EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences (ECC) IRCRES Rome, Italy

14-15-16 October 2015



The EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences (ECC) “Crossing boundaries in scientific knowledge creation and transmission: trends, challenges and policy implications” will take place in Rome, 14-15-16 October 2015, and is organized by the IRCRES CNR- Institute of Research on Economic Sustainable Growth (former CERIS-CNR).

Scientific knowledge creation and transmission have been studied mostly focusing on institutions, people and domains of expertise, circumscribing them within geographical, institutional, disciplinary and cultural boundaries (Akkerman and Bakker, 2011). Today the increasing interest toward boundaries crossing in knowledge creation and transmission emerges because of the complexity and heterogeneity which characterize more and more scientific knowledge. Studies on boundaries crossing represent a new and increasing strand of literature in different disciplines (social and political sciences, economics, educational studies, psychology, etc..) (Kaufmann and Tödtling, 2001; Ravinet, 2008). The term boundary crossing refers to the “negotiation and combination of ingredients from different contexts to achieve hybrid situations” and it might concern, among the other, the work of scientists, policy makers’ activities and institutions’ collaborations patterns (Engestrom, 1995). Boundaries are then considered as potential learning resources instead of barriers (Akkerman and Bakker, 2011; Lamont and Molnar, 2002).

Different types of boundaries are considered: disciplinary and sectoral boundaries, geographical and collaboration boundaries, organizational and institutional boundaries.

The conference aims at fostering wide and in depth discussion on the learning and transformative potential stemming from disciplinary, geographical and cultural boundaries crossing as well as on the highly diversified mechanisms of actions which can take place at boundaries (i.e. coordination and networking activities and policies). Different developments of the concept and of properties of boundaries in knowledge creation and transmission will be investigated. Policies implications of boundaries crossing and its effects on governance arrangements at the national and EU level will also be discussed. Consideration of policy implications with respect to the shifts observed in traditional knowledge creation and transmission boundaries will be at the core of the conference discussion.

The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, and a poster session. 


Themes and tracks

Four main themes will be addressed: 1) Crossing boundaries in Education and Research: patterns and geography of change; 2) New concept, role and practice of academic institutions: merging old mission with new challenges; 3) Changing patterns of collaboration in research and innovation; 4) Beyond standardization in knowledge transmission: changing environments and emerging instruments.


Conference contributions will be welcome on the following streams (although not limited to this list):

  • Universities facing complexity: crossing institutional, geographic and disciplinary boundaries
  • Crossing boundaries in a context of knowledge transfer and innovation: main actors and bargaining processes
  • Participation and collaboration in education and research against specialization and fragmentation
  • Rethinking PhD beyond disciplinary and research practice boundaries
  • Crossing boundaries within systems of innovation: what interactions between science and industry?
  • Collaborative work and learning environments transformations: from networking to knotworking
  • Tackling grand challenges through networking: European and international dimensions in scientific research
  • New instruments and environments for knowledge transmission
  • Opening and widening the access to scientific knowledge: modifying the concept of knowledge?


Confirmed Speakers

keynote speakers profile


Audience targeted

The conference aims at involving approximately 30 participants from different disciplinary areas in order to facilitate contributions from several research backgrounds. Thus contributions from fields as sociology, economics, political sciences, public policy and innovation studies are expected. Participants from other fields, as Natural Sciences, are also welcome. The conference aims at involving primarily early career researchers and PhD students as detailed below


- post-doctoral researchers

- doctoral students in the last year of their programme

- research assistants having obtained the PhD within 5 years


Ten PhD students at early stages of their programme presenting a poster will also be accepted.

Priority will be given to applicants from EU-SPRI members’ organizations.


Call for paper

Extended abstract (400-600 words) and a CV are required for selection. Selected participants will be asked to send a full paper (5000-7000 words).

It will be possible to submit a Poster proposal for very preliminary studies, works in progress, or early-stage research projects for which consolidated results are not yet available.

More information and Call 



IRCRES CNR, address Rome, Via dei Taurini 19 (Room A ground floor)





Provisional timetable

Call open beginning January 2015

Abstracts submission 1 April 2015 update: 20 April 2015

Registration open 1 April 2015

Notification of acceptance mid May 2015

Registration by 30 June 2015

Full papers by 15 September 2015


Conference fee

EU-SPRI members (1 per paper): free of charge

Participants from outside EU-SPRI forum: fee 250 EUR


Refund Policy

Dear participant we inform you that if you sadly are unable to attend the conference and have already paid, unfortunately refunds will not be possible.


Contact person

Emilia Primeri

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Local Organising Committee

Dr. Emilia Primeri

Dr. Giovanni Cerulli

Dr. Antonio Zinilli

Dr. Andrea Orazio Spinello

Dr. Lucio Morettini

Dr. Emanuela Reale

Dr. Bianca Potì





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