International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer

Keynote Speakers


Björn Asheim


Professor Bjørn T. Asheim is from September 2013 full professor in economic geography and innovation studies at UiS Business School/Centre for Innovation Research, University of Stavanger, Norway. He is also professor at CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy), Lund University. He is co-founder of CIRCLE, which is a Centre of Excellence in innovation system research. He was deputy director of CIRCLE July 2004 to Augsut 2011, director September 2011- December 2012, and is now holding a 20% senior professor appointment.  In 2006 CIRCLE won the prestigious 10-year Linnaeus grant from the Swedish Research Council as one of 20 excellent research milieus across all sciences. He had 2001 until 2015 the chair in economic geography at the Department of Human Geography, University of Lund. He was professor II at the Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo 2012-2016. He was program director for NORSI-PING (Norwegian Research School in Innovation – Program in Innovation and Growth), which is funded by Research Council Norway 2012-2016, and is now deputy director of NORSI 2016-2020.

He was Editor of Economic Geography 2000-2006 and of Regional Studies 2003-05, and is member of the editorial board of several journals including Economic Geography, European Planning Studies and previously also in Journal of Economic Geography. He has served as an international expert for UNCTAD, OECD, UNIDO, Ministry of Knowledge Economy, South Korea, Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and EU DG DG Research (rapporteur in Expert Group on ‘Creating RegionalAdvantage’2004-2006), and DG Regio as an Smart Specialisation expert as well as on panels for the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), UK, the ESF, Research Council of Norway, the National Science Foundation, FCT, Portugal and the Academy of Finland.

Judith Terstriep

Foto von Judith Terstriep

Head of Research Department Innovation, Space & Culture, Westphalian University, Institute for Work and Technology.

Since March 2002, she has been working as researcher at the department «Innovation, Space & Culture» at the Institute for Work and Technology and since February 2017 she is head of the research department. Her primary research interests involve the interplay of innovation, (social) relations and knowledge from the perspective of innovation, management and spatial theory.

Marina Ranga

Marina Ranga

European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre Seville, Spain

VHTO – the Dutch National Expert Organisation on Girls/Women and Science/Technology, University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), Stanford University, H-STAR Institute, Triple Helix Research Group


Saulo Dubard Barbosa

Saulo Dubard Barbosa

Saulo Dubard Barbosa is Associate Professor at EMLYON Business School, where he currently teaches new venture creation and social entrepreneurship at different levels. His main research interests are on decision making under uncertainty, venture creation, and social change. His doctoral dissertation, on the risk perception associated with new venture creation, received the 2009 Best Doctoral Dissertation Award by the FNEGE and the French Entrepreneurship & Innovation Academy. His research has appeared articles in journals such as Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Journal of Business Venturing, and M@n@gement.


Soumodip Sarkar


Director for the Institute for Advanced Studies and Research, the Doctoral School of the University of Évora, Portugal

He was recently considered one of the top 100 experts internationally by the World Economic Forum (WEF Innovation 100).


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