Special Events

The Summit program is shaping fast and we invite you to look at the updated program and the high profile key note speakers who will join our Summit in Nairobi.

We look forward to your participation and continuous engagement. Register now to the Summit!

Important deadlines
Early bird registration: February 28, 2017
Regular registration: March 31, 2017
Late registration: from April 1, 2017


Proposals for Special events presentations, participation in the round-table discussion and exhibition of best practice are invited.
Mode of presentation

  • Paper presentations
  • Round table discussion
  • Exhibition space with a case presentation

Deadline for submission of proposals for special events: 13 March 2017 (for inclusion in the conference materials)
Submit your proposal to: info@triplehelixsummit.org

Deadline for registration for the Exhibition: 15th March 2017

Final deadline for registration of delegates: 31st March 2017 (Late registration)

For further details on the special events– please, contact Professor Emanuela Todeva on E.Todeva@bcned.co.uk, or Erick Nyamwaro on enyamwaro@ichooselife.or.ke

The Speakers of the workshop include Prof. Henry Etzkowitz, Stanford University, US; Prof Yao Wei, Zhejiang University, China;  Prof. Alice Zhou, International Triple Helix Institute, US

To achieve the SDGs, not only is it incumbent on nation states through official organs, but all organisations, especially professional and educational organizations are expected to play a leading role in delivering the goals. Key transformative steps are needed to meet the targets of the Goals, particularly as a number of the SDGs are related to the key directions in Science and Engineering. This Workshop will address the work of international organisations, national academies and universities in achieving SDGs.
In terms of Education, as a response to the SDGs several universities are introducing new programs in Engineering, with the raison d’etre that with their strong technical background and potential to understand complex systems, scientists and engineers can and must play a role in addressing the global challenges. There is a Sustainability Paradigm shift taking place in Engineering Education – reflected in a Transition from a focus on technical issues to problems and topics that require an integrated, adaptive and participatory approach, leading to a redefinition of Engineering Competency.
The Workshop will also address the academic challenges being faced in meeting and implementing the Sustainability paradigm shift, and discuss new curricula and educational training requirements to prepare Science and Engineering students to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Speaker :Prof. Tariq Durani, University of Strathclyde, UK

Policies for Africa Roundtable discussion Igniting economic growth through place-led strategy and energizing stakeholders at regional level has brought the new growth model of Smart Specialization. European Smart Specialization policies aim to mobilize entrepreneurial capabilities and to deliver job creation and economic development through inter-regional cooperation. The new Smart Specialization platforms in Agro-food, Industrial modernization and Energy are among the first hubs for inter-regional partnerships that facilitate connectivity and extensions of European value chains, and translation of innovation outputs into revolutionary technologies for commercial application. Speakers are invited to discuss the policy and practice of triple helix engagement at regional level that enhances smart specialization. The session will constitute a roundtable discussion with formal presentations and discussion of how to apply the wealth of European practice to African countries and Kenya.

Speakers :Prof. Emanuela Todeva, St. Mary’s University, UK Dr. Tatiana Pospelova Moskow State University, Russia and Prof. Mariza Almeida, University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The achievement of the SDGs will impose enormous challenges to the world at large and cannot be achieved without major technological advancements. With rapidly rising populations in developing countries, dwindling arable land and the effects of climate change the challenges to reduce poverty, hunger and greenhouse gas emissions, to name a few, require solutions through Science Innovation and Technology (STI). This workshop shall explore the role that Science parks and Incubators will have in addressing this issues.

Speakers : Dr. George Kosimbei; Juan Bertolin, Espaitec Science and Technology Park of Universitat Jaume I of Castellon.

Below are some of the discussion questions:
Discussion or presentation topics:

  • What is a Science Park? What constitute a model Science Park key activities that are observed worldwide?
  • What constitute a Science Park ecosystem? What is the current state of the Science Park ecosystem in Kenya?
  • What lessons that can be learnt for establishing and running a Science Park from other countries?
  • What is a Roadmap of developing a Science Park in Africa (Kenya)?

Explore Kenya!

Bush, Business & Technology

Game Drive

In Kenya for the first time, or for the love of the bush, the Jungle and the wild? You can either choose to do a short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district is the Nairobi National Park or a Safari to the Maasai Mara.

  1. Nairobi National Park“The World’s Wildlife Capital”


Located just 10km South of Nairobi CBD is a Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded.

The park offers visitors with picnic sites, campsites, the walking trails for hikers and an epic game drive.

        2. Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. It’s known as the host of the “Seven New Wonders of the World’ and also as “The World Cup of Wildlife”. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system. The Maasai Mara is an all year round destination with the big cats, and all the big game still in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. February is great time to visit the Mara as it is dryer and good for the Big Cats. The Maasai Mara is incredible, It is magic, It is indescribable, It is WOW!

Special offers have been specifically designed and negotiated for the 2017 Triple Helix Summit Participants.


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