The I3U project will be presented at an upcoming conference on the Innovation Union in Europe: Accomplishments and challenges, which will be held in Warsaw on September 10, 2018.

Innovation is regarded as a core element of the Europe 2020 strategy as it can help Europe face different economic and societal challenges, such as the demographic changes, health and ageing of European society, global competition, climate change, and resource scarcity. The Innovation Union is one of the flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy. The main objective of the Innovation Union is to strengthen Europe’s innovative potential. It has been translated into 34 specific innovation policy commitments aimed at boosting innovation in Europe through the development of education and skills, financial incentives, knowledge transfer, cooperation in science, and other efforts.  Eight years after the implementation of the Innovation Union initiative in Europe, where is Europe with regard to innovation performance and what is its impact in terms of competitiveness, growth and employment? The main objective of this conference is to evaluate direct and indirect effects of the EU policy instruments that promote the Innovation Union in Europe and, specifically, a stronger European dimension of the R&D base.

The conference will present the research results of I3U – Investigating the Impact of the Innovation Union.


  • To compare changes in innovation performance of the EU member states over the last decade;
  • To assess implementation of the Innovation Union initiative in the EU;
  • To discuss evolution of innovation policy in Europe;
  • To analyze the direct and dynamic effects of the EU policy measures on innovation, competitiveness, growth and jobs;
  • To disseminate good practice in policy making


The deadline for abstract submissions is June 30, 2018 and notifications regarding acceptance will be sent to the authors by July 10, 2018.

Participants presenting a paper during the conference are asked to submit their full papers by July 31, 2018.

Registration deadline: September 3, 2018

More information can be found at the conference website:

A call for papers will be released soon.

The Innovation Union has the main objective to strengthen the European innovative potential, and sets 13 general objectives and 34 specific (policy) commitments associated to the objectives, and aimed at stimulating innovation. The objective of I3U – Investigating the Impact of the Innovation Union is to deliver a system of assessment for the commitments. The approach starts from the evaluation of the state of achievement of the individual commitments, but puts crucial emphasis on their effects in the innovation system as a whole, as well as on the economy-wide effects of innovation. The basic idea is to retrace the entire chain of effects of the commitments, from their implementation to their final impact in terms of competitiveness, growth or employment.

*This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant number 645884.