The Centre for Research in Finance of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi and Romania’s North-East Regional Development Agency are organizing a panel conference dedicated to current issues and trends in research with an economic purpose andin training the skills for the future.

The panel is part of the WIRE X Conference – Week of Innovative Regions in Europe, X edition, organized by Romania’s North-East Regional Development Agency, with the support of the EU Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, under the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation / Horizon 2020 Programme.

Focused on three imperatives: explore, create and innovate, WIRE X 2019 encourages knowledge exchange and the quest for practical solutions for smart and sustainable economic transformation through research and innovation. The conference goes along the path from regional excellence to European and global value chains, seeking for synergies between societal needs and R&I agenda, and among financial instruments, knowledge and entrepreneurship.

The topics to be covered during the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Research methods for the evaluation of communities’ needs;
  • Universities’ role in the development of value chains (regional, national, and international);
  • Challenges and scenarios for the future regional development – the role of innovation;
  • Societal impact of research and innovation;
  • Innovation in teaching and learning;
  • Financing Innovation.

Submission instructions

Please submit your paper as a single PDF—including on its first page the paper’s title, authors’ names and affiliations, an abstract of maximum 200 words, a maximum of 3 JEL codes, and a maximum of 5 keywords—as an attachment to your email sent to The deadline for paper submissions is 30 April 2019. Each person can submit one single paper, although s/he can be an author of other papers submitted to the conference (by co-authors). In the case of papers with multiple authors, please mention once more in your submission email who is the intended presenter. All papers and presentations will be in English. There is no conference fee for the invited presenters, discussants and chairs, but all participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

All the papers presented at the conference are eligible to be considered for publication in a thematic issue of the Review of Economic & Business Studies (; ISSN 1843-763X; ISSN-L 2068 – 7249).

Papers will be reviewed for the above journal according to its normal review criteria. Please note that the acceptance of a paper to the conference does not guarantee its publication.

Important dates
Deadline for paper submissions: 30 April 2019
Date for decisions concerning paper selection: (around) 15 May 2019
Deadline for registration of accepted presenters: 1 June 2019
Date for the preliminary program online: (around): 5 June 2019
Dates of the WIRE X Conference: 26 – 28 June 2018; 
Dates of the panel conference: 28 June 2018

Organizing Committee:
Prof. Mihaela ONOFREI, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Ionel MANGALAGIU, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Dinu AIRINEI, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Alin ANDRIES, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Adrian IFTENE, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Ovidiu STOICA, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Roxana PINTILESCU, North-East Regional Development Agency, Romania
Agatha FILIMON, North-East Regional Development Agency, Romania

Contact/ Supplementary information
Dr. Alin ANDRIES, Email:

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