Technology and Economic Development

5th International Conference

on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policies for Development

April 16-17, 2020 Ankara

Hosted by: METU-TEKPOL, Science and Technology Policies Research Center, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, TURKEY.

Venue: METU, Ankara.

Background and conference topic: Over the last decades, economic analysis of innovation, technology and knowledge has become a fruitful area of research and of utmost importance for people in charge of conceiving and implementing innovation and technology policies aimed at fostering the process of economic development. Moreover, those areas of interest appear to be distinct areas of enquiries in an interdisciplinary context. The relations among different disciplines are unearthed in the framework of their impacts on the dynamics of development and technological change.

The principal objective of this conference is to bring together researchers, specialists and experts from academia, government, national and international organizations. Besides, it aims to bring researchers and policy makers from both Global South and North in order to discuss the following research questions:

  • What role do economic agents play in the determination of technology and innovation policies and how do they act in shaping the policy mix?
  • What are the implications of policy experiences as far as different approaches to innovation, technology, and knowledge in favor of government support for R&D are concerned?
  • What are the implications of science, technology and innovation policies for development?

The conference will be organized under four thematic areas focused on development issues without parallel sessions:

  • Health: bio-informatics, medical informatics, security ethics and privacy, etc.
  • Education: STEM education, VR in education, virtual education platforms, etc.
  • Energy: Renewables, innovation systems in energy, energy security, etc.
  • Industry: digital transformation in industry, new age industrial policy, supply and value chains, GVCs, etc.

with the issues to be discussed on:

  • Links between innovation, R&D and economic performance
  • Innovation and technology diffusion
  • Knowledge management and learning in organizations
  • Systemic nature of innovation (national, sectoral and local)
  • Science, technology and innovation policies
  • Issues concerning developing countries and technological change
  • Economic impact of new technologies

To address all these issues, this conference is constructed upon a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. Going beyond this conference, we aim to bring together scholars of science and technology studies as well as policy makers.

The conference is also planned to have a public lecture and sessions with keynote speakers. Further information on the organization of the conference will be updated on the conference website which will be announced later.

If interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel/workshop in the 2020 Conference, please send a title and an abstract of 300-words at most to:

Prof.Dr. Erkan Erdil
Science and Technology Policy Studies Research Center
Phone: +90 312 2103082

with a subject statement of TED2020. The submission of full papers is optional and we plan to edit a special issue in an indexed journal following the conference.

Please remember to submit:

Please remember that the deadline for abstract submission is February 9, 2020.

Important Deadlines and Dates

February 9, 2020

Deadline for receipt of abstracts

February 24, 2020

Decisions on acceptance/rejection of abstracts by Conveners

March 16, 2020

Deadline for Registrations (otherwise paper will be withdrawn from the conference programme)

April 6, 2020

Final date for submission of full papers (Optional)

April 16-17, 2020

5th TED International Conference


Registration Fee and Payment:*




Early Bird Registration

Before March 16, 2019

50 Euro

100 Euro

Late registration

After March 16, 2019

100 Euro

150 Euro

* Participants from the developing countries have 50% discount for registration fee. See