 of which were shortlisted by an expert committee to go forward to the members voting round.

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