Cultural Dimensions of Innovation

Type of Event:         A two-day conference

Date, Time:             Monday, 15 November 2010 – Tuesday, 16 November 2010.

Event Location:        UCD Newman House, 85/86 St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2.

Event Overview:      

University College Dublin’s Innovation Research Unit along with UCD colleagues in Arts and Humanities and colleagues in the Netherlands will hold a 3-day conference to highlight the relevance of the cultural dimension in innovation. The purpose of the conference is to analyse the socio-cultural forces which shape the economic, technological and political innovation agenda.

The key note speaker is Nico Stehr, The Karl Mannheim Professor of Cultural Studies, Zeppelin University, Germany. Other speakers include Professor John Caughie, University of Glasgow and Dr Andrea Scharnhorst VKS, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

This conference will promote and establish an interface between academia, the Irish public and the diverse inhabitants of Dublin for the public discussion of an important current social issue, the issue of innovation. Cities play a unique role in the cultural impulses and environments that trigger novelty.

The conference aims to focus on the cultural sources of economic value creation by addressing specifically Dublin’s urban, community and artistic culture and their contribution to the country's innovation agenda. The conference also intends on investigating how the arts are used by organisations as sources and models for innovating their routines and cultural and creative industries, which can be observed as a strong growth in employment in comparison to other economic sectors.

The conference will critically analyse the impact of cultural activity for different economic contexts and the complex relationship between cultural production and social dynamics.

Contact Name:         Lisa Kilmartin

Contact Email:

Contact Number:      + 353 1 716 5394


Note:                      Advance booking is recommended.