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Presentation & Programme

mardi 5 janvier 2010, par julien



IKU Innovation Research Centre, Budapest,
21-23 June 2007

The aims of the PRIME Doctoral Conference were :

  • To enlarge and deepen the international networks of doctoral students from the PRIME Network of Excellence organisations and other academic institutions interested in the themes of this international conference,
  • To establish linkages between senior and junior researchers engaged in research on the PRIME agenda, comparing and contrasting their experiences and research findings.


  • Research students in the final two years of their doctorates (or those with some results or findings to present) at PRIME network institutions will be eligible to apply to participate in this conference.
  • Students from organisations that are not involved in the PRIME Network can also apply to participate but may not be eligible for travel funding.
  • Applications from new member states of the EU and candidates for EU membership are encouraged and will be considered for travel funding.
  • Applications from DIME institutions which are not members of PRIME are encouraged and will be considered for travel funding.

Conference themes
The themes of the conference papers had to be linked to the main themes of the PRIME Network : The planned sessions were :

  • The governance of research and innovation in Europe (e.g. international/national/regional policies, institutional changes, public-private interactions, emergence of new actors, policy-making in multi-actor spaces, innovation systems)
  • Measuring science, technology and innovation (e.g. the need of new indicators for policy-making, measuring the impact of STI activities, patents, investments in R&D, evaluation, foresight)
  • The case of new STI performing countries (e.g. the challenges posed by the rise of China, India and other dynamic developing Asian countries, their inclusion into the existing research networks)
  • Innovation in firms and industries (e.g. the extent and impact of the globalisation of R&D, new forms of conducting innovation, R&D networks and strategic alliances, industrial dynamics)
  • Spin-off companies as the engines of regions (e.g. new firms & growth, regional issues)
  • Other proposals related to the research areas covered by the PRIME Network of Excellence (see the section Joint Programme)

Paper selection
A sub-committee of the PRIME Training Group, including representatives from IKU have selected successful applicants, with the aim of inviting approximately 35 students (approximately 10 of whom might be from CEE). The selectors took into account the relevance of the topics to PRIME and the quality of the proposals, including the nature of the results/findings to be presented. They also aimed to achieve participation from geographically diverse and representative groups, and to have discussions over the broad range of PRIME thematic issues.

PRIME members and other experts that were present have also be invited, and asked to act as discussants, and after the conference to provide brief reflections on the content of the discussions and conduct of the conference.

Scientific Committee
Kate Barker (PREST, UK)
Mark Dodgson (UQ, AUS)
Finn Hansson (CBS, DK)
Annamária Inzelt (IKU, HU)
Ben Martin (SPRU, UK)

Conference administrator (provisional) : Laszlo Csonka, email :

Funded by the European Commission Sixth Framework Programme through the PRIME Network of Excellence.