The Innovation Hub to host International Science, Technology Parks Workshop

The Innovation Hub – the Innovation Agency of the Gauteng Province will host the prestigious 2019 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) Africa Division Workshop on 23rd to 24th May 2019, at The Innovation Hub, Tshwane, South Africa.

The workshop is part of a series of Science and Technology Parks’ build-up events that are taking place globally by leading to the main IASP Conference to be hosted from the 23 – 29 September 2019 in Nantes, France. IASP is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation with over 388 members in 77 countries representing numerous sectors from 7 regional divisions including; Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, West Asia and North Africa.

The workshop will bring together professionals, leaders, experts from Science and Technology Parks, Areas of Innovation and technology-based incubators, all collectively referred to as “STPs & AoIs”, academia, the public and private sectors.

To be hosted under the theme ‘The Role of Science and Technology Parks (STPs) and Areas of Innovation (AOIs) as enablers for economic development’, the main objective of the workshop will be to challenge practitioners from the continent to consider the economic development capacity of STPs and AoIs in Africa.

The workshop will be officially opened by the Chairperson of The Innovation Hub Board, Dr Tshilidzi Ratshitanga, joined by the Director General of IASP, Luiz Sanz and the President of IASP Africa Division, Mr Alan Boshwaen.

This will be followed by three plenary sessions on the same day and will culminate in a gala dinner that evening. Each forum has been curated to engage matters deemed critical to the role of STP’s and AoIs particularly in Africa, namely the policy environment for STP’s; best practice of business incubators; entrepreneurship and economic growth; and the 4th Industrial Revolution in Africa.  Finally, the IASP will elect and announce its Fifth President for the IASP African Division. To register, kindly click here