Call for participation in the DIGITRANSCOPE Spring Institute on Governance of Digitally Transformed Society, Fiesole 11-15 May 2020 – DEADLINE 1st February 2020

DigiTranScope Spring Institute:

Governance of Digitally Transformed Societies

Fiesole (Florence), Italy

11-15 May 2020


Call for Abstracts

DigiTranScope is a research project of the JRC (Joint Research Centre), Centre for Advanced Studies, at the European Commission, focusing on the governance of digitally transformed human societies. The project aims to provide a deeper understanding of key aspects of digital transformation to help policy-makers address the challenges facing European society over the next decades.


Core Topics of the Spring Institute:

  • Data Governance: This is a key battleground to find a European way to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Transformation. We need to find new ways of sharing data between the public sector, commercial sector, and civil society so that the value created out of data analytics and new algorithms is redistributed more equitably across all stakeholders to the benefit of European society.
  • New Forms of Policy Design, Policy Learning: This is a topic exploring how we can develop new forms of more participative policy design, monitoring, feedback/assessment, learning loops that exploit the characteristics of digital transformation including, smart cities, gaming, digital twins, and personalisation.
  • Digital Empowerment and Social Inequalities: How can we develop/design/foster a new path exploiting the benefits of digital transformation so that it is aimed at reducing existing social, economic, and spatial inequalities rather than exacerbating them? What is the role of local data ecosystems and co-operatives, and in general more geographically diversified policy measures, in tapping into the intrinsic characteristics of European regions and cities?


If you are interested in participating in the DigiTranScope Spring Institute, please send (i) an abstract (up to 500-word) of your research relevant to the topics highlighted above, together with (ii) a short BIO/CV (up to 300-words), and (iii) a motivation letter (up to 300-words) to


Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2020

Acceptance/rejection notification: 1 March 2020

Scientific Committee:

Dr Max Craglia, Dr Marina Micheli, Dr Igor Calzada, Jiri Hradec, Dr Gianluca Misuraca

[European Commission DG Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy]

Prof Henk Scholten [Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands]

Dr Cristina Capineri [University of Siena, Italy (local organiser)]

Format: The Spring Institute is about critical thinking and mutual learning in a multi-disciplinary environment. It is “slow food for thought” as inspired by the slow food movement, of which practical tasting will be daily experience. It will encourage informal sharing and constructive feedback, focusing on participants’ research projects, ideas, and critical and interdisciplinary perspectives around the pivotal applied digital social sciences practices and theories.

Venue: Fattoria di Maiano, Via Benedetto da Maiano, 11, 50014 Fiesole (Florence), Italy

Nearest airports and railway station: Florence and Pisa; Florence, respectively.

Language: English

Number of Participants (max): 30

Who should attend: PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from inter-disciplinary backgrounds coming from the academia, industry, government, and civic society who are interested in exploring the trends and related societal challenges of digital transformations in the governance of future societies.

Fees: No registration fees. Lunch provided but participants will have to pay for their own accommodation and travel and evening meals. A number of hotels and a camping site are available in Fiesole or surroundings.