Diversifying innovation: Tackling grand challenges with collaborative action

Diversifying innovation: Tackling grand challenges with collaborative action” is a 3-day course that addresses QHCs focusing on one Sustainable Development Goal defined by the trainer/organizer. The course has a strong focus on creating alliances and to define or improve an existing project, initiative or idea in collaborative innovation.


This course is open to all who:

  • are interested in cross-sectoral and multi stakeholder innovation
  • relate to the solution of complex challenges
  • are in charge of organizing and building teams
  • would like to know inspiring innovation practices in their local networks
  • want to create a professional /thematic network to approach QHC

In other words, the course is open to “multipliers” among the four helices such as:

  • innovation practitioners (researchers, project managers, leaders of initiatives), policy-makers, decision makers and interested civil society representatives


The course addresses questions such as:

  • What is QHC, why is it important and how it comes to life (with examples)
  • How to identify stakeholders and how to collaborate with them
  • How to define, plan and implement a collaborative innovation

Learning outcome

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • recognize the importance and relevance of quadruple helix collaborations (QHC) in innovation
  • describe the crucial aspects for QHC in research and innovation
  • identify how to address and engage the (relevant groups of) civil society of a certain innovation field
  • consider relevant aspects to successfully navigate the diversity of a QHC
  • adapt and translate tools and knowledge to design a more responsible innovation process

Find the course materials here.