Call for Sessions Eu-SPRI 2022 conference:

Challenging Science and Innovation Policy

Utrecht, 1-3 June 2022. Hosted by Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

We would like to invite you to submit track proposals for the 2022 Eu-SPRI conference: “Challenging Science and Innovation Policy”. The annual Eu-SPRI conference is the leading event in science, technology and innovation policy in Europe, with a broad attendance of scientists as well as policymakers. The key objectives of the conference are to provide a forum for scholars in the areas of research and innovation policy analysis, to exchange ideas, and to present findings across disciplinary boundaries.

This year’s conference theme – Challenging Science and Innovation Policy– will explore future directions for studies of Policies for Research and Innovation with a special emphasis on the topics of Digitization, Open Science and Futuring. The conference will be hosted in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We expect more than 200 participants.

Research on STI has changed considerably in recent years. It has diversified in terms of topics and applications and deepened with respect to theories and methods. These developments reflect the ongoing development of new technologies, how novel ideas are put to use in the economy and society, how innovation is mobilized for addressing societal challenges, and how policies and institutions affect the growth and direction of innovations. In each of these interrelated areas we are witnessing accelerating changes, frictions and puzzles that pose future challenges for STI policy research in terms of new views, analyses, policy designs and co-operation partners.

At this stage, we invite proposals for sessions to be held at the conference. Research sessions can be proposed by (at least) two organizers. Organizers prepare a text for the Call for Research Papers, support local organizers and the scientific committee in reviewing the papers, and organize the sessions. If a sufficient number of papers is accepted, a research session can be extended to a multi-session track.

Topics to be addressed by the papers and sessions at the conference cover a broad spectrum of research questions, but with a specific emphasis on future challenges for STI policy research. The following topics are encouraged (see Conference Announcement):

  • STI policy for SDGs
  • Digital science and innovation
  • The governance of STI policy – new players, new processes, new instruments
  • New indicators and approaches for assessing the impact of STI policy
  • Mission-oriented policies: rethinking policy design, implementation and evaluation to tackle societal challenges
  • Social innovation: enabling factors and existing practices for social needs
  • RRI and the responsiveness of science and technology developments, institutions and policies
  • Disruptive emerging technologies, digital platforms and associated business model innovations and the rise of new innovation ecosystems
  • Research infrastructure for STI studies: open data, big data, and new research avenues
  • Open science and changing governance of science
  • Globalization and the geography of knowledge and innovation
  • Futuring and Foresight

As of now the call for paper sessions is open. Sessions might relate to, but are not limited by the abovementioned topics. We invite for session ideas (~500 words), and if possible a list of interested contributors (not required).

Important dates:

  • Opening of Call for Sessions: end of September 2021
  • Closing of Call for Sessions: 12 November 2021
  • Pre-announcement of the Call for Papers: December 2021
  • Opening of Paper Submissions: 1 January 2022
  • Closing of Paper Submissions: 15 February 2022
  • Announcement of selected papers and posters: 15 March 2022
  • Registration open: 15 March 2022
  • Conference: 1-3 June 2022


Local organizing committee at Utrecht University:

Gaston Heimeriks, Koen Beumer, Wouter Boon, Iris Wanzenböck, Matthijs Janssen and Jarno Hoekman

Scientific committee: to be announced.