University American College Skopje and University of Rome Tor Vergata are proud to initiate the 14th annual international academic conference on European integration


Skopje, 16 May 2019

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine the concept of innovation affecting all areas of life and all aspects of future European development. Taking into consideration the pressing need to find innovative economic, social and political solutions to evolving challenges to the European project, this conference aims to critically reflect on EU innovation policies, methodologies and instruments by addressing key issues, in particular:

  • New EU economy prospects
  • Business innovations
  • The future of skills
  • Cross-industry innovations
  • Public sector innovations
  • Social innovations
  • Innovative schooling and education models
  • Non-technological innovation and innovation in the services sector
  • Technological breakthroughs
  • New processes and business models
  • Startups and entrepreneurship
  • Small and medium size enterprises
  • Family businesses
  • Challenges to innovation, in particular in South East Europe
  • Digital transformation
  • Digital citizenship
  • Digital tax
  • Energy infrastructure, transportation connectivity and economic integration
  • Innovative youth cooperation and regional initiatives

Case studies comparing at least three countries (including but not limited to those of South East Europe) as well as research-based policy recommendations are encouraged.

Important dates:

Abstracts due: 31 January 2019

Notification of acceptance: 7 February 2019

Papers due: 28 March 2019

Review feedback: 25 April 2019

Revised paper due: 9 May 2019

Conference date: Thursday 16 May 2019

The working language of the conference is English. This year the conference welcomes both paper and poster presentations by scholars and professionals from any discipline including but not limited to economics, finance, management, law, political science, international relations, security studies, environment, sociology, information science, education, media, liberal arts, language, film, literary and cultural studies. PhD students are also encouraged to take part.

Paper presentations: We welcome papers of maximum 4500 words. All papers need to be submitted and will be peer-reviewed prior to the conference. The number of participants presenting at the main sessions will be limited to those who submit papers of the highest quality and relevance. We will consider papers written by a maximum of three authors, and not more than two papers of the same author (regardless whether she or he appears as first, second or third author). Following an additional review process, a selection of the best quality papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in an ISBN e-book and/or hard copy volume. The volume will be also available through and indexed in top EBSCO databases. Also, a selection of most relevant papers will be considered for publication in a special edition of the International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems ( To avoid copyright infringements, the program and organizing committee will review and publish only original works which are not currently under consideration elsewhere. The papers that are accepted will require a copyright release form in order to be published.

Poster presentations: Poster size should be A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm). This size meets the requirements for most conferences. All posters will be displayed in a single one-hour session. Poster presenters are required to be present with their poster during the session.

Registration: The conference fee for a paper presentation is 100 Euro (or 6000 Macedonian denars), whereas the conference fee for a poster presentation is 50 Euro (or 3000 Macedonian denars). While all authors are encouraged to register and attend the conference, at least one author per accepted paper must register and attend the conference for the paper to be considered for publication. The registration fee includes access to all sessions, conference kit with program and other materials, buffet lunch and two coffee breaks. For conference attendees only, the fee is 20 Euro (1000 Macedonian denars). UACS and Tor Vergata students wishing to attend the sessions may register for free. Following the notification of acceptance, registration fee should be paid no later than 8 May 2019. Once paid, the registration fee is not refundable.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation booking and expanses. The organizers can offer advice, if needed.

Abstracts: Maximum 300 word abstracts can be submitted by email to Abstracts should be written in Word or RTF formats, font Times New Roman size 12, following this order: author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract, 5-7 key words. A short biography (up to 100 words) is also required.

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Program Committee:

Prof. Dr. Jeremy Cripps, University of Findlay, USA

Prof. Dr. Vlado Dimovski, University of Ljubljana, SI

Prof. Dr. Ivan Dodovski, Co-chairperson, University American College Skopje, MK

Prof. Dr. Luca Gnan, Co-chairperson, University of Rome Tor Vergata, IT

Prof. Dr. Robert Hudson, University of Derby, UK

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Zeki Ibrahimgil, Gazi University, Ankara, TR

Prof. Dr. Zlat R. Milovanovic, University American College Skopje, MK

Prof. Massimiliano Pellegrini, University of Rome Tor Vergata, IT

Prof. Dr. Marjan Petreski, University American College Skopje, MK

Prof. Dr. Claudia Sandei, University of Padova, IT

Prof. Dr. Mile Terziovski, Swinbourne University of Technology, AU

Prof. Dr. Milica Uvalic, University of Perugia, IT

Prof. Dr. Balázs Vizi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HU

Prof. Dr. Johan G. Wissema, Delft University of Technology, NL

Prof. Dr. Izet Zeqiri, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, MK


Organizing Committee:

Dr. Marina Andeva, Chairperson, University American College Skopje

Makedonka Dimitrova, MPPM, University American College Skopje

Prof. Dr. Luca Gnan, University of Rome tor Vergata, IT

Prof. Dr. Snezana Hristova, University American College Skopje

Prof. Dr. Nikica Mojsoska Blazhevski, University American College Skopje

Prof. Dr. Toni Vasic, University American College Skopje

Dr. Ivana Trajanoska, University American College Skopje


Conference Secretariat:

Teodora Atanasova, General Secretary

Ilijana Bojadjieva

Boni Cvetanovska

Tamara Mladenovik