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REF NO.: 18

SUBJECT: Memorial University-sponsored knowledge-based economy conference attracts international researchers and policy makers

DATE: Sept. 25

Memorial University of Newfoundland will host a conference on the knowledge-based economy featuring top economists and policy-makers from all over the globe between Oct. 3-5, 2003. The conference, titled The Knowledge-Based Economy and Regional Economic Development: An International Perspective, will focus on the shift of much of the world's economy to a knowledge-based economy and its particular importance to the development of the economies of rural, dispersed populations, including those of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Wade Locke, a professor of economics at Memorial, is the lead organizer of the event. Dr. Locke and his team have been developing the concept and organizing the conference for the past two years. Their efforts have paid off with a slate of prominent international conference presenters.

Some of the presenters and titles of their presentations include:

  • Dr. Philip Cooke, director, Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales - Regional Knowledge Capabilities, Embeddedness of Firms and Industry Organisation: Bioscience Megacentres and Economic Geography;
  • Dr. Mario Polèse, Canada Research Chair, Urban and Regional Studies INRS, University of Québec at Montréal - The Future of Peripheral Regions in the Knowledge-Based Economy: Evidence from Canada;
  • Dr. Maryann Feldman, Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Toronto - Universities and Innovation Systems;
  • Dr. Loet Leydesdorff , University of Amsterdam - The Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations: A Neo-Evolutionary Model of Innovations;
  • Dr. Pierre-Marcel Desjardins, directeur, associé Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Development, Université de Moncton - Innovative and Performing Rural Communities: What Are the Relevant Factors?;
  • Patrick Bussière and Tomasz Gluszynski, Human Resources Development Canada - The Impact of Computer Use on Reading Achievement of 15-Year-Olds;
  • Dr. Martin Sokol, University College of Dublin - Building the Knowledge-Based Economy in Less Favoured Regions: A Critical Appraisal;
  • Dr. Bjorn Asheim, University of Lund (Sweden) and University of Oslo (Norway) - Nordic ICT-Clusters and the Role of Regional Innovation Systems;
  • Govindan Nair and Sonia Plaza, World Bank (United States) - Realities and Myths of Moving to Knowledge-Based Economies in Low-Income Economies;
  • Dr. Greg MacLeod, University College of Cape Breton - Knowledge as a Major Tourist Attraction - Practical Applications from the INE;

Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University will deliver the conference wrap-up presentation, Where do we go from here? on Sunday October 5th at 2:00 p.m. in Salon A of the Delta Hotel.

"The conference will give researchers and policy-makers an opportunity to meet and debate the issues pertaining to regional economic development as areas are exposed to the forces of the new economy," Dr. Locke said.

The conference is open to the public and media agencies are encouraged to send representatives. For further information on the conference, and for a complete listing of conference presentations, please see the conference Web site at:

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