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Call for Submissions

ISPIM Connects Porto Alegre, “Social Innovation and Impact in the Global South”, is a three-day conference that brings together over 200 innovation management professionals from over 30 countries.

Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, the most innovative state in Brazil, has shown a significant commitment to social innovation and making a positive impact on its citizens. With a culture of entrepreneurship and quality education, Rio Grande do Sul is at the forefront of innovative initiatives in the agriculture, healthcare, and sustainability sectors. Porto Alegre plays a crucial role in this dynamic landscape by hosting technology companies, renowned higher education institutions, and the best science parks in Brazil as well as by fostering collaboration between the public and private sectors.


In addition to being the birthplace of the "Participatory Budget," one of the most important milestones in the city's and Brazil's political and social history, Porto Alegre pioneered movements to create a world-class innovation ecosystem and initiatives such as PACTO ALEGRE.


The city aspires to become the start-up hub of Latin America. This innovative approach and commitment to sustainable development make Porto Alegre and Rio Grande do Sul significant points of reference  on the Brazilian innovation map.

ISPIM, together with local host, Unisinos, encourages examples and insights into successful innovation practice, challenges or research from all regions of the world. If you are in doubt, please discuss your idea with an email to


  • Collaborative Strategies for Global Challenges 

  • Environmental, social and corporate governance and Responsible Innovation

  • Impact of Technology on Social Innovation

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Sustainable Ecosystems

You are invited to share insights on these focus themes or on other key societal challenges.


  • AI and Innovation (including Big Data)

  • Business Models

  • Circular Innovation (SIG)

  • Creativity in Innovation

  • Design and Design Thinking for Innovation

  • Digital Disruption & Transformation & Platforms (SIG)

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Start-Ups & SMEs

  • Futures & Foresight

  • Health, Healthcare & Innovation Management (SIG)

  • Innovation Leadership & Organisational Culture (SIG)

  • Innovation Management Systems, Standards & Certification (SIG)

  • Innovation Policies & Public Instruments

  • Innovation Training, Teaching & Coaching (SIG)

  • Knowledge & Technology Transfer for Innovation

  • Living Labs (SIG)

  • Methods & Skills for Innovation Management Research

  • Open Innovation

  • Platforms, Ecosystems and Supply Chains

  • Responsible Innovation (SIG)

  • Values-based & Sustainability-Oriented Innovation Management (SIG)


SIG = ISPIM Special Interest Group


Submission Deadlines

  • 9 February 2024: Abstracts Only (All Submissions)* - Although the Call is now closed, we are happy to consider late submissions. Please enquire at if the submissions site is closed. 

  • 23 February 2024: Acceptance Notification*

  • 8 March 2024: Final Submissions (including papers & photos) PLUS registration and receipt of payment

  • 1 April 2024: Presentation Slides


* Abstracts will be evaluated on a weekly rolling basis from 1 January, with the final batch being evaluated per the above deadline. Early submission and acceptance notification is possible for all authors with external funding application deadlines. Contact


Accepted submissions will be scheduled for presentation in the conference programme in thematic sessions. Papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN and included online in EBSCOhost and ProQuest. Authors may withhold their papers from the proceedings on request.


Selected leading papers will be entered, where suitable, for consideration by associated journals: International Journal of Innovation Management; Futures & Foresight Science; Journal of Innovation Management; R&D Management; Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Technovation; International Journal of Innovation Science; Triple Helix



The Dick Marsh Award

for the paper that best demonstrates innovation management impact

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