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


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


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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


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


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 the paper submission checklist and copyright form.

Important information



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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