Call for Papers 2018-04-19T17:26:46+00:00

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.

Other themes

Science and Society

  • Science policies. Science governance.
  • Science, management, and innovation.
  • Science and values. The ‘ethos’ of science.
  • Biotechnology. Bioethics. Biopolitics.
  • Sociology of science. STS studies.
  • Science and culture.
  • Science and gender studies.
  • Science communication. Scientific journalism.
  • Public understanding of science.
  • Scholarly communication. Open data. Open access.
  • History and philosophy of science.
  • History and philosophy of physics.
  • History and philosophy of chemistry.
  • History and philosophy of biology.
  • History and philosophy of mathematics.
  • Sustainable energy. Environment. Ecology.
  • Science and religion.

Technology and Society

  • Technology policies. Technological governance.
  • Technological innovation. Inventions. Patents.
  • History of technology. Philosophy of technology.
  • Virtual communities. Communities of practice.
  • Digital divide. Technology and identity. Technology and (functional) diversity.
  • Technology and gender.
  • E-government. E-democracy. Participatory systems.
  • Big data. Privacy. Surveillance.
  • Mass media. Culture industry.
  • Technology and globalization. Technology and power.
  • Technological progress and sustainability.
  • Technology and global warming.
  • Technological determinism. Autonomous technology.
  • Sociology of technology. Social construction of technology.
  • Minds and machines. Transhumanism. Posthumanism. Extended mind.
  • Artificial Intelligence. The sciences of the artificial.

Science, Technology and Innovation

  • The knowledge society. Information and communication technologies.
  • Knowledge management and information systems. Business intelligence tools.
  • Open innovation. Distruibuted innovation. User innovation.
  • Sharing economy. Commons. Crowdsourcing. Collective intelligence.
  • Technological and organizational innovations.
  • Technology and busniess administration.
  • Proprietary software. Patents. Intellectual property. Copyright.
  • Open source software. Free software. Open licences. Creative Commons.
  • Open data. Open access. Open archives. Public sector information.
  • Big science. Research infrastructures. Information architecture. Technoscience.
  • Little science. Scientometrics. Scholarly communication.
  • The values of precision. Standardization. Reusability.
  • Cultural industry. Military industry. Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Converging technologies. Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno (NBIC).
  • Research and Development (R&D) policies and strategies.
  • Start-ups. Spin-offs. University research parks.
  • Business cluster. Smart cities.
  • E-commerce. E-business.
  • Technologies of the future (energy, transport, nanotechnology, genome editing, quantum computing…).

Science, Technology and Learning

  • E-learning. Blended learning.
  • Assessment and evaluation tools.
  • Gamification in education.
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).
  • Online universities. Distance education.
  • Virtual communities. Communities of practice.
  • Digital divide and continuing education. Lifelong learning.
  • Collaborative learning.
  • Multiliteracies. Multimodal literacy.
  • Learning science (physics, chemistry, biology).
  • Learning mathematics. Pedagogy of mathematics.
  • Learning technology. Learning by doing.
  • Learning and natural environment.
  • Extended cognition. Collective intelligence.
  • Technological usability. Human-computer interaction. Interfaces.



This type of session is best suited for works about investigations already undertaken or academic papers. The authors will present a summary of their work (purpose, procedures, results or products). The formal oral presentation of the work should be limited to 15 minutes. Presentations will be grouped according to the theme or perspective of these thematic sessions (which can be 60, 75 or 90 minutes) with a question/answer time and group discussion after all presentations. All rooms will be equipped with projectors for presentations in PDF or PPT.


This format is ideal for presenting the preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that are rendered in posters or panels. In these sessions (usually about 40 minutes), the authors have the opportunity to exhibit their work and participate in an informal discussion with other attendees. Each poster must include a brief summary of the purpose and work procedures. The dimensions of the poster should not exceed 85 cm wide by 110 cm long.


This type of session is best suited to teach or demonstrate certain procedures, skills or techniques. Some considerations that are appropriate for this session format are for example: a demonstration, performance, presentation, discussion or dialogue with the public. These sessions are usually scheduled for about 30 minutes and should be structured so that any explanatory information or input is provided and there is sufficient time for interaction with the public time, participation and involvement.

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