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11th Knowledge Cities World Summit conference to be hosted at Tenerife, in November 2018


The 11th Knowledge Cities World Summit



KCWS 2018: Knowledge Islands


20-22nd November 2018, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain


Organized by the World Capital Institute, in collaboration with the Canary Islands Government, Universidad de La Laguna and Humboldt Cosmos Multiversity.




Click here to check the KCWS2018 full program!November 20th to 22nd, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain


We are delighted to announce that the 11th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2018) will be held in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain in November 2018, sponsored by the Government of the Canary Islands, as a contribution to their aim to promote Knowledge-Based-Development (KBD) in this autonomous region [1].


This year’s program will focus on Knowledge Islands, and will converge with the European Outer Regions Summit being held in the Canary Islands at the same time. The conferences will host joint spaces to explore the amplification of Capital Systems as an analytical and planning tool for regional governments. A joint seminar on how to apply the Capital Systems Framework to participate in the annual Most Admired Knowledge Cities (MAKCi) Awards, will be held on Monday 19th, while the prominent MAKCi Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday 20th. The Awards will be made in the presence of the Canary Islands Government President and other Regional Government Presidents attending the European Outer Regions Summit.



Tenerife provides an outstanding venue for the Summit, as one of the administrative capitals of the Canary Islands. The island welcomes more than 5 million tourist annually and is one of the most important tourist destinations in both Spain and worldwide. The Canary Islands have been investing in the knowledge economy for some time and the Summit will help strengthen its knowledge island endeavour and strategies.


In addition, the Summit aims to contribute to the vital discussion on the importance and trends in knowledge-based development theory and practice. Academics, professional practitioners, civil servants and policy makers from around the world will be engaged in discussions, drawing on a wide range of disciplines. They will share their knowledge and experience with the Summit delegates and will also provide opportunities for practical excercises in workshops and small group sessions in innovative formats.


As part of the KCWS 2018, a PhD Consortium is planned to provide postgraduate research students an invaulable opportunity to present, discuss and receive feedback on their research projects from international experts in their fields. The training sessions for practicing proffesionals and civil servants planned to take place immediately before the Summit will take the form of professional education (CPE) training.



Summit Topics*
  • Knowledge islands, cities and regions
  • Local knowledge: clusters, hubs, precincts, districts, communities and regions
  • Knowledge economy and society
  • Capital Systems and Knowledge Markets
  • Alternative Economic Cultures and the Antropocene
  • Knowledge citizens, democratic participation and political action
  • Knowledge, creativity, science, innovation and technology policy
  • Knowledge-based businesses, industries and services
[*] Other topics relevant to the Summit will also be considered


Registration and conference fees [*]

Early registration

(before 09/30)

Standard registration

(after 09/30)



250€ 300€
Students 50€ 75€
Unemployees 25€ 50€

Registration form  (via ULL’s website)


Publication plan [*]


Authors of the selected papers presented at the Summit will be invited to adapt papers for the publication in the regular or special issues of the following journals:


  • International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development
  • Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education


Summit Chairs


  • Prof. Javier Carrillo
  • Prof. Rodrigo Trujillo González
  • Prof. Tan Yigitcanlar
  • Prof. Günter Koch
  • Prof. Jamile Sabatini



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More information at World Capital Institute’s website (click on the link) and in ULL’s events website. For papers submitting, visit the latter links, or send your abstract to . For additional information about the event, please contact with Günter Koch (