Final call for submissions for the 

2020 DRUID PhD Academy Conference


DRUID PhD Course 

 for doctoral students in 


University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark 

DRUID PhD Course: January 13 at 9 am – January 15 at 5 pm

DRUID Academy Conference: January 16 at 9 am – January 17 at 6.15 pm 

The PhD Course is integrated with the DRUID Academy Conference and 5 ECTS Credits can be achieved with attendance and completion of both the PhD Course and the DRUID Academy Conference. 

The first DRUID PhD Course in 2017 received high reviews. The PhD Course is an opportunity for approximately 35 accepted DRUID Academy Conference registrants, who also apply to and are selected for the PhD Course.  

The DRUID Academy Conference format follows previous DRUID Academy Conferences whereby approximately 70 accepted papers will be grouped by theme and presented in five parallel sessions. The format provides a unique opportunity for the matching and mentoring of senior researchers with PhD students during the entire event.

It is possible to attend the DRUID Academy Conference without attending the DRUID PhD Course. However, it is not possible to attend only the PhD Course without attending the Academy Conference.

The DRUID Academy conference is open for all PhD students working within the broad field of economics and management of innovation, entrepreneurship and organizations.

We invite papers aiming at enhancing our understanding of the dynamics of technological, structural and institutional change at the level of firms, industries, regions and nations. DRUID is the node for an open international network - new partners are most welcome. We encourage all PhD students to submit their research to the conference. Do not hesitate to apply even if you have not been in contact with DRUID previously.

The DRUID PhD Course

Participants will take a unique ‘deep dive’ into innovation research to enhance their existing curricula and give a deeper understanding of issues relevant to industry and academia.  Lectures will cover a range of topics pertaining to research and academic life such as the publishing process, research presentation, research methods, and the editorial process. All within the field of economics and management of innovation, technology and organizations.

The DRUID Academy Conference

The main emphasis is on PhD presentations. Each PhD student paper will be assigned to a “junior” (a fellow PhD student) and to a senior discussant (from DRUID or invited guests). There will also be a series of keynote speakers in the program. The format provides a unique opportunity for the matching and mentoring of senior researchers with PhD students during the entire event.

We expect to be able to accept 65-70 PhD student presentations. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting.

Plenary presentations

We are inviting significant international scholars within this broad field to present their research. At this moment, we have confirmed presentations from Mercedes Delgado (MIT and Copenhagen Business School), Ram Mudambi (Fox School of Business), Wolfgang Sofka (Copenhagen Business School), Amon Salter (University of Bath), Keld Lauersen (Copenhagen Business School) and Max von Zedtwitz (Kaunas University of Technology, University of Southern Denmark and GLORAD). Together with a large number of DRUID and invited discussants, they will comment and interact with participants.

The Bent Dalum PhD Award

DRUID has an award for the most promising research project presented at the DRUID Academy Conferences. The award is given in the memory of Bent Dalum (1946-2010), one of the main drivers of joint PhD education in Europe within the field of innovation studies. He was active from the very beginning of the ETIC and DIMETIC programs and was one of the founders of DRUID and the main organizer of the DRUID Winter Conferences (now DRUID Academy Conferences).


All doctoral students who wish to present a paper at the DRUID Academy 2020 Conference must submit a one-page abstract (no more, no less, no tables or graphs, and only few key references are allowed) before the deadline of November 12, 2019 (Twelve noon, your local time) through the conference website

All doctoral students who submit an abstract for the Academy Conference and also wish to attend the DRUID PhD Course must additionally submit a brief motivation statement (1000 characters max., spaces included) via email to The email subject line must include your name and your submitted abstract title. Motivation statements are also due on November 12, 2019 (Twelve noon, your local time).


The abstract should start with the title of your submission, followed by your name, affiliation, year of enrolment, expected final date, and e-mail address. This information is to come before the body of the abstract, which should be written in plain text (that is, without bullet-points or other special codes). All above information is to be copied into the abstract field/box at the submission site.

The abstract should focus on your own contribution, not on what the existing literature has said. A few lines reviewing the existing literature are helpful, but only to position your contribution in the context of that literature. The abstract should mirror the full paper and could include following points: 1) briefly describe the existing state-of-the-art; 2) explain the research gap that you are trying to fill and pose a research question; 3) give your main theoretical arguments; 4) spell out your method (and data, if an empirical paper); and 5) present your results. Submission of an abstract gives the organizers permission to disseminate it and the accompanying paper electronically or place it on the conference website. We reserve the right to reject abstracts, which do not comply with the above requirements.

DRUID uses available software to control for plagiarism and to take appropriate action in severe cases. Details are available under Terms and Conditions on the website.

DRUID PhD Course and Academy Conference fees:

Each DRUID PhD Course participant will be charged a fee of Euro 500. The fee and the DRUID Society covers the combined PhD Course and Academy Conference and all meals from Monday 13 January after breakfast until Friday 17 January, lunch included. 

Participants attending only the DRUID Academy conference will be charged a fee of Euro 300.  The fee and the DRUID Society covers cover all meals from morning coffee Thursday January 16 until Friday January 17, lunch included.

A list of hotels and directions to the Course and Academy Conference will be available on the website. 

Timetable (All deadlines are twelve noon, your local time)

Deadline for abstract submission: November 12, 2019

Decision of abstract acceptance: November 18, 2019

Deadline for registration and payment of conference fee: December 12, 2019

Deadline for submission of final paper: December 12, 2019

Program available: December 20, 2019

Conference Organizers

Kristina Vaarst Andersen (Chair), Mette Præst Knudsen, Christian R. Østergaard, Gitte Storgaard Klausen (Secretary) and Jeanette Hvarregaard (Secretary)