Eu-SPRI Forum Early Career Researcher Conference (ECC):
“Science, Innovation and the University: keys to social impact”

Valencia, Spain

13,14 and 15 April 2016



Link for registration and fees:


In line with its commitment to the next generation of scholars, INGENIO is pleased to announce the Eu-Spri Forum Early Career Researcher Conference (ECC): "Science, Innovation and the University: keys to social impact",a three-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. 

This 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:

Track 1. 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

Track 2. Firms: innovation management in transition | Firms: which interactions matter for innovation?

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.

Track 3. 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 not only 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.

Track 4. 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.

Program (Download)

April 13th


(Hall - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)


Opening of the conference

(Salón Actos - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)

Jordi Molas-Gallart, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)

Keynote Speech.

(Salón Actos - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)

Jos van den Broek (Leiden University)

Coffee break

(Hall - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)


Session 1: Knowledge exchange and co-creation    

(Download presentations) E.Denia - H.Dorst - S.Vanderslott

(Room Debate - Building 8E  - Red Cube, 4th floor)

Elena Denia: On the social perception of science in Twitter: a proposal for a real-time indicator

Hade Dorst: Dutch Science in the European Research Area or the Europeanization of the Dutch science system?

Sam Vanderslott: The repackaging of 'neglected tropical diseases': A global policy movement

Session 2: Firms: which interactions matter for innovation?

(Download presentations) E.Peraza - R.Righi - T.Thao

(Room Descubre - Building 8E - Red Cube, 4th floor)

Elías Humberto Peraza Castaneda: The Innovative Behaviour of Agri-Food Industry's Firms in El Salvador

Riccardo Righi: Detection of Communities of Agents Interacting Through Regional Innovation Policies

Thanh Thao Pham: An Organized Population of Actors in the Messy Decentralized, Downstream Photovoltaic Industry

12:30-13:30 Lunch Rte. Gauss

Workshop: How to Sharpen your research writing skills: Guidelines and resources.

(Room Innova - Building 8G - Green Cube, 4th floor)
Katherine Matles (ESL Professor, CDL)

Coffee break

(Hall - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)

Session 3: Knowledge exchange and co-creation

(Download presentations) P.Martínez - N.Moratal - S. Giachi

(Room Debate - Building 8E - Red Cube, 4th floor)

Paula Martínez: TMT Characteristics,TMT Networks, Innovation and Internationalization: an in-depth Overview of Dynamism Between them

Núria Moratal: Standardization and codification in the production of science: potential drivers of creativity

Sandro Giachi: The Effect of R&D Workforce Composition on Technology Transfer: Hybrid Professional Models and the Role of Non-Doctoral Researchers in Public-Private Research Centers

Session 4: Firms: which interactions matter for innovation?

(Download presentations) J.Šraml - T.Riahi - A.Botella

Room Descubre - Building 8E - Red Cube, 4th floor)

Jakoba Šraml González: Quest for Frugality and Sustainability in a Crisis-Stricken Industry: a case study of the Norwegian petroleum-related supply Companies

Tina Riahi: MNE or Receiving Countries, Who Benefits More? Green Investment Decisions in Least Developed Countries - on the Example of Cambodia

Ana Botella: Motives, Intermediate Units And Spillovers: The MNE Side of the FDI Effects


20:30 Conference Dinner at 2012: El principio del fin  
April 14th

Keynote Speech.

(Salón Actos - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)
Catherine Paradise (Université Paris Est/ Institut Francilien Recherche, Innovation, Sociétés)

Coffee Break

(Hall - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)

Session 5: The Future of the University and Higher Education

(Download presentations) A.Benítez - K.Arias - G.Zheng - M.A.Tejada

(Room Debate - Building 8E - Red Cube, 4th floor)

Alberto Benítez: Human Resources Management in Higher Education: the influence of the policies of regions on hiring and promotion practices at universities

Kennicher Arias: Articulation of the activities of the Third Mission university-region

Gaoming Zheng: Towards an analytical framework for understanding the establishment of quality assurance in joint doctoral degree programmes between European and Chinese universities

María Alejandra Tejada-Gómez: University Research Governance: the response demands in the context of the Scientific Journals System in Colombia - SJSC

Session 6: Firms: Innovation Management in Transition

(Download presentations) T.Schaper - F.Barbic - E.Susur - J.Planko

(Room Descubre - Building 8E - Red Cube, 4th floor)

Thomas Schaper: Diversity and quality in technology portfolios. The impact of technological diversification on technological capabilities of firms: Emipirical evidence from Germany

