Local organizers

The conference is organized by the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK) at the University of Oslo, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU). R-Quest, OSIRIS and INTRANSIT are research centres and co-organizers of this conference. 



TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture – TIK encompasses two interdisciplinary research groups, one within science and technology studies (STS) and the other within innovation studies. Both fields and their intersection represent major international communities that in various ways study the relationship between society on the one hand and research, technology and innovation on the other. TIK is particularly active in trying to understand transitions like the “green shift” in energy, the emerging bioeconomy and wider industrial transformation, including in-depth studies of sectors and areas such as healthcare, renewable energy, waste and digitalisation. There is an emphasis on understanding the and nature of science and innovation policy. TIK has two master’s programmes and a PhD programme, and it has extensive international collaboration.


NIFU Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education – NIFU is an independent social science research institute, organized as a non-profit foundation. NIFU aims to be a leading European research organization for studies of innovation, research and education at all levels. NIFU collect, analyze and disseminate national statistics and indicators for R&D and innovation, and are active participants in statistical cooperation at European and international levels. Through project and events, NIFU aims to provide a vibrant meeting place for researchers, policymakers, the education and research sector and working life.


R-QUEST Centre for Research Quality and Policity Impact Studies – R-Quest constitutes an 8-year commitment to explore the nature and mechanisms of research quality. The centre aims to adress three closely related questions: (1) What is research quality? How are notions of research quality negotiated, established and practiced, and what are the mechanisms through which these notions affect policy? (2) What are the drivers of high quality research, and what is the role of policy in developing outstanding research? (3) What are the effects of high quality research on the society? A central aim of the centre is to understand research assessments, standards and practices in different fields of research. More generally, the centre aims to help policy makers in their efforts to develop the best framework conditions for high quality research.


OSIRIS Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science – The overall objective of the OSIRIS Centre is to study how and under what circumstances research produces effects in society at large – in a way that generates new Insights and helps policymakers, users and research organizations to better contribute to generating impact. OSIRIS aims to investigate impact from a broad stakeholder perspctive, and to contribute to building bridges between different approaches and communities.


INTRANSIT Centre for study of innovation policy for industrial transformation, sustainability and digitalization – INTRANSIT seeks not only to study transformation processes and distill policy advice, rather we base the design on an “engaged scholarship” model, collaborating and working with stakeholders and users to analyze, experiment and facilitate an open dialogue on issues connected to policy for industrial transformation. This, by nature, etails looking broadly on policy for transformation and adressing policy change at multiple Levels, by interacting with regional, national and international policy communities.