By @SimonCocking

Moscow will host the 33rd IASP (International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation) conference on 19-22 September 2016. The leading international experts in the development of efficient innovative infrastructure and tech startups commercialization will get together in Moscow for the first time.

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The main theme of IASP 2016 Moscow is The Global Mind: Linking Innovation Communities for Internationalization, Sustainability and Growth. Over 1,500 participants from 70 countries are expected to come to the conference in Moscow, including technopark representatives from Russia, the US, Spain, the UK, Brazil, South Korea, China, Sweden etc. The program will feature keynote presentations by global science park experts, workshops and business visits to technoparks that are increasingly becoming complex systems for support of innovations.

IASP participants will get unique opportunities to share experience with leading players in the global innovative ecosystem, break into international markets, commercialize innovative technologies, and attract target audiences to technology services.

Jean-Francois Balduchi, IASP President: “It’s the first time that the international IASP conference will be held in Russia where science parks and innovative development zones are growing rapidly. The importance of internationalization is constantly rising so at this conference we’ll be talking about the global mind and its huge importance for innovative communities in the context of growth and sustainability. For this reason we are extremely happy to invite you to Moscow to the 33rd annual global IASP conference and I’m sure that the program will be rather varied and relevant and will help to establish and strengthen business links.”

Renat Batyrov, the General Director of Skolkovo Technopark and Chairman of the Executive Committee of IASP 2016 Moscow: “There are over 100 technoprks in Russia, and around the world there are 500. Many of them were set up as part of state programs, but there are quite a few private technoparks. At this stage of development of the innovative ecosystem in Russia, the issue of creating efficient technoparks is especially relevant: we need to turn empty buildings and laboratories into centers of attraction for science and technology. Technoparks shall first of all help startups commercialize their projects and bring them to international markets. At IASP 2016 Moscow provides an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the development of technoparks from leading experts in the field and in addition the event will provide a unique venue for sharing experience and networking. The event is being held in Russia for the first time and we call on everyone who is interested in developing innovative entrepreneurship to come and attend it in September.”

The IASP 2016 Moscow conference will be held at the following venues:

September 19: Skolkovo innovation center, Skolkovo technopark complex (42, bldg. 1, Bolshoi Boulevard)
September 20-21: The Center for International Trade at 12 Krasnopresnenskaya Naberezhnaya
September 22: MSU Science Park at 27, bldg. 4, Lomonosovskiy Prospekt).
The conference is organized by Skolkovo innovation center, the Moscow State University Science Park and Strogino technopark, with the support of the Moscow government.

About IASP

IASP – the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) is the largest organization uniting technology parks, business incubators and institutions that support the development of science and innovation all over the world since 1984. IASP holds its flagship conference annually in a venue that is decided on through a competition. In 2014, Moscow was honoured to host the IASP 2016.

About the Skolkovo Foundation

The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in September 2010 by the Russian government with the objective of accelerating Russia’s transformation from a resource-intensive to an innovation-based economy. To achieve this objective, the Foundation is overseeing the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, composed of more than 1,400 high-tech startups, Skolkovo Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (Skoltech) – a new graduate research University established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – and Skolkovo city, located near Moscow. Together, these entities establish a vibrant ecosystem of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Fifty global corporations including Boeing, Cisco Systems, EADS, GE, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Siemens, Nokia, Samsung, and Panasonic have already recognized the opportunity Skolkovo presents by signing R&D partnership agreements with the Foundation. The cumulative revenue of Skolkovo’s startups through January 2016 reached $1,6 billion. They brought in more than $350 million in investment, creating 18,000 jobs and filing over 1,900 patent applications along the way. By 2020 over 2 million square meters of residential and office space will be built in Skolkovo with 35,000 people working daily in the Innovation Center.

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