37th IASP World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation
Cartuja Science and Technology Park (PCT Cartuja), Seville, Spain, will host IASP’s 37th World Conference from 6-9 October 2020. under the theme “The human factor: People, communities and their innovation ecosystems”.
Knowledge and technology are created and developed by individuals working within systems, networks, and organisations. The knowledge economy means that knowledge has become the greatest asset for companies that want to compete in the global market, overtaking the preeminent role that machines, big facilities and a large but less-educated workforce had in the classic industrial economy. The role of educated and skilled individuals has become more important than ever before. Talent, skills and personal creativity, which are features conducive to knowledge and its transformation into products, services and a new business culture, have become the main asset for companies, but also for society in general.
Accordingly, the new spaces built for today’s companies have to be designed with the needs and preferences of individuals in mind. To succeed in their mission, innovation ecosystems cannot simply think of themselves as places for companies: more comprehensive and complex environments must be created to make them attractive to individuals as well.
At IASP Sevilla, we want to gain deeper knowledge of the human factor in our industry. What are the strategic implications of adopting a human-centred philosophy? How does bearing individuals in mind as well as companies influence our hardware (landscaping, buildings, basic infrastructure…) and our software (networking, services, etc.)?
The full Call for Contributions is available for download from the link below: submit an abstract of 800-1200 words by November 20th for your chance to address an audience of innovation professionals from around the world.