All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to a journal or another conference.

You can submit :

* Presentation paper: Extended abstract (max 3,000 words) with a description of a study or discussion topic that you would like to present at the Conference

* Poster (max 1,500 words) indicating the main content of the poster/study reported. We very much encourage posters. The Venue will permit a very good series of posters sessions and they can be the opportunity of very intense and intellectually stimulating exchanges. Poster sessions will be given equal time than usual sessions and should not be considered as second category.

All proposals should be made through

Selection will be made through peer reviewing.

The Committee reserves the right to assign a paper for a poster even if the authors submitted for oral presentation.

We also welcome proposals for specific sessions or special tracks.


IFRIS, the organiser of the conference, is dedicated to open access. All colleagues that submit an abstract, engage also to make their presentations accessible after the conference on the website of the conference.


Important dates:

– Opening of Submissions on Easychair 2018: January 10, 2018

– Closing of Submissions: March 4, 2018

– Announcement of selected papers and posters: April 9, 2018


Local organising committee:

Philippe Laredo, LISIS & IFRIS, Université de Paris Est & MIOIR-University of Manchester.
Antoine Schoen, LISIS, Université Paris-Est ESIEE & IFRIS
Douglas Robinson, LISIS, Université Paris-Est ESIEE & IFRIS

The IFRIS Secretariat:

Rigas Arvanitis (Director), Julie Rust (Secretary General), Kevin Agblo (Community Manager), Valérie Duband (Accountant), Sandrine Froumajou (Travel manager), Lynda Silva (Events manager), Dorine Valy (External projects manager).


Scientific committee: to be determined.

EU-SPRI 2018 Annual Conference – Call for contributions

Implementing Mission-Oriented / Challenge-Driven innovation policies

Call for Special Themed Track and Plenary Panel (Deadline 4th March)

Research and innovation policies targeted at societal grand challenges rather than purely economic growth has been argued to be a new type of policy for transformative change where policies contribute to facilitating innovation and socio-economic impact in a particular direction towards desirable transformative change. There have been calls for a return to mission-oriented policies as a way to facilitate this, for example the recent “Mazzucato Report” to inform European Commission policies, particularly around future funding programmes such as FP9.
However, with the increasing interest in mission oriented policies around challenge-based objectives it is becoming recognised that “implementation” of missions is becoming a key issue for STI policy and for organisations wishing to apply mission-oriented approaches.
This special themed paper presentation track invites papers that address (and expand on) these questions relating to implementation of mission-oriented / challenge driven policies.

Full details of the call are available in the attached call for contributions.
Submission deadline is the same as for all EU-SPRI 2018 abstracts : 4th March.
We look forward to your contributions!

Douglas K. R. Robinson, Senior Research for CNRS at LISIS, IFRIS, Université Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée (France) and the Institute for innovation and Public Purpose, UCL (UK)

Philippe Larédo, LISIS, IFRIS, Université Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée (France) and Manchester Business School (UK).

Rigas Arvantis, Director of IFRIS and director of research at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).