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IASP 2014 –Doha, October 19-22, 2014. The event is hosted by Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), and will be held at Qatar National Convention Center, Doha, Qatar
Where Technology Goes to Work!
As part of the bigger Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) enterprise, QSTP’s mission is to support the evolvement of Qatar's knowledge economy by providing the ideal environment and support services for companies, institutes, and entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize their technologies. In doing this, QSTP will complement the Qatar National Vision 2030 (of human, economic, social, and environmental development).
QSTP focuses on the provision and operation of specialized physical infrastructure, the establishment and growth of technology based businesses and the participation in the process of technology development and innovation. Now, might be the right time to consider what roles research could or should play in a science park’s establishment, growth and progress.
The theme for the 31st IASP World Conference, which will take place on 19-22 October 2014 is “Science Parks; Where Technology Goes to Work”.
The first science parks were established in the 1950’s by organizations that were aware that science had the potential to make vital contributions to the economic, commercial and social development.
As the principle of the application of research evolved, the need to further expand the activities of science parks became essential. We now have a vast range of development and operational models for science parks around the world. At Qatar Science & Technology Park, we sum up our support programs by focusing on the provision and operation of specialist physical infrastructure, the establishment and growth of technology based businesses and the participation in the process of technology development. Now might be the right time to consider what roles research could or should play in a science park’s establishment, growth and development.
The theme shows the development in the nature of work that should currently be adopted by science parks. It highlights the concept of a space “where constant work is being done” to develop tomorrow’s technology as opposed to a static location for mere research purposes.
According to the IASP, “science parks provide other value-added services together with high quality space and facilities”; therefore, science parks are encouraged to initiate support programs that include not only facility leasing, but more importantly undertaking applied research in a vast array of areas that can come to us as challenges. Applied research and technology development will be the topics of interest as they bridge between the two worlds of academia and research with the world of commercialized technologies and the market place.
The IASP 2014 World Conference “Science parks: where technology goes to work” will cover three main themes:
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