Luis Sanz, the IASP director general of International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation, visited deputy vice president for international and technological affairs Ali Morteza Birang during his recent trip to Iran, ISNA reported on Monday.
During their visit, Sanz announced that over 500 professionals will attend the event from all over the world.
Birang, for his part, highlighted the importance of holding the conference in Iran, saying that the government would facilitate the foreign guests’ sojourn during the event.
With the theme of "Towards sustainable cities and communities: fostering innovation ecosystems" the IASP 2018 World Conference will explore the role of Software Technology Parks and Area of Innovations in the formation of the innovation ecosystem and the sustainable development of cities.
According to IASP website, in 2015, the UN adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide global action and investment for sustainable development over the next 15 years, one of which focuses on Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Collaboration between different actors and exchange of knowledge between countries are crucial for successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda: as typical triple helix organizations, STPs and AOIs can play a central role in the process, supporting the orientation of their cities towards the knowledge economy and promoting sustainable development.
International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
It aims to coordinate a very active network of professionals that manage areas of innovation and science/technology parks, enhance new business opportunities for companies and research organizations located in these areas, assist the development and growth of new parks and other areas of innovation and increase the international visibility of our members and sponsors.