an association among scholars, practitioners and policymakers who in learning innovation and coevolution studies in Asia. It started in 2004 as an informal network among innovation scholars. ASIALICS aims to explore and develop the concept of learning, innovation and competence building as an analytical framework. The objective of ASIALICS is to stimulate the establishment of knowledge based strategies for economic development in Asia. The idea is to bring together interesting issues about what is going on in Asian countries and companies and to share experiences regarding methodology, analytical results and policies.
Asia has been a serious player not only in science, technology and innovation but also in linking different cultures of the world. This is in line with the ongoing Asia-wide cooperation schemes that emphasize knowledge and experiences sharing and joint efforts to promote knowledge-based and learning economies such as ASEAN Plus Three (Japan, China, and South Korea), ASEAN-Japan Free Trade Area, and Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD). To achieve this aspiration, a group of Asian scholars from Thailand, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Vietnam with strong support from GLOBELICS held the first international conference on Asian innovation systems in Bangkok on 1-2 April 2004. About 150 professionals who participated in the conference agreed to organize the ASIALICS conference annually, publish a journal and book in Asian innovation system and clusters, and explore possibilities of joint research and training in this field. Asian Journal of Technology Innovation was created in 2004 on the occasion of the conference. After the first conference in Bangkok in 2004, consecutive ASIALICS Conferences have been held.
Since then, ASIALICS held its 11th Conference on 25-27 September 2014 at the DGIST campus in Daegu, South Korea. in Daegu was meant to establish a country based legal body of ASIALICS, called as ASIALICS Korea. The reason behind its formation was that to further promote the Association might be hard without a country based legal body although ASIALICS has a decade of development history. Kong-rae Lee, a Chairman of the 11th ASIALICS Conference proposed to establish ASIALICS Korea. Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of the Korean government approved the legal status of ASIALICS Korea in 2012.
The formation of ASIALICS Korea was a meaningful event for Asian region. Korea achieved a remarkable industrialization and increased her per capita income up to the level of developed countries. Founding members of ASIALICS Korea thought that it is a time for Korea to play a role for developing countries by sharing Korea’s experiences in science and technology innovation and economic development.
The ASIALICS Korea aims to develop and supply theories and knowledge on technological innovations by cooperating with experts from various countries in Asia to pursue the coevolution of their development. Furthermore, by presenting methods for efficiently managing innovation activities at industrial sites and establishing technology policies and innovation strategies, the Association aims to contribute to the joint development of Asian economies.
Support the research activities of members
Open the research results of members and hold related debates and symposiums
Publish journals and research results and present academic awards
Conduct research with affiliated institutions in Korea and abroad
Consignment and consultation in relation to research services
Exchange research results and information among members
Assessment of and education in the area of technology and innovation policy
Other activities required to achieve the purpose of the Association
Triple Helix movement, launched by Prof. Henry Etzkowitz and Prof. Loet Leydesdorff, began in 1996 when a workshop was organized in Amsterdam to discuss the Triple Helix model. This first workshop brought together of 90 researchers and attracted participation from Latin America, Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. The workshop was subsequently referred to as the first international conference on the Triple Helix.
The second international Triple Helix conference was organized two years later in new York, USA (1998), followed by bi-annual events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2000), Copenhagen, Denmark and Lund, Sweden (2002), Turin, Italy (2005), Singapore (2007) and Glasgow, UK (2009). These conferences explored scientific research in the field of: the relationship of science, industry, and government and their role in creating the conditions for future innovation; the importance of location; the capitalization of knowledge; cognitive, economic, social and cultural aspects of innovation; emerging models for the entrepreneurial university; regional diversities and global convergence; boundary spanning interactions, linking the different national cultures and innovation systems; job creation and social wealth.
The growing number of participants demanded the coordination of intensified annual events and Triple Helix conferences after 2009. The growing interest and participation in the Triple Helix movement, lead also to the idea of creating an Association that is able to pull together and facilitate interactions among international scholars sharing common research interests. In 2009 the creation of the Triple Helix Association (THA) took place in Turin, Italy, where the TH Association is headquartered at Fondazione Rosselli, and is chaired by Prof. Henry Etzkowitz, having Prof. Loet Leydesdorff and Prof. José Manoel Carvalho de Mello as Vice-Presidents.
The creation of the association and the organization of the subsequent annual conferences opened space for the engagement on an annual basis with multiple stakeholders, academics, scientists, policy makers, and practitioners with interests in the Triple Helix model. The annual conference in Madrid, Spain (2010) was focused on the cities of knowledge and the expanding knowledge and connecting regions. The annual event in 2011 was held in the Silicon Valey, California, USA and shifted the emphasis to the gliobal aspects of the Triple Helix model, while the 2012 annual event in Bandung, Indonesia, extended the emphasis on developing countries.
The London event in 2012 brought the issue of open innovation and invited participants to challenge the Triple Helix model, while extending and deepening the application of the conceptuial aparatus, created as part of the evolution of the Triple Helix academic community. The large number of participants (over 300) from 35 countries indicated the emergence of a Triple Helix movement, anchored by the THAssociation and spinning into numerous academic and practitioner domains.