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12th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (ICTPI09)

For more than one decade ICTPI has been a major event successfully bringing researchers, business and policy-makers together to share their knowledge and experience in issues of critical importance for the use of science and thechnology to foster sustainable socio-economic development. Previous conferences have been held in various places in Europe, US and Asia, as in the ICTPI website ( http://in3.dem.ist.utl.pt/confpolicy/).

This year, the conference is organized by the University of Porto and INESC Porto with the support of UTEN Portugal (University Technology Entreprise Network) and in cooperation with the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin and will address Science, Technology and Knowledge Networks and their central role in the development of long term growth strategies to face the financial crisis. The theme and motto of ICTPI09 is due to challenge us in developing strategic responses to the crisis that integrate long-term concerns, by involving research and development, higher-education and science-based innovation.

Interested authors are invited to submit electronically to ictpi2009@inescporto.pt, by April 15, 2009, 1-2 page abstracts of papers to be presented at the ICTPI09 in the following areas:

a) New frontiers in science, technology and innovation for short and long
term growth strategies, including - sustainable energy systems: property rights challenges, emerging carbon markets and consumer trends
- multimodal transportation systems and infrastructure
- networking industries, cyber-physical systems and the emergence of new generation networks
- manufacturing, engineering design and the role of new production systems
- nanotechnologies, biotechnologies and their convergence
- interactive digital media: a new dialogue between the arts, the humanities and engineering

b) User-driven innovation and the role of lead markets: implication for private and public strategies
- which balance for IPR protection, open access and knowledge diffusion?
- building evidence on user-driven innovation

c) Institutions for a new era - how to foster university autonomy, diversity and integrity in times of increasing financial constraints?
- knowledge networks and R&D consortia for new knowledge

d) Human resources strategies and policies
- how to balance the need to broaden the social context for innovation and to strengthening advanced training and target research?
- learners and teachers for a learning society
Key note speakers and thematic sessions, as well as updates on the conference program, will be posted at www.ictpi09.org.pt

The ICTPI09 is organized in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto, Portugal, the sessions being held at Casa da Música, a unique piece of innovative architecture.