OpenLivingLab Days: Call for Papers

The call for submissions to the 9th Open Living Lab Days in Geneva is now open
The deadline for submissions is May 15th, 2018


Theme of the Research Day: Living Labs and Transformative Research Contributing to Sustainable Development through Innovation


In Living Labs, one fundamental objective is to support the development of a better society by means of multi-stakeholder engagement in open innovation and experimentation processes carried out in real world contexts. There are different ways in which stakeholder can be engaged in innovation processes today, for instance through crowdsourcing initiatives, citizen science projects or as part of sharing economy initiatives. To support these human-centered, open and experimental processes, it is important to have accompanying methods, tools and approaches that not only support participation and engagement of human actors, but also does that in their real-world context. In addition, it is important that the innovations being developed are sustainable and support sustainable development of our society, which requires  responsible innovation processes while driving and supporting sustainable growth. Hence, Living Lab research should not only focus on observing innovation and sustainable societal transformation, rather it should initiate and catalyst these changes with the aim to strengthen our understanding of transformation processes and to simultaneously increase societal capacity to reflect on them.

“On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you!” For more information on the goals:

How the Living Lab community could contribute?

Living Labs are innovation intermediaries based on a public-private-people partnership. With a rich ecosystem of actors, Living Labs have the potential to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in different domains such as health, energy, education. We would like to hear about initiatives in each and every SDG. With your help, let’s make it happen!


Are you a researcher or a practitioner and want to share your experience?

The European Network of Living Labs invites you to send a contribution to work on the UN sustainable development goals. If you have a great case study, piece of research or on-going project you want to share with the Living Lab community, then we encourage you to submit a paper to the conference. As a practitioner, a researcher, a member of a public authority, you can share your experience with the largest community of Living Labs, so do not hesitate to take part.

You can submit papers in two different categories to encourage a diverse participation of actors: (1) research papers and research in progress papers, (2) Innovation cases/project from industry/practitioner/innovation agents, see more details below. 

OpenLivingLab Days 2018 brings together both academics and managers from fields of innovation and fields applying Living Labs and Living Laboratories to explore the benefits Living Labs provide for a variety of stakeholders. The 6th edition of the Living Lab Research Day at the Open Living Lab Days conference is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to:

  • Bring together a state-of-the-art review of Living Lab concepts and their usage
  • Strengthen Living Labs as an area of innovation
  • Assess new trends, current challenges and developments of Living Labs
  • Co-create new disruptive innovation models
  • Establish strong connections with other emerging disciplines
  • Contribute to build transformative and mission-oriented research

This Call encourages contributions related to (but not limited to) the following topics:

Theoretical and methodological challenges, for example:

  • UN sustainability goals in relation to Living Labs (please state which one)
  • Sustainable Living Lab processes and sustainable business models
  • Responsible research and innovation processes and its relation to Living Labs
  • Integrating social, material and technical aspects of Living Lab activities and results
  • Transformative research approaches and results of its actions

Actors motivations, needs and expectations, for example:

  • User recruitment, engagement and commitment challenges
  • Building commitment with stakeholders
  • Actors motivation for sustainable actions
  • Actors needs in relation to sustainable innovation
  • Value co-creation and/or co-destruction of value

Ethical challenges in Living Lab processes and transformative research, e.g.

  • Unwitting participation
  • Payment and participation
  • Voluntariness in participatory processes
  • Social innovation
  • Privacy and IPR in Living Lab activities

Governance and process related areas, e.g.

  • Multi-stakeholder engagement and openness
  • Financing Living Labs
  • Collaboration models with multiple stakeholders in innovation processes
  • Fab Labs and maker spaces for sustainability
  • Maker, modifiers and fixers as well as repair cafés

Contributing is easy

The conference committee are inviting academic and practice submission as well as workshop sessions and poster proposals. Open Living Lab Days encourage submissions from academics, researchers, practitioners, private, NGO and public sector agencies, policy makers, students and all those interested in developing SDGs. If one of the authors is a PhD student, please indicate it on the first page. A poster session will be dedicated to PhD researches. 

You can choose between one of the 2 submission types:

 Submission Type Description Length Instructions
Research Papers: Full paperFull research papers refers to complete research with clear results


 5,000 words







Papers go through a double-blind review process that evaluates their significance, originality, contribution and clarity. Upon acceptance please make sure that at least one author registers to secure a slot for their presentation in the conference program. 

When preparing the camera-ready version of a paper, authors should add their details (names, affiliation, email, etc.) on the first page of the paper and indicate which is the corresponding author

Research papers: Research-in-progress papersThe Research in Progress category is for work that will NOT be completed before the conference. Participants will give an overview of their research purpose and progress, not a paper presentation, as the category’s purpose is to allow for discussion and feedback on work in progress.



Papers go through a double-blind review process that evaluates their significance, originality, contribution and clarity. Upon acceptance please make sure that at least one author registers to secure a slot for their presentation in the conference program.


When preparing the camera-ready version of a paper, authors should add their details (names, affiliation, email, etc.) on the first page of the paper and indicate which is the corresponding author

Industry / Practitioner / Innovation paper 

These submissions describe Living Lab practices and experiences from e.g. innovation processes/projects, implementation of innovations, Living Lab management, as well as innovations supporting Living Lab practices.


Our primary emphasis is on papers that advance the understanding of, and show how to deal with, practical issues related to Living Lab practices in real-world contexts.



5,000 words



Submitted papers will go through a peer review process. The Industry track is distinct from the Research Track in that submissions either discuss real-world experiences of Living Lab projects and/or practices or insights from innovations.


English is the language of the conference and of all submissions.

Format for full papers for Open Living Lab Days in Geneva

  • Please submit your paper in .doc format (Word Document). Ensure it is anonymous, apart from the title page with authors.
  • Follow guidelines overviewed above.
  • Indicate if your submission has been previously published elsewhere. This is to ensure that we do not infringe upon another publisher’s copyright policy.
  • Include a 1-paragraph abstract that provides the key messages you will be presenting in the paper
  • Include 4-6 keywords relating to the theme or topics covered by the paper
  • Provide a 2-3 paragraph conclusion that summarizes the article’s main points and leaves the reader with the most important messages
  • The paper length should be between 2’000 and 5’000 words maximum (see table above)
  • References should be made according to APA-style and included at the end of the paper in alphabetical order.
  • All papers must be submitted in English.


Scientific Steering Committee

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by referees assigned by the Scientific Steering Committee for acceptance or rejection. The Scientific Steering Committee is chaired by Professor Anna Ståhlbröst, Director of Botnia Living Living Lab at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, & Vice president of the European Network of Living Labs. Papers submitted to OpenLivingLab Days 2018 will be evaluated on their appropriateness of theme for the conference, scientific quality, innovativeness and the final recommendation of the Scientific Steering Committee.

What happens if my submission is accepted? 

Accepted contributions will be published in the proceedings of Open Living Lab Days 2018 with an ISBN number. Additionally, the ENoLL Scientific Steering Committee will assess the option of inviting best papers submitted to Open Living Lab Days 2018 for publication in a peer-review journal.

By submitting your paper, you are hereby authorizing ENoLL to publish your paper in the Open Living Lab Days 2018 proceedings which will be part of the Research Day of Open Living Lab Days in Geneva, Switzerland.


Please submit your full final paper to with “Paper Submission for OpenLL18” as email subject by the DEADLINE of May 15th 2018. 
We thank you for your contribution and we are looking forward to meet you in Geneva!