Concordi 2023 Industrial innovation for open strategic autonomy. 9th European Conference on corporate R&D and innovation. 24 to 26 October 2023

9th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation CONCORDi 2023

Industrial innovation for Open Strategic Autonomy. Leaving no one and no place behind.

Hybrid (physical and virtual) conference. Seville (Spain) 24-26 October 2023

Conference announcement & Call for papers

Conference announcement - background and highlights

The biennial European Conference CONCORDi is a science-to-policy forum for leading academics and policymakers to discuss issues relevant to present and future EU policy agendas arising from frontier scientific knowledge on Corporate R&D and Innovation. 

CONCORDi conferences have been organised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) Directorate for Fair and Sustainable Economy in Seville since 2007 (for more information, see here).

The JRC will host the 9th edition of CONCORDi (2023) in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Spanish Government as the conference will be part of the events for the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of 2023.

The 2023 edition of the conference will focus on the topic Open Strategic Autonomy in the context of the current transition to a green and digital economy, as this is now at the core of the EU’s industrial policy agenda (1). The EU’s Open Strategic Autonomy policy aims to alleviate vulnerabilities and reinforce technological sovereignty of the EU in strategic sectors of the economy, such as energy, mobility, health, food supply, digital technologies and space-defence-security.

In light of the above, CONCORDi 2023 will focus on the role of corporate investment in Research & Innovation (R&I), sustainable practices and related policies, and how they can address issues relating to open strategic autonomy and technological vulnerabilities in key sectors and technologies.

It is expected that the conference will inform the on-going pursuit of the EU’s policy priorities including the Industrial strategy for Europe, the New European Innovation Agenda, the European Green Deal and the recent Green Deal Industrial Plan, as well as Strategic Autonomy and Technological Leadership policy objectives.

Synopsys of main features of CONCORDi 2023

Synopsys of main features of CONCORDi 2023

Additional background information about the conference can be found here:

Call for papers

We invite you to submit an original paper proposal that fits one or more of the broad thematic tracks indicated below.

  1. Industrial innovation to alleviate vulnerability and reinforce technological sovereignty in strategic sectors
  2. Industrial innovation in critical technologies and for the reduction of key dependencies
  3. Identification of territorial opportunities linked to industrial innovation for competitiveness, regional cohesion and social inclusion
  4. Creation and growth of firms in prominent technological fields.

The selected papers will be presented by the authors in the parallel sessions of the Conference. Please note that the presentations are scheduled to be in-person, whereas attendance of the audience may be either presencial or virtual.

Submission of extended abstracts

Original research work containing robust quantitative and/or qualitative evidence in the form of extended abstracts may be submitted. JRC welcomes submissions by scholars who are members of under-represented groups. Original research on the topics of the conference and aimed at bridging micro and macro domains is especially welcome.

The maximum accepted length of the extended abstract is 2000 words. Please, use the following template: CONCORDi 2023_Submission template and submit the extended abstract to this email address:  

Note that the authors of the accepted long abstracts will be required to send the full paper by the date indicated below.

Important dates

  • Opening of submissions for extended abstracts: 13 February 2023
  • Closing of submissions for extended abstracts: 31 May 2023
  • Announcement of selected extended abstracts: 26 June 2023
  • Authors' provision of full papers: 25 September 2023
  • Conference: 24-26 October 2023.


Registration to the conference will open on the 31st of July 2023 on the CONCORDi website.

There will be no conference registration fee.    

Best Paper Award

The Scientific and Steering Committees will evaluate the manuscripts submitted and a best scientific paper award will be offered at CONCORDi 2023 to authors whose work represents path breaking and policy relevant research in the area

Scientific Committee

Román Arjona (European Commission, EUR)

Michele Cincera (Université Libre de Bruxelles, BEL)

Chiara Criscuolo (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, FRA)

Dominique Foray (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CHE)

Alexandr Hobza (European Commission, EUR)

Hanna Hottenrott (Technische Universität München & ZEW, DEU)

Helena Lenihan (University of Limerick, IRE)

Javier Miranda (Halle Institute for Economic Research, DEU)

Pietro Moncada Paternò Castello (European Commission, EUR)

Roberta Rabellotti (Università di Pavia, ITA)

Debora Revoltella (European Investment Bank, EUR)

Karoline Rogge (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, DEU; and University of Sussex, GBR)

Reinhilde Veugelers (Catholic University Leuven - BEL)

Marco Vivarelli (Università Cattolica di Milano, ITA)





(1) For a definition of Open Strategic Autonomy please refer to "Europe’s moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation, May 2020 – Commission Communication, COM(2020) 456 final, 27 May 2020". This concept is also well endorsed in recent documents such as the following: “European Commission (2022). “A New European Agenda”. Brussels, European Commission COM(2022) 332, 5 July”.