Theme of the Research Session

Co-creating Innovation: scaling up from Local to Global

During Open Living Lab Days 2019 we will focus on methodologies and theoretical challenges of co-creating innovation with stakeholder communities. The main interest is to understand how Living Labs can contribute to generate and transfer innovation processes by integrating Action Design Research from local communities to global contexts.

How could the Living Lab community contribute?


Let’s discuss together how to better co-create innovation!​

"A Living Lab is an innovation intermediary, which orchestrates an ecosystem of actors in a specific region. Its goal is to co-design product and services, on an iterative way, with key stakeholders in a public private people partnership and in a real-life setting. One of the outcomes of this co-design process is the co-creation of social value (benefit). To achieve its objectives, the Living Lab mobilises existing innovation tools and methods or develop new ones".
Joelle Mastelic

Paper Categories

DescriptionFull research papers refer to complete research with clear results
Length5.000 words
InstructionsPapers 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. 
DescriptionThe 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.
Length2.000 words
InstructionsPapers 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. 
DescriptionThese 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
Length5.000 words
InstructionsSubmitted 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 
DescriptionThe Doctoral Consortium papers are extended abstracts, 
including references, describing your research and central 
aspects of your PhD work.   
Length2.000 words
InstructionsSubmitted papers will be go through a peer review process.
When preparing your paper please include the context and 
motivation that drives your dissertation research, objectives/
goals/questions of your research, keywords, hypothesis and thesis,
and/or problem statement, research methods, results to date and 
their validity, as well as references from the literature.

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

ENoLL invites you to send a contribution to work on the theme of Co-creating Innovation: Scaling up from Local to Global. If you have a great case study, a 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 student, 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.

OpenLivingLab Days 2019 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 10th edition of the Living Lab Research Day at the Open Living Lab Days conference is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to:

Research and Innovation Topics

Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

Prof. Tuija Hirvikoski – Laurea University

  • Organisational dynamic capabilities of Living Lab actors (learning capability, innovation and development capability, etc.).
  • Individual competences of all the actors involved in living lab activities
  • Integrating learning theories to LL theories/frameworks.
  • Impact evaluation of Living Labs (Integration of quantitative and qualitative methods to tackle the issue of evidence based Living Lab services, including Ethical codes of conduct: how to implement and evaluate it?).
  • How to ensure shared meaning creation and increase of trust capital in Living Labs? Methods and tools?
  • Ontological and epistemological foundations of Living Labs (Social constructionist/feminist/realist/positivist/hermeneutic interpretation of Living Labs).

Smart Cities and Regions

Prof. Anna Stålbröst – Luleå Uiversity of Technology
Dr. Ali Payab – Luleå Uiversity of Technology

  • Citizen engagement and coping with marginalization via Living Labs in the design of the Smart Cities & Regions.
  • Adoption barriers and challenges.
  • Sustainable urban planning and development, Smart Villages, Urban and Rural Living Labs, Mobility and transportation.
  • Gamification, social media, big data and other digital technologies.
  • Security and privacy issues.

Health and Wellbeing

Prof. Panagiotis Bamidis – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Ömer Onur – Başakşehir Living Lab Istanbul

  • Defining most significant issues in cities, stakeholders and their roles. 
  • Collection of the relevant data in selected Health & Wellbeing areas.
  • Modelling Co-creation of finding innovative solutions that will enable improvement in Health & Wellbeing.
  • Creating and implementing solutions with all stakeholders.
  • Platforms and Reporting systems of Continuous and Reliable Measurements after implementation of solutions.

Open Track

Chair Prof. Tuija Hirvikoski – Laurea University

This track is open to submission for any topic connected to co-creating innovation in a Living Lab environment.

Sustainable Living Lab Processes, Business Models and Goals

Chair Dr. Joëlle Mastelic – HES-SO Valais

  • Transformative research, methods, engagement.
  • Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6).
  • Affordable & Clean Energy (SDG 7).
  • Responsible consumption and production (SDG 12).
  • Climate Action, Decarbonisation (SDG 13).

Doctoral Consortium
PhD students only

Chairs Prof. Anna Stålbröst – Luleå University of Technology Dr. Brigitte Trousse – Inria, University Côte d’Azur

This provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers. Extended abstracts will be discussed by PhD students during the session and relevant feedback for improvement and further development of their research will be provided.

Contributing is easy

Submission Format

Open Living Lab Days encourage submissions from academics, researchers, practitioners, private, NGO and public sector agencies, policy makers, students, and all those interested in co-creating innovation. 

If one of the authors is a PhD student, please indicate it on the track selection. A doctoral consortium session will be dedicated to PhD researchers.

  • All papers must be submitted in British English.
  • Your paper must be submitted in .doc format (Word Document).
  • Please make sure your paper is anonymous. Do not include the author’s full name and affiliations anywhere on the paper.
  • 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 summarises the article’s main points and leaves the reader with the most important messages.
  • 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.D

Scientific Steering Committee

Papers submitted to OpenLivingLab Days 2019 will be evaluated on their appropriateness of theme for the conference, scientific quality, innovativeness and the final recommendation of the Scientific Steering Committee. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by referees assigned by the Scientific Steering Committee for acceptance or rejection. 

Authors submitting a paper are also invited to review papers for the conference.

What happens if your submission is accepted?

** By submitting your paper, you are hereby authorising ENoLL to publish your paper in the Open Living Lab Days 2019 Conference Proceedings which will be part of the Research Day of Open Living Lab Days in Thessaloniki, Greece.


Deadline 13th May 2019 EOB

Should you have any questions, 

please contact Clara Mafé at with the email subject “Paper Submission OLLD19” .