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9th Globelics Academy, 20.-31. May 2013, University of Tampere (Finland)

von Jana Schmutzler

The 9th Globelics academy was organized by Globelics (The Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems) and the local organizing comitee TaSTI (Unit for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) from the University of Tampere in Finland. Globelics is a global network of scholars who apply the concept `Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building System´ (Lics) as their analytical framework. A special emphasis is given to strengthening of "Lics"-Scholars in countries of the South.

The aim of the Globelics Academy, an annual event, is to support training Ph.D students from different parts of the world whose thesis is related to innovation and economic develpement. During the two weeks of the PhD Summer School, Globelics brings together leading scholars in innovation with second- and third-year PhD studemts from all over the world. Among this year´s invited professors were Jose Cassiolato, Manual Godinho, Edward Lorenz, Bengt-Ake Lundvall, Franco Malerba, Sunil Mani and Jorge Niosi. A combination of lectures on the most recent developments in innovation studies, panel discussion on issues related to innovation in developing countries or innovation policies, an arry of Oxford-style debates on innovation-related topics and student´s presentation make this Academy a wonderful place for inspiration, networking and feedback.

During this Academy, I presented a work in progress of my PhD thesis which is centered on innovation activities of manufacturing firms in Colombia on May 31, being the second last presenter of the whole Academy. I recieved vaulable feedback not only from the professors who commented my paper but also from my fellow 28 PhD students from all over the world on the first results and the theoretical framework I presented, with insights that are especially relevant for the developing country perspective that I am working with. I am currently working on completing a paper where all this feedback will certainly help to improve its quality an appeal for an international journal.

The time in between the lectures and after the official program was used for intensive networking especially with the professors and PhD students coming from Latin America. This is extremely valuable as I will return to Colombia to work at a university; these contacts will most likely result in some fruitful collaborative projects we already discussed for the time after completing our PhD thesis.