Call for Papers: Eu-SPRI ECC 2024 “Sustainability in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) policy: between complexity and uncertainty”

We invite researchers and scholars to submit their papers to the Eu-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conference (ECC) 2024 on the theme of “Sustainability in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) policy: between complexity and uncertainty”. The conference will take place in Rome from 6th to 8th March 2024, organized by the CNR-IRCrES – Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth of the National Research Council of Italy.

Conference Theme:

The Eu-SPRI ECC 2024 aims to explore the dynamic relationship between sustainability, science, technology, and innovation policies in driving long-term sustainable development and equitable growth. It seeks to address the complexities and uncertainties surrounding STI policy and investigate the potential connections between these policies and the achievement of long-term goals.

Conference Topics:

  1. Organizational Perspective on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2.  Science-Policy interface for achieving the SDGs
  3.  STI scenarios under complexity and uncertainty
  4.  Science and technology responses for green recovery
  5.  Regional systems of innovation
  6.  Knowledge and innovation networks

Target Audience:

The ECC Conference primarily aims to engage early career researchers and PhD students working in the fields of Research Policy and Innovation studies. However, contributions from experienced researchers and scholars in related disciplines are also welcome.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission: 15th October 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: 15th November 2023
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 15th December 2023

Submission Guidelines:

We invite researchers, early career scholars, and PhD students to submit abstracts (500-1000 words) of their original research papers. The submissions should provide clear insights into the research problem, methodology, results, and implications for STI policy and sustainability. All submissions must be in English and must be sent to

Conference fee:

The attendance fee to be paid by NON Eu-SPRI member organizations is 300 EUR. It includes admission to all scientific sessions, coffee breaks, and lunches, as well as one social dinner. Accepted participants are required to pay the fee following their notification of acceptance.

Participants from EU-SPRI member organizations have their fees waived, which covers registration, meals, and accommodation (max 2 nights). Travel costs are not covered.

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

Contact Information:

For any queries or further information, please visit the official website or contact the Organizing Committee at

Join us at the Eu-SPRI ECC 2024 in Rome to share your research, engage in fruitful discussions, and contribute to advancing knowledge and understanding of STI policy and sustainability.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you in Rome from 6th to 8th March 2024!

Eu-SPRI 2023 Annual Conference at SPRU, University of Sussex

This blog originally appeared on SPRU’s website and has been reproduced with the permission of the authors.

On Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 June 2023, the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) based at the University of Sussex Business School, proudly hosted the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation Conference (Eu-SPRI 2023). Eu-SPRI’s annual conference is the European event for scholars and policymakers in the fields of science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy, providing a dynamic platform for exchanging ideas, presenting emerging research, and fostering valuable networks.

Supporting the development of early career researchers in this field is a key part of the Eu-SPRI Forum’s work. Prior to the conference on Tuesday 13 June, SPRU hosted the Eu-SPRI Early Career Researcher event in association with the 29th SPRU PhD Forum. Welcoming participants from a diverse range of institutions, this event provided a supportive space for early career researchers to present and discuss their work, hear talks from guest speakers and network in a friendly environment, before continuing to the main conference. 

Research with Impact

The conference’s first day began with an opening ceremony chaired by Michael Hopkins, the Chair of the conference’s organising committee, with welcome addresses by SPRU’s director, Jeremy Hall and Eu-SPRI’s president, Emanuela Reale.

Crowd of attendees in Business School lecture theatre for Eu-SPRI 2023 Conference

The theme of this year’s conference, ‘Research with Impact’, reflects the increasing focus within STI policy globally on ensuring that researchers engage with wider stakeholders to deliver positive economic impact and address societal challenges. This reflects the growing societal expectations placed on research and innovation, and increased concerns about how well research systems are aligned with the changing needs of society. Demand for research with impact has generated changes in how research is funded, evaluated, organised and disseminated. Eu-SPRI 2023 was a platform for the exploration of these questions amongst international colleagues.

The conference featured 25 Tracks and five Special Sessions organised by scholars in the field, capturing the latest developments in a broad range of science policy related areas. Participants discussed topics such as transformative innovation, sustainability transitions, policy implications and transdisciplinary research.

The first day of the conference featured a captivating keynote speech by Professor Kathryn Oliver from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, entitled ‘Feet on the ground and head in the clouds: can we be both pragmatic and ambitious for research with impact?’.

Members of the Eu-SPRI Stakeholder Advisory Board: Philippe Larrue, Christian Naczinsky, and Tatiana Fernandez Sirera, with the participation of Emanuela Reale and Stephanie Daimer, hosted a keynote panel on Day Two, exploring how to promote dialogue with policymakers for the design and implementation of science and innovation policies. The panel, sponsored by RISIS, incorporated open debate and examined the emerging needs and forthcoming actions in this area. 

Speakers Leonie von Drooge and Ben Martin during keynote debate

The third and final day of the conference saw an engaging keynote debate addressing the motion that ‘The growing use of evaluation and analysis of impact has gone too far so that it is now damaging research’. The debate speakers were Ben Martin, Professor of Science & Technology Policy Studies at SPRU, and Leonie van Drooge, Owner of LvD Impact & Evaluation, with the debate chaired by Paul Nightingale, SPRU. 

In addition to the varied academic programme, an exciting selection of social activities were available to attendees, adding a touch of excitement and relaxation to the event. On the first day, participants could take flight on the iconic Brighton i360, a breath-taking observation tower offering panoramic views above Brighton seafront, featuring a sky bar. The Brighton i360 social was kindly sponsored by the Technopolis Group. Alternatively, guests could enjoy drinks and nibbles at the Ohso Social Bar, a popular beach bar within the heart of Brighton’s vibrant atmosphere, kindly sponsored by RISIS.

Day Two saw delegates attend a Gala dinner at the DoubleTree Hilton Metropole, for a memorable evening of mingling and discussion. The conference’s final day closed with farewell drinks at the Grand Central pub in the city centre, featuring live music that had the audience on their feet, singing along. 

Hosting the Eu-SPRI 2023 Conference was an honour for SPRU and the Business School. It was fantastic to welcome so many colleagues to our campus for the largest Eu-SPRI conference yet, and we hope that all participants enjoyed their experience with us!

Congratulations to all dedicated Sussex staff for producing such a successful, well-attended event, with special thanks to the academic organising committee: Professor Michael Hopkins, Professor Paul Nightingale, Dr Adrian Ely, Dr Katherine Lovell, Professor Adrian Smith, Dr Bipashyee Ghosh, Dr Chux Daniels, Dr David Eggleton, Dr Joshua Moon, Dr Matias Ramirez, and Dr Xiangming Tao

We would also like to express our gratitude once again to our sponsors for their generous support and contribution to the #EuSPRI23 Conference – our sincere thanks to RISIS, Technopolis Group, Edward Elgar Publishing, and Policy@Sussex. 

The Eu-SPRI 2024 Conference will be hosted by the University of Twente in the Netherlands with the theme ‘Governing Technology, Research, and Innovation for Better Worlds’. We look forward to another inspiring gathering of the Eu-SPRI community.