Program 2018-06-08T14:03:27+00:00

Congress Program


Each year, the International Congress of Technology, Science and Society attracts a diverse group of participants from around the world. Our program development team bases on this diversity to provide a rich and distinctive experience, including keynote speakers, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and social events. The congress program brings together presentations on similar topics to facilitate knowledge sharing and community building.

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2019 Highlighted Themes

Emergent trends in hybrid and social innovations

Social innovation is at the heart of the economic and socio-cultural transformation we are experiencing, seeking a balance towards a more just and sustainable world. In a few decades, under the advance of digital technologies and the so-called fourth industrial revolution, a great variety of hybrid innovations is emerging, such as open social innovation and digital social innovation. This growing phenomenon of hybrid and cross-sector social innovations across technology, society and culture is opening new avenues to the co-creation of social and economic value. At the same time, it unfolds through new organizational interactions among multiple actors from the public, private and civil society. Which are the principal trends and implications for both the practice and innovation research?

The social construction of Science, Technology and Innovation

Data production has become a major trend in our societies. From local to global, the production of information is a way to address others and to become known. It is also a way of building up narratives on the best way of being innovative and virtually included in a post-reality of media and social networks. Through computing algorithms and big data analysis, the risks of being monopolized increase, which raises questions of justice and democracy. The social construction of Science, Technology, and Innovation applies for the discussion of crucial issues on Humanity and the future of our societies on global and local scales.

Plenary Speakers

Maria Eduarda Gonçalves

Prof. Maria Eduarda Gonçalves, PhD – ISCTE-IUL and Dinâmia’CET-IUL (Portugal)

A law/technology lag? Data protection in the age of big data

Maria Eduarda Gonçalves is a professor of Public Law at ISCTE – IUL (Lisbon University Institute), an integrated researcher at DINÂMIA’CET – IUL; and director of this Centre from 2013 to 2016. Her main areas of research are European law, science, technology and the law, risk regulation, information technology law. Has participated in 16 research projects funded by the EU or the FCT/Portugal, PI of 7 FCT projects. Has been a member of several international expert groups, namely the Expert Group on Science and Governance (2005/07), the Expert Group on Bench-marking of Science and Technological Policies (2001/02), the Advisory Group of Experts on the Law of the Sea of the IOC/Unesco (2002/…). C. 200 publications (books, articles, book chapters, etc.).

Alvaro Luna

Prof. Álvaro Luna García, PhD – Universidad de Villanueva y UNED (Spain)

Social innovation and public policies: a new analysis framework

Álvaro Luna holds a PhD in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Management of Innovation and Knowledge by the University of the Basque Country. He is interested in the urban and sociocultural challenges and dynamics that operate and influence social changing processes, and social innovations inside city regions. He is also focused on the study of creative and cultural industries and their impact and development inside the economy of cities, the development of research methodologies and skills in the management of innovative processes, and the economic underpinnings and impact of social innovations. He is an experienced lecturer in the National Distance Education University (UNED) where he teaches Sociology and Methodologies of Social Research since 2013. He currently works at Sinnergiak Social Innovation as Researcher and Project Manager, and teaches Organizational Sociology in the University of Villanueva, Madrid. He is also editor of the European Public and Social Innovation Review.

Dra. Mónica Edwards Schachter

Mónica Edwards Schachter, PhD – Independent research and miValu CEO (Spain)

Mónica Edwards-Schachter is a multidisciplinary researcher, writer, consultant, trainer and scientific disseminator with more than 25 years of experience in science and engineering education and innovation studies, particularly in social innovation, creativity and competences development. Dr. Cum Laude from the University of Valencia with a pioneering dissertation on the planetary crisis and sustainability education (Spain, 2003) and Phd (ABD) on Innovation and Engineering Projects (Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2006). She holds Bachelor Degrees in Electronic Engineering and Science Education. From 2007 to 2015 she worked at the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management (INGENIO) within the Torres Quevedo and Jae-Doc programes supported by the Spanish Research Council. She has over 130 publications, including prestigious journals as Research Policy, Creativity and Thinking Skills, Review of Policy Research and editorials like Springer, Taylor & Francis, McMillan and IGI Global. She is currently participating in the project Social Innovation futures: beyond policy panacea and conceptual ambiguity, supported by EU-spri (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation). She received various prizes, like the IBM Award (Science in Action contest, 2012) with a game for scientific reasoning decision-making related to climate change and her book Redes para la Paz (Networks for peace), an essay on the interrelationships between peace, environment and sustainability (2007). Since 2008 she is blogger on innovation and creativity topics at the magazine Tendencias21 and from 2011 on living labs & hubs in Entrepreneurial Spaces & Collectivities (ESCies, UK).

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