2020 Eu-SPRI ECC
“Innovation and research agendas: between policy priorities, societal challenges and academic autonomy”


Valencia, Spain

22-24 April 2020


INGENIO is pleased to announce the fourth edition of its PhD Days Conference, to be held in Valencia (Spain) in April 2020. The three-day event is organised by doctoral students for doctoral students. PhD Days provides early career researchers with a welcoming setting in which to develop and refine research presentation and communication skills, receive constructive comments on their work from other students and established researchers, as well as building vital career networks.

The main theme of PhD Days 2020 deals with current approaches and controversies around the purposes and objectives of research and innovation (R&I). The conference builds on the rise of normative concepts in science and innovation policy and practice. The need to demonstrate scientific impact combined with pressure from policymakers that research addresses practical societal issues poses new challenges for the governance of science and innovation. It challenges the notion that scientific research should be determined primarily by scientific logics and goals and should be independent of external pressures. The range and legitimacy of actors involved in R&I decision-making is thus also being scrutinised from various perspectives, both conceptually and pragmatically.


The central discussions of INGENIO PhD Days 2020 will therefore revolve around the current orientation within science and research policy toward meeting goals decided a priori by policy makers. This will involve consideration of emerging concepts such as ‘missions’, ‘directionality’ and the ‘alignment’ of science and society. It will also involve reflections on the implications of involving external stakeholders in the production of scientific knowledge and on the modes of interaction, techniques and methodologies that further the goal of expanding participation in science.

As such, we invite contributions from PhD students that fit broadly into one of the following five research streams:

1. Orienting science and innovation towards political and societal goals: implications and strategies.

This stream focuses on the practical implications and strategies required to address social, environmental and economic challenges through science and innovation policy. Potential contributions may include research on mission-oriented research, on sustainable transitions or on responsible research and innovation. We also invite contributions on strategies to deal with major challenges such as climate change, gender inequalities or social justice, among other actions focused on addressing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) identified by the United Nations.

2. Factors affecting academic knowledge production

We welcome contributions that analyse the wide variety of factors that may influence the outputs and impact of knowledge production. This theme seeks to attract contributions of conceptual, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in science and innovation evaluation, open science, incentives and their impacts on autonomy and societal relevance. Potential contributions may also include bibliometric and altmetric studies.

3. Analysis of interactions among diverse actors in innovation systems

In frameworks such as open science, open innovation, citizen science and responsible research and innovation, scientists are increasingly expected to interact with a diversity of stakeholders. We therefore invite discussions on topics such as, how can scientists build consortia involving multiple and diverse actors? Alternatively, what contributions can be expected from stakeholders involved in science and innovation? This theme seeks to attract contributions that reflect on the lessons from knowledge and technology transfer initiatives, university-industry interactions, management of multi-actors consortia (government, industry, academia and community), triple and quadruple-helix models, or multi-scalar coordination of different levels of government in the implementation of innovation and science policies.

4. Impacts of developments at the technological frontier and how to manage them

New technological developments in areas such as artificial intelligence, genetics or big data, among others, pose significant questions about their social or environmental impacts. These impacts include potential disruptions to labour markets, for instance through skill-biased technological change, enhanced surveillance of citizens and intrusion on their privacy, or the unintended consequences of genetic manipulation. As these potentially negative outcomes are assessed against the benefits that such technologies may generate, questions emerge about how to manage their development: this includes debates on the public or private ownership of sensitive technologies, the importance of involving a wide range of stakeholders in their development to ensure that they generate social benefits, or even the need to compensate the ‘losers’ of technological change with instruments such as universal basic income. All these issues fall under the major theme of this conference, since they refer to the tension between the autonomy of researchers and the need or desire to manage technological developments.

5. Methods and strategies to support and understand the participation of multiple actors

This stream will explore methodological approaches to the various topics highlighted previously in the call for papers. We invite both qualitative and quantitative contributions. We are particularly interested in deepening our understanding of collaborative and creative techniques or methodologies that integrate the diverse views of multiple actors. We foresee presentations on the application of collaborative and participatory approaches, patient/participant experience, design thinking or new forms of public engagement. We also encourage the submission of studies on midstream modulation, transdisciplinary methods, mixed methods, or network analysis.

