Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Wirtschaftsgeographie

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät | Geographisches Institut | Wirtschaftsgeographie | Forschung | EU Interreg IVC-Projekt Knowledge Network Management in Technology Parks (Know-Man)

EU Interreg IVC-Projekt Knowledge Network Management in Technology Parks (Know-Man)

Know Man Logo


The Department of Geography of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is one of the partner in the EU INTERREG IVC-project Knowledge Network Management in Technology Parks (Know-Man). Lead partner is the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS). Know-Man improves regional development and spatial innovation policies by exchanging and transferring regional approaches, competencies and instruments of knowledge network management to strengthen the regions’ global competitiveness. Knowledge management instruments (e.g. knowledge maps, benchmarking, action reviews) are implemented to identify and connect regional cross-sectoral and cross-institutional knowledge potentials within the participating regions.

In the project, 15 partners - regional development stakeholders and decision makers -from six different regions in five countries (Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, and Spain) join forces, The project focuses on triple helix structures – the interconnection between public authorities, economic entities represented by technology parks, and academic representatives for creating links between regional endogenous potentials in the knowledge economy. Know-Man specifically intends to improve policies in favour of innovative SME.

The project’s objectives are:
  1. Strengthening the creative interaction in the knowledge–business–public triangle through an intensive involvement of triple-helix stakeholders
  2. Identifying, publishing and transferring good practices knowledge network management policies, instruments and tools and their transfer conditions, such as demand analyses, benchmarking knowledge network management services, and regional knowledge atlases
  3. Implementing knowledge network management in participating Regions through pilot actions (based on expert-tandems between partners)
  4. Developing knowledge network management policy instruments that accelerate the process of bringing new and innovative ideas from public R&D; facilities to markets.

The project thus supports and initiates regional innovation impulses and strengthens each region’s competitiveness. Furthermore, the project develops knowledge network management policies and instruments that can be transferred to other European regions.


Prof. Dr. Elmar Kulke


Dipl.-Geogr. Sascha Brinkhoff


01/2010 - 12/2012



EU             Interreg