EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences (ECC) IRCRES Rome, Italy

Announcement and Call for Papers

EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences (ECC) IRCRES Rome, Italy

14-15-16 October 2015


The EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences (ECC) “Crossing boundaries in
scientific knowledge creation and transmission: trends, challenges and policy
implications” will take place in Rome, 14-15-16 October 2015, and is organized
by the IRCRES CNR- Institute of Research on Economic Sustainable Growth
(former CERIS-CNR).

Scientific knowledge creation and transmission have been studied mostly
focusing on institutions, people and domains of expertise, circumscribing them
within geographical, institutional, disciplinary and cultural boundaries
(Akkerman and Bakker, 2011). Today the increasing interest toward boundaries
crossing in knowledge creation and transmission emerges because of the
complexity and heterogeneity which characterize more and more scientific
knowledge. Studies on boundaries crossing represent a new and increasing
strand of literature in different disciplines -social and political sciences,
economics, educational studies, psychology, etc.. (Kaufmann and Tödtling,
2001; Ravinet, 2008). The term boundary crossing refers to the “negotiation
and combination of ingredients from different contexts to achieve hybrid
situations” and it might concern, among the other, the work of scientists,
policy makers’ activities and institutions’ collaborations patterns
(Engestrom, 1995).

Different types of boundaries are considered: disciplinary and sectoral
boundaries, geographical and collaboration boundaries, organizational and
institutional boundaries.

Disciplinary and sectoral boundaries crossing increasingly characterize
research and higher education policies today through the creation of new
fields of science which pull together traditional scientific fields and let
emerge new “modes” of knowledge production which go beyond traditional
knowledge creation and transmission boundaries and allow reframing the
“conventional hierarchies of knowledge, expertise and practice” (Nowotny,
2007; Kogan, 2005).

Geographical and collaboration boundaries crossing drives the attention on new
mechanisms of delegation and coordination in trans-border and international
collaborations of HEIs and institutions, on transformation of research
networks and mobility trends in education and research. This allows
scrutinizing variable and flexible schemes (Holzinger & Schimmelfennig, 2012)
behind the construction of the Europe of Knowledge today and changes in the
reallocation of powers within and across research structures and research
groups (Klijn, 2008; Hoekman et al., 2010).

Organizational and institutional boundaries crossing considers changes in the
relationship between the State and academic institutions and between science
and society, questioning the nature of public science as a whole (Lascoumes
and Le Gales, 2007) letting emerge different HEIs internal governance
arrangements and relationships with external actors (industries, stakeholders,
State) (Engestrom, Sannino, 2010; Dimitrova, 2010).

The conference aims at fostering wide and in depth discussion on the learning
and transformative potential stemming from disciplinary, geographical and
cultural boundaries crossing as well as on the highly diversified mechanisms
of actions which can take place at boundaries (i.e. coordination and
networking activities and policies). Different developments of the concept and
of properties of boundaries in knowledge creation and transmission will be
investigated. Policies implications of boundaries crossing and its effects on
governance arrangements at the national and EU level will also be discussed.
Consideration of policy implications with respect to the shifts observed in
traditional knowledge creation and transmission boundaries will be at the core
of the conference discussion.
Conference Tracks

We invite early career researchers and junior scholars to participate and
present their research at the conference on the following themes and streams:

T1) Crossing boundaries in Education and Research: patterns and geography of

T2) New concept, role and practice of academic institutions: merging old
mission with new challenges;

T3) Changing patterns of collaboration in research and innovation;

T4) Beyond standardization in knowledge transmission: changing environments
and emerging instruments;

T5) Open track on relevant issues related to main conference themes.

Suggested streams for contributors (although not limited to this list):

ü Universities facing complexity: crossing institutional, geographic and
disciplinary boundaries

ü Crossing boundaries in a context of knowledge transfer and innovation: main
actors and bargaining processes

ü Participation and collaboration in education and research against
specialization and fragmentation

ü Rethinking PhD beyond disciplinary and research practice boundaries

ü Crossing boundaries within systems of innovation: what interactions between
science and industry?

