Science, Innovation and the University: keys to social impact
Valencia, Spain 14 – 15 April 2016
In line with its commitment to the next generation of scholars, INGENIO is pleased to announce the 2016 INGENIO PhD Days, a two-day event organized by INGENIO’S doctoral students. The event aims at providing an enriching experience for early career researchers working on a wide range of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy issues. One purpose of the PhD Days is to contribute to the development of research capacities and skills. Moreover, participants will be offered an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge and build networks among a new generation of researchers, as well as developing their presentation and communication skills.
The third edition of the INGENIO PhD Days will focus on how science, technology and innovation policies and practices are evolving to tackle the many challenges our societies face. Every actor in our innovation systems is subjected to pressures for change; we will discuss the nature of these pressures, and how key organizations like firms, universities and civil society groups interact: new forms of knowledge generation, modern ways of science and technology communication, stressing collaboration among all stakeholders in science and innovation activities; as well as grassroots organizations and their approaches to innovation. All these emerging dynamics offer opportunities for innovative research and challenges for policy development.
The conference will be organised into five main lines. Paper submissions are invited that address any of the following:
(I) Knowledge exchange and co-creation. This topic focuses on the changing practices of collaboration and knowledge exchange and the new management and policy problems they pose. The themes include but are not limited to (1) new models of research collaboration, (2) new forms of research data sharing and data reuse, and (3) ethical issues in knowledge, information and data sharing.(II) New perspectives on networks and public outreach
(II) Science and society are being connected in different and innovative ways. This line will focus on the study of new forms of scientific communication and outreach (including the use of social media) and the study of the evolving characteristics of the social networks linking scientists with other societal actors.
(III) Firms: innovation management in transition. Firms are making substantial and systematic efforts to access and use new knowledge and skills and to establish their competitive position as societal claims for sustainability and social responsibility increase. We will consider papers exploring how firms are (1) facing the challenges of environmental impact reduction, (2) engaging in new product and service development pathways, and (3) establishing new forms of inter-organizational cooperation for innovation.
(IV) Social Innovations and transformations to sustainability. Social Innovation (SI) literature refers to finding acceptable progressive solutions that contribute positively to human progress while Grassroots Innovation (GI) refers to the initiatives of activists and organisations that lead to bottom-up solutions to local concerns. We will consider submissions that explore (1) the roles that SI and GI play in promoting sustainable development but also global consciousness and citizenship, (2) the strategies, opportunities and limitations in the development of SI and GI initiatives, and (3) the linkage of SI and GI with social justice issues.
(V) The future of the university and higher education. This line will analyse the challenges that Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and research organizations (ROs) are facing and how they are reacting to them. Papers can address both the organisational changes in HEIs, and their impact on society. Topics can include (1) the way in which HEIs and ROs are reconceptualising quality and excellence and using these concepts in their management activities and institutional designs, (2) how new training and teaching offerings are being developed and the implications of this for European universities, (3) how universities position themselves facing both broadening set of potential missions and the evolution of educational objectives aimed at empowering students to become engaged citizens.
Paper sessions will be chaired by experienced senior researchers who will lead the debate and provide individual feedback. In addition, distinguished scholars will share their experiences on the communication of research results, and workshops will be held to discuss research methods and other issues related to the topics of the conference.
At the end of the event, a prize will be awarded to the most innovative and promising work presented during the 2016 INGENIO PhD Days.
Potential participants are invited to submit a short CV (max 1 page) and an extended abstract (1.500 words approx.) through the website http://www.ingenio.upv.es/es/teams/phd-students, no later than 15th January 2016. Abstracts will be in English and include: (i) a brief description of the main objectives of research; (ii) research questions in relation to the relevant literature; (iii) methods of analysis and data (where it applies); (iv) main findings or expected results.
The fee is €80, and can be paid via the website http://www.ingenio.upv.es/es/teams/phd-students, after notification of acceptance (15 February 2016). The fee includes coffee-breaks and lunches (14 – 15 April 2016), as well as a conference dinner (14 April 2016).
Organization and scientific committee
The event is organized by INGENIO, a joint research institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). INGENIO is a leading research centre on Science, Technology and Innovation (http://www.ingenio.upv.es/en).
● Manuel Acosta – Universidad de Cadiz
● Nabil Amara – Université Laval, Management Département
● Paul Benneworth – University of Twente, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies
● Manuel Fernández Esquinas – Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA)
● Koen Frenken – Utrecht University
● Philippe Laredo – University of Manchester
● Catalina Martinez – Institute of Public Policies (IPP, CSIC)
● Adrian Smith – University of Sussex
● Robert J.W. Tijssen – CWTS, Leiden University
● Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro – INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
● David Barberá – INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
● Sandra Boni – INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
● Carolina Cañibano – INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
● Elena Castro – INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
● Pablo D’Este – INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
● Adela García – INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)