Then this account of EMES last conference is for you. Last July, our 6th conference entitled “Social enterprise for sustainable societies”, took place at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
The four-day event was hosted jointly by EMES, the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Work, State and Society (CIRTES), and the Social Enterprise Belgian Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP).
In order to enable you to live those four riveting days again, we are happy to share what we call a “conference report” but that constitutes much more than a dull report. In a way, we aim to capture the spirit and energy that we all built together. To do so, we included plenty of images and pictures, objective summaries and personal accounts, videos, the first batch of downloadable EMES Selected Conference Papers for this event (ESCP-6EMES), etc.
For those who could not participate, you will be able to get a taste these four days thanks to this report.
#6EMESconf in numbers
In an effort to capture all knowledge that continues to generate in the field, this conference saw unprecedented numbers of interventions. Divided into 88 parallel sessions and seven panels, the conference provided a space for knowledge sharing through 345 papers presented by the researchers and academics. Four plenary sessions were organised, while two semi-plenaries were devoted to specific research projects, ICSEM and TSI. In addition, well-attended poster session enabled 21 scholars to showcase their research projects through visual display.
It is also worth mentioning the Transdisciplinary Forum that took place the first day and attracted over 150 participants, most of them local practitioners, supporters and policy-makers interested in exchanging with social enterprise researchers, committed to advancing social enterprise practice and policy based on research.
A platform for scientific discussions
All EMES International Research Conferences are traditionally one of the world’s central meeting places for all researchers and scholars that are involved in social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social and solidarity economy research across the globe. This year, we felt that the field is thriving and steadily walking toward a consolidation phase. While we are aware that there is always a room for improvement, our general impression has been supported by the testimonies of several participants (pages 43-45) who also noted that the scientific discussion continues to improve as the level of the quality of the research under progress also grows.
Based on gathered formal and informal feedback during the conference, we will continue to work to improve the next conference editions, and make sure that future events well reflect scientific explorations in the field.
Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the next 7th EMES International research conference, organized by our newest member Sheffield Hallam University.