The aim of the Globelics Academy PhD-School is to support the training of Ph.D. students from different parts of the world and who are writing theses on issues related with innovation and economic development. The Academy brings together frontier researchers in innovation with Ph.D. students from developing countries in order to inspire and qualify their work as well as in order to help them to join high-quality research networks in their field of research.

Previously Globelics Academy has taken place five times in Lisbon, Portugal (from 2004 to 2009) and after took place in Tampere, Finland in 2008 and 2011, where it was organized by TaSTI, University of Tampere. In Rio de Janeiro the Academy will be organized around four kinds of activities. First, lectures on the most recent developments in innovation studies will be presented. Second, round table discussions and group work on particular issues related to innovation in developing countries are planned. Third, the students are expected to make presentations of their own research. Forth, a two-day seminar will discuss three basic issues: Innovation Policy; New Development policies of BRICS countries and sustainability.

The Academy originates from and is connected to the world-wide research network Globelics that brings together scholars working on National Systems of Innovation. In Lisbon Academy was jointly organized by the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+, at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon and by the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG/UTL), the Economics and Business Administration Institute, Technical University of Lisbon. The secretariat and local coordination in Lisbon has included professor Rui Baptista (IST) and professor Manuel Mira Godinho (ISEG). In Tampere research director Erkki Kaukonen, academic coordinator Mika Raunio and senior researcher Mika Kautonen from TaSTI (Unit for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) had coordinated the Academy. In 2012 the Globelics Academy will to be placed in Rio de Janeiro and will be organized by the Research Network on Local Productive and Innovative Systems (Redesist), from the Economics Institute of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IE/UFRJ) and will be coordinated by Profs José Eduardo Cassiolato and Marina Szapiro.