22-24 April 2020
Stockholm, Sweden

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.
Anant Agarwal
Chief executive officer, edX
Professor, MIT
Katherine Fleming
Howard Gardner
Senior director
Project Zero, Harvard University
Feridun Hamdullahpur
President, University of Waterloo
Former chair, U15 (Canada)
Gordana Landen
Group chief HR officer
Adecco Group
Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman
Former minister for education
Eng Chye Tan
President, National University of Singapore
Member, Asian Universities Alliance
Dirk Van Damme
Senior Counsellor, Directorate for education and Skills
Karin Vey
Executive innovation consultant
IBM ThinkLab and IBM Research Zurich
Saadia Zahidi
Managing director and head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society
World Economic Forum

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