The core programme for the R&D Management Conference is structured around a series of online track sessions. Tracks may be academically focused, practice relevant, or a mix of both. Tracks are inspired by this year's theme "Innovation in an Era of Disruption" and may include parallel tracks, workshops, meet the editor sessions, and poster sessions. Our full list of  tracks can be seen below. 

We also look forward to Keynote Speakers including Nasa's Steve Rader, Professor Ellen Enkel, Dr Riccardo Fini, Professor Tim Minshall and Industry contributors. 

This year's conference will be the first time that the R&D community will get the opportunity to all see each other again and meet as a community and we want to ensure this is a warm, friendly and creative experience. The full programme and virtual social events will be confirmed soon. 

Corporate and Start-up Collaborations

Established players (corporates) across most industries face a similar challenge; they need to find their digital strategy. This starts with engaging in a digital transformation journey to learn how to generate digital innovations. The collaboration with start-ups exploring applications/solutions based on digital technologies offers a potential short-cut in this journey.

While the knowledge or other assets related to digital technologies could be easy to acquire, the processes behind digital innovation are quite different in nature. See for example, how it is now difficult to set up a new cryptocurrency (based on blockchain), or to start producing your own sensors (IoT) to capture and analyse the data from your clients (cloud); but it is much difficult to find how to offer an app that makes equipment installers prefer to work with your products.

However, we know little on how to organize such collaborations, what are the consequences for corporates and start-ups, and how they differ depending on the types of digital innovations they co-develop.

The track co-chairs are in the process of preparing a special issue on the topic at the journal Industry & Innovation, in collaboration with the journal editors. The papers submitted to the track will be encouraged to consider the SI at Industry & Innovation as a potential outlet for their full paper.


  • Ferran Giones 
  • Raj Shankar  
  • Cristobal Garcia Herrera  
  • Andreas Berger  

Special Issues

We are delighted to be promoting a number of Special Issues with key journals. These include:

  • Industry and Innovation
  • R&D Management Journal
  • Supply Chain Management: an International Journal
  • World Patent Information


Full details here

Registration Fees

Full Fee: £150

PhD Student: £50

Conference Deadlines

Registration opens 30th April

The Wiley Book Club - Coming Soon!

R&D Management Conference introduces, for the first time, The Wiley Book Club! We are thrilled to be working with Wiley Business to offer a really exciting opportunity to meet book authors and discuss current R&D topics.

More information to follow.

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