Name: Dr. Klaus Plate

Affiliation: CEO
Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH
Im Neuenheimer Feld 582
69120 Heidelberg


Country: Heidelberg, GERMANY


“Economy today and in the future will be knowledge based and driven by knowledge. The knowledge economy needs a specific environment that stimulates and enables innovation. Innovation grows in clusters combining science, research, high-tech industries and supporting adding value suppliers and service partners. These clusters are focused in particular on ICT,”

“Our greatest challenge and greatest accomplishment are one in the same - the establishment of the programme "Youth and Science", offering a broad variety of actions and activities to children from 5 to 18 years - exhibits, labs and research activities - which has grown in five years with more than 15000 participants a year.”

“Whether the development of innovative High-Tech Clusters starts by setting up an incubator or by providing a Special Economic Zone for multinational or other big companies, on a long-term perspective it will be the key for success to organize and manage relationships of cooperating actors inside and outside the Parks and to put in place a network and an infrastructure of all needed support.”

“My vision is a network of knowledge based and knowledge driven, open minded actors, who work and play together. The development of a knowledge economy and society always will be a clustered development. Clusters are the base of it, driven by Science and Technology Park.”

For further information on advice or consulting, please contact Dr. Clint Ackerman.