Call for Papers Rethinking Science Policy Analytical Frameworks for Evidence Brighton, UK, March 21-23, 2002


Call for Papers

Rethinking Science Policy
Analytical Frameworks for Evidence
Brighton, UK, March 21- 23, 2002


Traditional foundations for science policy have been increasingly questioned during the last few decades of science policy research with policymakers searching for new methods of harnessing scientific investigation. The conference focuses on new models for science policy, exploring the European context. Twenty-six new papers, including eight invited papers by leading authorities in the field of science policy, will be given.

Conference themes

Theme 1: Computation and Communication Tools for Scientific Investigation

The scientific community is a leading producer and user of major innovations in information and communication technologies. Papers in this conference theme will examine existing and merging techniques for improving scientific communication, enhancing collaborative research and building more coherent "invisible colleges" through the construction of scientific "virtual communities". Organiser: W.E. Steinmueller.

Theme 2: Productivity and Processes of Cumulative Advantage in Scientific Research

Papers in this conference theme will examine the productivity of scientists in a career context. Of special interest is the relationship of current productivity to past productivity and to funding regimes. The role that collaboration plays in a career context is also examined. Papers in this theme will also discuss differences in these effects by field of science. Organisers: A. Gambardella, J. Mairesse and P. Stephan.

Theme 3: Scale Economies in Scientific Research

Most current research funding policy initiatives, at the European and national level, assume there are positive scale economies in the production of scientific knowledge. However, the picture that the literature offers of scale and scope economies in university knowledge production is blurred. Papers in this conference theme will examine whether this assumption holds and what are the implications of concentration policies when the assumption is not satisfied. Organiser: A. Geuna.

Theme 4: How Useful is Academic Research?

In the past decade, traditional models of the contribution of academic research to economic and social progress have been questioned (e. g. the linear model, the output of academic research as information) and new ones have been proposed (e. g. Modes One and Two; Triple Helix). At the same time, governments have implemented policies to increase the usefulness of academic research, new technology-based firms have increasingly emerged from the universities, but doubts have been expressed about the positive effects of government policies on academic and business practices. Papers in this conference will examine the validity (or otherwise) of the various models and the effectiveness (or otherwise) of the various policies: Organisers: K. Pavitt and A. Salter.

Abstract submission

Extended abstract (1,000 word max) are accepted from 1st August 2001. The scientific committee offers early acceptance throughout the opening period. Final date for acceptance of abstracts is 1st November 2001. Papers are to be submitted by 1st March 2002.

Further details and Registration:

Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU)
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University of Sussex
GB-Brighton BN1 9RF, United Kingdom
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