Call for proposal

2014 SUMMER SCHOOL 6-12th July, 2014

Nice, France

Knowledge Dynamics, Industry Evolution, Economic Development

KID 2014 CNRS thematic school (n° 1320152, InSHS)


The 3rd Summer School on “Knowledge Dynamics, Industrial Evolution, Economic Development” (KID 2014) will be held 6-12 of July, 2014, Maison du Séminaire, 29 Bd Franck Pilatte, Nice (France).

KID 2014 is a CNRS thematic school (n° 1320152, InSHS, organized by GREDEG (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, and CNRS). It is also an action of EurKInD, a unique research network focusing on how knowledge, innovation, and development should be articulated for a better society in Europe. It brings together reputable scientists in economics and social sciences, but also in mathematics, physics, computer sciences, environment and life sciences, belonging to European as well as non-European academic institutions (

Like in previous editions, KID 2014 takes place in the beginning of July, in one of the most beautiful locations of the French Riviera (

Aims and scope: There is now a large consensus among economists and social sciences that knowledge is a crucial input to industry dynamics, which in turn is a key component to economic development. What is less evident among our communities is what type of knowledge is the most central in innovation processes shaping industry evolution, in view of generating advanced and sustainable development. If one wants to be realistic in that matter, it is necessary to consider that there is no unique definition of knowledge, innovation, and development, and consequently that the possible connections between these notions are far from being unique. The sources at the origins of change, i.e. individuals, firms, industries, regions, countries, are themselves intrinsically diverse, while their joint contribution obviously shapes the drivers of knowledge, the processes of innovation, and the attractors in terms of economic development.

KID 2014 is aiming at presenting the latest results in the field. The Summer School will focus especially on the way the properties of knowledge are likely to have an impact on industry evolution and economic performance; it will be centered on how the emergence of shakeout / non shakeout industry evolution possibly contributes to economic growth and sustainability. The Summer School is also dedicated to derive proposals for economic policy. Latest methodologies and protocols of research will be presented, including statistical analysis of the dynamics of firms’ characteristics and firms’ localisation, social networks analysis, dynamics of replication, simulations on modular systems, patent analysis, etc. The Summer School will underline that these methodologies and protocols of research are the outcome of close relationships between economics and other social sciences, but also with mathematics, physics, computer sciences, environment and life sciences.

KID 2014 will be centered on the most prominent analyses in the field of knowledge dynamics, industrial evolution and economic development: emergence and persistence of innovation, entrepreneurship, growth of firms, corporate governance and performance, agglomeration/dispersion of industrial activities, skills dynamics, economics of science and innovation, environment as a driver of innovation.


Invited speakers:

David Audretsch (Indiana University, USA)

Alex Coad (Spru Brighton, UK)

Michael Fritsch (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany)

Aldo Geuna (University of Torino, Italy)

Albert Jolink (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Jackie Krafft (Cnrs, Valbonne, France)

Francesco Lissoni (U. Bordeaux 4, France)

Massimiliano Mazzanti (University of Ferrara, Italy)

Mary O’Sullivan (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Francesco Quatraro (U. Nice Sophia Antipolis, France)

Reinhilde Veugelers (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Murat Yildizoglu (U. Bordeaux 4, France)


Audience and content:

PhD students, young or confirmed researchers attending the summer school will benefit of:

- lectures by international scholars of renowned authority in economics, business, political science, economic geography, environmental economics, computer sciences, life sciences, etc.

- lectures on the latest methodologies and protocols of research.

- presentations of their own work discussed by experts.

- recommendations on how to get published.


Submission: PhD students, young or confirmed researchers willing to attend the summer school can apply by posting an application in one single document including i) a research proposal (5 pages), ii) a letter of motivation for attending the summerschool, iii) if any, a paper you are willing to present during the students' presentation sessions, and iv) a notification whether the paper can be included in the summerschool prize competition.

Submit your application at


Summerschool prize competition: The KID 2014 prize will award the best paper presented during the students' presentations sessions.


Scientific Committee:

Cristiano Antonelli (University of Turin, Italy), Alexander Coad (SPRU Brighton, UK), Alessandra Colombelli (GREDEG, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and CNRS; Politecnico di Torino, Italy), Davide Consoli (Manchester Institute of innovation Research, UK ; INGENIO-CSIC, University of Valencia, Spain), Alexander Ebner (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany), Werner Hoelzl (WIFO, University of Vienna, Austria), Jackie Krafft (GREDEG, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and CNRS), Massimiliano Mazzanti (University of Ferrara, Italy), Francesco Quatraro (GREDEG, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and CNRS), Jacques Ravix (GREDEG, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and CNRS), Andreas Reinstaller (WIFO, University of Vienna, Austria), Paolo Saviotti (INRA GAEL, University Pierre Mendes France, France).

Proposals will be selected by the scientific committee of the 2014 Summer School. The scientific committee will also select the best KID 2014 paper presented during the students’ presentations sessions.


Local organizer: GREDEG (UMR 7321), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)


Organization leads:

Jackie Krafft (GREDEG, UNS and CNRS, France)

Francesco Quatraro (GREDEG, UNS and CNRS, France)


Information contact:


Venue: La Maison du Séminaire, 29 Boulevard Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice, France.


Important information:

Deadline for application: 15th of April 2014

Notification of acceptance: 30th of April 2014

Deadline for registration and accommodation payment: 31st of May 2014


Summer School Fees:

The Summer School fees (500 euros) include registration to the summer school (access to the summer school lectures and presentations, breaks, lunches, summer school dinners), and hotel accommodation at Maison du Séminaire (twin rooms accommodation, i.e., 2 students/participants per room, with breakfast included, 6 nights, arrival Sunday July 6, departure Saturday July 12).

Fees can be paid only by credit card and online.

As for all CNRS thematic schools, there are no fees for CNRS personnel (PhDs, Post-docs, researchers, engineers, technicians and staff paid by CNRS). Please notify this in your application and contact us for information at


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