In January 2020, David Ayrapetyan conducted a field research at the Bazancourt-Pomacle biocluster near Reims, France. The field research consisted of a number of interviews with industry participants and extensive data collection.
In October, a TRAFOBIT member Milad Abbasiharofteh spent two weeks in Budapest to collaborate on a new joint project on the driving forces of incremental and radical inventions in European regions. During his research stay, Milad also co-organised a workshop in ANET-Lab (the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and discussed the ongoing projects of TRAFOBIT.
Milad Abbasiharofteh attended the international workshop in Turin organised by Talent Garden Fondazione Agnelli. The aim of the workshop was to focus on innovation from an evolutionary perspective. Milad’s presentation ‘The rise and fall of typical and atypical inventions in European clusters’ investigates the drivers of atypical inventions in Europe reflected in patent data.
Milad Abbasiharofteh presented one of the TRAFOBIT’s ongoing projects at the conference on the Geography of Innovation and Complexity in Utrecht. This study ‘Driving forces of radical invention in European bioclusters’ focuses on factors that trigger radical inventions in bioclusters from a complex network perspective.
Milad Abbasiharofteh participated at the international conference on Computational Social Science in Amsterdam. He presented the results of the project, entitled ‘Still in the shadow of the wall? The case of the Berlin biotechnology cluster’. This project investigates how the structure of the knowledge sourcing network in biotech has been influenced by historical events and the various social contexts.
TRAFOBIT members David Ayrapetyan and Frans Hermans visited the SFER 2019 Symposium in Reims, France, dedicated to the bioeconomy with the main purpose to establish important connections with the French Pôle IAR biocluster. David Ayrapetyan’s study will be focused on this biocluster to provide insights on the multiscalar processes during the cluster development. In addition to the networking activity, the TRAFOBIT members also presented their current research related to biocluster types and trajectories.