The aim of the International Conference "Economic Scientific Research - Theoretical, Empirical and Practical Approaches"- ESPERA, initiated in 2013 by the "Costin C. Kirițescu" National Institute for Economic Research (NIER), is to present and evaluate the economic scientific research portfolio, to argue and substantiate the Romanian development strategies - including European and global best practices.
The 2021 edition of the Conference will be held on 9th -10th December, under the title: "The crisis after the crisis. When and how the New Normal will be".
The event scientific program addresses a wide diversity of themes, bringing together researchers from all NIER institutes and centres, members of the Romanian Academy, Romanian academic researchers and also guests from other countries. Researchers are encouraged to present articles on economic scientific research that they have focused, as much as possible, on paradigm shifts for the world after the COVID-19 crisis, since some deep and long-lasting changes are expected building up to a "New Normal".
Singular relevant aspects could be related to complete digitalization and digital sovereignty, people and workforce management, virtual training and reskilling, digital currency, de-carbonization in all production processes, supply chains traceability, cybersecurity, automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Internet of Things and Blockchain technologies.
The Conference is intended as a thought-provoking exercise for researchers and it is organized in such a way as to provide an academic platform for debates, covering the broadest approaches, enabling an interactive exchange of ideas and the latest results and findings, promoting evidence-based policy making new vision under crisis circumstances.