2018 IASP World Conference - abstract deadline



35th IASP World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation

When and Where: Isfahan, Iran 2nd – 5 th September 2018


Isfahan Science and Technology Town will host the 35th IASP Annual World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation in September 2018. The conference will bring together experts from STPs (Science and Technology Parks) and other AOIs (Areas of Innovation), technology-based incubators, academia, the public sector and business to discuss and debate in depth the latest industry trends.

To serve their companies and communities, STPs and other AOIs often collaborate and coordinate activities with different institutions and organisations, such as chambers of commerce, development and funding agencies, industry associations, networks, venture capital, etc. All of these institutions are welcome to make contributions to this conference.

Theme and Programme:

The programme will be divided into a variety of sessions, retaining both the traditional plenary and parallel sessions on specific topics, as well as more innovative formats to encourage a more dynamic knowledge exchange. The Steering Committee has already outlined 4 main topics that will be developed in a full programme after the paper review is completed. All conference sessions will be related to the overall theme for the 2018 IASP

World Conference which has been set as Towards sustainable cities and communities: Fostering innovation ecosystems


Submission of abstracts (paper proposals) is open to everyone. Authors do not need to be members of IASP, and participation from a variety of organisations and sectors is welcomed. Proposals to present contributions at this IASP World Conference in 2018 will undergo the review process below. Selections will be made according to the paper content and its ability to address the topics and themes of the sessions outlined above. The conference organisers will aim to include papers from the broadest possible range of expertise and perspectives.

Selection of Abstracts

Anyone interested in presenting a paper at the conference must first submit an 800-1200 word abstract to the Steering Committee Secretariat. Submissions should be made by 25th October 2017 (EXTENDED DEADLINE: 10 November) through the online submission system which will be made available shortly at https://www.iasp.ws/My-Submissions.

All abstracts must be in English.

Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Steering Committee and review panel. The authors will be notified by 15th December 2017 as to whether or not their abstract has been selected for the next step in the paper selection process (full paper for review).

The authors whose abstracts have been selected will need to submit their complete papers no later than 26th March 2018. Only those authors whose abstracts are approved may submit a full paper for review.

Selection of Full Papers

Full papers will be evaluated by the Conference Steering Committee and review panel. The panel will select the final papers that best contribute to the theme and desired discussion at the conference based on the clarity and relevance of their argument. Authors will be notified by 5th June 2018 as to whether their full paper has been selected for inclusion in the conference programme.

Given the limited number of speaking opportunities at the conference, some of the full papers that are approved by the review panel may be included in the conference proceedings but may not be allotted time for an oral presentation at the conference.