What makes a successful innovation climate?

22-24 April 2020, Stockholm, Sweden

What is the THE  Innovation & Impact Summit?

Times Higher Education, the global authority on higher education, is delighted to be partnering with the prestigious Swedish university KTH Royal Institute of Technology for the Innovation and Impact Summit 2020. The summit will build on THE’s global dialogue to unite leaders of the best and most ambitious universities with policymakers, world-class researchers and the companies that are shaping our future, around the contribution that higher education institutions can make to a successful, prosperous and sustainable innovation ecosystem.

Next year in Stockholm, from 22 to 24 April, leaders will gather to explore some of the deep issues that affect the creation of a positive environment for innovation, and question how research universities can sustain and support that environment. We will debate the importance of talent, regulation, diversity and investment in delivering a prosperous innovation climate, and what kind of impact that may have in the market and in wider society.

How is higher education supporting the success of innovation-based companies originating from Sweden and northern Europe? What is the impact of universities in a socio-economic model that produces high levels of equality greater social mobility and high standards of human development? And can that impact be emulated in different regions of the world?

In a future that will be characterised by hyper-connected globalisation, dominated by the infrastructure and technological norms as defined by a relatively small number of companies, will universities follow this trend towards convergence, or must diversity and independence be increasingly protected?

We invite you to join this essential conversation, in partnership with KTH, among university leaders, innovators, investors, research directors and policymakers across the globe, to build your network and understanding of the most pressing issues in global higher education.


Watch the 2019 highlights video below to get an overview of the event:

Our speakers

THE and KTH will bring together leading experts to unravel the opportunities and challenges, successes and risks in different socio-economic contexts. During three days of critical keynotes and panel debates, networking events and workshops, we will tackle the most pressing concerns for leaders related to the impact of universities in supporting innovation in industry and social governance.
Nozha Boujemaa
Chief science and innovation officer
Median Technologies
Thomas Hofmann
Technical University of Munich
So-Young Kim
Head of Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy
Tshilidzi Marwala
Vice-chancellor and principal
University and Johannesburg
Sharron McPherson
Singularity University South Africa
Sethuraman Panchanathan
Executive vice-president and chief research and innovation officer
Arizona State University
Sylvie Retailleau
University of Paris-Saclay
Yigong Shi
Westlake University
Robert-Jan Smits
Eindhoven University of Technology
Laura Tucker
Founder and chief executive officer
Vertigo Ventures

The networking among participants deepened over the three days, offering plentiful opportunities for collaboration.

Miho Suzuki
Senior supervisor
Shinken-Ad Co., Ltd.


The THE  Innovation & Impact Summit was a great experience that was valuable not only in a professional context but also in a social capacity, and provided an opportunity to meet innovative sector leaders.

Juris Iljins
Director of quality management department
Riga Technical University


The THE  Innovation & Impact Summit was quite outstanding and thought-provoking, it successfully gathered lots of expertise in the field which is good for building networks.

Kitty Leung
Project officer of the Office of Service-Learning
Lingnan University


Featured articles

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University of Auckland tops first global ranking to measure institutions’ social and economic impact

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Universities must walk the talk on sustainable development

Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology has integrated sustainability into all parts of its business, says Göran Finnveden

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 1:41 pm

China’s ‘paper factories’ lack innovation, says Tsinghua provost

Bin Yang tells THE summit that Chinese universities lack ‘original, innovative ideas’

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

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