YERR 2018


The Young Engaged Researcher: Ideas, Experiences, Reflections





The Young Engaged Researcher: Ideas, Experiences, Reflections

YERR 2018



Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia, 17-19 September 2018 



The notion of responsibility is central to the articulation of Responsible Research and Innovation and its implementation in practice (Timmermans, 2017; Flink & Kaldewey, 2017; Burget at al., 2017; Bardone et al. 2017). While it can be viewed as a synonym for accountability or liability, responsibility can also be interpreted in connection with the human capacity to think and subsequently take action for doing good in situations of uncertainty. When applied to research, this translates into the idea that responsibility can be seen as a specific type of engagement with one’s research, in which the researcher exercises discretion in and applies judgment (phronesis) to situations that may not have straight-forward answers (Bardone and Lind, 2016; Mejlgaard et al. 2018).

The development and nurturement of such a type of engagement is of fundamental importance when it comes to the formation of the next generation of researchers, namely, doctoral students. In connection to RRI this can be interpreted as the adoption of a more person-centred approach (Felt, 2017), which prioritizes descriptions and analyses of the more chaotic, multifaceted and contingent lives of the young researchers. More specifically, this means to take a more existential approach (Jackson, 2005) as to how young researchers practice and articulate their own engagements with the academic institution, their work, their peers, their supervisors as well as the different societal actors that they may have to deal with.

Having that in mind, the main idea behind this conference is to set up a truly inclusive space where researchers, supervisors as well as doctoral students can share pedagogical frameworks, insights, empirical investigations, case studies, experiences and methodological reflections concerning how to become engaged researchers and what that actually means in practice. The contributions for the conference can be in the form of traditional presentations or other more engaging forms such as provocations or panel discussions.


Specific themes of interest to YEER 2018 include but are not limited to:


  • Doctoral students and their professional development;

  • Doctoral students and their engagement with social actors and stakeholders;

  • Doctoral students’ ethical dilemmas and their sense of responsibility;

  • Doctoral students and their lived experience;

  • Doctoral students and the XXI century academia: opportunities and pitfalls;

  • Doctoral students and the engagement with their peers;

  • Pedagogical frameworks for doctoral students’ professional development;

  • Doctoral supervision: promise and perils.



Paper Submission


Submissions must be in an electronic form as PDF format and should be uploaded using the Easychair system.

The submitted paper should be at most 10 single-space printed pages. Please use the following templates to generate your PDF: MS Word.

Papers that fail to comply with length limit will be rejected. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 peer reviewers. After the preliminary notification date, authors rebut by evidence and arguments all reviewer inquiries and their comments. Based on the rebuttal feedback, reviewers notify authors with the final decision. Selection criteria will include: relevance, significance, impact, originality, technical soundness, and quality of presentation. Preference will be given to submissions that take strong or challenging positions on important emergent topics related to Responsible Research and Innovation. At least one author should attend the conference to present the paper.

The conference proceedings will be submitted to Springer to be considered in “SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance” series ( as in the edition of the RRI-SIS2017.


Paper submission is available online via: EasyChair

The paper submission site can be found at the page



Planned format of the conference


Duration of the conference: one day

Planned number of accepted papers: 10-12



Special issues and Journal Publication


Extended versions of selected papers will be published in several peer reviewed international journals. The list of journals will be announced later.



Important Dates:



  •   July 10, 2018: Deadline for abstract submission

  •        July 20, 2018: Deadline for paper submission

  •        August 10, 2018: Notification of acceptance

  •        August 31, 2018: Submission deadline for the final version of the papers 

  •        September 2, 2018: deadline for conference registration

  •        September 17-19, 2018: YERR Conference




Science Centre AHHAA, Sadama 1, 51004, Tartu, Estonia

Suggestions for travel and accomodation



Conference Chairs


Emanuele Bardone (University of Tartu)

Marianne Lind (Tallinn University)



Program Chairs


Nina Zugic, UK



Program Committee (TBD)


Heidrun Allert (University of Kiel, Germany)

Emanuele Bardone (University of Tartu, Estonia)

Nevena Budjevac (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Niels Mejlgaard (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Margus Pedaste (University of Tartu, Estonia)

Bregje de Vries (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


You can register yourself at:

Conference registration fee

The regular registration fee is of 180,00 Euros.

The students registration fee is of 100,00 Euros.

The registration fee includes the volume of the proceedings of the Evidence based policy making and RRI Conference, the coffee breaks and lunch during the three days of the multiconference and gives access to all the joint conferences organised in the framework of the M-RRI-SIS 2018 (