International Association of Science Parks conference in Tallinn 2012

by Jörgen Eriksson on June 17, 2012

This year the annual conference of the International Association of Science Parks is held in Tallinn, Estonia. Today, participants from a multitude of countries have assembled at the conference center in Swissotel, for a pre-programme seminar. I counted people from 28 countries in the well-attended seminar, whereof a number of people from seven African frontier economy countries.

The topic of the seminar is the process and tools for establishment of science and technology parks, a very hot topic in todays world.

DSC04865 (Medium)In his introduction speech, Luis Sanz, the General Director of the IASP, spoke about the current sad state of Europe.

It is appropriate to quote his comment, as today is a day of destiny, the day of the second parliamentary election in Greece, and the world awaits the election fallout.

Sanz said that “the current crises has turned from an economic crises to now have become a political crises”.

Sanz also said “The way to get out of the European political mess, is to implement innovation and technology in our companies and places. Innovation must be a priority, to invest in innovation systems. Science and technology parks play a big part in this, and can take on to be developers and managers of knowledge industry clusters.”

This message follows on the message we in Bearing have brought out in this blog over the recent months. Place excellence in development of clusters and corporate innovation should be at the top of every European decision makers agenda.

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail jorgen.eriksson@bearing-consulting.com, connect on LinkedIn on http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/jörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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