Lisbon, Portugal
Saturday June 10 – Monday June 12, 2023

No new registrations possible. The conference is now at capacity.

No new submissions possible. Submission deadline was March 1.


Web site: www.druid.dk

Since 1996, DRUID has become one of the world's premier academic conferences on innovation and the dynamics of structural, institutional and geographical change. DRUID is proud to invite senior and junior scholars to participate and contribute with a paper to DRUID23, hosted by NOVA School of Business and Economics. Presenting distinguished plenary speakers, a range of parallel paper sessions, and an attractive social program, 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. Plenary speakers at DRUID23 emcompass Gary Dushnitsky, J.P. Eggers, Teppo Felin, Chiara Franzoni, Elena Novelli, Yuliya Snihur, Valentina Tartari, Florenta Teodoridis, Christopher Tucci and Eric von Hippel.

DRUID DEBATES with outstanding scholars exchanging opinions in a heated and entertaining setting, and the conference audience opposing or supporting their standpoints. DRUID23 Debates challenge Lean Startups as well as Expert Judment in Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurial Decision-Making.

PAPER SESSIONS presenting peer reviewed papers with previously unpublished research, all with engaged session chairs and carefully appointed discussants. DRUID23 invites paper submissions on innovation, entrepreneurship and other aspects of structural, institutional and geographical change, such as

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

In particular, DRUID23 invites papers with new, mixed, or multi-disciplinary theoretical approaches or innovative methods that will benefit from the open-ended discussions at DRUID.

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. DRUID23 will also hand out the Industry and Innovation Award for Best Paper.

The grand DRUID DINNER is known for its excellent food and high fun factor.

DRUID DISCOVERIES excursions will make the most out of the conference location on Carcavelos Beach and invite participants on trips to the most happening parts of the Lisbon coastline. 

DRUID DECADENCE. This year, the notorious DRUID afterparty will plug into Lisbon’s famous FESTIVAL OF SAINT ANTHONY on the evening of June 12, allowing DRUIDs to dine and drink on a Lisbon rooftop before partying with the locals in the city's historical neighborhoods until the wee hours of the morning.



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 DRUID23 take place 9.00-12.00 on June 10, 2023.

All participants to DRUID23 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 druid @ druid.dk no later than April 1, 2023. Applicants will be notified of the decision by April 15, 2023, and all accepted PDWs will be advertised and included in the DRUID23 program. Speakers and participants must register for the DRUID23 conference.



DRUID23 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, 2023 (before midnight at the scholar’s location). Submission of a paper grants permission to DRUID to place it temporarily on the conference website (accessible only to DRUIDs after login). 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 15, 2023. 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 5, 2023, or their paper/poster will automatically be removed from the conference program. Revised versions of accepted papers may be uploaded until June 1, 2023. The final conference program will be available June 1, 2023.

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 conference is now closed for new registrations.

Besides registration, the conference fee includes the grand conference dinner, lunch on June 11 and 12, and coffee and snacks/fruit during breaks all days. Sponsorships from the partner universities have enabled an early-bird conference fee (applicable until May 5, 2023) of 540 EUR. After May 5, 2023, the latecomer conference fee will be 660 EUR. There is a permanent 50% discount for doctoral students.

The website will remain open for payment of the conference fee until June 12, 2023. However, authors of accepted papers and posters must pay the fee before May 5, 2023, for their paper or poster to be included in the conference program.



All DRUID conferences aim to be carbon neutral. DRUID sources green conference materials, local vegetarian food and unbottled drinking water. Until lower-emission technologies are generally available DRUID offsets 0.3 ton of CO2 for each delegate (Verified Carbon Standard and Gold Standard), covering the conference’s estimated carbon footprint of catering, venue, lodging and local transport. Upon registration, conference delegates are given the option of offsetting their carbon footprint for travel to Lisbon.

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