Eu-SPRI Mini Course 2020: Technology, Policy and Pathways to Possible Worlds: Imagining Year 2050 Now 3rd December 2020

SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit

Eu-SPRI Mini Course 2020

This course offers state-of-the-art training in the study of science and innovation policy and supporting disciplines for early career scholars and professionals.

Technology, Policy and Pathways to Possible Worlds: Imagining Year 2050 Now

Online (via Zoom)

Date: 3 December 2020, 10:00 – 18:00

Organisers: SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit and Eu-SPRI – European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation

Registration Deadline: 9 November 2020


This Mini Course aims at providing doctoral students, early-career researchers and professionals with an intensive training, focused on the intersection between innovation theory and scenario analysis. Six lectures will explore how trends unfolding in different domains – environment, policy/institutional, economy/production – might lead to alternative futures and evolve under novel socio-techno-economic paradigms. This type of exercise has two main objectives: first, to invite scholars to think about the impact of technological change over the longue durée (and therefore to develop research questions and projects of broad scope and ambition). Second, to induce a discussion about the multilevel nature of the impacts that (innovation) policies can produce, influencing not just short-term incentives (for example, the rate and direction of innovative activities), but also more slowly-changing but deeper patterns rooted in culture, institutional evolution and distribution of power.

Conditions of participation

Participation is free, however the maximum number of attendees is set to 60. In order to reserve a place, it is necessary to register using the form below.

Participation is granted on the basis of a ‘first come (register), first served’ policy; however, given that the target audience of the event are young and early-career researchers, we set a priority rule: places will be assigned in the following order: doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers, lecturers, senior lecturers/professors. Therefore, registration does not guarantee automatically a place on the Mini Course – applicants need to wait for a confirmation email to be sure that a place has been allocated to them.

Important Dates:

  • 9 November 2020: Registration deadline (via the link below)
  • 16 November 2020: Confirmation of participation announced