Innovation and Business Growth Director of Business Durham, Catherine Johns, which manages NETPark on behalf of Durham County Council, was elected to the Board of IASP by its General Assembly at its annual conference, this time hosted by Qatar Science and Technology Park in Doha.
The conference included 33 speakers and over 600 representatives from 45 countries.
It was an excellent opportunity for science and technology parks from around the globe to explore new models of support for the world’s most empowered and connected generation of technology start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Catherine said: “It is important for NETPark to connect at the highest level nationally and internationally with potential partners, and to keep in touch with developments in the industry to better support the companies located at NETPark. At IASP’s conference this year, I was delighted to see how many science parks are reaching out beyond their boundaries to take on new roles, unleashing human potential, connecting with manufacturing, and setting ambitious social and economic development goals.
“NETPark has been at the vanguard of this since launching NETPark Net, the innovation network seven years ago. I am proud to represent IASP and look forward to the contribution NETPark can make.”
Catherine is a regular speaker at IASP annual conferences and NETPark itself hosted IASP’s European Division work shop last November. She has also been on the Board of the United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) since 2010 and has been working hard to ensure that science parks are at the heart of national innovation policy, given their proven economic impact. Paul Wright, CEO of UKSPA commented, "The UKSPA Board is delighted that Catherine Johns, our vice chairman, has been elected to the Board of IASP. Increasingly we, and our members are engaged in international projects, and as the knowledge economy becomes ever more a global contact sport, our international networks are becoming vital to our economic success. We look forward to hearing about Catherine's contribution to the growth and development of the international association.”
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