Governmental and institutional methods to advance the societal impact of science

    Amsterdam, 9 & 10 June 2016

The AESIS Network organised the Impact of Science conference in Amsterdam on 8-10 June 2016. Please enjoy the photo's!

This conference took place on 9-10 June 2016
Thank you for attending
We organised the Impact of Science conference in Amsterdam under the Network for the Advancing and Evaluation of the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS), which was launched at the 2015 conference. Relevant stakeholders in the societal impact from around the world gathered to exchange best practices and understand the possibilities and impossibilities of demonstrating and stimulating the impact science has on society.

Crowd- 6771Our society is increasingly focused on requiring justification for the investments made in scientific research. The methods for demonstrating the societal impact are advancing but many challenges remain. Reliable data regarding the impact of scientific research for our economy, our culture and our well-being should become available. It becomes crucial to communicate the e benefits of investments in scientific research.

Research funders, policy makers, research organisations and other stakeholders are struggling with the question: how to stimulate impact effectively and maintain a consistent high quality of the research? During interactive sessions these topics will be discussed by experts from the perspective of knowledge creators, policy makers & funders and knowledge users (both private and public).

In addition to this year's conference, a seminar on 'The Impact of EU funded research' will be offered on Wednesday, 8th June 2016. The seminar will focus on new insights on the impact of Horizon 2020 and the EIT for economies and societies and is specifically meant for Science Policy makers, Science Assessment experts, University strategists, University data providers, Science funders. The cost of participation of the seminar is €95,- (excl. 21% VAT)

Both programmes promise to offer an exciting, interactive and inspiring conference and we are looking forward to your participation. Together, we can set steps towards more international collaboration and comparability.

Join the AESIS Network (free of charge) and you will be kept informed about the coming Impact of Science conference and other AESIS activities. Next to that you can register with a reduced fee for our events. The regular fee for the conference is €475,- (excl. 21% VAT) for non-members and €425,- (excl. 21% VAT) for AESIS members. The combination of the seminar and conference is €550,-(excl. 21% VAT).

This conference took place on 9-10 June 2016
Thank you for attending

Programme Impact of Science

This conference took place on 9-10 June 2016
Thank you for attending

All participants who wish to attend the conference must register in advance. Participants are requested to complete the Registration Form on the website. A confirmation will be sent to you upon receipt of the registration form; further information will follow in due time. Registrations will be handled in order of receipt. All fees must be paid in advance.

Payments have to be made in Euro and free of all bank and other charges. No personal or company cheques are accepted. Payment by credit card is possible (with an additional charge of €16,50), but may be prohibited in some countries due to regulations. You will receive a digital invoice upon registration. Please contact us for more information.

In case you are unable to attend the conference, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra charge if we are informed in writing in advance who will be the substitute. Should you cancel before May 22nd, an administration fee of € 95,- (excl 21% VAT) will be charged. Please note that no refunds are possible after May 22nd and that cancellations always have to be in writing.


The standard registration fee for participation in the conference is € 475,- (excl. 21% VAT) for non-members and €425,- (excl. 21% VAT) for AESIS members. The combination of the seminar and conference is €550,-. The registration fee includes admittance to the conference as well as extended conference documents, lunches and refreshments. The costs of the conference dinner, pre-conference dinner and hotel are not included.

If you register before March 15th, you will be able to apply for a special early birds fee of €425,- (excl 21% VAT).

Members of the AESIS Network will receive a €50 discount on the registration fee. More information on the membership which is free of charge can be found here. To become a member please fill in the form here

After the first conference day on June 9th, we will organise a dinner for the speakers and conference attendees. The costs of this dinner are €60,- (excl 21% VAT).


The standard registration fee for participation in the pre-conference seminar on the afternoon of June 8th is € 95,- (excl. 21% VAT). The registration fee includes admittance to the pre-conference seminar as well as extended seminar documents and refreshments. The costs of the pre-conference dinner are not included and no lunch will be provided.

After the pre-conference seminar on the 8th June we will organise a dinner for the speakers and seminar/conference attendees. The costs of this dinner are €60,- (excl 21% VAT).


Prof. Paul Boyle Dear visitor,

It is becoming increasingly important to various stakeholders in scientific research to demonstrate the societal impact of their research. In times of austerity, there is a growing need for policy makers to justify expenditure, and in the domain of research and innovation this often translates into a discussion of social and economic impact.

Of course, this raises important questions for debate, not least the ways in which impact is defined; the balance that needs to be struck between applied and fundamental research; and the ability of researchers to demonstrate impacts which may not be short- or even medium-term.
The Impact of Science conference brings together various key players from private, public and academic sectors worldwide to discuss the various practices used to stimulate and demonstrate impact. We expect that the exchange of knowledge and experience between stakeholders will improve practices.
I would therefore recommend this conference to those interested in debating the societal impact of science. I look forward to meeting you in Amsterdam!

Prof. Paul Boyle, Conference Chairman
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester


Paul Boyle - Conference Chair

< Paul BoylePaul Boyle is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; and President of Science Europe, representing over 50 European funding agencies. He is Fellow of the British Academy, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Geographical Society of Scotland.

Paul Boyle is Chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council, which is Scotland’s highest level science advisory body; an ‘impact champion’ for the United Nations HeForShe global solidarity movement for gender equality; a Council Member and Trustee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which has over 500 member institutions in 37 Commonwealth countries; Chair of the Q-Step Strategy Board, promoting quantitative social science training in the UK; on the Advisory Board of the UPP Foundation; and the Advisory Board of Sporting Equals, promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity.

