The conference, titled “Social Innovation – Research and Policy of the Future: towards a comprehensive innovation policy” on 24th and 25th October in Brussels, is going to be one of the key events on social innovation in the year 2017.

It is planned to explore the future of social innovation research and policy by bringing together leading social innovators, academics and politicians to discuss:

  • the state-of-the-art of conceptualising and doing social innovation on a global scale;
  • methods and good practices to create desirable social change;
  • resources, means and levers making social innovation processes effective; and
  • an international comparison of social innovation practices, policies and research.

Presentations by leading experts in the field will provide insight into the various aspects of this ubiquitous phenomenon. On the one hand, the contributions will build on empirical results generated by the international research project SI-DRIVE ( The 25 international partners of SI-DRIVE have mapped over 1.000 cases of social innovation all over the world and selected over 80 cases for an in-depth case study analysis. On the other hand, these insights will be complemented by insights of the Social Innovation Community (SIC) project and international experts’ contributions.

The conference is hosted by one project under the EU 7th Framework Programme, SI-DRIVE – Social Innovation – Driving Force of Social Change, one project under the Horizon 2020 Programme, SIC – Social Innovation Community, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and NET4SOCIETY, a network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020.

For the programme please click here. For information on the location and on hotels please click here.

From 08.05.2017 a registration form will be available on the SI-DRIVE webpage.

For further information please contact as communication node of the local organisers:

Berenike Ecker, or
Luise Kuschmierz,

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