The conference was part of the project about innovation in emerging economies, funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and jointly carried out by the Technical University Berlin, working group of Knut Blind, the University of Bremen, working group of Jutta Günther, and the German Development Institute (DIE). The scientific conference brought together about 50 participants from Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. Empirical and theoretical papers related to innovation, economic development, and policy were presented in parallel sessions. Inspiring keynote presentations were given by Glenda Kruss from HSRC in South Africa, Mike Morris from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and Maria Savona from the University of Sussex (SPRU) in UK.
The working group from Bremen was represented by Iciar Dominguez Lacasa, Jutta Günther, Björn Jindra, Mahmood Shubbak, Tong-Yaa Su, and Anastasiia Tceluiko. Mahmood Shubbak presented a paper on "Technological System of Production and Innovation: The Case of Photovoltaics Technology in China". Iciar Dominguez Lacasa, Jutta Günther, Björn Jindra, and Tong-Yaa Su chaired paper sessions and keynote presentations.
Selected papers of the conference will be published in two special issues that the conference organisers will put together as guest editors (Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development).