UniPID to participate in the 2015 annual conference of the EU SPRI Forum

January 28, 2015

The conference, organized in Helsinki, Finland 10 - 12 of June 2015, aims to enable research and innovation policy scholars to exchange views in an interdisciplinary manner and to engage with policy makers. The theme of the conference addresses the role of innovation policies in supporting broader economic and societal transformation, a theme well timed in the European context but one into which can also be integrated other world regions, such as emerging economies and developing countries struggling to solve economic modernization and pressing social challenges.

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The conference, titled "Innovation policies for economic and social transitions: Developing strategies for knowledge, practice and institutions", is organized in Helsinki, Finland 10 - 12 of June 2015. It aims to enable research and innovation policy scholars to exchange views in an interdisciplinary manner and to engage with policy makers. The theme of the conference addresses the role of innovation policies in supporting broader economic and societal transformation, a theme well timed in the European context but one into which can also be integrated other world regions, such as emerging economies and developing countries struggling to solve economic modernization and pressing social challenges.

The keynotes will be delivered by Prof. Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University, and Prof. Susana Borrás, Copenhagen Business School. Both are high-profile scholars of innovation policy with careers spanning decades. Among their other merits, Lundvall has served as the Deputy Director at the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry at the OECD, while Borrás is the Head of the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. 

UniPID participates in Special Track 4 of the conference, titled "Innovation Collaboration to Tackle Societal Challenges and Promote Development” alongside VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland;  the Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, GLOBELICS; the Department for Development Policy of the Foreign Ministry of Finland and Plan International Finland. The specific aim of the track is to engage policy makers, academics and practitioners in a targeted discussion on the role of innovation and collaboration in tackling societal challenges, globally and more specifically in the developing world. 

Participants to the track are encouraged to present theoretical perspectives and experiences that arise from studies of phenomena related to developing, emerging and developed economies and cooperation between and among them. Relevance of the track lays in the debate and sharing of lessons (how to do and why not to do) that allows for example: policy-makers to link policy and practice and learn from evidence; academics to explore new means of connecting their empirical work with that of policy-makers and practitioners, as well as to improve the theoretical background of current debate on innovation, development and societal challenges; and practitioners (e.g. (NGOs, development cooperation agencies, development and/or academic networks) to discuss means of improving the impact of their actions.

The Calls for Papers close on the 8th of March. 

To view the Calls for Papers and for further information about the conference, please see http://euspri-helsinki2015.org/