The IASP International Board of Directors recently met in Malaga, Spain, for a two day meeting where they agreed a new strategic direction through to 2020.
The International Board is made up of 17 members from 15 countries across 5 different continents: Spain, USA, Nigeria, Botswana, China, Brazil, Iran, Uruguay, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Mexico, France, Canada, and Portugal. Led by President Josep Piqué (La Salle Technova, Spain) they travelled to Malaga for the Board meeting on 7-9 February where they met with the Mayor of Malaga, discussed details of the association's new strategic direction, and outlined the path for IASP to follow over the next four years.
The board discussed the continuing evolution of areas of innovation, and heard reports from Regional Division Presidents as well as updates on events planned for the year ahead, preparation for the upcoming World Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, and preliminary planning for the 2018 World Conference in Isfahan, Iran. The majority of the meeting was devoted to strategy discussions, with the new strategy focusing on five main elements which were agreed as:
- Knowledge: Share and increase knowledge, connecting local ecosystems with the global innovation system;
- Talent: Increase mobility and connections between the companies, talent, technology and financial resources in science parks and areas of innovation;
- Tech giants: Build a relationship with the most important technology-based corporations worldwide, and connect them with IASP's global network of science parks;
- Global bodies: Strengthen our relations with international institutions and organisations, positioning STPs and AOIs as innovation leaders; and
- Creative energy hubs: Deepen our knowledge of new projects and models for the creation of innovation ecosystems such as FabLabs and LivingLabs, and build connections with science parks and areas of innovation.
IASP President, Josep Piqué commented:
"We know that one of the key responsibilities of the Board is to manage our network in order to be in the right place in every moment, and in the process of globalization, IASP is and will be a key player on innovation. Our parks, as well as being local innovation ecosystems, must be connectors of the global innovation ecosystem, and our network must be the worldwide platform that links our members, but also connects us with global companies and institutions."
For more information about the International Board of Directors, please visit http://www.iasp.ws/en_GB/board-of-directors.