Dear IASP World Conference delegates,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the 34th IASP annual World Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, where our community from around the world will come together to explore new ideas for the future of innovation ecosystems.
IASP has long been a global reference on science and technology parks, fully grasping the opportunities and movements connected to innovation, understanding the evolution of the traditional parks and the new role of cities in the urban, economic and social transformation. Beyond being local innovation ecosystems, we recognise that our parks must be global connectors of the worldwide innovation ecosystem.
Our network provides the global platform that connects our members, and this World Conference creates an unparalleled opportunity for making international connections, exchanging knowledge about our local ecosystems, and learning from each other to become truly global.
I look forward to sharing experiences and expertise with our world community when we all meet in September.
Another year, another great event. This years conference is number 34 in our history: thirty four years of accumulating knowledge, gaining experience and sharing it all in a professional and at the same time friendly atmosphere. I am sure you will join me in thanking our colleagues at Teknopark Istanbul, ITU ARI Teknokent and ODTÜ Teknokent for the efforts they are making to organise this great international event.
From 26-29 September we will be discussing "Science parks and natural innovation ecosystems: Articulating future strategies. In other words, we will be rising to the challenge of predicting the future, of our own industry and beyond.
As with other concepts laden with potential, science and technology parks and their ecosystems have already shown a relentless evolution since their inception. We have seen many different models follow on from each other, innovating strategies, devising new services, generating new ways to network and reinventing themselves, and over the course of the event we will explore what they might do next.
At this global gathering I know we will all expand our knowledge, strengthen our existing connections and make valuable new ones that will all help to prepare our respective ecosystems for a global future.
IASP Director General
IASP is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation. It connects the professionals managing science, technology and research parks (STPs) and other areas of innovation and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for all members.
IASP members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs of their cities and regions, and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology. IASP is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, as well as being a founding member of the World Alliance for Innovation - WAINOVA.
IASP coordinates a very active network of professionals that manage areas of innovation and science/technology parks, enhances new business opportunities for companies and research organizations located in these areas, assists the development and growth of new parks and other areas of innovation, increases the international visibility of IASP members and sponsors.READ MORE