1st ASEAN Innovation Conference

1st ASEAN Innovation Conference

25-26 October 2016, Vientiane, Laos

Over recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the key role that innovation plays in successful business, in particular amongst unpredictable yet developing environments such as Southeast Asia. The challenges that are faced in this high-risk, complex region, which includes limited access to resources, have provoked a deeper understanding and dependency on innovation and entrepreneurship. Attendees at this Conference will hear the latest research on how best to develop and commercialise opportunities and diffuse innovation in a rapidly developing market environment. 

Considering the ASEAN economies’ reliance upon the global market for continued economic growth, there is a great need for researchers within ASEAN and outside the region to provide direction to trigger more effective innovation and new venture creation allowing regional stakeholders to contribute to the growth of these nations. The demand for greater knowledge and understanding regarding strategies and policies is high at a national level for industries and individual firms.

2016 also marks the occasion of the 20th Year Anniversary of the National University of Laos (NUOL) and the 50th Year Anniversary for Aston University.  This Conference marks a collaboration between VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education, University of Danang Aston University and the National University of Laos we are honored to host the 1st UK-ASEAN INNOVATION CONFERENCE (UAIC) in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

This conference aims to bring together academic scientists, researchers, scholars, innovators and policy makers from across ASEAN, South Korea, US, UK, Australia and EU, to exchange and share their knowledge, experiences and research results regarding all aspects of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The conference will focus on discussing research issues, new developments, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as emerging issues of this field in the ASEAN region.

This conference also aims to explore new linkages between innovation and regional and national economic development, the institutional, political and economic conditions for driving national innovation as well as strategies for innovation at micro-level.  The conference will be a great opportunity to strengthen the networks and exchange of experiences among policy makers, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators within ASEAN and eventually to future joint projects.

Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. 

National University of Laos

The National University of Laos, known as NUOL, is the first public university of Lao PDR. The vision of National University of Laos is set to become the country’s centre of excellence for higher education studies and research.


The Vietnam – United Kingdom Institute for Research and Executive Education (VNUK) is a special member of The University of Danang based on the General Declaration - Vietnam and The United Kingdom of launching an International University in Danang – The University of Vietnam-UK.


National University of Laos

British Council Vietnam

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

Conference Highlights 

UAIC is organized by three intuitions:

  • National University of Laos
  • VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education, University of Danang
  • Aston University

The programme chair is Dr Geoff Parkes

Geoff is the Head of the Marketing Group and Associate Dean for International at Aston Business School.  He has worked at Aston for 10 years, initially as a Visiting Lecturer and since 2011 as a full time member of the Marketing Group.  Prior to that, he ran a Commercial Finance brokerage raising in excess of £20m per annum for small firms.  His marketing career includes time at Ideal Standard Corporation and Black & Decker and for 10 years he was the Sales and Marketing Director at Aga Cookers.

Plenary speakers at UK-ASEAN INNOVATION CONFERENCE will include Cherry GoughDirector of the British Council Vietnam.

UAIC will be attended by participants from more than 10 countries with an interesting combination of academic scholars, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship.


The website is open for registration from 15 May 2016. The website will remain open for payment of the conference fee until 2 October 2016. However, authors of accepted papers and posters must pay the fee before 15 October 2016, for their paper or poster to be included in the conference program.

Conference Fee

Standard Fee:                                $295 (£195 GBP)

Developing Country:                      $150 (£95 GBP)

PhD Student:                                 $75 (£50 GBP)

Besides registration, the conference fee includes the grand conference dinner, lunch on the 25 and 26 October, and coffee and snacks/fruit during breaks all days.

Keynote Speakers

Conference Chairs

Scientific Committee


Conference Themes 
  • Entrepreneurship and growth
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Leadership and entrepreneurship
  • Innovation-driven entrepreneurship
  • Academic Entreprenrurship
  • R&D management and organizational behavior
  • People, organisation, skills and learning for R&D effectiveness
  • Globalization of R&D and Innovation
  • Global innovation strategy and R&D Network
  • Technology upgrading in manufacturing industry
  • Managing emergent technology
  • Transferring Knowledge for Innovation
  • Open and Collaborative Innovation
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Service innovation
  • Clusters, regions and development
  • Innovation in emerging markets
  • National systems of innovation
  • Regional innovation system and competence
  • Environment and energy
  • Financing and commercializing innovation
  • Innovative Healthcare Management
  • Green and Social Innovation
  • Intellectual property and knowledge management
  • Intellectual Property management and policy

Paper submissions and deadlines

Those who wish to present a paper at the conference should submit an extended abstract in English by 26 August in which you will be requested to highlight objectives, literature review, method, findings and implication. The abstract will not exceed 1,000 words.

