Welcome

Herbert Chen

IASP President

Dear delegates, colleagues and friends,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to IASP’s 40th World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation, which will be held in Luxembourg from 12-15 September 2023. 

At this great international event, our discussions will be focused on the theme of “Megatrends in innovation ecosystems” and their impact for science parks and areas of innovation. It is a theme that invites us to look to the future, to make predictions and come up with innovative solutions, striving together to bring about our preferred version of the future.

With the rich contribution and collaboration of members, experts and practitioners from around the world, we will examine the impacts of megatrends worldwide, and look at the role that our industry can play in shaping them and how it remains in the vanguard of change, both today and tomorrow. 

I offer my thanks to our local host Technoport, as well as the wider innovation community of Luxembourg. Recognised as a strong innovator, and home to over 170 nationalities and a myriad of sectors, I’m sure we will all learn much, inspire each other, and gain new insights from our local peers and colleagues from around the world.

Ebba Lund

IASP CEO

Dear world conference delegates, 

Every IASP World Conference brings together a unique combination of global innovation managers and agents, but this year’s event is particularly special. It will be IASP’s 40th World Conference, and we are delighted to be meeting in Luxembourg to celebrate this milestone for our association.

Although we may reflect on the long history that brought us here, it is the future that will be the main focus of our conference, as we explore the impact of megatrends. As global and future-orientated organisations, science parks and areas of innovation are ideally placed to use our knowledge to observe and innovate to the benefit of our communities, cities and regions. 

This year we’re especially pleased to be in Luxembourg, a small country at the heart of Europe with a rich history and a dynamic innovation ecosystem. Technoport, our local member and host, strives to foster collaboration across sectors, and well as hosting the 40th IASP World Conference, 2023 also marks their 25th birthday, so I know we will have much to celebrate as well as much to learn!

I look forward to seeing you all in Luxembourg and gain inspiration for the future from our global innovation community.