How can we stimulate and measure the effectiveness of
academic-industrial collaborations

20 September 2018, Berlin, Germany

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RomeTarget audience

  • Research managers & Innovation experts;
  • Science funders & Policy makers;
  • R&D experts from industry
  • Scientometricians
  • Intermediaries

Background and Goals

In countries in all parts of the world, experts are working on improving the process of measuring and demonstrating the impact of science on society. In the past years, new methods have been developed to better justify and demonstrate the societal impact of scientific research by universities and research institutions. Increasingly, research councils and universities alike plan activities to involve more external beneficiaries and realise impact. The Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP) in the Netherlands, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the recently introduced Knowledge Exchange Framework are excellent examples of this. The latter has been set up to collect data on institutional level performance in knowledge exchange, assessing university achievements in serving the economy and society.
When stimulating impact of science, the traditional output metrics have been focussing on academic-industrial alliances, contract research and IPR strategies. Since a broader, more inclusive societal impact is now on many agendas of science funders, a need for other criteria has evolved. The question now is how the traditional criteria can be combined with these new criteria which also include the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Sometimes, conflicts of interests with a broader societal impact may occur when industry takes over ownership of university patents. How can we guarantee an optimal return of investment in science?
During this interactive workshop, experts from Germany as well as from the USA and other countries, leading the innovation in research evaluation approaches, will discuss their experiences. They will focus on the current German research eco-system and compare this to (inter)national insights on if and how you can include measuring non-academic impact in evaluation processes.

Specifically, the workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • Societal challenges and university-industry alliances
  • Supervisory instruments of government to maximise the societal output of academic-industrial alliances
  • Anti-fridge clauses
  • Exclusive ownership vs. Open science
  • How can we position “Open Innovation”
  • How can we measure societal impact of Science through industry?
  • New insights and experiences in measuring science for society and industry

The seminar will be chaired by Dietmar Harhoff, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition & chair of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI)

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Dietmar Harhoff - Chair

Dietmar Harhoff is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Honorary Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), where he was Director of the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (INNO-tec) from 1998 to 2013. After graduating with a Diploma degree in mechanical engineering, Dietmar Harhoff began his professional career as a research engineer in Great Britain and Germany. From 1985 to 1987, he was a McCloy Scholar at Harvard University (M.P.A. 1987). In his MIT doctoral thesis (Ph.D. 1991) he analyzed research incentives and voluntary information disclosure. Harhoff’s research focuses on issues in innovation and entrepreneurship, intellectual property and industrial economics. Since 2007 he is the Chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) of the German Federal Government.

Alison Campbell - Speaker

Dr Alison Campbell is Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Universities Association. KTI is the Irish national office, responsible for policy, practice and the performance of the Irish knowledge & technology transfer (KTT) system. Having started her career in the biotech industry, she then occupied a variety of academic-industry interface positions, most significantly as CEO at Medical Research Council Technology, UK, and at King’s College London where she led technology transfer and research support.

Alison is Chair of AUTM, the professional association for knowledge transfer and commercialisation. AUTM’s community comprises over 3,000 members worldwide who work in more than 800 universities, research centres, hospitals, businesses and government organizations. She is a founder and immediate past- Chair of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), the body that sets the global standards for the profession and awards the RTTP credential. Previously, as Chair of Praxis in the UK she led the merger with Unico and for many years led its professional development activities. Alison has served as a non-executive director on a number of companies and acted as an international advisor to government departments. Alison was awarded an OBE in 2010 (UK) in recognition of her contribution to Knowledge Transfer.

Stefan Hornbostel - Speaker

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel studied Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen. In 1995, he received his PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. He worked at the Universities of Kassel, Cologne, Jena and Dortmund, as well as at the Center of Higher Education Development (CHE – Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung). Stefan Hornbostel served as Director of the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (IFQ) from 2005 to 2015. He was appointed Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences (Science Studies) in 2005. Since 2016, he is head of the research area “Research System and Science Dynamics” at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). He is a member of the advisory board of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), and member of the advisory board for the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-Quest), Oslo. His research interests lie in in the field of science studies, bibliometrics, and elite sociology.


20 September, 2018

Berlin, Germany

Costs include lunch, a networking reception, refreshments, and conference documentation

Early Bird After 15 June
Fee members of AESIS & partner networks 295.00 325.00
Fee Non-members 345.00 375.00

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