OI-Net special session 

during the

European Regional Science Association Congress 2016

Vienna, 23-26 August 2016



The European Regional Science Association (ERSA) is the supranational grouping of national regional science associations across Europe.It is an interdisciplinary community of researchers in regional science from all European countries. Being a part of RSAI (Regional Science Association International) ERSA is well networked globally.

The annual ERSA Congress is the place to be for its opportunities of networking and exchange and for exploring state-of-the-art knowledge on ongoing research in the field. With around 1,000 participants every year from all continents, the ERSA congresses have become the largest academic conferences in regional science worldwide.

OI-Net hosted a special session on

"Fostering open innovation in territorial dimension"

(24.08, 9:00-10:30)

as well as exhibited and distributed project reports and brochures in conference lounges throughout the congress days.

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The OI-Net session aimed at pinpointing conceptual and case-based links between OI and territorial actions. It called attention of researchers and practitioners who foster OI at territorial level via networked approach to open innovation: ecosystems, triple helix and quadruple helix collaboration, open innovation 2.0, clusters, etc.


This special session, chaired by Marcin Baron, encompassed introduction on the OI-Net and four presentations:

  • Marcin Baron (University of Economics in Katowice, PL): Territorial antecedents of open innovation
  • Miroslav Špaček, Jiří Hájek (University of Economics in Prague, CZ): Fostering and adopting Open Innovation in the Czech Republic
  • Artur Ochojski (University of Economics in Katowice, PL): Rethinking governance and smart cities - Towards the intelligent growth
  • Ger Post, Lotte Geertsen (FONTYS, NL): Collective ideation within the context of science and technology park and regional triple helix network

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It was open for all congress attendants. The session was structured in a way to provide external participants lots of insights into the nature of OI-Net and opportunities to ask questions concerning OI research and teaching with regard to territorialised business networks and place-based policies.