Eu-SPRI Early Career Researcher (ECR) Webinar Series

One of the Eu-SPRI key missions is to support the next generation of researchers in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), business administration, geography and history. This is particularly important under the current COVID-19 pandemic where mobility and the international research experience have been substantially restricted. Early career researchers have been particularly hit by these restrictions, which could potentially impact their career progression in the short and medium term. Attendance at international conferences, gaining external critical feedback on their work, research stays abroad and enlarging their own networks are, among others, key skills to become independent researchers, find appropriate job opportunities and progress in their scientific careers. EU-SPRI wants to support the intellectual and career development of early career SPRI researchers by setting up a monthly webinar series.

For you as an interested early-career researcher (PhD students and post-docs), the EU-SPRI webinar series will be an excellent opportunity to present on-going and/or new research in the area of innovation and policy to an international audience. The Webinar series is thematically open within the boundaries of the affiliated EU-SPRI institutions’ topics. Our aim is for seminars to reflect the diversity of research topics and interests in our community.

In order to be considered as a presenter, please submit an extended abstract (1000 words approx.), plus a short bio (and expected date of thesis defense in the case of PhD candidates) to the below mentioned contacts.  Researchers who are accepted are asked to send a full paper two weeks prior to the webinar. Webinars will run on every third Thursday of the month from 3.30 to 5pm (CET) using Zoom and will accommodate two presentations. The expected length of the talk would be around 15-20 minutes to fit the online format, followed by the discussion from a junior and senior colleagues (max. 15mins.) and Q&As from the audience. Total length of the webinar will be 1.30 hours, 45 minutes per participant.

Key dates:

Deadline to submit the extended abstract: 1st of October

Webinar dates for the Autumn series: 21st Oct., 18th Nov, 16th Dec (tbc) and 20th Jan.

We now welcome your self-nomination as speakers in this year’s series. We are looking for a diverse pool of young researchers from all EU-SPRI institutions. We believe our PhD Students and postdocs are working at the forefront of their fields of research, resulting in an updated understanding of topical themes. Our interest is in the relevance of the work, how advanced the research is and topics they can showcase.

The Webinars Organising Committee

Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo,  MIoIR/The University of Manchester, msbarrioluengo@manchester.ac.uk

Gaston Heimeriks, Utrecht University, g.j.heimeriks@uu.nl

Rhiannon Pugh, CIRCLE/Lund University, rhiannon.pugh@circle.lu.se

Torben Schubert, CIRCLE/Lund University & Fraunhofer ISI, torben.schubert@circle.lu.se

Henning Kroll, Fraunhofer ISI, henning.kroll@isi.fraunhofer.de

Eu-SPRI Call for Proposals for Early Career Research Conferences (ECC)

The Eu-SPRI member organisations are invited to submit proposals for Early Career Research Conferences (ECC) in 2022

The Eu-SPRI Forum aims to support the intellectual and career development of early career SPRI researchers (doctoral candidates; Postdocs), most notably through doctoral programmes, conferences, summer schools and mobility between the partner groups.

ECC gather outstanding early career researchers with established academics for a series of exchanges about on-going and new research in research and innovation policy. Within the SPRI field ECC normally have no narrow themes, rather they are thematically open. Early career researchers can network with one another, across institutions and countries, and with established researchers, and gain critical feedback on their work, as well as experience in critiquing the work of peers.

The Eu-SPRI Forum supports one or two conferences per year. An ECC will normally have 25-30 participants. The maximum support for a conference amounts to 20,000 euros (for organisation and all actual incurred costs for participants once present, not their travel costs).  We actively encourage Member organisations to run conferences on-line.

This call asks for applications for ECC to be organised by 31st December 2022 at the latest.

Submission deadline: 31 March 2022

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Eu-SPRI Forum secretariat: Debbie Cox debbie.cox@manchester.ac.uk. The Eu-SPRI Forum Executive Committee will decide the selection of conferences by 30 April 2022.    Please apply to Debbie for the application form.