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9th Jena Summer Academy

The Graduate College DFG-RTG 1411 'The Economics of Innovative Change' (GSBC-EIC) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the International Max Planck School on Uncertainty jointly organize the 9th Summer Academy on 'Innovation and Uncertainty'. The Academy will last from July 26th to August 8th 2015 in Jena and will be hosted by the Friedrich Schiller University and the International Max Planck School on Uncertainty. During the past editions, the Summer Academy on ‘Innovation and Uncertainty’ has proved to be one of the most inspiring gathering worldwide for what concerns the novel fields of economic research related to innovation, evolution, uncertainty and experimental analysis. Over the years, the most important scholars provided the participants with outstanding lectures at the very frontier of scientific research (see here).

The aim of the Summer Academy is to create an environment that brings senior researchers and PhD students closer together, supporting and promoting the start of new projects, studies and unique collaborations. Therefore, it represents the best occasion for young researchers to experience a fascinating “guided tour” to high quality research.

The Summer Academy consists of two parallel Summer Schools, one organized by the GSBC-EIC and one by the IMPRS-Uncertainty.The GSBC-EIC Summer School will last for 2 weeks. All lectures and courses of invited speakers are planned Monday through Friday. The weekends are reserved for social events and keynote speakers. The enrolled students are expected to attend the full programme in both weeks. The IMPRS Uncertainty Summer School will take place in parallel to the GSBC-EIC Summer School. This gives the students an opportunity to sometimes choose between the courses of the two schools (also attending courses devoted to behavioral economics and experimental design). Just like in the past eight years, the IMPRS Summer School will continue in the second and third week of August to cover a number of specific topics related to how subjects behave under fundamental uncertainty.
Confirmed speakers are:

- Vera Angelova (Technical University Berlin)
- Stefan Bauernschuster (University of Passau)
- Uwe Cantner (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
- Gianluca Capone (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia)
- Giovanna Devetag (Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome)
- Giovanni Dosi (Scuola Superiore St'Anna)
- Matthias Geissler (Technical University Dresden)
- Marco Guerzoni (University of Torino)
- Robert Jung (University of Hohenheim)
- Maximilian Göthner (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
- Ljubica Nedelkoska (Harvard Kennedy School)
- Frank Neffke(Harvard Kennedy School)
- Mario Pianta (Universita degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo)
- Bastian Rake (University of Passau)
- Gerhard Riener (University of Düsseldorf)
- Bart Verspagen (UNU Merit Maastricht)
- Simon Wiederhold (Cesifo Munich)
- Ulrich Witt (Max Planck Society)
- Michael Wyrwich (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)


We are happy to invite outstanding PhD students from all over the world to participate to the Summer Academy, together with the doctoral students belonging to the Jena Graduate Schools. The guest PhDs will benefit from

- our exceptional learning environment that so far trained more than 100 PhD students to the highest research standards
- a close contact to international scholars, to be enjoyed in the incredible atmosphere of Jena, the City of Light,
- conceptualizing new research ideas together with our PhDs and faculty.

This year the Summer Academy will be even more devoted to debate and discussion around current cutting edge research topics at the frontier of the economics of innovation and uncertainty. Next to methodological and topical courses as well as project groups, internationally renowned colleagues will present their own work and will combine that with in-depth discussion and interaction with the doctoral students´research and PhD projects. The following seven major topics will be highlighted:

1. The Strive for Innovations - Incentives and/versus Competences?
2. Experimental approaches to innovation and uncertainty
3. Innovation, Cooperation Competition and Markets – Who wins?
4. Innovation dynamics – The viewpoint of Complexity Theory
5. Approaches to Radical Change – Generic technological change and the emergence of new industries
6. The Political Economy of Innovation – New Dimensions in Industrial and Innovation Policy
7. Innovation, Development and Inequality – The Consequences of Creative Destruction

The programme is now online:

Program 1st week

Program 2nd week

Course Material

Uwe Cantner
Professor of Economics
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Department of Economics
Carl-Zeiss Strasse 3
D-07743 Jena
uwe.cantner@uni-jena.de