INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT Evaluation of STI Policies, Instruments, and Organizations: New Horizons and New Challenges

bridges vol. 37, May 2013 / Noteworthy Information

STI-Policy-Evaluation-Conference smallInternational Scientific STI Policy Evaluation Conference organized by

  • Austrian Platform Research and Technology Evaluation
  • IFRIS – Institut Francilien Recherche, Innovation et Société
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


November 14-15, 2013


Vienna, Austria

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick – all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. Already registered? Login with your user details at the top right of our site. Thank you for your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest}

Registration and homepage:

Please register via the conference Web site:

The conference will bring together leading and upcoming researchers from a range of social science disciplines as well as STI policy makers and evaluation practitioners to provide an open forum for promoting and enhancing the discussion of new and emerging developments in STI policy and their effects on evaluation theory and practice at different levels.

Central questions to be addressed during the Conference are:

  • What are adequate evaluations concepts, methodologies, and practices vis-à-vis new political STI policy approaches?
  • What kinds of evaluation are needed to respond to new STI policy-delivery models?
  • Whether and how can we identify and assess the transformative effects of new mission-oriented approaches?
  • Which criteria should funding bodies use to evaluate research on grand societal challenges, and how 'political' do evaluations and criteria become in such a policy-driven framework?
  • How can we measure long-term effects of STI interventions and better appraise the social impact of R&D?
  • What are the evaluation challenges of European Research Area (ERA) policies and instruments? What new approaches and assessment criteria are needed to meet the requirements of new instruments and institutions with a truly European presence? How do ERA developments interfere with national-level evaluation?
  • What new indicators are needed to support the evaluation of new national, European, and international STI policies?
  • How should research information systems be meaningfully designed to be useful for next-generation monitoring and evaluation?
Support for Young Researchers
FWF, the Austrian Science Fund, provides this conference with grant funding that will be used to support the participation of young researchers. Young researchers (up to 35-years old) whose extended abstracts or poster are selected by the Scientific Committee can send an email to the registration manager (salhofer(at) requesting a grant to cover part of their travel and registration costs. Depending on the number of requests, the organizers intend to waive the registration fee and subsidize the accommodation costs.

The conference goal is to attract papers and posters that will contribute to providing theoretical concepts and empirical approaches to advance the next generation of STI policy evaluation designs and perspectives. The conference also invites contributions that critically discuss methodological issues, conceptual developments, and novel normative challenges concerning innovation and STI policy evaluation in order to answer some of the questions above.

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts and posters: May 31, 2013


A list of hotels near the conference venue can be accessed from the conference homepage:

Registration fee:

  1. Regular fee: €200. –
  2. Student (predoctoral) fee: €100. –

Registration includes lunch, dinner, and coffee breaks on November 14 and coffee break and lunch on November 15, 2013.


Austrian Platform Research and Technology Evaluation

Linke Wienzeile 246, 1150 Vienna, Austria