Past Program

Apr 13 - Apr 18, 2008

Innovation in Knowledge-based Economies: Accelerating the Benefits


Today, information and knowledge form the leading edge of economic development, driving growth, creating jobs, and replacing traditional labor-intensive systems as the primary engine of wealth creation. In addition, the technological developments of the 20th century have shifted advanced economies away from physically-based structures and toward knowledge-based systems. Knowledge, science, and technology are now the key factors of production, and innovation has become the foundation of knowledge-based economies.


Although the relationship between these factors is straightforward, creating a viable innovation system in the knowledge-based economy is a subject of concern globally. This high-level session will examine the fundamental features of innovation systems and the key environmental factors conducive to innovation; it will also study ways to meet market trends and political priorities in a knowledge-based economy. Participants will consider a variety of questions including: How to maximize market opportunities and support entrepreneurial innovation? How to stimulate effective networking and knowledge dissemination, as well as make the most of scientific and technological change? And, is it possible to design an innovation policy applicable throughout Europe, bearing in mind the diversity of national innovation behaviors and strategies? This session will be an opportunity for government officials, corporate executives, policy makers and academics to learn from experts and share their own perspectives. It will also provide a unique opportunity to nurture cross-border and cross-sector cooperation in technology development and technology commercialization.


The fee for this session is 3,300 EURO. The fee covers the cost of the program, accommodations, and meals.

Limited scholarship funding may be available for those who are unable to pay the full fee (i.e. from developing countries or NGOs). Participants seeking scholarship assistance must submit an application for financial aid to our admissions office.