On December 13, 2005 the MIT Industrial Performance Center hosted the First International Conference on Local Innovation Systems. At this event, practitioners and researchers explored the ways in which regions create and sustain an environment capable of attracting and nurturing innovative industries, educating and attracting a world-class pool of human capital, and participating effectively in global production networks.
A highlight of the conference was the presentation and discussion of new findings from the LIS Project, including specific examples of regional innovation and transformation drawn from the LIS Project research portfolio. The LIS Project partners and a distinguished group of practitioners discussed the significance of this research for local and regional efforts to achieve innovation-driven growth, paying particular attention to the roles of educational and research institutions in this process.
The conference was aimed at economic development strategists and practitioners from forward-looking economic regions; research, technology transfer, and economic development managers from universities and other public research institutions; and corporate leaders seeking insight into how their competitive performance is influenced by the characteristics of the local and regional economies in which they operate.
Click here for a pdf version of the conference program.