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Second ENGAGE.EU Conference for Early Stage Researchers and Young Scholars

: Decent Work and Economic Growth: Current Issues and Advances Towards SDG 8

Dates: 8-9 June 2023

Venue: University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Deadline: 15 April 2023 (After that date applications are NOT closed – please contact the Organizing Committee directly at:

Conference Objectives

The major goal of the Conference is to bring together early-stage researchers and young scholars affiliated to ENGAGE.EU partner institutions e.g. junior faculty members, post-docs, and PhD students. It is expected to foster communication and future collaboration between representatives of the target groups from all partner universities.
Participants will have opportunities to meet in person or online and to present their work-in-progress or pieces of finished research work at an international forum with a predominant participation of peers. There are no limits on the type of research work to be presented, including conceptual, empirical, or position papers.
After the Conference, the final versions of submitted papers will be published in Conference Proceedings or other possible channels.

Conference Topics

1. Enhancing productivity through technological advance & innovations, including a focus on high value added sectors
2. Policies and support for providing decent work conditions; Protection of rights, promotion of safe work environment for all
3. Stimulating entrepreneurship and innovations, promoting establishment and growth of SMEs
4. Policies towards development of sustainable tourism: generating jobs, supporting the local culture & products
5. Resource efficiency, sustainable economic growth, green economy, etc.

Conference Programme Board

Prof. Carmela Aprea, University of Mannheim, Business School (UMA)
Dr. James Small, Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiU)
Dr. Rumen Pozharliev, Luiss Business School (LUISS Guido Carli)
Dr. Venelin Boshnakov, University of National and World Economy (UNWE)
Representative of University Toulouse Capitole (UTC) /tbd/

Local Organizing Committee (UNWE Team):
Dr. Venelin Boshnakov (Coordinator), Dr. Svetla Boneva, Dr. Sabrina Kalinkova

Important Dates

 Deadline for abstract submission:

April 15th, 2023 (After that date applications are NOT closed – please contact the Organizing Committee directly at:

 Notification of acceptance of abstract:

April 22nd, 2023

 Deadlines for submission of full papers:


 (1) for publication in Conference Proceedings only:

August 31st, 2023

 (2) for publication in a supporting journal:

September 30th, 2023

Publication Opportunities

Clearly announced intention of the organizers is to publish the conference papers in a Conference Proceedings volume. All submitted final versions of the papers will pass a blind review process. The proceedings volume will be submitted for indexation to Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index.
In case that authors do not opt for publishing their papers in the Conference Proceedings, there will be other opportunities for publishing (following a reviewer’s recommendation and respective revision). These papers can be further submitted to:

* UNWE Yearbook  (CEEOL & IDEAS/RePEc indexed journal, articles only in English)

* UNWE Research Papers (CEEOL & IDEAS/RePEc indexed journal, bilingual issues)

After a selection process, the best papers can be submitted to the editorial board of Economic Alternatives Journal (Scopus indexed journal published by UNWE).

Participation Fee


There is no fee for participants affiliated with the ENGAGE.EU partners (faculty members or students). Those participating in person (in Sofia) need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Coffee/tea, buffet lunch and dinner will be provided by UNWE.

Participants will receive additional details and booking instructions upon acceptance of their paper abstract as well as full assistance by the local organizing committee.

More information HERE

Application Information

Application requires a submission of a title, abstract (max. 200 words), and keywords (up to 5) together with full name, home institution, department/faculty, and e-mail address for correspondence. These have to be send by email to:

For any enquiries please contact us at:;

Conference Agenda (draft)

Day 0 – Wednesday, June 7th

Traveling to the venue

Day 1 – Thursday, June 8th

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:15 Official opening

09:15 – 10:30 Keynote session 1

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 12:45 Plenary session 1

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 15:30 Plenary session 2

16:00 – 19:00 Cultural program

19:30 Dinner

Day 2 – Friday, June 9th

09:00 – 10:30 Keynote session 2

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 12:45 Plenary session 3

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 15:30 Plenary session 4

16:00 – 19:00 Cultural program

19:30 Dinner

Day 3 – Saturday, June 10th

Traveling home