For three days, until September 22, Moscow will be hosting the 33rd IASP World Conference 2016. IASP is the largest association of science parks and areas of innovation. The IASP World Conference is held annually and is the association’s main networking event. It brings together innovation experts, public sector organisations and private businesses.
This year is the first time Moscow is hosting the IASP conference, during which trends and prospects of innovative production development will be discussed. Over 1,500 participants will take part in various discussion panels at the conference, including more than 500 representatives of major foreign science parks and innovation zones from 70 countries of the world.
The main theme of IASP 2016 is “The Global Mind: linking innovation communities for internationalisation, sustainability and growth.”
Holding a major event like this in Moscow will raise the image of Russia’s research, innovation, and business environment to a new level. Russian science park professionals will be able to share their experience with their colleagues from leading countries, and discuss means of cooperation and collaboration. IASP 2016 is held in partnership with the Moscow Government, the Skolkovo Innovation Center, RVC, the Moscow State University Science Park and Strogino Technopark. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin spoke at the opening ceremony of the conference.
Moscow's approach to science park development
Foreign experts have shown great interest in Moscow’s science park development system. Delegates are also interested in the way areas of innovation are developed in Moscow, which differs somewhat from the global practice.
Moscow does not invest budget funds in the construction of new science parks or the development of existing ones. The city assigns science park status to areas in which effective companies are already operating, and supports them through various benefits.
The effectiveness of Moscow’s experience in developing specialised science and innovation areas is confirmed by the fact that foreign experts and businesses are interested not only in the creation of science parks and the conditions provided to them, but also in cooperation with resident companies.
Moscow is among Europe’s leading cities in terms of the number of specialised territories. Today, there are 24 science parks and two innovation zones in Moscow, which are home to over 1,300 companies.
The support measures provided by the city to these areas include income, property and land tax benefits, and low land rents. As a result, science parks and their residents can reduce their regional payments to 25 percent.
The International Association of Science Parks
The IASP is an international non-governmental organisation which has existed since 1984. It has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. The organisation brings together science park and business incubator operating companies and science and innovation development institutions. The association’s headquarters is located in Malaga.
IASP members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs in their cities and regions. They contribute to global economic growth through innovation development and transfer of knowledge and technology in their area of activity.
The IASP includes 408 science parks in 73 countries, of which 34 are in Russia. They are home to 120,000 high-tech companies. The organisation has six divisions in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Western Asia, the Asia-Pacific and Africa. IASP science parks mainly specialise in biotechnology, energy, new materials, aerospace and other areas.
Fourteen innovation areas in Moscow are full-fledged members of the IASP and an additional 12 areas are awaiting approval of their membership applications. Moscow hosts international companies in its science parks, opens offices and branches in foreign science parks and creates joint ventures and R&D centres. These R&D centres are communication platforms that combine the unique experience of innovative companies, universities and research institutes.