International Congress of Knowledge and Innovation takes place next week, in Foz do Iguaçu

September 06, 2017

The International Congress of Knowledge and Innovation (CiKi) holds its 7th edition in Foz do Iguaçu (PR). The event takes place next week, on September 11th and 12th, at the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI).

CiKi seeks to promote conceptual, methodological development and stimulate the practice of knowledge management, intellectual capital and innovation management. It brings together representatives of public, private, academic and third sector institutions in discussions, lectures, exchange of experiences, presentation of new trends and studies in the area. The event is an initiative of the Graduate Program in Engineering and Knowledge Management of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), with the support of national and international institutions.

“Knowledge and Innovation are topics of great interest today, mainly because the competitiveness of companies, territories and nations depends on the capacity to generate knowledge and innovation”, said Maria Angelica Jung Marques, Advisor to the PTI Board of Directors. “What is special is that the event is focused on bringing the debate into the Americas and the Caribbean, and the unifying element is the universities, and their role in generating and disseminating knowledge together with governments, society and companies in the generation of innovation”, she points out.

“Knowledge and Innovation: energy for the development” is the theme of this edition, and has full synergy with the place where it will be held, the PTI. The Park’s mission is to promote sustainable territorial development and for this purpose it maintains several projects in research, development and innovation, stimulating the generation of knowledge and skills. “For each edition of CiKi, we are looking for pairs that have a track record in innovation processes, such as the case of PTI, which is already a milestone for all of its efforts to promote regional development, to improve quality of life, and density of innovation”, says professor Paulo Selig, from UFSC, general coordinator of CiKi 2017.

The congress is annual, held alternately in Brazil and abroad. The premise that knowledge is raw material for fostering innovation processes supports the theme of the papers. “The themes addressed in Ciki are related to innovation and the sustainable development of cities and territories, bringing worldwide experts on these issues”, highlights Maria Angelica.

In the schedule of the event there are 15 activities, among lectures; thematic networking; and round tables, in addition to the presentation of a total of 187 articles, from Brazilian and foreign researchers. Those interested in participating in CiKi should register at http://congresociki.org. The investment is R$ 430,00.