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EU-US Early Career Researcher Conference on Research and Innovation Studies

Supported by the NSF and the EC under the Sixth Framework Programme

Organised by the PRIME Network of Excellence

Organising Committee – Professor Susan Cozzens(Georgia Tech), Professor Stefan Kuhlmann (University of Twente), Professor Arie Rip (University of Twente), Dr Barend van der Meulen (University of Twente), Professor Catherine Paradeise (ENPC), Kate Barker (Manchester Business School)

Dates : 1st – 4th July 2008
Location : University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

Aims of the Conference

This event marks the fifth and final PhD conference of the PRIME Network of Excellence. This event is now not merely European, but international, in cooperation with Georgia Tech and supported by the National Science Foundation. The aim of the conference 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 are able to 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.

Conference Themes

The main themes of the conference cover the long-term objectives of the PRIME Network of Excellence. Proposals for papers are invited according to the seven themes below :

  1. Theories, frameworks and approaches of knowledge dynamics, their characterisation, their effects on knowledge production situations (and especially on forms of agglomeration, networks, and districts), and on knowledge circulation (IP, start-up firms and venture capital), and their interactions with institutional arrangements and policies. Foci can be on new ‘leading sciences’ (such as NBIC sciences and technologies and their convergence) but also on new service industries (such as the creative industries).
  2. Globalisation of large firms and of markets, localisation of business knowledge production activities how ‘national’ policies are evolving in this context (e.g. so-called attractiveness policies).
  3. Policy developments at different legal levels both at sub-national level and supra-national level, especially at European level, including for tackling global challenges ; issues around multi-level governance.
  4. Policy-shaping processes : role of public debates and participative democracy, developments in support tools and processes such as evaluation and foresight, evolving views on implementation structures (and in particular funding agencies)
  5. Evolving policy mixes and instruments portfolio, in particular evolving roles of fiscal policies, procurement policies, entrepreneurship and small firms policies, changing missions of funding agencies, and a revised role for mission-oriented labs.
  6. Changes in higher education institutions and policies, such as autonomy and differentiation : specialisation of universities, governance issues.
  7. New indicator design addressing these issues, in particular indicators of the knowledge-based society, dealing with human resources, and dealing with integration (a central issue for the dynamics of the European Research Area)

Who is eligible to participate ?

  1. Doctoral researchers in their third year or beyond
  2. Post-doctoral researchers (having obtained their PhD within the last 3 years)
  3. Applicants from non-PRIME institutions may be considered for funding (see below), particularly if from new member states or candidate countries of the EU


Successful European applicants may apply for a bursary towards their travel and subsistence costs from the PRIME Network of Excellence. US applicants will be considered for NSF funding.

Timetable and organisation

* extended abstracts have to be submitted before March 15th
* evaluation and selection will take place in March and selected applicants will be informed by April 5th
* full papers sent by June 15th and will be posted on the dedicated conference website.

Selected applicants will present their work in 20 minutes and will have a similar time devoted to its discussion by peers and senior researchers. There will also be a number of key lectures by established researchers on the main themes of the conference and opportunities for networking through social dinners etc.

Applicants are advised that the European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS) annual conference takes place in Amsterdam July 10-12 :

Format of abstracts

Abstracts must indicate the full name and institutional affiliation of the applicant and the name(s) of their supervisor(s), year of study and title of paper. The paper should indicate clearly the argument to be made and the nature of the supporting evidence. Selection will be made on the basis of quality of the abstract, interest, and relevance to the themes of the conference. Please note – papers should be the work of the early career researcher and not that of the supervisor.

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