2020 Eu-SPRI ECC
“Innovation and research agendas: between policy priorities, societal challenges and academic autonomy”


Online event

from Valencia, Spain

December 14-16th 2020


INGENIO is pleased to announce the fourth edition of its PhD Days Conference, planned to be held in Valencia (Spain) in April 2020 and virtually reinvented on its online version scheduled for December 14-16th 2020. The three-day event is organised by doctoral students for doctoral students. PhD Days provides early career researchers with a welcoming setting in which to develop and refine research presentation and communication skills, receive constructive comments on their work from other students and established researchers, as well as building vital career networks.

The main theme of PhD Days 2020 deals with current approaches and controversies around the purposes and objectives of research and innovation (R&I). The conference builds on the rise of normative concepts in science and innovation policy and practice. The need to demonstrate scientific impact combined with pressure from policymakers that research addresses practical societal issues poses new challenges for the governance of science and innovation. It challenges the notion that scientific research should be determined primarily by scientific logics and goals and should be independent of external pressures. The range and legitimacy of actors involved in R&I decision-making is thus also being scrutinised from various perspectives, both conceptually and pragmatically.


The central discussions of INGENIO PhD Days 2020 will therefore revolve around the current orientation within science and research policy toward meeting goals decided a priori by policy makers. This will involve consideration of emerging concepts such as ‘missions’, ‘directionality’ and the ‘alignment’ of science and society. It will also involve reflections on the implications of involving external stakeholders in the production of scientific knowledge and on the modes of interaction, techniques and methodologies that further the goal of expanding participation in science.

As such, we invite contributions from PhD students that fit broadly into one of the following five research streams:

1. Orienting science and innovation towards political and societal goals: implications and strategies.

This stream focuses on the practical implications and strategies required to address social, environmental and economic challenges through science and innovation policy. Potential contributions may include research on mission-oriented research, on sustainable transitions or on responsible research and innovation. We also invite contributions on strategies to deal with major challenges such as climate change, gender inequalities or social justice, among other actions focused on addressing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) identified by the United Nations.

2. Factors affecting academic knowledge production

We welcome contributions that analyse the wide variety of factors that may influence the outputs and impact of knowledge production. This theme seeks to attract contributions of conceptual, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in science and innovation evaluation, open science, incentives and their impacts on autonomy and societal relevance. Potential contributions may also include bibliometric and altmetric studies.

3. Analysis of interactions among diverse actors in innovation systems

In frameworks such as open science, open innovation, citizen science and responsible research and innovation, scientists are increasingly expected to interact with a diversity of stakeholders. We therefore invite discussions on topics such as, how can scientists build consortia involving multiple and diverse actors? Alternatively, what contributions can be expected from stakeholders involved in science and innovation? This theme seeks to attract contributions that reflect on the lessons from knowledge and technology transfer initiatives, university-industry interactions, management of multi-actors consortia (government, industry, academia and community), triple and quadruple-helix models, or multi-scalar coordination of different levels of government in the implementation of innovation and science policies.

4. Impacts of developments at the technological frontier and how to manage them

New technological developments in areas such as artificial intelligence, genetics or big data, among others, pose significant questions about their social or environmental impacts. These impacts include potential disruptions to labour markets, for instance through skill-biased technological change, enhanced surveillance of citizens and intrusion on their privacy, or the unintended consequences of genetic manipulation. As these potentially negative outcomes are assessed against the benefits that such technologies may generate, questions emerge about how to manage their development: this includes debates on the public or private ownership of sensitive technologies, the importance of involving a wide range of stakeholders in their development to ensure that they generate social benefits, or even the need to compensate the ‘losers’ of technological change with instruments such as universal basic income. All these issues fall under the major theme of this conference, since they refer to the tension between the autonomy of researchers and the need or desire to manage technological developments.

