Call for Papers: 2nd SEEK Conference "The Green Growth Challenge" (March 9-10, 2012, Mannheim, Germany)

Due to the remarkably high level of interest in the first SEEK Conference in 2011, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the second conference of its research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK), taking place in Mannheim from March 9-10, 2012. The prime goal of the conference is to elucidate the challenges to pursuing a smart and sustainable growth path in the economies of Europe. Since this issue has been receiving increasing attention in the worlds of politics and academia, a second aim is to bring together policy makers and scientists to discuss the hurdles to developing green innovations within innovation ecosystems. We encourage researchers from various economic and managerial disciplines to submit contributions (full paper including an abstract of 100-200 words).

Submissions should be sent as DOC or PDF (preferably PDF) to Nicole Gürtzgen ( by November 30, 2011.


Submissions should cover the following topics:

  • the generation of knowledge and innovations
  • diffusion and adoption of knowledge and innovations
  • the use of knowledge by entrepreneurs and industries
  • impacts of innovations on competiveness, growth and employment
  • the role of innovation in tackling societal challenges
  • challenges to and impacts of innovation and environmental policies

Key-Note Lectures

  • Richard G. Newell (Duke University)
  • Robert N. Stavins (Harvard University)


Additional Information and Call for Papers