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Eu-SPRI Annual Conference
14 - 16 June 2023


Conference Theme

Research with Impact

The Eu-SPRI summer conference is the leading, annual European event on science, technology and innovation (STI) policy, providing a forum for scholars and policymakers in the areas of science, technology and innovation policy to exchange ideas, present emerging research and build valuable networks. 

The Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School are delighted to be hosting the next Eu-SPRI Annual Conference on June 14 - 16, 2023 on the theme of Research with Impact. The conference sessions will take place at the University of Sussex Falmer campus, close to the UK’s south coast, and in an area known for it's 'outstanding natural beauty.'

The 2023 Conference theme is 'Research with Impact'


In recent years, STI policy globally has increasingly focused on ensuring that researchers engage with wider stakeholders to deliver positive economic impact and address societal challenges. This reflects the growing societal expectations placed on research and innovation, and increased concerns about how well research systems are aligned with the changing needs of society. Demand for research with impact has generated changes in how research is funded, evaluated, organized and disseminated.


There are associated changes in the nature of knowledge production too, with new forms of inter-disciplinary, cross-organisational collaborations and knowledge exchange processes being supported. Demands to support research with impact create new challenges for researchers and STI policy makers, and raises new questions for STI policy researchers. Eu-SPRI 2023 will be a venue for exploration of these questions amongst international colleagues.

In addressing this year’s conference theme, Research with Impact, we will explore a range of issues including:

1. How is impact from research defined, and what kinds of research generate impact?

2. How do societies support the research needed to generate economic, environmental and societal change?

3. How can research funders influence the generation of impact?

4. What are the characteristics and behaviours that enable researchers to best achieve impact from their work?

5. How are research findings translated for stakeholders, received by them and used?

6. How are research and impact evaluated?

7. How can STI policy researchers achieve impact with their own research?


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Provisional Key Dates

- Closing of Call for tracks/special sessions: 24th October 2022

- Opening of call for abstract submissions: 28th November 2022

- Closing of call for abstract submissions: 23rd January 2023 - *EXTENDED to 30th January 2023

- Announcement of selected abstracts: 17th March 2023

- Registration open: 17th March 2023

- Deadline for submission of full papers: 5th May 2023 - *EXTENDED to 14th May 2023

- Timetable published: Mid May 2023

- Registration closes: June 1st 2023 - *EXTENDED to 4th June 2023

- Conference: June 14th-16th 2023

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