Eu-SPRI 2022: Challenging Science and Innovation Policy

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Utrecht, 1-3 June 2022. Hosted by Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. The conference will be fully in person.

The annual Eu–SPRI conference is the leading event in science, technology and innovation policy in Europe, with a broad attendance of scientists as well as policymakers. The key objectives of the conference are to provide a forum for scholars in the areas of research and innovation policy analysis, to exchange ideas, and to present findings across disciplinary boundaries.

This year’s conference theme – Challenging Science and Innovation Policy– will explore future directions for studies of Policies for Research and Innovation with a special emphasis on the topics of Digitization, Open Science and Futuring. The conference will be hosted in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We expect more than 200 participants.

Our session, Governance of Digital Ecosystems, Combining various topics of the Eu-SPRI 2022 conference (The governance of STI policy, Mission-oriented policies and Disruptive emerging technologies), this session aims to gain a broad spectrum of perspectives on the governance of developing digital ecosystems. Increasingly, we are developing and confronted with digital ecosystems (Morgan-Thomas, Dessart, & Veloutsou, 2020; Susskind, 2020). These ecosystems include information technology infrastructures, digital platforms, and virtual interactions in a variety of sectors with many different actors, such as the digital technologies needed to keep the Google Search engine (and its many services) running (Van Dijck, Poell, & Waal, 2016; Lippert & Cloutier, 2021). Increasingly, these ecosystems include the non-digital, be that non-digital actors (humans or nature), physical infrastructures (sensors and data centres) and impacts in the non-digital world. As such, digital ecosystems and non-digital ecosystems have become entangled.

Digital ecosystems are not passive; they implicitly encapsulate ethical values and action frameworks, empower some actors and leave others in a more passive role (Danaher, 2019; Huldtgren, 2015; Lyytinen, Nickerson, & King, 2020; Van de Poel, 2020).Issues and consequences occur which require intervention, whether this is setting up new (more) ideal digital ecosystems, such as alternative social media platforms PubHubs and Public Spaces, or steering current digital ecosystems with policies, as the European Union is attempting with science technology and innovation policies such as the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act (European Commission, 2021a, 2021b). For either intervention, it is crucial to think about the future (what would an ideal digital ecosystem entail) and the governance (how to get to these ideal digital ecosystems with science, technology and innovation policies) of digital ecosystems.

During this session, we gain a broad understanding of digital ecosystems and their development and current governance through paper presentations concerning digital ecosystems in different sectors.
Periode1 jun. 20223 jun. 2022
LocatieUtrecht, NederlandToon op kaart
Mate van erkenningInternationaal