NEW: Information about student presentations - update 5 June:

  • Each participant is expected to present a paper (or draft of a paper) at the summer school.
  • The programme includes presentations by participants every afternoon. Please prepare a presentation of your work (approx. 20 minutes).
  • Your paper will be discussed by a senior discussant as well as by a fellow summer school participant. This means that each of you will be assigned to be discussant.
  • We will soon send out a more detailed program for the student presentations, informing when each of you are expected to present as well as on which paper you will be discussant.
  • The deadline for submitting the paper you will present is June 20.


The overall theme of the ERSA summer school 2013 is Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Development of Regions of Varying Density.

Goals and Format

The lectures will focus on both theory and empirical research methodology, and how these can be matched to progress our understanding of the relationships between innovation, entrepreneurship and development in regions of varying density. The aim is to give the participants advanced knowledge of theory and methodology, emphasizing knowledge gaps and avenues for research areas that will push the research frontier forward.

Confirmed lecturers

  • Ron Boschma, CIRCLE Lund University
  • Oliver Falck, Ifo Institute for Economic Research
  • Michael Fritsch, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Thomas Schott, University of Southern Denmark
  • Martin Srholec, Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education and Economics Institute (CERGE-EI) and CIRCLE Lund University
  • Michaela Trippl, Lund University

Key elements and structure

  • Five lectures on theory and empirical research on innovation, entrepreneurship and development in regions of varying density
  • Two lectures with associated lab sessions on empirical methodology:
  1. Multi-level modeling and
  2. Social Network Analysis
  • Paper presentations by student participants with feedback from senior researchers

Best paper award

Best paper award of 1500 EUR for the best student participant paper. This award is financed by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.


Organization of a “follow-up” special session for participants at the Summer School at the ERSA congress in 2014.


Call for participants

Call for participants to the 26th ERSA Summer School 2013, is now CLOSED

Who should apply?

ERSA summer schools target PhD students or junior researchers with less than 10 years of research experience.

How to apply?

Step 1: For your application, the following information and documents will be requested:

  1. first and last name
  2. date of diploma giving access to doctoral studies in the country in which the diploma was obtained
  3. current status and affiliation
  4. motivation letter
  5. a scientific CV
  6. a short description of previous and current research work
  7. a short description of career plans
  8. a recommendation letter from PhD supervisor or research director
  9. title and short abstract (10 lines) of intended presentation
  10. Extended abstract (minimum 4 pages) of the work to be presented
  • Please note: Could you please make one unique document (pdf format) of the Extended abstract (9.)+ Motivation letter (4.)+ Scientific CV including (5.6.7.) + Recommendation letter (8.) of the above list.

Step 2: Create your account on the Summer School Platform and follow the instructions to submit your application.

Selection of participants

  • Participants will be selected by the local organizing committee.
  • The organizers will look for an international mix of participants.
  • The number of participants is limited to 30.
  • In case of a great amount of applicants, selection will be based on the applicants’ CV.

Teaching material and presentations - further information to follow...


  • After notification of acceptance, the participant must register and pay a participation fee of EUR 200 to ERSA via a debit note that will be sent to you by email.
  • The costs of accommodation, meals and social activities are covered by the Summer School.
  • Participants must cover their travel expenses from their home countries to the summer school and back.

RSAI Membership

  • RSAI Membership is requested for participants of the ERSA Summer School.
  • For more details on membership, please contact, if you are from Europe, one of ERSA Sections’ Representative1. If you come from outside Europe, please send an email directly to RSAI at rsai[at] .

Additional activities

Participants in the Summer School in 2013 are encouraged to submit a paper in a special session on the theme of the summer school at the ERSA congress 2014.


  • Deadline for the application is April 5th, 2013.
  • Acceptance letter and registration debit note will be sent as from the May 21st, 2013.
  • Final acceptance is subject to registration fee payment (as per June 7th, 2013)
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