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International Conference on Corporate R&D - CONCORD 2011 - 6 October 2011

Call for abstracts - International Conference on Corporate R&D - CONCORD 2011


The European Commission's Directorates-General Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Research & Innovation invite submissions of abstracts for the Third European Conference on Corporate R&D, CONCORD 2011. The conference will be held on 6th October 2011 in Seville (Spain) at the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS).

This year the theme of the conference is "The dynamics of Europe's industrial structure and the growth of innovative firms".

The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 15th April. The abstracts should follow three general topics which will be streamlined into several thematic strands based on the response of the research community to this call for abstracts. These three topics are:

  1. R&D and innovation: sources and constraints at company level
  2. Industrial dynamics and the role of R&D and innovation for Europe's competitiveness
  3. New avenues for policy and management practices

Specific instructions for submissions can be found on the CONCORD 2011 website.

CONCORD 2011 will be organised as a one day event, and will consist of a forum for academic discourse. Policy implications of the conference's scientific findings and the resulting key policy messages will be summarised by the appointed Scientific Committee and presented to relevant policymakers from the European Commission, Member States and industrial representatives during a dedicated workshop which will be held at a later stage in Brussels.

R&D, Innovation and policy making

By putting research and innovation at the centre of the EU's Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and growth, the need for urgent action has been recognised.

In line with the recently launched key initiatives of "Innovation Union" and an "Industrial Policy for the Globalised Era", the CONCORD conferences address the economics of corporate R&D and innovation, and their impact on firms' productivity, efficiency, competitiveness, and employment. In this regard, CONCORD 2011 will focus on the dynamics of Europe's industrial structure and the growth of innovative firms.

CONCORD 2011 builds on the success of previous conferences on corporate R&D organised by the European Commission, with emphasis on "Knowledge for growth: Role and dynamics of corporate R&D" (2007) and "R&D as an engine for growth, a challenge for European policy" (2010).