5. Methods and strategies to support and understand the participation of multiple actors

This stream will explore methodological approaches to the various topics highlighted previously in the call for papers. We invite both qualitative and quantitative contributions. We are particularly interested in deepening our understanding of collaborative and creative techniques or methodologies that integrate the diverse views of multiple actors. We foresee presentations on the application of collaborative and participatory approaches, patient/participant experience, design thinking or new forms of public engagement. We also encourage the submission of studies on midstream modulation, transdisciplinary methods, mixed methods, or network analysis.

Paper submission

Potential participants are invited to submit a short bio (about 150 words) and an extended abstract (up to 1.500 words) no later than January 17th 2020.

Abstracts will be in English and should include: (i) main objectives of research; (ii) research questions; (iii) methodology; (iv) key findings or expected results. Applicants must select one of the research lines indicated above.

Please, notice that for the online conference it will not be opened another call for abstracts. However, we invite you to participate in the event as participant.

Online facilitation

In this online edition of the event, we are preparing a renewed programme built with Tejeredes, experts on collaborative methodologies in order to keep on the networking spirit of the event and to make of this an active and dynamic virtual conference!

Conference fee

The fee is €50, and can be paid online, after notification of acceptance.

Participants from EU-SPRI member organizations have fee waivers covering the costs for the inscription.

The deadline for the online registration (and fee payment, if proceed) for participants with an accepted abstract will be November 15th. However, registration for attendants will be open until December 1st.

According to the established cancellation policy, no refund of payments will be issued.


We are currently working on the new programme for the event, which will be held totally online. In this renewed edition, we will still count with excellent keynotes speakers, Molly Morgan and Ohid Yaqub. 

Ohid Yaqub

Molly Morgan Jones. Director of Policy. The British Academy.


Dr Molly Morgan Jones is Director of Policy and Engagement at the British Academy and was appointed in 2018. Molly oversees all the Academy’s policy work and activities, on topics ranging from the future of the corporation, understanding cohesive societies, reframing childhood to policy activities which provide leadership and support for social science and humanities disciplines in a changing and dynamic research and higher education ecosystem while informing and enriching dialogue about the value of humanities and social sciences for societal productivity and prosperity. Prior to joining the British Academy she was previously senior research leader with RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit policy research institute where she specialised in research and innovation policy. Molly also worked for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She received her DPhil in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex and has a BA in Biology from Northwestern University (Illinois), United States. . 

Ohid Yaqub

Ohid Yaqub. Senior Lecturer Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.


He works on research policy and biomedical innovation and serves as associate Editor of Research Policy, and Director of the MSc in Science and Technology Policy. The focus of his current project is on "serendipity" and the desirability/feasibility of targeting research (recently profiled in a lead Editorial by Nature). He studies research systems, how they are funded, evaluated, governed, managed, and how they can contribute to industrial and corporate change. His interest are around life sciences, sociology of health and medicine, economics and politics of innovation, history of science and technology, bibliometric mapping of science and technology… or, for shorthand, interdisciplinary research. His experience in these fields comes from his BSc in biochemistry, his MSc and PhD in science and technology policy (2010) and teaching modules at SPRU since 2007. He also dedicated time away from academia at the RAND Corporation (2009-12), a non-profit think tank where he co-produced reports serving clients in the private and charitable sectors, and informing policy in government departments. In 2012, he returned to SPRU. The first two papers from his PhD thesis both won prizes at innovation policy conferences. In 2014, he was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship (that he declined) and an ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship, staying 2 years at Columbia University, USA. In 2017, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to help build a new research team at SPRU. 

In addition, there will be two workshop sessions aimed to train and develop early career researchers skills. The workshop sessions attempt to be participative and dynamic. Those workshops are: 

- Searching for the research problem – research method fit by Ferran Giones


Ferran Gionés's affiliation is with the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), he studies how and when do technological advances transform into entrepreneurial activity and innovation. His work is focus on the strategic decisions of technology entrepreneurs and established players in the ecosystem, explaining how they can contribute to the innovation dynamics and the emergence of new industries. The objective of the workshop is to help the participants to connect (or reconnect) the research question (or problem) with their empirical approach. To do so the workshop includes (1) a presentation of possible research designs and epistemological views, (2) a presentation and discussion on what is meant by methodological “fit”, (3) an exercise to share and learn from the participant’s research questions (or problems) and their current research design – to assess the current methodological “fit”, (4) tips on how to generate (and revise) our research questions. The contents of the workshop build upon Edmonson & McManus (2007 – AMR), Sandberg & Alvesson (2011 – Organization), and seminar notes from sessions at TUM from my colleague Tim Schweisfurth.  

