Conference Abstract Submission Guidelines

Call for abstracts is closed

Thank you to all who submitted abstracts for consideration for TRIPLE HELIX 2018.

The call for abstracts is now closed.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 March 2018 – CLOSED          

Notification of Review Outcome: 14 May 2018  

Deadline for accepted authors to register to confirm attendance: 11 June 2018

Initial programme Available Online: July 2018

*Please Note* Full paper submissions are not required. Presenters will not need to submit full papers.

Submission Process

Presenting Authors are requested to create an account and submit an abstract for review according to the guidelines set out below. The same account will be used when you register for the conference. Please keep the email and password used to create the account for future use. Please do not create a new account when registering. Should you require any assistance or have a query about online submission, contact

Early Career Researchers

We actively encourage Early Career Researchers to submit to and participate in the XVI International Triple Helix Conference. With support from the University of Manchester Hallsworth Conference Fund, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is able to offer Triple Helix Conference and Travel Scholarships to support early career researchers to attend the conference. If currently registered on a full-time doctoral course or you are within 3 years of completing your PhD, and are successful in having your paper or poster accepted for Triple Helix 2018, you will be invited to apply for a scholarship to assist your travel expenses. Following review, we anticipate providing up to 30 scholarships. Our funding does not allow us to cover conference registration costs, but you can register at the discounted student/early career rate.

For further information, contact Laura Dawson


  • It is ESSENTIAL that you read the instructions below before you submit.
  • The Presenting Author must submit the abstract and is required to be the corresponding author for that abstract
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English

You do not need to register for the Conference prior to submitting an abstract however following acceptance into the programme you must register by 11 June 2018.

If you have an accepted abstract you are entitled to get the early bird registration rate up until the 11 June 2018. You will be provided with a link to register at this rate in your acceptance email. If you have any queries please contact After this date any registrations made by you will be at the prevailing congress registration fee at time of registration/payment.

Presentation Type

An abstract can be submitted for presentation at the Conference as one of the following categories:

  • Oral presentation
  • Panel session (roundtable discussion/panel around a particular topic relevant to the conference themes)
  • Paper special session (presentations of individual academic papers followed by a discussion)
  • Poster

At the review stage, the Programme Committee may propose a change to the presentation type submitted by the author to ensure the continuity of the conference programme i.e. oral presentation may be changed to poster presentation. The presenting Author will be informed of any change to their submitted presentation type at the acceptance notification stage. The decision of the programme committee is final.

Oral Presentation Format:

Standard academic paper presentation (typically 20 minutes including Q&A).

Panel Session Format:
A 90 minute panel session consisting of participants examining a topic followed by questions from audience members. Convenor submits a proposal with details of proposed speakers and key discussion points.

Paper session Format:
A 90 minute paper session consisting of presentations of individual academic papers followed by discussion. Submission must include details of proposed speakers and content. Convenor submits a session proposal with abstracts for each speaker.

 Poster Format:

Accepted posters will be asked to produce a poster for display at the conference.

Presenters are asked to take note of the following guidelines when producing their poster:

  • Maximum poster size is A0 (0.84 x 1.19m) (portrait orientation)
  • Keep text to a minimum
  • Ensure any text is in large font
  • Use graphs, charts, and/or tables
  • Ensure contents have a logical flow
  • Make it colourful
  • Removal and collection of posters at the end of the display period remains the responsibility of the presenter. Posters not removed by the indicated take down time will be removed and disposed of.


Abstracts must be submitted under one of the conference themes:

  1. Geographical or sectoral dimensions of university-government-industry engagement
  2. Policy and governance challenges, including the roles of universities, government, and/or business in supporting innovation and regional development
  3. Triple Helix in transition and emerging economies
  4. Socially responsible innovation and the quadruple helix
  5. Micro-foundations of the Triple Helix. New actors, relationships, and business models
  6. New methods and metrics for Triple Helix research
  7. Open call: An innovative topic that advances knowledge on collaboration for economic progress, social development and sustainability, and the role of cities and regions as enabling spaces for these interactions, and which cannot fit under the above conference themes.

Submission Guidelines and Templates:

Please adhere to the following formatting guidelines when preparing abstracts for submission for TRIPLE HELIX 2018. Abstracts which are not correctly formatted will not be reviewed.

How to submit an abstract
The Presenting Author will be the contact person for the abstract and must submit the abstract. Once you enter the online submission portal, start by creating an Account. Please keep a record of the account details you use to set up the account as you will require them to log into both the TRIPLE HELIX 2018 abstract submission system and Conference registration portals. Upon successful submission of the abstract a confirmation email will be sent to the Presenting Author.

If you have not received a confirmation email, please check that your abstract is not left in draft and is fully submitted by logging back into the portal and checking on the Edit Abstracts page.

A person may be associated with up to 3 papers but only 1 paper per registration as lead presenter will be permitted.

IMPORTANT: Please note that you can save your submission as a draft and return to edit the submission, but once it has been submitted the abstract cannot be edited after the close of submission deadline. If you require any assistance regarding the submission of your abstract, contact

Submission Process:

The online abstract submission system is a simple step by step process and will ask you to input the following details:

  • Title of the abstract (word limit is 15)
  • Presentation type (Oral Presentation, Panel session, Paper session, Poster)
  • Theme must be chosen from the theme list above
  • Name, affiliation, and job title of Presenting Author (this person will act as the main contact for this abstract; this person must be listed as the first author). If submitting a Session, then only provide the submitters details and tick the box if they are the lead convenor.
  • Name, affiliation, and job title of co-author(s) (Not required for session)
  • Abstract word count (excluding Title, Authors and Affiliations)
    • Oral /Poster submissions: 300 word limit
    • Paper session: 300 word limit per presenter
    • Panel session description: 300 word limit
  • Paper session submissions only – Additional Information required:
    • Provide the name and contact email for each presenter
    • Provide names and contact emails for co-convenors
  • Download the abstract template shown below to create the abstract as a Word document and then save as a Word file for uploading to the system. Only WORD files (version 2007, 2010, 2013 & 2016) will be accepted for upload. Graphs and tables may not be included in the abstract.
  • Session submissions must be submitted in one document and not as individual abstracts.

Abstract Submission Template

Abstracts must be formatted using the TRIPLE HELIX 2018 template. Abstracts can be submitted in English only. Click on the button to download the template.

Notification of Acceptance

Notification will be sent to the Presenting Author by 14 May 2018.

When notified of acceptance, the Presenting Author is required to accept their offer by registering for the Conference by 11 June 2018. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of their abstract from the programme.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The abstract submitted adheres to the abstract submission guidelines outlines above.
  • The text of the abstract along with the names and affiliations, poster, PowerPoint presentations and/or additional documents as requested will be published on the conference website and book of abstracts, and that this will not raise any copyright issues.
  • This abstract has only been submitted once for TRIPLE HELIX 2018.
  • A submission as a particular presentation type may be changed to a different type following review in order to be accepted and included in the programme.
  • Presenters may be recorded for live streaming. A recording of the presentation and a copy of the slides may be published online after the conference.
  • It is the responsibility of the Presenting Author to submit the abstract. They are the main contact whose responsibility it is to communicate with other co-authors and ensure that they register to be included in the programme.
  • Accepted authors must register by 11 June 2018 to confirm acceptance of their offer in the programme. If accepted authors are not registered by this date, they may be removed from the programme.
  • A person may be associated with 3 papers but only 1 paper per registration as lead presenter will be permitted.
  • The abstract submitted is in English.
  • The Presenting Author is available to present at the conference on 5 – 8 September 2018


If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact the TRIPLE HELIX 2018 Programme Team








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