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 postdocs), the Eu-SPRI webinar series will be an excellent opportunity to present ongoing 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.), a short bio (and expected date of thesis defence in the case of PhD candidates) and 2 names of potential discussants (preferably from a Eu-SPRI member organisation) to the below mentioned contacts by the 7th of February.  Furthermore, researchers who are accepted are asked to send a full paper two weeks before the webinar. Webinars will run every third Thursday of the month from 3.30 to 5 pm (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 junior and senior colleagues (max. 15 mins.) and Q&As from the audience. The total length of the webinar will be 1.30 hours, 45 minutes per participant.



Key dates:

Deadline to submit the extended abstract: 7th of February.

Webinar dates for the Spring series: 17th of March, 21st of April, 19th of May and 16th of June.

We now welcome your self-nomination as speakers in this Spring’s series. We are looking for a diverse pool of young researchers, in particular from all Eu-SPRI organisations. 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 their work, how to advance their research and topics they can showcase.



The Webinars Organising Committee

Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo,  MIoIR/University of Manchester,

Gaston Heimeriks, Utrecht University,

Rhiannon Pugh, CIRCLE/Lund University,

Torben Schubert, CIRCLE/Lund University & Fraunhofer ISI,

Henning Kroll, Fraunhofer ISI,

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