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100 researchers from various fields, such as economic geography, entrepreneurship, international business, management, political science, regional economics, small business economics and urban and regional planning from more than 20 countries took part. Besides of that, the Portuguese Association of Regional Science (APDR) held their yearly (the 18th) congress entitled "Innovation and Regional Dynamics" at the same place and time and the participants of that conference took part in all keynote presentations during the symposium. This year there were in total eleven fantastic keynote presentations by researchers from Europe as well as from the US;

Prof. Michael S. Dahl Aalborg University, Denmark
Prof. Edward Feser University of Manchester, UK
Prof. Michael Fritsch, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
Prof. Maureen Kilkenny, National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, Washington D.C.,USA
Prof. Peter Nijkamp, VU, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dr. Bettina Peters, Center for European Economic Research, Germany
Prof. Mirjam van Praag, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prof. Andreas Pyka, Universität Hohenheim, , Germany
Prof. James Simmie, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Prof. Roger R. Stough George Mason University, USA

Except for papers submitted to the overall theme - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Networks- there were papers submitted to one the following special sub-themes/mini-tracks:

Learning in Organizational Networks, Chair: Assoc. Prof. Lars Svensson, Research Director, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

Learning Networks for Entrepreneurial and Regional Development, Chair: Prof. Stefan Lagrosen, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

Demythologising the Entrepreneurial University, Chair: Prof. David Charles, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, UK

Regional Innovation Systems and Innovation Networks, Chair: Prof. Christina Ponsiglione, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Mobility and Innovation Flows, Chair: Prof. Teresa de Noronha, Research Centre for spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO), University of Algarve, Portugal

Academics Entrepreneurship and Innovation – bridging perspectives and pushing the frontier, Chairs: Prof. Martin Andersson and Prof. Åsa Lindholm- Dahlstrand, Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Sweden.

THE PROGRAM

The formal opening took place on Thursday June 14th by the rector of the University of Algarve - Professor João Guerreiro. Then Prof. Rui Baptista presented his research entitled "Agglomeration, Collocation, and Organizational Heritage". After a coffee break Prof. Maureen Kilkenny held her keynote presentation entitled "Network Analysis and Business Networks". Before the lunch, there was a summing up keynote plenary discussion chaired by Prof. Teresa de Noronha.

The afternoon went on with many papers presented and discussed in total seven parallel paper sessions following the traditional Uddevalla symposium model with 40 minutes allocated in total for each paper (20 minutes for presenter, 10 minutes for discussant, 10 minutes for group-discussion). Then an unusual event in terms of arranging an Uddevalla symposium, took place. A big ceremony was arranged by the University of Algarve to take place within an international scientific event. The Doctor Honoris Causa was appointed to Prof. Peter Nijkamp by the rector of the University of Algarve. In connection with this appointment, he presented his keynote speech on "Borderless Economies and Undocumented Labour: The Position of Household Workers". At the conference-dinner that followed, all attendees got the opportunity to listen to fantastic guitar players as well as to music and performance by a student music group from the University of Algarve.

The morning up to lunch on June 15th, there were four keynote presentations: Prof. Michael S. Dahl talked about "The Who, Why and How of Entrepreneurial Spinoffs". Prof. Andreas Pyka talked about "Innovation Networks: Modeling and Analyzing Complex Innovation Processes". Dr. Bettina Peters presented research entitled: "Churning of R&D Personnel and Innovation" and Prof. James Simmie presented his research entitled: "Innovation, Reproduction and Regional Economic Resilience". Session plenary chair was Prof. Roger R. Stough who led a summing up plenary discussion in which many questions to the keynotes from the audience were discussed. In addition, this afternoon went on with many papers presented and discussed in seven parallel paper sessions. Before the Gala dinner that took place at hotel EVA, there was a Guided Tour visit to the Old City and Museum. At the Gala dinner there were in total five best paper prices; three local and two international prizes by the Uddevalla symposium. To stimulate high quality papers a Best Paper Award of € 1.000 as well as a Best PhD Can­didate Paper Award of € 700 were awarded. The Scientific Committee proudly presented the Best Paper Award winners 2012. The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award was Eleonore Huang Vogel, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. The title of her paper was: "Entrepreneurial Opportunity Recognition and Exploitation in the Academia: a Dynamic Process of Networking". There were three winners of the Best Paper Award. They were associated professor Mikko Moilanen, Professor Stein Østbye & Associated professor Kristin Woll, Tromsø University Business School, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway. The title of their paper was: "Happy Together? Formal and Practical Knowledge, Learning Modes and Product Innovation".

Also on Saturday June 16th, there were four keynote presentations from morning up to lunch. Prof. Michael Fritsch started by presenting research on:"The Long Persistence of Regional Entrepreneurship Culture". Prof. Mirjam van Praag went on with presentation entitled: "Entrepreneurship: Nature, Nurture and Role Models". Prof. Roger R. Stough talked about "Knowledge Spillovers and Commercialization in Universities and Their Regions" and Prof. Edward Feser's presentation was entitled: "In Search of Smart Specialisation, Policy Experimentation, and Institutional Innovation: The Operational Challenge of Creating Distinctive Regional Innovation Strategies". Session Plenary Chair was prof. Charlie Karlsson.

On June 14-16, 2012, the 15th Uddevalla Symposium 2012 took place in Portugal. The symposium was hosted by CIEO, Faculty of Economics at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal led by Professor Teresa de Noronha. The overall theme was "Entrepreneurship and Innovation Networks". The objectives of the symposium was to provide a unique opportunity for scholars including senior and junior researchers to discuss path-breaking concepts, ideas, frameworks and theories in plenary key-note sessions and parallel competitive paper sessions.

 

The plenary session ended with short speeches of thanks given by Dr. Elisabeth Jansson, University West and Prof. Teresa de Noronha, CIEO. After lunch, many papers were discussed and presented at three parallel paper sessions.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Assoc. Prof. Per Assmo, University West, Sweden
Prof. Pontus Braunerhjelm, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Prof. Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Dr. Rolf Dahlberg, University West, Sweden
Prof. Börje Johansson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School & University West, Sweden
Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Prof. Teresa de Noronha, Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO), University of Algarve, Portugal
Prof. Lars Westin, Centre for Regional Science, Umeå University, Sweden
Prof. Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA
Prof. Lars Svensson, Research Director, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

ORGANISATION COMMITTEE

Ms. Iréne Bernhard, MSc, Lecturer, University West, Sweden
Dr. Rolf Dahlberg, University West, Sweden
Dr. Urban Gråsjö, University West, Sweden
Dr. Elisabeth Jansson, University West, Sweden
Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School & University West, Sweden.
Ms. Rebecca Olsson, Symposium Assistant Co-ordinator, University West, Sweden
Prof. Teresa de Noronha, Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO), University of Algarve, Portugal
Ms. Julieta Rosa, Marketing and Communication, Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO), University of Algarve, Portugal
Prof. Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA

CO-FINANCERS AND SPONSORS

Center for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CenSE), Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Sweden
Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovations Studies (CESIS), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm & Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugalhttp://www.fct.pt/index.phtml.pt, Project PTDC/CS-GEO/102961/2008
Research Centre for spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO), University of Algarve, Portugal
Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden
Nordic Section of Regional Science Association (NS-RSA)
School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

PUBLICATIONS

A hard-back proceeding of the revised papers presented at the symposium has been published by the University West (ed.Iréne Bernhard). For more information about publications from this Uddevalla Symposium as well as from all Uddevalla Symposia (so far) please click here

Updated by Irene Bernhard