Mark Anderson discusses EU knowledge transfer at Triple Helix VIII

Mark Anderson, head of European Programmes, represented Glasgow Caledonian University at the Triple Helix VIII International Conference on University, Industry and Government Linkages in Madrid, Spain.

Mr Anderson presented two workshops: the first gave an overview on knowledge transfer offices need to streamline and focus their activities not only formally but also structurally in order to create synergies for efficient and effective innovation at a national and international level in line with the Lisbon Strategy and 2020 Vision. The second workshop focused particularly on the GCU-led project KickStart which is developing and establishing Innovation Centres in Latin America.

As part of his presentation, Mr Anderson reminded participants that “We must learn to contextualise our activities and look beyond a narrow approach to innovation that focuses solely on patent activity, spin-off creation and pure commercialisation. University knowledge transfer has a great deal more to offer”.

Triple Helix is a field of international research that centres around the triangular relationship between University, Business and Government to aid prosperity. The main theme of this year’s conference was Triple Helix in the Development of Cities of Knowledge, Expanding Communities and Connecting Regions. This year’s conference was organised by the International Institute of Triple Helix – IITH and hosted by La Salle Innovation Park.

GCU features in Interface Knowledge Exchange supplement

Some of Glasgow Caledonian University’s areas of expertise feature in a new Business Insider Special Report  on Knowledge Exchange.

We have highlighted the CIC Start Online project, our High Voltage Engineering team, some of our Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and our Work-Based Learning Academies.

For the full supplement, please click here.

Scotland and Asia: Cultural Translations

On 2 September 2009,  from 9-5pm an event that aims to explore points of contact between the histories, cultures and peoples of Asia and Scotland will take place at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Strathclyde. To attend this free event, please e-mail your details to

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The event aims to bring arts and humanities researchers in Scotland together with partners from related disciplines and organisations explore contacts between Scottish and Asian cultures with a view to shaping future relationships. These points of contact could be in Asia or in Scotland, or within the wider Scottish and Asian diasporas.

The key questions are what shapes should future relations between Scotland and Asia take and how can arts and humanities researchers work with non-HEI partners in order to realise these?