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Atlanta Conference 2019

Submissions are open here for the 8th Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy to be held October 14-16, 2019 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in conjuction with the 9th annual

Submit abstracts for presentations, posters and sessions here

The Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy provides a showcase for the highest quality scholarship from around the world addressing the challenges and characteristics of science and innovation policy and processes.

Where do science and innovation fit in global dynamics today?
Should policies stoke innovation fires as the engines of growth or direct them to solve environmental challenges?
Is technology-based industry creating and sharing prosperity?
How will it affect the future of work?

Questions like these will animate the debates in Atlanta this October.

Spanning two and a half days, the conference will include plenary sessions reflecting different facets of the science and innovation system, presentations of well-developed research, and an early career poster session.


We are now accepting submissions of abstracts for presentations, posters, and sessions for the 2019 Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy. Proposals submitted by the March 15 deadline will receive notification of their submission status by late April 2019.  Submissions are through EasyChair here.

Individual Presentation Submissions

The Atlanta conference works with well developed, substantial abstracts only.  At no stage do we require full papers.  Abstracts are limited to 1,200 words.  Our experience suggests that reviewers respond well to well-developed abstracts with a classic structure signposted with section headings: background and rationale, methods, results or anticipated results, significance – for example.  Submissions are limited to text only (no figures or tables). Formal references are not required and do not tend to enhance the quality of abstracts.

We will create an e-book of abstracts and make it available at the conference and on the conference website going forward.  Presenters will have the opportunity to improve their abstracts over the summer as their research develops.  The deadline for the final version of the abstract to be submitted will be early in the fall.

Poster Submissions

We invite proposals for posters from students and post-doctoral fellows. Poster proposals are also 1200 word abstracts, following the above directions.  Proposed work should be empirical in nature and reflect work in which the early career researcher has led the research, and/or played a significant role in the research. The poster session will be designed to be interactive and lively.  Judging will be done during the session with a prize awarded during the meeting.

Session Panel Proposal

Sessions comprise a set of four related presentations.  A panel proposal includes the session title and a short abstract of about 500 words describing the session plus a list of the associated presenters and their titles.  In addition, each presenter must submit an abstract for their own presentation that begins by listing the session title (please list this above the presentation title). Session chairs should be sure to communicate the precise wording of the proposed session name to all session authors in advance of submission in order to facilitate the review and conference organization process.

Submission for Panel Presentations

Authors of presentations associated with panel sessions should complete the details below, and also begin their abstract with the name of the session organizer and the name of the panel session.


Submissions should address issues relevant to the science and innovation system.  You will be asked to indicate which of the following topic area(s) your abstract addresses:

  • Energy/environment
  • Evaluation and metrics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation in the Global South
  • Patenting/intellectual property
  • Privacy
  • Regional innovation​
  • Responsible/inclusive innovation
  • Scientific workforce/ diversity
  • Security
  • Societal interactions and impact
  • STI funding and budgets
  • Team science/ social capital
  • Translational research

Please read the directions below to navigate the EasyChair submission process.
How to submit your proposal with EasyChair

  1. Click here to access the EasyChair system. Please create an EasyChair account by clicking “create an account” under the log in button. (If you already have an EasyChair account, simply log in using your existing user name and password and skip to step 4)
  2. Follow the steps to create your account. On the last step, “Account Application Received,” it will send you a confirmation email. Please go to that email to click the link to finish creating your account.

Note: If you do not receive an email please review the “Account Application Received” page for possible reasons.

  1. After you have finished creating your account it will ask you to log in. Please click that link to take you back to the main log in page. Use your account information to log in.
  2. Once you are logged in, please click the upper left tab “New Submission.” Complete the form on that page to submit your material.

Note: You can choose to submit a presentation abstract, an early career poster abstract, or a session proposal or session presentation on this page.

  1. Click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page after you have verified your material.

Note: You can edit your submission up to the deadline date, March 1, 2019, on your “Submission” tab in the upper left menu bar. You can also submit additional proposals by going back to the “New Submission” tab. If you submit more than one proposal, your tab will show “My Submissions” and will list each submission when you hover over it. If you want to change any information about your submissions, including withdrawing submissions, use the links in the upper right corner of the submission page.

If you have questions, please email the program chair at


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