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Celebrating the 20th Uddevalla Symposium a pre-symposium, chaired by Peter Deakin, Chalmers Innovation Office, Gothenburg, Sweden, with regional seminars was arranged together with Innovatum, Trollhättan, on June 14th entitled “How to create attractive milieus for innovation and entrepreneurship outside the metropolitan regions”.

The pre-symposium started with two presentations from the invited keynote speakers: Carsten Sørensen on: “Digital Transformation, Harnessing Unbounded Innovation” and Javier Revilla-Diez on: “Rural Innovation = Mission Impossible? Some Conceptual and Empirical. Insights from Germany”. Five presentations on different examples and perspectives of innovative development projects that have created or stimulated innovativeness and attractiveness in the region of Västra Götaland of Sweden, were then given by Sofie Allert, Swedish Algae Factory; Dr Anna- Karin Olsson and Dr Iréne Bernhard, University West; Hanna Blomdahl,  Region Västra Götaland, Gothenburg, Magnus Lundin, Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, Stockholm and Maria Klingberg, Fyrbodals Hälsoakademi, Region Västra Götaland. Besides this, two panel discussions were held. The pre-symposium attracted more than 30 regional actors from the community of practice representing different firms, municipalities and authorities.



Except for these keynote speaker presentations, there was on Friday morning organized a plenary Regional Development seminar on: “The Knowledge Economy and the Dynamics of City Growth". It was chaired by Dr. Federica Rossi.In the panel the Profs. Jennifer Clark, Ian Gordon, Tom Kemeny & Ali Hashem participated. Jonathan Potter, OECD was discussant and it was organized by Dr. Federica Rossi & Dr. Fred GuyDepartment of Management, Birkbeck University of London, UK. 19th Uddevalla Symposium 2016, June 30 - July 2 2016



Except for this there was on Friday afternoon organised a "round table discussion" on: "Regional development in practice: the Danish German border regions" with invited local regional actors. It was chaired by professor Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School & University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.



This year The Region of West Sweden (Region of Västra Götaland) together with the University West arranged an afternoon seminar on 12th June, 13.00-16.00 at the Uddevalla Symposium. Some of the keynotes - leading researchers - discussed challenges and policies with practitioners from West Sweden.

An auditorium of about 65 people representing a broad spectrum of key actors from the region, directly involved with development work in the Region of Västra Götaland took part.



This international seminar on: "Building Innovative Capabilities for Regions in a Globalising World" was arranged as a pre-symposium workshop on June 13th. The target group that was invited and who participated was people from industry working with R & D and innovation and people active in incubators, Science Parks, etc. Professor Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA was moderator. Seven presenters were invited to present and discuss innovation matters from their own view and perspective.

Jöran Hägglund, State secretary at the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communication at the Swedish Government, started the seminar and emphasized the importance of cooperation and argued that politicians, industry and academy have to work together also outside Sweden.

Professor Philip Cooke, Centre for Advanced Studies, Cardiff University, UK, talked about the success factors and impediments in the role of Science Parks and Incubators for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Associate professor Niclas Adler, Dean at the Jönköping International Business School, Sweden argued that the structures within organisations are an obstacle for cooperation and new ideas. His contribution was entitled: "The role of Public and Private Interests in the Innovation Process and the Financing of Innovations".

"Also inventors need entrepreneurs in order to commercialize their ideas". This was one of the results of the presentation of Roger Svensson, researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. He presented strategies and obstacles when patents are commercialized.

Professor Bart Verspagen, Centre for Innovation Studies at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands presented lessons from economic analysis in the regional dimension of innovation.

Speaker number six - Mr Harald Furre, Oxford Research, Kristiansand, Norway - argued that some of the critical steps for commercial success within the innovation process are the attitudes of the society, the infrastructures and the climate within the enterprises. Entrepreneurs with experience and networks are also important for innovations to be commercialized.

Professor Åsa Lindholm-Dahlstrand, Halmstad University & Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden talked about innovative entrepreneurship and argued that success is created by linking ideas and people.

In the interesting panel discussion that ended the day were all these invited persons participating answering and discussing questions from the audience.

Organizers, except from the organizations that sponsored the Uddevalla Symposium (see below) were Centre for Higher Education in Bohuslän, Uddevalla and Innovatum Teknikpark, Trollhättan.

Updated by Rebecca Olsson