Innovation & Impact Summit 2020

Times Higher Education (THE)
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 to Friday, April 24, 2020
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Brinellvägen 8

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 & 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.

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?

The summit covers two full days of interviews, debates and discussions, and networking events including a gala dinner, drinks receptions, lunches and social events. 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.

Programme Themes 

  • How universities can create a national innovation culture

  • Regulating responsibly – is there a role for universities?

  • Assessing impact – where can universities make the greatest intervention?

  • Lean innovation – the value of diversity

Why Attend?

  • Be the first to know the results of the Times Higher Education  University Impact Rankings 2020, which will be revealed at the summit

  • Gain exclusive analysis and understand the data behind ranking, and learn how your institution can improve

  • Join a global network of leaders, experts and decision-makers who set the agenda for excellence in higher education

Who should attend? 

Hundreds of leaders from the world’s best and most ambitious universities and research-led companies will reflect on what are the optimum conditions for human talent to develop and how some of the key obstacles can be overcome. 

Participants include vice-chancellors, rectors, presidents, deputy presidents, vice-presidents and distinguished scholars representing higher education and governments along with industries and businesses with close links to both sectors.


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