A conference of 400 participants from the 5 continents, where 208 papers were presented in 15 scientific areas related to Innovation and Development, with 8 keynote speeches, 8 special sessions and 2 special events of Greek interest, took place in Athens on 11-13/10/2017, at the premises of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”.
The theme of the 15th Annual Conference of the global Globelics network was on the contribution of innovation and capability building in the context of the dominant role of financialisation and uneven growth, with particular emphasis on the seeking of a new role for the state, the productive sector and the social actors.
The conference was organized by the Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics (LIEE) of the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (Chairman of the Organizing Committee was Professor Yannis Caloghirou, Director of LIEE), in collaboration with: Globelics Secretariat (which for this period is based at the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, headed by Globelics Secretary-General Professor Jose Cassiolato), the Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the NTUA (the Dean of the School, Professor Nektarios Koziris was responsible for the Conference), and the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the European Commission. The conference was under the auspices of the Bank of Greece and the City of Athens, while it was sponsored by important industrial enterprises, institutions and organizations active in Greece and Europe. The rector of NTUA Professor Yannis Golias declared the opening of the Globelics conference.
Globelics (Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems) is a global network of researchers from developed and developing countries, who are examining the role that innovation, knowledge and skills and capabilities building can play in economic and sustainable development.
This year’s event was the first to be held in a European country and the choice of Greece was undoubtedly symbolic, meaningful and honourable. Moreover, the juncture was particularly symbolic, as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Electrical Engineering of NTUA as well as 180 yearssince the establishment of the NTUA.
At the conference 8 keynote speeches were given by Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Richard Nelson, William Lazonick, Maria Joao Rodrigues, Nicos Christodoulakis, Costas Fotakis, Elisabeth Lipiatou and the Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis. 188 scientific papers were presented by distinguished and young researchers, including 20 of Greek scientists from various universities. Two sessions were also held, presenting 20 scientific papers in a poster format as well as 14 new books and edited volumes. In a geographic distribution, invited speakers and conference participants from abroad were: 70 from Europe, 65 from Latin America, 12 from USA/Canada, 55 from Asia and 33 from Africa.
At the same time, 8 special sessions were organized with the participation of five scholars from Greece (Costis Vaitsos, Yannis Caloghirou, Tassos Giannitsis, Alexandros Kyrtsis and Achilleas Mitsos) and 30 distinguished academics from five continents on: a) Democracy, development and innovation, b) Financial markets, financialisation of corporations, and technological innovation, c) Frameworks for promoting innovation, mutual learning and cooperation between donor agencies, (d) Public policies for innovation, economic and industrial development: lessons learned, new possibilities and trends in the new global context, (e) Development of indicators on Science, Technology and Innovation for inclusive development, (f) The role of innovation in the creative reconstruction of African-European relations for mutual benefit, (g) European exit strategy from crisis and stagnation, h) The transformation of innovation and how ideas about transformative change impact on innovation systems thinking.
In addition, two Greek events were held, the first one aiming at highlighting the innovative work, good practices, potential and perspectives of the Greek research, production and business system, and the second focusing on the exploitation of the research results and the technical and organizational ideas of researchers, students and graduates of Greek universities and research centers.
In the first, moderated by Aggelos Tsakanikas, representatives of the Greek production system (ELKME – Hellenic Metal Research Center SA of Viohalko Group, Korres SA, Hellenic Petroleum, Titan Cement SA, Ericsson Hellas, Eurobank, and Hellenic Food Industries Association) focused on sectors which can support a crisis exit strategy. In the second event, the importance of co-operation between industry and higher education institutions/research centers emerged as a prerequisite for launching a new, higher-quality development path that would improve the structural competitiveness of the Greek economy and its place in the international division of labor. The discussion was stimulated by 14 speakers, mainly young entrepreneurs, senior executives of international organizations supporting business ventures, members of the academic community, as well as representatives from start-up funders.
There were also four guided tours at the National Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis Museum, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, and the historic center of Athens, so that conference participants could come in contact with Greek culture and get to know Athens better.
A day before the Conference opening (10th October) a joint meeting of the Organising Committee, the Scientific Council and the Secretariat of the Globelics network took place at the NTUA Zografou Campus, while in the evening of the same day the Municipality of Athens received the members of the Organizing Committee and the Scientific Council in the Town Hall. The Mayor of Athens was the main speaker at the gala dinner that “John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation” gave for the delegates. In the gala dinner a small film (Asterix comic type) entitled “Globelics in Athens” was also projected. The film was made by the conference volunteers and portrayed in a humorous way the preparation and implementation of the conference.
Finally, it is worth noting the important contribution to the success of the conference of a large community of 133 volunteers (undergraduate and postgraduate students) from nine universities, who supported with enthusiasm, responsibility and diligence all the activities that took place during the three-day period.
In the context of the relevant publicity of the conference, five distinguished delegates were invited to give interviews to the Greek press (“Kathimerini”, “To Vima” and “Ta Nea”), professors Richard Nelson, William Lazonick, Franco Malerba, Carlota Perez, Maria Joao Rodrigues, while in the “K” magazine of Kathimerini the initiative of the volunteers of the Conference was presented. Also, a press conference was given by three members of the Organizing Committee (Caloghirou, Tsakanikas and Protogerou) prior to the opening of the conference on its objectives and content. Many were also the publications on the printed press and online media, while several interviews were given by members of the conference organizing committee in Athens 9.84, which also hosted a special show with the volunteers of the Conference and there was a presentation of the conference and via SKAI TV. The keynote speeches and the 8 special sessions of the conference were recorded and some of them will be posted on the Bodossaki Foundation blod.gr site aiming at a wider diffusion of the results of the conference and their use as educational and informative material. Communication sponsors In addition, several distinguished speakers were interviewed during the conference and the material was videotaped in order to create a film where they would present their views on key issues of innovation, technological development and growth as well as their impressions from the Congress. Media sponsors were the newspaper “Kathimerini” and the radio station “Athens 984”.
In addition, several distinguished speakers were interviewed during the conference and the material was videotaped in order to create a film where they would present their views on key issues of innovation, technological development and growth as well as their impressions from the conference.
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