Eu-SPRI Early Career Research Conference (ECC)
“Science, Technology and Innovation: New challenges and practices”


Valencia, Spain

3-5 May 2018

Another Eu-SPRI Early Career Research Conference about Public R&D funding and evaluation will take place in Rome, Italy, on 26-28th September 2018.
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INGENIO is pleased to announce the 2018 Eu-SPRI Early Career Research Conference (ECC), a three-day conference organized by doctoral students for doctoral students. The event seeks to provide early career researchers the opportunity to develop and refine research capabilities, presentation and communication skills as well as building career networks.

The main themes of interest of the 2018 Eu-SPRI ECC are aligned with the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), with a particular emphasis on societal concerns in areas such as environmental sustainability, innovative and reflective societies, climate action, food security, inequality and social well-being. The Early Career conference will be especially receptive to contributions from a variety of disciplines including - but not limited to - economics, sociology, political science, management, scientometrics, geography, as well as their cross-fertilization.


The conference will be built around five main lines.

1. Science Communication & Dissemination of Research

This theme focuses on the permeability between science and society, in particular the mechanisms that encourage the participation of informed citizens in the public debate. Potential contributions may include, among other: measurement of trust, understanding and engagement in science, technology & innovation; impact of public outreach activities; commitment of scientists and institutions to the dissemination of research; the perception of science and the values of scientific inquiry.

2. Innovation: sources, effects and implementation

There is growing demand for greater connection between the study of Science, Technology and Innovation and the application of scientific insights to societal challenges. This theme seeks to attract contributions from a variety of perspectives (i.e. Economics, Management, Sociology, et cetera) and devoted to a wide range of societal issues including, but not limited to, employment; inequality; climate change; local economic development; migration; causes and consequence of the emerge and decline of industrial sectors.

3. Science, Open Science and evaluation policies

We welcome contributions that analyze the alignment between science performance, evaluation policies and science-governing practices. Potential contributions to this theme should address, but are not limited to: managing and evaluating science; the effects of scientific evaluation on the scientific community; methods and indicators for evaluation of research; Open Science policies and practices and their implications for evaluation; mechanisms to promote Open Science.

4. Practices and strategies for engagement and collaboration for sustainability

This theme focuses on the use of tools, mechanisms and practices that promote innovation engagement and collaboration toward environmental sustainability. We seek contributions focusing on, among other things: new market strategies for more integrative and sustainable business models; coordination and cooperation among firms, local communities, scientific and technical sectors as well as policy makers for planning sustainable development; promotion of inter-organizational and inter-institutional conditions to incentivize emerging innovation; development and orchestration of human resources within and between organizations.

5. Social innovation to promote transformative transitions

This theme focuses on social innovations promoting transformative transitions across a broad spectrum of sectors (i.e. energy, food, housing). We invite contributions that examine the politics of transition with special interest on innovations promoting citizen engagement, equity and reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities. Potential themes include, but are not limited to: case studies of grassroots innovations emerging from the civil society; reflections on the connections, commonalities and shared features of transitions in different sectors; and the linkage between social justice theories (mainly energy justice and food justice) and social innovation and socio-technical transition.

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 23th February 2018.

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 €80, and can be paid online, after notification of acceptance (9th March 2018).

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 80 € fee to cover inscription, catering and gala dinner. They should also arrange their own accommodation.

All participants should make their travel arrangements independently.

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:

  • Carmen Corona Sobrino
  • Elena Denia Navarro
  • Hannia Gonzalez Urango
  • Victoria Pellicer Sifres

Senior advisor: Davide Consoli


  • Inma Aleixos Borrás
  • Anna Karina Lopez Hernandez
  • François Perruchas
  • Monique Leivas

Scientific committee:

  • Alejandra Boni Aristizabal, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Adela García Aracil, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Mónica García Melón, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Joaquín Azagra Caro, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Davide Consoli, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Sergio Belda Miquel, INGENIO(CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Koen Frenken, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Rocío Poveda Bautista, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Pablo D’Este, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Magnus Gulbrandsen, University of Oslo: TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture. Oslo, Norway
  • Elena Castro Martínez, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Irene Ramos Vielba, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Valencia, Spain
  • Cristian Matti, Climate-KIC Brussels Office. Brussels, Belgium.
  • Mabel Sánchez Barrioluengo, European Commission. Joint Research Centre. Unit of Human Capital and Employment. Brussels, Belgium
  • Julia Olmos Peñuela, Universidad de Valencia. Valencia, Spain
  • Nicolás Robinson García, School of Public Policy. Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, EEUU
  • Oscar Llopis Corcoles, Rennes School of Business. Rennes, France
  • Julia Melkers, School of Public Policy. Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, EEUU
  • Ana García Granero, Universidad de Valencia. Valencia, Spain
  • Alfredo Yegros, Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University. Leiden, Netherlands
  • Francesco Rentocchini, University of Milan, Italy and University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Alberto Marzucchi, SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Taran Mari Thune, University of Oslo. Oslo, Norway


Deadline for abstract submission: 23th February 2018

New deadline for abstract submission: 2nd March 2018

Decision of abstract acceptance: 9th March 2018