- How to prepare and successfully face an international research stay? By Nicolas Robinson García


Nicolas Robinson-Garcia is a researcher in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation. He currently enjoys a Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant within the LEaDing Fellows Programme at Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, TU Delft (Netherlands). He previously worked at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology and at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) in Spain. He holds a PhD on Social Sciences at the University of Granada. He is member of the Steering Committee of the European Summer School for Scientometrics. He has published over 40 articles and book chapters in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation, including in journals like Nature, Science or Plos One. He is Associate Editor of the journal Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics in the section on ‘Research Assessment’ and member of the editorial board of Quantitative Science Studies. 

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

Organising committee:

  • Karen Denisse Corbett Lagos, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Ana María Gómez Aguayo, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Eduard Güell del Frago, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València) & Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Marta Maicas Pérez, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Irene Monsonís Payá, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)

Senior advisor: Pedro Marques, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)

Scientific committee:

  • Joaquín Azagra Caro, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • David Barberá Tomás, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Sergio Belda Miquel, University of Valencia
  • Alejandra Boni Aristizabal, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Markus Bugge, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education & TIK, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Carolina Cañibano Sánchez, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Nicolas Carayol, University of Bordeaux. Bordeaux (France)
  • Elena Castro Martínez, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Thomas Crispeels, Vrije Univesiteit Brussels. Brussels (Belgium)
  • Davide Consoli, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Pablo D’Este, INGENIO (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Adrián A. Diaz-Faes, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Kieron Flanagan, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, AMBS (UK)
  • Pat Foley. Independent consultant
  • Adela García Aracil, INGENIO (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Ana García Granero, University of Valencia
  • Markus Grillitsch, Centre for Innovation, Research and Competencein Learning Economy, CIRCLE, (Sweden)
  • Teis Hansen, Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in Learning Economy, CIRCLE, (Sweden)
  • Cornelia Lawson, Alliance Manchester Business School. Manchester (UK)
  • José Félix Lozano Aguilar, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Anabel Fernández, University of Valencia
  • Mónica García Melón, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Oscar Llopis Córcoles, University of Valencia
  • Pedro Marques, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Alberto Marzzuchi, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). (UK)
  • Elena Mas Tur, Eindhoven University of Technology. Eindhoven (Netherlands)
  • Jordi Molas, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Carlos Montalvo, TNO, Expertise Group Strategy and Policy. The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Julia Olmos Peñuela, University of Valencia
  • Paula Otero, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Victoria Pellicer Sifres, Las Naves. Valencia (Spain)
  • Ángel Pérez Navarro, Institute for Energy Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Jordi Peris Blanes, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • François Perruchas, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Rocío Poveda Bautista, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Irene Ramos-Vielba, Aarhus University. Aarhus (Denmark)
  • Barbara Ribeiro, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (UK)
  • Nicolás Robinson García, Applied Mathematics, TU Delft. Delft (Netherlands)
  • Mabel Sánchez Barrioluengo, Alliance Manchester Business School. Manchester (UK)
  • Sergio Segura Calero, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Valentina Tartari, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  • Robert Tijssen, Leiden University. Leiden (Netherlands)
  • Elvira Uyarra, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (UK)
  • Richard Woolley, Ingenio (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València)


Deadline for abstract submission: Extended: January 31st 2020

Decision of abstract acceptance: February 14th 2020

Deadline for online registration (people with accepted abstracts): March 20th 2020

Deadline for online registration (attendants): April 2nd 2020



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