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Call for Papers

In line with the aforementioned aims of the conference, we invite contributions and highly welcome critical, trans- and interdisciplinary abstracts in the topic areas outlined below.

Papers are accepted from researchers, both from the EU and the WBC. Particularly welcome are contributions by young researchers, and WB diaspora scientists so as to foster cooperation and exchange of ideas and experiences.

Please see below for Presentation Formats & Submission Guidelines!


Parallel sessions 1+2+3                                 

Thematic Workshops for Enhanced Research and Innovation Cooperation

  • Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies

The parallel sessions of the first day aim twofold – first, to discuss some of the results gained within Energy, ICT and Social Sciences and Humanities research in the region; second, to discuss the question how the participation of WBC in H2020 can be effectively supported in these specific research areas. In other words – present the excellence of your research within one of the topics offered in parallel sessions and showcase the potential of your research for future joint research projects.

Additionally, the brokerage event which is organised just after the parallel sessions offers the possibility to meet potential collaboration partners in individually planned B2B meetings and share new project ideas or present own innovation products/services or to discuss more in detail the participation in one of the upcoming Horizon 2020 Calls.

Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies

Bearing in mind the socio-economic challenges in the region, this session will discuss the strenghts and weaknesses of the SSH research in WBC as well as the european trends and the position of the WBC. In particular, the papers are invited which reflect transnational and regional scientific collaboration on current discourses in SSH. In the light of Horizon 2020, papers are invited which reflect one of the below mentioned topics:

  • research on Europeanisation
  • Societal and political engagement of young people
  • research on young people (youth mobility, learning, values of youth, etc.) 
  • social innovation
  • inclusion
  • economic, social and individual perspectives on Europe  
  • international cooperation
  • ICT and social sciences

Information and Communication Technologies

To exploit the collaboration potential in the region, this ICT session examines past experiences, explores alternative approaches to select thematic priorities, and evaluates new possibilities for joint RTDI agenda setting. Papers are invited to reflect either on the strengths and weaknesses of past transnational RDI collaborations or, with respect to Horizon 2020, reflect on one of the following topics:

  • Content technologies and information management
  • Future internet – infrastructures, technologies, and services
  • ICT for inclusive, innovative, and reflective societies
  • Future and Emerging Technologies
  • eInfrastructures
  • ICT and social sciences

Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy

Having in mind the relevance for regional collaboration in energy saving research and technologies for example, which become crucial to the challenges imposed by climate change, but also the complexity of the energy research area, this session seeks to discuss the interdisciplinary cooperation and communication in energy research in the region and with the region. In view of the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls, you might have done so far some research on:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy storage
  • Competitive Low Carbon Energy
  • Smart Cities and Communities
  • ….

Parallel sessions 4+5+6

Human resources and brain drain

As very well known, many young people and academics have left the region (not only during the 1990s) to study, teach and conduct research abroad, which led to the widespread phenomenon of brain drain. During the time, several "brain gain" and "brain circulation" initiatives have been started. On the other side, the enrollment rates in higher education have increased significantly in recent years, which sounds very promising for the future generations of yourng researchers. However, the poor economic situation, the still underdeveloped physical infrastructure at the universities as well as the complicated political structure are among the reasons why the graduates are still ready to leave their countries to study, teach or conduct research abroad. Despite of the number of top researchers in the Western Balkans, the great number of researchers lack incentives and motivation to engage in quality research. Interuniversity mobility and research mobility in general is difficult. Due to economic situation, public institutions involved in international or national projects are often lacking additional project management or administrative staff.

RTDI Infrastructures

Within this session invited RI stakeholders from WBC and EU will discuss the socio-economic, scientific and technological benefits of research infrastructures at their national level and will present its importance on the international level. EC representatives, RI operators and industry, scientific communities from all scientific domains, representatives of international organisation are expected to attend, in order to provide their own experience and contribute to a constructive dialogue on current status and expectations related to the benefits of research infrastructures at national and international level. Session will provide an overview on the good practice examples from WBC and EU and to identify what are possibilities and opportunities for WBC to collaborate more closely with the ESFRI roadmap.

Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Based on the comprehensive analysis of regional and national backgrounds, some of the perceived problems as regarding the Knowledge and Technology Transfer in WB region might be summarized as follows: 1) Traditional organization of WBC universities has created a fragmentation of resources, with the absence of agreed priorities and focus; 2) There is no strategic innovation platform to provide the capitalizing of knowledge and research potential, or its coordination and mobilization to facilitate the development of an innovative region; 3) The linkages with enterprises are sporadic and individual, since there is no effective university office or other mechanism which provides single-point of access to university services; 4) There is no efficient web-based collaboration tool to facilitate the promotion of university resources and new ideas  of students, or for matching them with financial facilitators. It seems clear that the main challenge for the countries in the WB region is to promote a reinforced dialogue between universities, facilitators of innovation and enterprises, and to foster the contribution of the universities to the development of a knowledge-based economy.

Presentation Formats & Submission Guidelines

Presentations will be 15 minutes in length, with an additional 5 minutes allocated for questions and discussion. The abstracts should be written in English, the official language of the event.

Abstracts should include the title of the paper, full contact information of the author(s), including name, address, e-mail and institutional affiliation and an abstract not to exceed 330 words. All proposals should be sent to the program committee (office@wbc-inco.net) by February 20, 2014.

To facilitate the selection, abstracts must be submitted in a structured format (word, pdf) comprising four sections:

  • Objectives (50-word limit);            
  • Approach (100-word limit);           
  • Results (130-word limit);
  • Conclusion (50-word limit).

Travel and accomodation costs will be coverd for selected presentations.

  • All presenters accepted through the abstract submission process and/or presenting at the conference must register to attend the conference. 
  • Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference program which will be distributed to the conference delegates and will be made available electronically on the conference website. 
  • All presentations will be in English.
  • Avoid specialized jargon and undefined abbreviations. Do not include tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes, references, or acknowledgements in the text of the abstract.
  • More details regarding registration as an abstract presenter will be provided upon acceptance of the abstracts for the conference.

Evaluation Criteria

The Planning Committee will guide a review of abstracts using the following criteria:

  • The content of the abstract provides new insight and/or knowledge;
  •  The abstract is clear and well organized;
  • The proposed presentation is innovative and/or original;
  • The proposed presentation will be of significant interest to conference delegates.