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Call for sessions

New horizons for Science Technology and Innovation Policies

Utrecht, 3-5 June 2020 hosted by Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

The annual Eu-SPRI conference is the leading event in science, technology and innovation policy in Europe, with a broad attendance of scientists as well as policymakers. This year’s conference theme – NEW HORIZONS – will explore future directions for studies of Policies for Research and Innovation with a special emphasis on the topics Digitization, Science Policy and Futuring. We expect more than 200 participants. The key objectives of the conference are to provide a forum for scholars in the areas of research and innovation policy analysis, to exchange ideas, and to present findings across disciplinary boundaries.

Research on STI has changed considerably in the recent years, diversified in terms of topics and applications, and deepened with respect to theories and methods. These developments reflect the ongoing development of new technologies, how novel ideas are put to use in the economy and society, and how policies and institutions affect the growth and direction of innovations. In each of these interrelated areas we are witnessing accelerating changes, frictions and puzzles that ask for new horizons in terms of new views, analyses, policy designs and co-operation partners.

Therefore, the conference also aims to trigger a debate about the future of the discipline(s) of STI policy research. Topics to be addressed by the papers and sessions at the conference will cover a broad spectrum of research questions, but with a specific emphasis on future challenges for STI policy research:

  • The future of STI policy
  • Digital science and innovation
  • The governance of STI policy – new players, new processes, new instruments
  • New indicators and approaches for assessing the impact of STI policy
  • Mission-oriented policies: rethinking policy design, implementation and evaluation to tackle societal challenges
  • Social innovation: enabling factors and existing practices for sustainable social needs
  • RRI and the responsiveness of science and technology developments, institutions and policies
  • Disruptive emerging technologies, digital platforms and associated business model innovations and the rise of new innovation ecosystems
  • Research infrastructure for STI studies: open data, big data, and new research avenues
  • Globalization and the geography of knowledge and innovation
  • STI policy and societal challenges
  • Futering and Foresight

As of now the call for paper sessions is open. Sessions might relate to, but are not limited by the abovementioned topics. We invite for session ideas (~500 words), and if possible a list of interested contributors (not required).

Important dates:

  • Opening of Call for Sessions: end of September 2019
  • Closing of Call for Sessions: 15 November 2019
  • Pre-announcement of the Call: December 2019
  • Opening of paper Submissions: 1 January 2020
  • Closing of Submissions: 15 February 2020
  • Announcement of selected papers and posters: 15 March 2020
  • Registration open: 1 April 2020
  • Conference: 3-5 June 2020