Call for Tracks and Special Sessions for the Annual Eu-SPRI 2023 Conference on ‘Research with Impact’


Submission Deadline: 24th October 2022

The 2023 Eu-SPRI Annual Conference will be hosted by the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School in Brighton, UK. The main conference will take place on 14th – 16th June with a preceding Early Career Event on 13th June.

The conference theme is Research with Impact, and the organising committee are now welcoming academic researchers from a broad range of disciplines, as well as STI policymakers, to submit proposals for tracks and special (stand-alone) sessions.

Research with Impact

In recent years, Science, Technology & Innovation policy globally has increasingly focused 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. This demand for research with impact has generated changes in how research is funded, evaluated, organized, and disseminated.

There have also been associated changes in the nature of knowledge production, with new forms of inter-disciplinary, cross-organizational collaborations and knowledge exchange processes being supported. These demands to support research with impact create new challenges for researchers and STI policymakers and raise new questions for STI policy researchers.


Subject Matters for Tracks and Special Sessions

The following are some examples of subject matter that could form the basis of a track/session proposal:

  • The politics and changing governance of science and STI policy
  • The roles of STI policy practitioners in delivering change
  • Changing patterns of innovation across industry and the service sectors as well as responsible innovation
  • The effectiveness of different funding mechanisms, behaviours, and institutional arrangements
  • New approaches for impact evaluation in STI policy
  • Emerging technologies
  • Researching digital transformations and digitalisation
  • Data policy and data intensive research
  • Globalisation and the geography of knowledge and innovation
  • Research for systemic transformations
We aim to encourage discussion around questions such as:
  • How is the impact from research defined, and what kinds of research generate impact?
  • How do societies support the research needed to generate economic, environmental, and societal change?
  • How are research findings translated for stakeholders, received by them, and used?
  • What are the characteristics and behaviours that enable researchers to best achieve impact from their work?
  • How can STI policy researchers achieve impact with their own research?

See further suggested examples on the conference website here.

Submission Details for Tracks and Special Sessions

  • Proposals for tracks may include different types of sessions such as full or early-stage research paper sessions, debates, policy dialogue sessions and/or a mixture of these. Proposals for stand-alone special sessions are also welcome.

  • Proposals can be brief (approximately 500 words including a title, organisers’ details, and session/ track description).

  • Tracks/sessions can be proposed by (at least) two organisers.

  • Those selected for the conference will be asked to provide guidance for participants applying through the conference ‘Call for Papers’, and then support the conference organizers and the international scientific committee in reviewing the papers and organizing their track or special session.

Please submit your proposal by emailing it to: no later than 24th October 2022. Organisers will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals prior to the opening of the Call for Papers.

For further details, please visit the conference website.

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