Eu-SPRI 2024 conference call for tracks & special sessions

“Governing Technology, Research, and Innovation for Better Worlds”

Submission Deadline: 15 November 2023

The 2024 Eu-SPRI Annual Conference will be hosted by the Knowledge, Transformation, and Society (KiTeS) group at the University of Twente Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences in Enschede, NL, in collaboration with other groups within the university. The main conference will take place on 5 to 7 June with a preceding Early Career Event on 4 June.

The conference theme is Governing Technology, Research, and Innovation for Better Worlds, and the organising committee are now welcoming academic researchers from a broad range of disciplines, as well as STI policymakers, to submit proposals for tracks and special (stand-alone) sessions.
Governing Technology, Research, and Innovation for Better Worlds

Policies for science, technology, and innovation (STI) can, among other things, be understood as attempts to create a better world. But what world is better, for what, for whom? Political, moral, and efficiency-economic values influence the direction and instruments of STI governance, sometimes explicitly, as in the recent shifts in STI governance to mission-oriented or challenge-based approaches, and sometimes in more implicit or hidden manners. Competing worldviews of actors involved in STI policymaking go hand in hand with questions of justice and equality, importance and irrelevance. The conference invites to identify and discuss the explicit and implicit, competing and complementary normative orientations that drive STI policy and research in the many contexts where it takes place.

Subject Matters for Tracks and Special Sessions

Where STI takes place, we find sites of world-making. The conference will explore and debate (a) what conceptions of “better worlds” are being pursued by STI policies and (b) how they are assumed to be achieved and designed. Also: What is the role of STI policy research in all that? In general, the conference will explore a range of questions including:

See further suggested examples on the conference website here.

Submission Details for Tracks and Special Sessions

·         Those selected for the conference will be asked to provide guidance for participants applying through the conference ‘Call for Papers’, and then support the conference organizers and the international scientific committee in reviewing the papers and organizing their track or special session.

·         We would like to emphasise that tracks/sessions with external guests must definitely be planned and clarified very early in order to have any chance of being held at all. In our experience, appointments with guests cannot be made at short notice. Only proposals with clear information about guests seem plausible to us.

Please, submit your proposal on the submission page by 15 November 2023 at the latest. Organisers will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals prior to the opening of the Call for Papers.

For further details, please, visit the conference website.

If you need help with proposal submission, please, contact

On behalf of the Organising Committee,

Peter Stegmaier


Published: 11/06/2023