Triple Helix Sustainability Forum

21 Nov 2016

“Triple Helix Sustainability Forum”

Monday 21st November 2016

At the campus of the British University in Dubai, DIAC


Triple Helix Sustainability Forum 2016

Delegates from UK and UAE universities, UAE and local Emirate governmental bodies, and UAE based business and industry are invited BUiD to:

  • identify UAE sustainability requirements/issues/priorities/stakeholders;
  • identify conditions likely to bring about collaboration between different stakeholders and generate funds for rearch and innovation in ‘sustainability’;
  • identify specific research needs/targets and set out a range of practicable projects and plans forward;
  • select a few projects to kick-start collaboration in research.

Confirmed Participants

  • Ministry for Environment and Climate Change - H.E. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister
  • Dubai Supreme Energy Council - H.E. Ahmed Muhairbi, Secretary General.
  • Etihad Energy Service Company - Mr. Abdul Rahim Sultan, Director of Government Activities
  • Emirates Environmental Group - Mrs. Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson
  • Emirates Green Building Council
  • UK Government Cabinet Office, Ms Terri Harrington, Head of Major Infrastructure Projects
  • Rolls Royce International - Graham Outterside, Country Director
  • American University of Sharjah, Professor Bjorn Kjerfve
  • UNICORN Applied Research Collaboration, Edinburgh, Dr Matthew Anderson, Director
  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, UAE's Federal Electricity and Water Authority, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company.
  • Ministry of Public Works
  • UAE Housing Projects
  • British Business Group in Dubai and Northern Emirates - corporate and individual members
  • United Arab Emirates University, American University of Sharjah, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
  • Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Cardiff

Sustainability + The Need for Change

Sustainability is the effective combination of enhanced living standards, improved health and well-being, the preservation, protection and renewal of the environment, and stable economic productivity.  Effective pursuit of this agenda requires that government, industry, academia, non-government organisations and multi-national agencies work collaboratively.  Change and innovation is required across fields of activity including policy, strategy, operational practices, structures and technologies; this must happen across the different sectors: public, private, infrastructure, commercial, societal.  Change and innovation will be stimulated and supported by growth in knowledge and expertise in what works, and by evaluation and development of new initiatives.

The Triple Helix + The UAE

The ‘Triple-Helix’ describes of collaboration between government, industry and universities in programmes of research. It is rare to see the triple helix working effectively.  Initiating and orchestrating such collaboration is a complex endeavour, even where conditions known to be favourable are available.  In the UAE these conditions - for example tax incentives, non-transient employment markets, a concentration of domestic industry, universities with research missions and funded research budgets, and political structures that afford professional associations or quasi-government organisations with influence on policy - are not well developed.  So what alternative conditions do exist in the UAE that would stimulate effective ‘triple-helix’ collaboration between government, industry and universities?  What would collaboration look like in projects aimed at improving ‘sustainability’?  How would the outcomes be put to use?


Order of Events: 9 am - 1 PM

Panel One: Policy Context

Panel Two: The Triple Helix” UK and UAE perspectives

Panel Three: The Research Agenda

Panel Process

  1. Each panel member will give pre-prepared input, speaking to the theme of the panel from their own perspective.
  2. Two respondents will speak to the issues raised by the panellists.
  3. The Moderator will Invite questions from the floor selected to ensure representation from industry, academia, government, NGOs.

The British University in Dubai has extensive research and educational experience in the area of sustainability.  We find evidence of this in students' MSc and Doctoral theses, and in the outcomes of other scholarly activities: academic research, advisory roles and professional training to private and public local entities, and international and local conferences, seminars and workshops.  We have, for example, identified smart technologies and developed their integration and adaptation for improved energy and water consumption. The University has been recognized for its work on sustainability by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Sheikh Zayed Appreciation Award for the Environment 2016.

1st Floor, Block 11, The British University in Dubai, Dubai International Academic City

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