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Eu-SPRI ECC Conference 2015

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Eu-SPRI ECC (Early Career Researcher) Conference
Eu-SPRI ECC (Early Career Researcher) Conference
Sowing the seeds of the future:
The financing of tomorrow's innovations

Bergamo, Italy, June 24-26, 2015
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Bergamo, via Salvecchio 19, Bergamo (Upper Town)
www.unibg.it/euspri2015 - euspri2015@unibg.it

Science, technology and innovation (STI) are crucial elements of economic development and growth. They undoubtedly had a key role in the past, but their significance is going to dramatically increase in the next future. As a matter of fact, these days, from different ankles and perspectives, public opinion points to the discovery and development of new technologies as "the main solution" to many of the challenges that the whole world faces ahead. All these decisions, strategies and investments, might be supported by research and innovation policies, as well as a comprehensive approach in financing STI activities, that have to be put in place in economic and institutional contexts, which are fairly more complex than what occurred to be in the past.

The Early Career Research Conference Sowing the seeds of the future: The financing of tomorrow's innovations intends to increase our understanding on the topic of "financing STI activities", with special emphasis on the most suitable policy tools and their most appropriate governance mechanisms to alleviate in the future the existing financing barriers towards STI activities. In particular we aim at collecting both empirical and theoretical contributions that provide new insights on the below reported topics, building on the available evidence on the interrelationships between different public and private stakeholders interacting in the complex STI landscape. Papers that embrace different approaches/levels of analysis and adopt an international perspective are especially welcomed.
Here follows a potential list of streams, by way of example:

  • Policies for the financing of breakthrough innovations.
  • Policies for achieving sustainable innovations in 'grand social challenges' in the areas of health, energy and environmental issues.
  • Design and governance of policy schemes for easing financing of STI activities, including public-private collaboration arrangements in the equity and credit market.
  • Interdependencies between governments' research policies and other public policies for the financing of STI activities.
  • Financial markets, bank regulation and the provision of finance for Research and Development intensive firms.
  • Financial markets conditions and incentives for entrepreneurship.
  • Raising external capital for high-tech entrepreneurship: policy issues.
  • Crowdfunding: opportunities, challenges and critical factors.
  • Crowdfunding, venture capital and bank debt: complements or substitutes?
  • Venture capital, innovation and high-tech start-ups performance.
  • Innovation at a global scale: governance mechanisms across different actors.
  • Innovative policy tools to support the provision of finance for innovative firms and high-tech start-ups.
  • Best practices in the management and governance of public policies for the financing of high-tech entrepreneurship and innovative firms.
  • Policies for the financial support of technology transfer.
  • University-Venture capital and the financing of academic start-ups.
  • Financial and growth strategies of innovative firms and high-tech start-ups.
  • Initial public offerings and Mergers and Acquisitions of innovative and high-tech entrepreneurial firms.
  • The effects of the financial crisis on STI activities.
  • Innovative policy tools to finance Science and Technology.
  • Macro perspectives on financial markets, innovation, high-tech entrepreneurship and economic growth.


Eu-SPRI Forum, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Bergamo.

Organizing Committee

Luca Grilli (Politecnico di Milano), Giuseppe Scellato (Politecnico di Torino), Michele Meoli (UniversitÓ di Bergamo), Silvio Vismara (UniversitÓ di Bergamo).

Conference venue

UniversitÓ degli Studi di Bergamo, via Salvecchio 19, Bergamo (Upper Town).

Important dates and deadlines

  • 28 February 2015 - Deadline for submitting full papers or extended abstract (3,000 words)
  • 31 March 2015 - Notification of acceptance
  • 30 April 2015 - Deadline for confirmation and payment of conference fee
  • 30 April 2015 - Deadline to book a accommodation at special discount rate sending an e-mail to euspri2015@unibg.it
  • 31 May 2015 - Deadline for final paper submission
  • 24-26 June 2015 - Conference

Conference fees

Delegates invited to present a paper will be subject to the following registration fees (including reception, brown-bag lunches and conference dinner) by wire transfer:
  • EuSPRI members [1 delegate per paper] - fee waived
  • Non-EuSPRI members - 200 Euro
  • Accompanying person to conference dinner - 50 Euro

Accommodation at special discount rate

EuSPRI PhD and early career members can require accommodation in hotels (1 delegate per paper), in which case costs are fully covered by EuSPRI (for a maximum of 30 participants) for the two nights (24th and 25th of June). All other participants are advised to book their accommodations in Bergamo.
The list of hotels offering special rates is available in the practical info page of the conference website (see Practical information > Accommodation below).

Lunches and Dinners

Please advise us of any dietary requirements and any allergies when you register for the conference.


Keynote Speakers


Round Table