Frano Barbic: Managing Adaptation in Multi-Partner Collaboration: Role of Alliance Board

Ebru Susur: Thinking on linkages of innovation systems to sustainable local industrial systems: a focus on eco-industrial development

Julia Planko: The dilemma of competition versus collaboration in collective system


12:30-13:30 Lunch  

Session 7: Firms: Innovation Management in Transition

(Download presentations) L.Koens - J.Staniulyte - A.López

Room Descubre - Building 8E - Red Cube, 4th floor)

Lionne Koens: Public Knowledge Organizations: Unity in Diversity

Jurgita Staniulyte: Internal dynamics of national innovation system: a panel cointegration analysis

Anna López: Enabling Start-ups’ Capabilities to Collaborative Partnerships for Innovation



Possibilities offered by RISIS for Early Career Researchers

(Salón de Actos - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)

Philippe Laredo

Coffee Break

(Hall - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)


Session 8: Firms: Innovation Management in Transition

(Download presentations) M.Neukam - J.Dornelles - I.Lemus

Room Debate - Building 8E - Red Cube, 4th floor)

Marion Neukam: Culture and the Fuzzy Front End for Discontinous Innovations

Juliana Dornelles: Patent Secrecy and Patenting Strategies

Isaac Lemus-Aguilar: The Design of a Sustainable Organization: a solid path through Innovation



Session 9: Social Innvations and Transformations to Sustainability

(Download presentations) M.Ten - E.Oliver - V.Pellicer - P.Bernal

(Room Descubre - Building 8E, Entrance J - Red Cube, 4th floor)

Maria Ten Palomares: Challenging traditional logics of energy planning: a Capability Approach analysis of a Grassroots Innovation in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Esther Oliver: The potential of Grassroots Innovations for sustainability strategies: a case study of the Spanish Community Currencies

Victoria Pellicer Sifres: Exploring connections between social innovation, grassroots processes and human development: an analysis of alternative food networks in the city of Valencia (Spain)

Paloma Bernal Hernandez: Social networks and social learning for technical adaptation in the context of sanitary crisis: the case of small size producers of oil palm Colombia

20:00 Beer for Science & Innovation  
April 15th

Workshop: Mixed Methods in Research

(Salón de Actos - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)

Carles Simó (UV)

Coffee Break

(Hall - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)

Conference Closure (Science, Innovation and University) and Prize Award

(Salón de Actos - Building 8E - Red Cube, 3th floor)

Philippe Laredo (Eu-Spri)
13:00 Special Closure Event. Lunch and Concert The Chicken Riders


Important: Each presenter is given 15 minutes to present their work and 15 minutes for discussion. Each session participant should comment on the paper following straight after to his/her own presentation. The last presenter will provide comments to the first paper. After each presentation the student will comment first for 5 minutes, followed by a senior Discussant (5 minutes) and then comments from the audience (5 minutes).


Submission and fees

Extended deadline for abstract submission26 February 2016
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 February 2016
Decision of abstract acceptance: 29 February 2016
Deadline for fullpapers: 20 March 2016
Deadline for registration fees: 31 March 2016


Potential participants are invited to submit an extended abstract (1.500 words approx.) attached to  no later than 15th February 2016. Abstracts will be in English and include:

  1. a brief description of the main objectives of research
  2. research questions in relation to the relevant literature
  3. methods of analysis and data (where it applies)
  4. main findings or expected results.

Those PhD students, whose abstracts are accepted, will be also required to submit a full paper (around 5000 words) three weeks before the Conference (20th March 2016)

The fee is €80 (€0 Eu-SPRI members), and can be paid via the website available from 9th March to 30th March 2016. The fee includes coffee-breaks and lunches (14-15 April 2016), as well as a conference dinner (14 April 2016). Strict cancelation policy: No refund of fees. 



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 ( 

Organising committee:

  • Carmen Corona Sobrino
  • Elena Denia Navarro
  • Teresa Escrich Gallardo 
  • Francisco Javier Ortega-Colomer
  • Ester Planells Aleixandre
  • María Jesús Durà Mañez


  • Inma Aleixos
  • Victoria Pellicer Sifres

Scientific committee:

  • 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 - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
  • Adrian Smith - University of Sussex
  • Robert J.W. Tijssen - 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)
  • Fernando Jimenez - INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
  • Felix Lozano - INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
  • Jordi Molas Gallart - INGENIO (CSIC-UPV); University of Sussex, SPRU
  • Richard Woolley - INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) 
  • Julia Olmos Peñuela - Universitat de València (UV)
  • Ana García Granero - Universitat de València (UV)