Innovation Studies Group (ISG) has organized an international doctoral summer school on innovation and development every second year since 2008. The two-week summer school is called Globelics Academy (GA) as it originates from and is connected to the worldwide research network Globelics, bringing together scholars working on issues related to innovation and development.
ISG organizes the 14th edition of the GA in Tampere in August (13th to 22nd) with 24 PhD students coming from Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, India, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Uruguay.
The aim of the Globelics Academy PhD School is to support the training of PhD students from all over the world writing theses on issues related to innovation systems and development. The Academy brings together frontier researchers in innovation with PhD students from the South and the North to inspire and qualify their work as well as to help them to join high quality research networks in their field of research. GA aims at improving students’ ability to undertake theoretically informed and policy-relevant empirical work on issues related with innovation in firms and societies, and its relationship with economic and broader social development.
During the two weeks, the PhD students will attend lectures taught by the leading scholars of the field. Each of the students will present their own work related to their thesis. In addition, there will be different kinds of workshops as well as lectures by practitioners, shedding light on a variety of perspectives in the field of innovation.
However, it is not only about classrooms and learning. Two weeks of the Academy have always meant new friendships, and for many, this might be the first travel abroad and to a very distant country, which can also be an experience as such.