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[ecrea] Research Day: Living Labs and Transformative research contributing to sustainable development through innovation
Wed Apr 11 16:49:55 GMT 2018
The European Network of Living Labs invites you to send a contribution
to work on the UN sustainable development goals. If you have a great
case study, piece of research or on-going project you want to share with
the Living Lab community, then we encourage you to submit a paper to the
conference. As a practitioner, a researcher, a member of a public
authority, you can share your experience with the largest community of
Living Labs, so do not hesitate to take part.
Theme of the Research Day: Living Labs and Transformative research
contributing to sustainable development through innovation
In Living Labs, one fundamental objective is to support the development
of a better society by means of multi-stakeholder engagement in open
innovation and experimentation processes carried out in real world
contexts. There are different ways in which stakeholder can be engaged
in innovation processes today, for instance through crowdsourcing
initiatives, citizen science projects or as part of sharing economy
initiatives. To support these human-centered, open and experimental
processes, it is important to have accompanying methods, tools and
approaches that not only support participation and engagement of human
actors, but also does that in their real-world context. In addition, it
is important that the innovations being developed are sustainable and
support sustainable development of our society, which requires
responsible innovation processes while driving and supporting
sustainable growth. Hence, Living Lab research should not only focus on
observing innovation and sustainable societal transformation, rather it
should initiate and catalyst these changes with the aim to strengthen
our understanding of transformation processes and to simultaneously
increase societal capacity to reflect on them.
“On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end
poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a
new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be
achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone
needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society
and people like you!” For more information on the goals consult this
How the Living Lab community could contribute?
Living Labs are innovation intermediaries based on a
public-private-people partnership. With a rich ecosystem of actors,
Living Labs have the potential to contribute to the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDG) in different domains such as health, energy,
education. We would like to hear about initiatives in each and every
SDG. With your help, let’s make it happen!
You can submit papers in two different categories to encourage a diverse
participation of actors: (1) research papers and research in progress
(2) Innovation cases/project from industry/practitioner/innovation
agents, see more details below.
OpenLivingLab Days 2018 brings together both academics and managers from
fields of innovation and fields applying Living Labs and Living
Laboratories to explore the benefits Living Labs provide for a variety
of stakeholders. The 6th edition of the Living Lab Research Day at the
Open Living Lab Days conference is an opportunity for researchers and
– Bring together a state-of-the-art review of Living Lab concepts and
– Strengthen Living Labs as an area of innovation
– Assess new trends, current challenges and developments of Living Labs
– Co-create new disruptive innovation models
– Establish strong connections with other emerging disciplines
– Contribute to build transformative and mission-oriented research
This Call encourages contributions related to (but not limited to) the
Theoretical and methodological challenges, for example:
– UN sustainability goals in relation to Living Labs (please state which
– Sustainable Living Lab processes and sustainable business models
– Responsible research and innovation processes and its relation to
– Integrating social, material and technical aspects of Living Lab
activities and results
– Transformative research approaches and results of its actions
Actors motivations, needs and expectations, for example:
– User recruitment, engagement and commitment challenges
– Building commitment with stakeholders
– Actors motivation for sustainable actions
– Actors needs in relation to sustainable innovation
– Value co-creation and/or co-destruction of value
Ethical challenges in Living Lab processes and transformative research,
– Unwitting participation
– Payment and participation
– Voluntariness in participatory processes
– Social innovation
– Privacy and IPR in Living Lab activities
Governance and process related areas, for example:
– Multi-stakeholder engagement and openness
– Financing Living Labs
– Collaboration models with multiple stakeholders in innovation processes
– Fab Labs and maker spaces for sustainability
– Maker, modifiers and fixers as well as repair cafés
Contributing is easy
The conference committee are inviting academic and practice submission
as well as workshop sessions and poster proposals. OpenLivingLab Days
encourage submissions from academics, researchers, practitioners,
private, NGO and public sector agencies, policy makers, students and all
those interested in developing SDGs. If one of the authors is a PhD
student, please indicate it on the first page. A poster session will be
dedicated to PhD researches.
You can choose between one of the 2 submission types.
1) Research Papers: Full or Research-in-progress papers
Full research papers refers to complete research with clear results.
English is the language of the conference and of all submissions.
The Research in Progress category is for work that will NOT be completed
before the conference. Participants will give an overview of their
research purpose and progress, not a paper presentation, as the
category’s purpose is to allow for discussion and feedback on work in
Length: 5,000 words for full papers or 2,000 – 5,000 words for
Instructions: Papers go through a double-blind review process that
evaluates their significance, originality, contribution and clarity.
Upon acceptance please make sure that at least one author registers to
secure a slot for their presentation in the conference program.
When preparing the camera-ready version of a paper, authors should add
their details (names, affiliation, email, etc.) on the first page of the
paper and indicate which is the corresponding author
2) Industry / Practitioner / Innovation paper
These submissions describe Living Lab practices and experiences from
e.g. innovation processes/projects, implementation of innovations,
Living Lab management, as well as innovations supporting Living Lab
Our primary emphasis is on papers that advance the understanding of, and
show how to deal with, practical issues related to Living Lab practices
in real-world contexts.
Length: 5,000 words
Submitted papers will go through a peer review process. The Industry
track is distinct from the Research Track in that submissions either
discuss real-world experiences of Living Lab projects and/or practices
or insights from innovations.
Format for full papers for OpenLivingLab Days 2018
– Please submit your paper in .doc format (Word Document). Ensure it is
anonymous, apart from the title page with authors.
– Follow guidelines overviewed above.
– Indicate if your submission has been previously published elsewhere.
This is to ensure that we do not infringe upon another publisher’s
– Include a 1-paragraph abstract that provides the key messages you will
be presenting in the paper
– Include 4-6 keywords relating to the theme or topics covered by the paper
– Provide a 2-3 paragraph conclusion that summarizes the article’s main
points and leaves the reader with the most important messages
– The paper length should be between 2’000 and 5’000 words maximum (see
– References should be made according to APA-style and included at the
end of the paper in alphabetical order.
– All papers must be submitted in English.
Scientific Steering Committee
Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by referees assigned by the
Scientific Steering Committee for acceptance or rejection. The
Scientific Steering Committee is chaired by Professor Anna Ståhlbröst,
Director of Botnia Living Living Lab at Luleå University of Technology,
Sweden, & Vice president of the European Network of Living Labs.
Evaluators are chosen jointly by Chair of the Research Day Committee and
ENoLL Director. Priority will be given to qualified ENoLL members.
Papers submitted to OpenLivingLab Days 2018 will be evaluated on their
appropriateness of theme for the conference, scientific quality,
innovativeness and the final recommendation of the Scientific Steering
Committee. Authors submitting a paper are also invited to review papers
for the conference.
What happens if my submission is accepted?
Accepted contributions will be published in the proceedings of Open
Living Lab Days 2018 with an ISBN number. Additionally, the ENoLL
Scientific Steering Committee will assess the option of inviting best
papers submitted to Open Living Lab Days 2018 for publication in a
By submitting your paper, you are hereby authorizing ENoLL to publish
your paper in the OpenLivingLab Days 2018 proceedings which will be part
of the Research Day of OpenLivingLab Days in Geneva, Switzerland.
Notification of acceptance will be send on 5th June. If your paper has
been accepted, you should send the final version until 2nd July.
Please submit your full final paper to (info /at/ enoll.org)
<mailto:(info /at/ enoll.org)> with “Paper Submission for OpenLL18” as email
subject by the DEADLINE of May 15th 2018.
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