The global health crisis makes us unable to hold the DRUID20 conference as planned June 15-17. Given the current uncertainty as to the duration of the crisis, we are not planning any other DRUID events in 2020. In the 25 years of its existence, this is the first time DRUID has cancelled or even shifted an event, and we send our sincere apologies to those of you who have submitted papers or kindly volunteered to review papers for us.

We had looked forward to celebrating our silver anniversary with an extraordinary professional and social program in Copenhagen in June. Instead, we send our sympathy to those around the world having suffered and those who continue to work hard to minimize further damage as the health crisis unfolds.

The DRUID21 conference will be held June 14-16, 2021 at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada.  The DRUID21 Academy PhD training conference will take place January 20-22 in Aalborg, Denmark. Please see www.druid.dk for information.

Until we see you again at DRUID, you may want to revisit the videos from earlier DRUID Debates and DRUID Keynotes:




On behalf of the DRUID Executive Committee and the DRUID20 Organizing Committee

Mark Lorenzen
Director, DRUID



Please consider supporting one of the COVID-19 charities, for instance:

WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/donate

Direct Relief COVID-19 Response: https://www.directrelief.org/emergency/coronavirus-outbreak/





Copenhagen, Denmark, June 15-17, 2020

Open for submissions. Submission deadline: March 1, 2020


DRUID celebrates 25 years as one of the world's premier academic conferences on innovation and the dynamics of structural, institutional and geographic change. DRUID is proud to invite senior and junior scholars to participate and contribute with a paper to the DRUID20 SILVER ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE, hosted by Copenhagen Business School. Presenting distinguished plenary speakers, a range of parallel paper sessions, and an attractive social program that celebrates DRUID’s 25 years, the conference aims at mapping theoretical, empirical and methodological advances, contributing novel insights, and help identifying scholarly positions, divisions, and common grounds in current scientific controversies within the field.



Keynotes delivered by top scholars from innovation studies, management, economic geography, and numerous other research fields. Keynotes at DRUID20 are given by Rebecca Henderson and Margaret Kyle. Other plenary speakers include Susana BorrasMaryann Feldman, Thorbjørn Knudsen, Daniella Laureiro-Martinez, Danielle Li, Johan Schot, Florenta Teodoridis and Keyvan Vakili.

DRUID Debates with outstanding scholars exchanging opinions in a heated and entertaining setting, and the conference audience opposing or supporting their standpoints. DRUID20 Debates challenge 'Mission-Oriented' Innovation Policy and Laboratory Experiments

Paper sessions presenting 200+ peer reviewed papers with previously unpublished research, all with engaged session chairs and carefully appointed discussants. DRUID20 invites paper submissions on innovation, entrepreneurship and other aspects of structural, institutional and geographic change, such as

*  Open innovation, search strategies and knowledge sourcing
*  Markets for technology and knowledge labor
*  Digital markets: Platforms and eco-systems
*  Entrepreneurship and growth
*  Creativity, R&D management and organizational behavior
*  Scientific knowledge production?and university-industry interaction
*  Local, regional and global geographies of innovation, innovation networks and connectedness
*  Institutional, social and frugal innovation and entrepreneurship
*  Eco-innovation, sustainability, inequality and inclusion

In particular, DRUID invites papers with new, mixed, or multi-disciplinary theoretical approaches or innovative methods that will benefit from the open-ended discussions at DRUID20.

Best paper awards. Accepted papers authored or co-authored by doctoral students will be considered for the Steven Klepper Award for Best Young Scholar Paper while all papers accepted for the conference will be considered for the DRUID Best Paper Award.

The grand DRUID Dinner is known for its excellent food and high fun factor and this year we will continue to explore New Nordic cuisine and the atmosphere of cool Copenhagen.

DRUID Discoveries excursions will make the most out of Copenhagen and invite participants on trips to the most happening parts of city.

DRUID Decadence. A DRUID institution, the afterparty will find DRUIDs dining, drinking and dancing the night away in a clandestine location.



Professional development workshops (PDWs) are focused, user driven sessions offering a way of sharing ideas, knowledge and expertise with peers in the DRUID community and develop new ideas and projects. PDWs at DRUID20 take place 9.00-12.00 on June 15, 2020.

All participants to DRUID20 can propose a PDW focused on a specific research subfield and/or targeting a specific group, e.g. PhD students, junior faculty, empiricists, theorists, etc. Proposals must contain 1) a max. 2 page description of the activity planned for the workshop; 2) a tentative program with a duration of up to 3 hours; 3) the maximum number of participants for the workshop (rooms are available for 20 up to 75 participants); and 4) a list of confirmed speakers; 5) a brief CV of key applicant(s) and speakers. Please send proposals to at DRUID20@druid.dk no later than April 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the decision by April 20, 2020, and all accepted PDWs will be advertised and included in the DRUID20 program. Speakers and participants must register for the DRUID20 conference.



DRUID20 provides an opportunity to take stock of our field and jointly to advance the research frontier. Thus, only previously unpublished research is eligible for presentation and the conference particularly invites research with new, mixed, and multi-disciplinary theoretical approaches and novel methods. Scholars who wish to present their research at the conference must upload a full paper (in PDF, anonymized) not exceeding 12,000 words (including notes, tables, appendices, list of references, etc.) through the website www.druid.dk no later than March 1, 2020 (before midnight at the scholar’s location). Submission of a paper grants permission to DRUID to include it in the conference material and to place it temporarily on the conference website. DRUID reserves the right to use available software to control for plagiarism and to take appropriate action in severe cases. Details are available under Terms and Conditions on the website.

All submissions undergo double-blinded reviews by at least two independent reviewers with respect to novelty, academic quality and the paper's relation to the themes of the conference. Decisions of paper acceptance are given April 20, 2020. No review or comments will be offered to the author or authors to supplement the decision. Papers not accepted for oral presentation at the conference may be accepted for presentation in a poster session. Authors of accepted papers/posters must pay the conference fee before May 1, 2020, or their paper/poster will automatically be removed from the conference program and website. Revised versions of accepted papers/posters may be uploaded until June 1, 2020. The final conference program will be available June 1, 2020.

Authors may submit more than one paper but each conference participant will only be allowed to present one paper. Co-authored papers may be presented by any of the participating co-authors.



The DRUID website www.druid.dk is open for registration from February 3, 2020. Besides registration, the conference fee includes the grand conference dinner, lunch on June 16 and 17, and coffee and snacks/fruit during breaks all days. Sponsorships from the partner universities have enabled an early-bird conference fee (applicable until May 1, 2020) of 510 EUR. After May 1, 2020, the latecomer conference fee will be 615 EUR. There is a permanent 50% discount for doctoral students.

The website will remain open for payment of the conference fee until June 17, 2020. However, authors of accepted papers and posters must pay the fee before May 1, 2020, for their paper or poster to be included in the conference program. 



Aiming to lower the environmental footprint of its biannual conferences, DRUID sources green conference materials, local food and unbottled drinking water. While we work towards reducing DRUID’s impact on the local environment, global air travel to the conference remains a large carbon footprint. Until lower-emission options of travel and other technologies allow for further reducing DRUIDs carbon footprint, we offset 2 tons of CO2 for each delegate (Verified Carbon Standard and Gold Standard), covering an estimated 120% of the conference’s carbon footprint of catering, venue, lodging and local transport, and 100% of all participants’ average carbon footprint for air travel to Copenhagen. Popularly speaking, all DRUID conferences are carbon neutral.



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Contact: DRUID20@druid.dk

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