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Welcome to the
Global Perspectives on Innovations (GAPS) Conference 25-26 November 2015
-an international conference to mark the UAEís year of innovation 2015

ďToday, more than any other time, we need to boost innovation among young people, build nurturing environments in our society, and encourage our schools and universities to equip our youth with skills in research and discovery methodologies.Ē

Ref: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announcing 2015 as the UAE Year of Innovation

GAPS 2015 is an interdisciplinary international conference that invites academics and independent scholars and researchers from the public and private sectors around the world to meet and exchange the latest ideas and discuss issues, policies and perspectives concerning innovation and society.

Thanks to the support and sponsorship of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation, at the Prime Ministerís Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs Dubai, United Arab Emirates, we invite you and your colleagues to mark the UAEís year of innovation 2015 and make your plans to join us in Dubai. For more information: http://mbrsg.ae/gaps

General Information for Participants




Call for Papers:
The conference will bring together thought leaders, academics, policy leaders, leading executives and social innovators from the public and private sectors to discuss issues, policies and perspectives concerning innovation and society, as well as mainstream innovation management themes. The conference will mark the UAEís year of innovation 2015, and provide the basis for a virtuous circle of permanent social and economic growth.

The 2015 UAE Innovation Strategy, through a focus on seven sectors: renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space, is intended as a key driver for the creation of more sustainable economy and society within the Emirates. Yet globally, the rise of the digital economy and fast changing societal priorities has created a multitude of new opportunities and options for both governments, firms and organizations to develop new approaches, services and products to improve both the individualís and societyís quality of life.

The actions associated with these approaches of course need to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Effective innovation management and delivery can bring about a vibrant, inclusive society with a sustainable economy that is reinforced by structural intellectual capital leading to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Submissions from academic, research, public and private sector organizations, industry, intermediary and policy organizations are invited and should focus on the following:

Academia Themes

∑        Innovation for Sustainable Societies
∑        Collaboration for Innovation
∑        Creativity in Innovation
∑        Early-stage Innovation
∑        Green, Public & Social Innovation
∑        Innovation Training, Teaching & Coaching
∑        Methods & Measurement of Innovation
∑        Open Innovation
∑        Service Innovation
∑        Strategic Foresight, Strategic Agility & Future Orientation
∑        Transferring Knowledge for Innovation
∑        UAE Innovation Sector Strategy

Government/Public Sector Themes
∑        Public Sector innovation- Comparison between countries
∑        Policy innovation- National or local
∑        Innovation delivery approach in the public sector
∑        Citizens centric innovations
∑        Measurement of innovation in the public sector
∑        Innovation skills, competencies, capabilities
∑        Innovation implementation toolkits
∑        Criteria, methods of running innovation labs


Submission details
Abstracts:

All submission types require an abstract in the first instance. Abstracts should be a minimum of 300 and no more than 500 words including up to five key-words and key-phrases to be received by 31st August 2015

Submission:

Abstracts must include the proposed title for the paper, the full names (first name and surname, not initials); postal addresses and email addresses of all authors and a telephone number for at least one contact author. Please indicate clearly if the contact author is not the lead author and select the appropriate submission track.

Full paper:

Only required for academic submissions to main conference streams once the abstract has been selected and not to be more than 5,000 words including abstract, keywords and references (the Harvard referencing rules need to be followed). Submission date will be no later than November 1st 2015. Papers should be submitted as .doc or .rtf file attachments by email to the Conference Chair, Professor Rhys Rowland-Jones ([log in to unmask])with<mailto:[log in to unmask])with> the paper submission checklist and copyright form.


Important information

  *   The selection panel of the conference committee will consider all abstracts received by the submission deadline to ensure that the proposed paper is relevant to the Conference.
  *   The authors of abstracts that describe a relevant paper will receive a notification of abstract selection.
  *   All full papers will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of their abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced.
  *   For authors whose first language is not English we request that you have your work proof read prior to submission by a native English speaker (or at least a fluent English speaker). Papers can be rejected due to a poor standard of English.
  *   Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings providing at least one author registers and presents the work at the Conference.
  *   Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee prefers that an author presents only one paper. However, if multiple papers are accepted for publication and presentation, each paper requires a separate registration fee.
Regards,

Immanuel Azaad Moonesar R.D, PhDc

Principal Researcher »«Õň —∆Ū”Ū
Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
(formerly Dubai School of Government)

Level 13, Convention Tower
P.O. Box 72229, Dubai, UAE
Phone: +9714-3175533
Fax: +9714-3293291

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