Eu-SPRI 2022 conference: Challenging Science and Innovation Policy

June 1-3, 2022

This year’s conference theme will explore future directions for studies of policies for research and innovation with a special emphasis on the topics of Digitization, Open Science and Futuring. The conference will be hosted in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We expect more than 200 participants.

Topics to be addressed by the papers at the conference cover a broad spectrum of research questions, but with a specific emphasis on future challenges for STI policy research.

Papers will address topics related to the following special sessions, organized by scholars in the field:

  1. The role of science for policy: new requirements and new challenges
  2. Forward-looking activities (FLA) for STI policies
  3. The future of science: exploring the relationship between digitalisation and scientific practices
  4. Making international scientific consortia work: Science policy for preventing or mitigating internal tensions
  5. Ethics and politics of science, technology and innovation policy
  6. Accounting for justice in transformative innovation policy
  7. Diversity and inclusion in transition research and policies
  8. Connections between transforming STI policy and geopolitics, positive and negative security, and global justice
  9. Responsible Research and Innovation as a toolkit: indicators, application, and context
  10. Transformative innovation policy and the institutionalisation of responsible research and innovation
  11. Steering research for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  12. The geographies of challenge-led and mission-oriented innovation policies
  13. Covid-19 recovery, sustainability transitions and innovation policy
  14. Transformative social innovation in sustainability and health
  15. Joint OECD-JRC session on policy intelligence for system-level innovation for sustainability and societal transformation
  16. The space sector in transformation: new challenges for policy and governance at the nexus of space, commercialisation, and sustainable development
  17. The role of standards and regulation in fostering innovation
  18. Governance of digital ecosystems

Furthermore, the conference’s open track encourages papers on the following themes:

  1. Digital technologies, platforms and business model innovations
  2. Open science and the changing governance of science
  3. Research infrastructures: open data, big data, and new research avenues for STI studies
  4. Futuring and Foresight
  5. STI policy for societal challenges: policy design, implementation and evaluation
  6. The impact of STI policy: new indicators and approaches
  7. Social innovation: enabling factors and existing practices
  8. Globalization and the geography of knowledge and innovation

Submission of paper proposals

We would like to invite you to submit paper proposals to one of the special sessions or to the open track. Eu-SPRI2022 provides the following formats to stimulate scholarly debate:

Paper presentation sessions: Acceptance to a paper presentation session is based on an extended abstract (min. 1,000 words, max. 2,000 words) of a well-developed paper with a description of a study that you would like to present at the conference. Extended abstracts should specify a clear research question, relevance, theoretical framework, data and methodological approaches, (expected) results, conclusions and policy issues. In order to allow appointed discussants to prepare feedback in advance, full papers will need to be submitted two weeks before the conference.
Speed talk sessions: Speed talks briefly introduce new research ideas, data and analytical insights to provide a basis for collective discussion or to discuss ideas at an early stage. Submission of a short abstract (min. 500 words, max. 750 words) is required for speed talk sessions.

All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee and the session organizers, based on quality and fit to the Eu-SPRI research agenda, the conference and session theme. The Committee reserves the right to re-assign a paper to other session tracks and/or formats than as indicated during submission. Participants can only present one paper at the conference.

Important dates:

Closing of Paper Submissions: 21 February 2022
Announcement of selected papers and posters: 1 April 2022
Registration open: 15 March 2022
Submission of full papers: 15 May 2022
Conference: 1-3 June 2022

Practical information:

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