The Future of Science Parks

by Jörgen Eriksson on December 4, 2012

In the current evolution of Science Parks, a more comprehensive type of park is being tested and implemented, typically located within a vibrant urban community. For some urban planners, the Third Generation Science Park is perceived as the quintessence of science-industry-government relations, increasingly functional and specialized along with its participation in local, regional and even global innovation activities. At the same time, this science park generation is becoming a contradiction in terms, as its management is striving to eradicate the fixed boundaries of the park for it to become a truly embedded catalyst for innovation in the urban spatial context. The park is transformed into a city area or, even, becomes embedded into the existing urban fabric.

In the video below Dr David Hardman, CEO of Birmingham Science Park Aston speaks on the future of Science Parks and the role they will have in driving the Knowledge Economy. Birmingham Science Park Aston was founded in 1982 and as such is the UK’s third oldest science park. Located in its urban location within central Birmingham, it offers 250,0000 sq ft of accommodation over 14 acres.

The Future of Science Parks

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, connect on LinkedIn onörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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