Eu-SPRI Forum supports the intellectual and career development of early career SPRI researchers (doctoral candidates; PostDocs), most notably through doctoral programs, conferences, summer schools and mobility between the partner groups.
Early Career Research Training Schools · ECS
The field of research and innovation studies is diverse and has homes in different disciplinary areas. No regular PhD training events are held at European level, unlike for example the established ETIC schools for economists of technological change. Young researchers need dedicated events to acquire and exchange knowledge in two directions:
We have set up a series of training schools to provide comprehensive and coordinated guidance . Each school is located at the premises of one of our members, but delivered thorough a team involving colleagues from other EU-SPRI organisations. For each school a broad announcement to the STI policy community are being made.
EU-SPRI Training Schools Regular Series
Eu-SPRI runs one annual early career school in its regular series of Schools. The regular series is run in rotation by the member organisations at the Universities of Sussex, Utrecht, Lund, Oslo and Twente. In addition there are calls to other member organisations to run Schools. Each school will be announced widely, target groups are PhD students (year 2 and 3 in particular) from Eu-SPRI member and non-member organisations, as well as professionals in the area of STI Policy.
Teaching format: Each school consists of lectures, debates and assignments. The reading list is short and should focus on recent contributions. Assignments can include critical analysis, use of tools, conceptual clarifications, and policy reporting. Output of assignments will be put online, e.g., as blogs. The format will encourage students to bring in their own research into various sessions and discussions, but we do not aim for separate discussions about the work of individual students. Such individual training is much more central in other Eu-SPRI instruments.
The first Training school was held at SPRU, University of Sussex, in January 2017. It focused on long-term transformative change, including innovation policy for transformative change, inclusive innovation, policy mixes, transition governance, including issues of democracy and technocracy (role of experts and citizens), research impact, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinary (this included practical training in how to write a blog), inclusive innovation, alternative science and technology indicators.
Eu-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences · ECC
The aim of the Early Career Conferences is to gather together outstanding early career researchers with established academics for a series of exchanges about ongoing and new research in research and innovation policy. 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 will support one conference per year. An ECC normally has 25-30 participants.
Eu-SPRI Early Career and PhD researcher
The circulation of Early Career and PhD Researchers between the member organisations, is an important element of the training activities of the Eu-SPRI Forum network. It is part of the development of the European Training Platform, which the Eu-SPRI Forum aims to develop in the area of science and innovation policy studies. It addresses our objective of offering a European pathway to Early Career and PhD researchers in this field.
Eu-SPRI will award a lump sum of €2,500 per regular visit candidate (for travel expenses and accommodation) and up to €1,200 for short-term candidates. This will be paid once the awardee is in situ at the host organisation.
A Research Visit Report is required after the stay at the host organisation.