Submissions and conference registration

When the abstract is accepted, the scholars must upload a full paper (in PDF, anonymised) not exceeding 12,000 words (including notes, tables, appendices, list of references, etc.) through the conference website no later than 20 September, 2016 (before midnight at the scholar’s location).

All submissions undergo double-blinded reviews by at least two independent reviewers with respect to novelty, academic quality and the paper’s relation to the themes of the conference. Decisions of a papers’ acceptance are given 30 September, 2016. No review or comments will be offered to the author or authors to supplement the decision. Papers not accepted for oral presentation at the conference may be accepted for presentation in a poster session.

Authors of accepted papers/posters must pay the conference fee before 15 October, 2016, or their paper/poster will automatically be removed from the conference program and website. Revised versions of accepted papers/posters may be uploaded until 15 October, 2016.The final conference program will be available 20 October, 2016.

Authors may submit more than one paper, however each conference participant will only be allowed to present one paper. Co-authored papers may be presented by any of the participating co-authors.

Applicants who have submitted abstracts are automatically considered for a travel grant. Five grants of approximately £500 are available.The decision on travel grants will be made and awardees notified before mid-September 2016.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 26 August 2016
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 31 August 2016
  • Paper submission deadline: 20 September 2016
  • Notification of paper acceptance: 30 September 2016
  • Registration and conference fee payment: 15 October 2016
  • Full conference programme published: 20 October 2016
  • Conference: 25-26 October 2016


Lao Plaza Hotel
63 Samsenthai Road, Vientiane, Laos


Details of hotels located close to the conference can be found here


Located on a curve of the Mekong River, Vientiane Capital has a recorded history that stretches back to around 1,000 AD. The area was originally settled because of the fertility of the surrounding alluvial plains, and Vientiane became the capital city of Laos around the mid-16th century.

Vientiane Capital is the home to the most significant national monument in Laos: That Luang (Great Stupa), which is the symbol of Lao and an icon of Buddhism in Laos. Of the many beautiful Wats in Vientiane, a visit to Wat Sisaket is a must; built in 1818, this is one of the oldest temples in Vientiane.

Other Buddhist holy places are Wat Ong Teu Mahavihan, known for its 16th century bronze Buddha sheltered by a carved wooden masterpiece, and Wat Si Meuang, the site of the Lak Meuang or pillar-stone of Vientiane. Wat Si Meuang is also home to the guardian spirit of the city.

Hor Phakeo, across the street from Wat Sisaket houses a beautiful collection of Buddha statues, including traditional Lao style of the "Calling for Rain" and "Offering Protection". Spend a morning in the Lao National Museum, which displays an interesting mixture of revolutionary and contemporary exhibitions.

The main sights in Vientiane are only a short walk or bicycle ride from most hotels. Wat Xieng Khouan, better known as the Buddha Park should not be missed: take a tuk-tuk to this unique park that includes Buddhist and Hindu. Shopping for handicrafts is easy in Vientiane Capital; visit Talat Sao (morning market) for a wide range of colourful textiles including silks, wall-hangings and other decorative pieces.

For very fine handicrafts, try one of the many upscale galleries in the city center. Keep your eyes open for traditional wood carvings, mulberry paper and a variety of basketry made from bamboo and rattan.

When you get hungry try the nation’s signature dish, tam mak-hung (spicy green papaya salad). laap (spicy minced meat salad) and ping kai (fried chicken). For its size, Vientiane Capital is surprisingly multicultural and has excellent French, Indian, Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants that serve both Lao and specialty dishes. Quench your thirst with a refreshing Beer Lao or fresh fruit shake from one of the many small restaurants found along almost every street in town. At dusk, find a spot along the Mekong promenade to enjoy an amazing view of the sunset over the river.

The largest fair, Boun Pha That Luang, is held in Vientiane Capital around mid-November each year. Celebrations begin at Wat Si Muang followed by a procession to That Luang. Festivities last a full week, ending in fireworks on the last night, which coincides with the full moon. In mid-October, the riverbank overflows with spectators watching the annual boat races. Boun Ok Phansa or the last day of Buddhist Lent precedes the boat races by one day. In the evening of Boun Ok Phansa, Lao people prepare small banana leaf boats called heua fai and set them afloat on the Mekong illuminated by candles and incense in a charming ceremony meant to bring good luck and prosperity.

Source: http://www/tourismlaos.org/

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