ü Collaborative work and learning environments transformations: from
networking to knotworking

ü Tackling grand challenges through networking: European and international
dimensions in scientific research

ü New instruments and environments for knowledge transmission

ü Opening and widening the access to scientific knowledge: modifying the
concept of knowledge?

Format of the conference

The conference includes plenary sessions, paper presentations in five parallel
paper sessions and one dedicated poster session (10 posters accepted) for PhD
students at the first stage of their programme presenting their work as

Five speakers are invited to deliver keynote presentations related to the
conference theme.

Each paper presentation will be allocated 30 min of time, 20 min presentation
and 10 min comments. Each paper will be assigned a discussant performed by a
presenter in the same session who will provide comments and suggestions on the
work presented. We aim to promote reflection and discussion among the audience
and thus make the conference a more valuable experience for both presenters
and listeners.


The conference aims at involving up to 30 participants working in the fields
of Higher Education and Innovation studies.

The conference aims at involving primarily:

– doctoral students in the last year of their programme

– post-doctoral researchers

– research assistants having obtained the PhD within 5 years

Ten PhD students at the first stage of their programme presenting their PhD
work as poster can also be accepted if the work is directly related to the
Conference theme.

Priority will be given to postdoctoral researchers and to applicants from
EU-SPRI members’ organizations.
Participants from different social science areas are welcome (sociology,
economics, political sciences, public policy, organization studies and
innovation studies). Participants from other fields, such as natural sciences
and life sciences, are also welcome.
Abstract submission and registration

Participants are invited to submit an extended abstract (400-600 words) and
the CV which should indicate PhD dissertation topic and, for research
assistants and post-doctoral researchers, main research projects. Proposals
should be submitted by email to the following address<> as PDF file. Deadline for
submitting the abstract is 1st April 2015. Registrations also open 1st April

Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal, the coherence with the
conference theme and CV of presenters. Notification of acceptance will be
notified by mid May 2015.

Selected authors should confirm their participation by 30th June 2015. Full
papers (5000-7000 words) are due by 15th September 2015.

It will be possible to submit a Poster proposal for very preliminary studies,
works in progress, or early-stage research projects for which consolidated
results are not yet available.

Conference fee

The conference is free of charge for participants from EU-SPRI forum
organizations. The organization will cover accommodation for two nights,
lunches, conference material and the conference dinner.

The conference fee for participants from outside EU-SPRI forum is Euro 250
(includes conference material, lunches and accommodation up to two nights).
The fee does not include the cost of the conference dinner (euro 30
approximately). Payment of the fee should be made by bank transfer during
registration or by 30th June 2015 at the latest.

All participants should cover their own travel costs.

Conference location and main deadlines

Conference will take place in Rome, 14-15-16 October 2015, at IRCRES CNR-
Institute of Research on Economic Sustainable Growth (former CERIS-CNR) Via
dei Taurini 19, Rome Italy.

Further details on conference arrangements can be found on the IRCRES
dedicated web pages

Main deadlines

Call open

beginning January 2015

Registrations open

Abstracts submission

1st April 2015

Due by 1st April 2015

Notification of acceptance

By mid May 2015

Registration (and payment of the fee)

By 30th June 2015

Full papers

Due by 15th September 2015


The “European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation”
(Eu-SPRI Forum) aims to strengthen the vibrant but dispersed interdisciplinary
community of researchers focusing on interdisciplinary dimensions related to
policy and governance in the field of knowledge creation and innovation. The
Eu-SPRI Forum was founded in Paris in June 2010 and has presently 15
member<; institutions.

Contact person

Emilia Primeri

Local Organising committee

Dr. Emilia Primeri

Dr. Giovanni Cerulli

Dr. Emanuela Reale

Dr. Bianca Potì

Dr. Antonio Zinilli

Dr. Andrea Orazio Spinello

Dr. Lucio Morettini


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