Paper submission

Potential participants are invited to submit a short bio (about 150 words) and an extended abstract (up to 1.500 words) no later than January 17th 2020.

Abstracts will be in English and should include: (i) main objectives of research; (ii) research questions; (iii) methodology; (iv) key findings or expected results. Applicants must select one of the research lines indicated above.

Conference fee

The fee is €150, and can be paid online, after notification of acceptance (14th February 2020).

Participants from EU-SPRI member organizations have fee waivers covering the costs for the inscription, catering, gala dinner and accommodation. Participants from other institutions are subject to an 150 € fee to cover inscription, catering and gala dinner. They should also arrange their own accommodation.

All participants should make their travel arrangements independently.

The deadline for the online registration (and fee payment, if proceed) for participants with an accepted abstract will be March 20th. However, registration will be open until April 2nd only for event attendants.

According to the established cancellation policy, no refund of payments will be issued.

Organization and scientific committee

The event is organized by INGENIO, a joint research institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). INGENIO is a leading research centre on Science, Technology and Innovation

Organising committee:

  • Karen Denisse Corbett Lagos
  • Ana María Gómez Aguayo
  • Marta Maicas Pérez
  • Irene Monsonís Payá

Senior advisor: Pedro Marques

Scientific committee:

  • Joaquín Azagra Caro, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • David Barberá Tomás, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Sergio Belda Miquel, University of Valencia. Valencia (Spain)
  • Alejandra Boni Aristizabal, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Markus Bugge, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education & TIK, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Carolina Cañibano Sánchez, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Nicolas Carayol, University of Bordeaux. Bordeaux (France)
  • Elena Castro Martínez, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Thomas Crispeels, Vrije Univesiteit Brussels. Brussels (Belgium)
  • Davide Consoli, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Pablo D’Este, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Adrián A. Diaz-Faes, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Kieron Flanagan, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, AMBS (UK)
  • Ana García Granero, University of Valencia. Valencia (Spain)
  • Markus Grillitsch, Centre for Innovation, Research and Competencein Learning Economy, CIRCLE, (Sweden)
  • Teis Hansen, Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in Learning Economy, CIRCLE, (Sweden)
  • Cornelia Lawson, Alliance Manchester Business School. Manchester (UK)
  • José Félix Lozano Aguilar, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Anabel Fernández, University of Valencia. Valencia (Spain)
  • Mónica García Melón, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Oscar Llopis Córcoles, University of Valencia. Valencia (Spain)
  • Pedro Marques, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Alberto Marzzuchi, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). (UK)
  • Elena Mas Tur, Eindhoven University of Technology. Eindhoven (Netherlands)
  • Jordi Molas, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Carlos Montalvo, TNO, Expertise Group Strategy and Policy. The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Julia Olmos Peñuela, University of Valencia. Valencia (Spain)
  • Paula Otero, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Victoria Pellicer Sifres, Las Naves. Valencia (Spain)
  • Ángel Pérez Navarro, Institute for Energy Engineering (UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Jordi Peris Blanes, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • François Perruchas, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Rocío Poveda Bautista, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Irene Ramos-Vielba, Aarhus University. Aarhus (Denmark)
  • Barbara Ribeiro, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (UK)
  • Nicolás Robinson García, Applied Mathematics, TU Delft. Delft (Netherlands)
  • Mabel Sánchez Barrioluengo, Alliance Manchester Business School. Manchester (UK)
  • Sergio Segura Calero, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)
  • Valentina Tartari, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  • Robert Tijssen, Leiden University. Leiden (Netherlands)
  • Elvira Uyarra, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (UK)
  • Richard Woolley, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). Valencia (Spain)


Deadline for abstract submission: Extended: January 31st 2020

Decision of abstract acceptance: February 14th 2020

Deadline for online registration (people with accepted abstracts): March 20th 2020

Deadline for online registration (attendants): April 2nd 2020