International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) 33rd IASP World Conference and new International Board

Skolkovo Technopark with 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 and other Areas of Innovation can use the Global Mind —setting common goals and strengthening connectivity— for the benefit of their innovation communities (businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers and technicians) as well as for their cities and regions.

Science parks and other areas of innovation are environments where the Global Mind can flourish and develop naturally. They provide space, facilities and services especially tailored for these kinds of communities and they offer a unique way to think, connect and interact. This collaborative nature stems from strong local roots, but also provides privileged access to international networks, markets and partnerships. Dynamic links among STPs and AOIs from all over the world are essential to make the most of this international dimension. This local/global duality is one of the constitutive features of STPs and AIs.

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.

The IASP World Conference is a knowledge community in action, a global gathering of 58 speakers and over 1000 delegates, including leading government, business and innovation figures from 45 countries. The past few days have demonstrated just what can be achieved when innovators and innovation managers from across the world collaborate.

Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev addressed the event’s 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.