Call for papers to the Eu-SPRI 2021 conference

We would like to invite you to submit paper proposals for the 10th Annual Eu-SPRI Conference: “Science and innovation – an uneasy relationship? Rethinking the roles and relations of STI policies”.

A couple of decades ago, the concepts of science and innovation became steady partners, especially in policy. Countries, regions and the EU developed and support instruments for science and innovation – indicating that there is a close relationship between these two acitivites and therefore also policy areas.

The Eu-SPRI conference invites participants to engage in a more critical and reflective discussion of the link between science and innovation. What are the problems of seeing science and innovation as two sides of the same coin? Is the merger of the two policy areas in some cases a barrier to solving societal challenges as much as it represents a solution? When is it helpful to look at science together with innovation, and when do we keep them apart? Such questions are not just important for society, but also for developing the community interested in science and innovation policy studies.

With these questions as a starting point the conference has three main themes that address the link between science and innovation. Within each main theme several tracks will be organised. When submitting your proposal, we invite you to indicate in which track(s) you would like to participate.


Submission guidelines

It is possible to submit two types of proposals depending on the track and their specified sessions. You should also note that one track might have several types of sessions and is as a result open to more than one type of submission. The two types of submissions are:

Full papers: Full paper sessions are intended for well-developed papers. Therefore, the submission should be an extended abstract (min. 1000 words, max. 2000 words). The extended abstract should contain a clear research question, relevance, theoretical framework, data and methodological approaches, results or expected results, conclusions and policy issues. In a full paper session, submission of full papers prior to the conference is expected .The papers will be shared with participants and discussants.

Speed talks: Speed talk sessions are intended to provide a platform for introduction and discussion of new research ideas, data and analytical insights at an early stage. Full papers are not expected. To submit a speed talk proposal, submit a short abstract (min. 500 words, max. 750 words) that functions as a basis for collective discussions. Abstracts will be shared among participants in the session.


Our call for papers is now closed for submission. 



Themes and tracks

Addressing the role of research and innovation in times of crises

1. Addressing the role of research and innovation in times of crises: institutional and individual responses over time

2. Innovation in times of crisis: lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic

3. Rethinking medical innovation in times of crises: organization, delivery and company responses

4. Transforming ‘wicked-problems’ into ‘moonshot-opportunities’: the role of research and innovation in the responsible and sustainable assessment of management of ‘catastrophes’, ‘wild cards’ and related ‘weak signals’

5. Uneasy relationship made uneasier? Research, innovation, and Covid-19

Impact, excellence and beyond: reframing the science-society relationship

6. Assessing the transforamtive potential of research and innovation policies

7. Excellence in research and societal impact – an uneasy relationship?

8. Impact excellence and beyond: understanding complexity in analysing and assessing socio-technical impacts

9. New indicators and approaches in STI policy: beyond data and prediction to impacting the policy cycle

10. Public organisations for science and innovation, the same designs for new outcomes?

11. Public research funding and its implications for science, innovation and society

12. Structures and effects of corporate publishing: beyond the public science-push

Technology push or societal change – the widening scope of STI policies in sustainability transitions

13. Agility, tentativeness and resilience: how to govern innovation systems and STI policies in times of crises and transformative change?

14. Geography and policy complexity in normative innovation policy thinking: what are the issues and how should they be tackled?

15. STI policies in the global south: broadening the scope?

16. Systems approaches for understanding and assessing the impact of directionality in challenge-led policy

17. The interplay of public IPR policies and corporate IPR strategies in sustainability transitions

18. The role of social entrepreneurship in orienting innovation policies towards societal challenges

19. The use of participatory methods for transforamtive innovation engagements

20. Transformative missions and STI policies

21. International relations of science, technology and innovation (policies)

22. Innovation journey in focus, the context in mind – recent approaches


There may be important themes in our understanding and study of STI policies that are not covered by these tracks. We have therefore added a track called “Other” to EasyChair to be used for contributions with clear relevance to the conference themes but not the current tracks. We will try to put accepted contributions in this track together in thematic sessions.


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