Emile Aarts

Emile AartsSocietal impact of academic education - June 9, 13:45-15:00
Professor Emile Aarts has been rector magnificus of Tilburg University since June 1, 2015. As part of this position, he is responsible for the university’s education policy, including issues relating to the transition from higher secondary to academic education and the cooperation with the universities of applied sciences; the research policy, including indirectly funded and contract research; internationalization; the professorship policy; and academic representation (Doctorate Board).

Between 1983 and 2012, he has worked for Philips Research in various research and management positions until he was appointed Chief Scientific Officer in 2009. Since 1990, he has been a part-time Professor of Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology. Emile Aarts has an extensive track record as a manager at academic and government institutions, on both national and European levels. He was a member of the European ICT Advisory Board (ISTAG) and, for more than ten years, chaired the Board of the NWO Division of Physical Sciences.

Jan Andersen

Jan AndersenResearch information systems - June 9, 11:30-12:45
Jan Andersen is Chief Executive Advisor at the Danish Technical University, with a background in Computer Science and Danish Language. He has been working with research strategy and research planning. He was involved in building up three very successful research support units. His focus is on the balance between the research level, strategic policy level and the administrative level. In this capacity he advised the Rector of the Danish Technical University, Rectors and Deans of the University of Copenhagen and the former Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University.
Jan Andersen has over the years built up knowledge on research information systems and from 2003-2005, he headed the establishment of the University of Copenhagen’s research information system CURIS (PURE). He was member of the Advisory Board of LINK2US and BILAT projects, and was Head of the Nordic Association of University Administrators Working Group for Research Administrators and Industrial Liaison Officers. Jan Andersen is an expert on the EU framework programs and his specialty is long-term research planning, hereunder the participation in Horizon 2020 and the preparation for the forthcoming EU Framework Program. In this capacity a strong European and global network of colleagues and business partners is built up.
Jan Andersen was as Board Member of Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators involved in the preparation of INORMS 2012 in Copenhagen, his core contribution was the establishing of the concept of the conference. He is active in the INORMS Activities regarding Associations Development, and a number of other initiatives. Jan Andersen was hosting the 2009 Annual Conference of European Association of Research Managers and Administrators, EARMA and elected Chairman for EARMA 2010-2013, where he was responsible for running three very and increasingly successful Annual Meetings. He is currently EARMA board member. Since 2013 Jan Andersen was Chair of the COST BESTPRAC Targeted Network, with more than 350 participants from 40 countries, BESTPRAC is a COST initiative aiming to advance the state of the art in excellent administration of transnational research projects.

Tateo Arimoto

Tateo ArimotoPoliticians & setting science agendas - June 10, 10:00-11:30
Tateo Arimoto is currently Professor and Director, Science,
Technology and Innovation Policy Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and also Principal Fellow, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS) at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

He previously served as Director General of Science & Technology Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Education and Science, Government of Japan. He also held the position of Executive Research Fellow at the Economic and Social Research Institute of the Cabinet office.
He has played an active role in public policy making and implementation in the area of science, technology and innovation in Japan. In his current roles, Mr. Arimoto is a major promoter of science of science and innovation policy in Japan and is overseeing ambitious efforts to foster innovation to address socio-economic challenges with multidisciplinary approach. He has been a co-chair person of the OECD study project on scientific advice.
He has published several books and numerous papers in quality journals and given many invited lectures/seminars on science, technology and innovation in national and international conferences such as OECD, APEC, EU, WSF, STS Forum and AAAS.

Erik Arnold

Erik ArnoldNational Policies - June 9, 11:30-12:45
Erik Arnold is co-founder and Chairman of the Technopolis Group and Professor in International Innovation Policy at the University of Twente. He has worked in research and innovation policy and evaluation since 1980, covering work in a wide range of disciplines, programmes and institutions. He was at SPRU 1980-85; Booz.Allen & Hamilton 1986-91; and Technopolis since then. His work spans over 30 countries as well as the European Commission and international organisations including the OECD, World Bank, Nordic Council of Ministers, ESF and COST. He is expert in the design, management and implementation of large- as well as smaller-scale evaluations of research and innovation organisations, programmes and policies. A very large proportion of his work involves evaluating the effectiveness and impact of academic-industry cooperation.
Major innovation and research evaluation highlights include leading the evaluations of: the Research Council of Norway (in 2001 and again in 2011); the Austrian Industrial Research Promotion Fund (FFF); the Austrian Science Fund (FWF); The Academy of Finland; the Swedish Long-Range Energy Research Programme; and leading a large-scale international Audit of the Czech research system. Erik Arnold prepared the initial drafts of the OECD National innovation System reviews of S Africa, Colombia and Norway and managed the ‘policy mix’ peer reviews of France and Latvia. He was a member of the different panels evaluating the EU Sixth Framework Programme and the National Science Foundation of China and drafted the respective evaluation reports.

Alison Campbell

Alison CampbellKnowledge Exchange offices - June 9, 13:45-15:00
Social sciences & Humanities - June 10, 10:00-11:30
Dr Alison Campbell is Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), based at Enterprise Ireland. KTI is the Irish national office, responsible for policy, practice and the performance of the Irish technology transfer system. The majority of her career has been at the academic-industry interface. She started her career in the biotech industry and moved into research commercialisation in the Medical Research Council in the UK and then at King’s College London where she led technology transfer and research support.

A founder director of the Global Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), Alison is currently Chair of Governance. She serves as a Board member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). As Chair of Praxis in the UK, Alison led the merger with Unico after which she served as a director of PraxisUnico (the pre-eminent UK professional association for knowledge transfer) 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. In the UK, she was awarded an OBE in 2010 in recognition of her contribution to Knowledge Transfer.

Koenraad Debackere

Koenraad DebackereInstitutional & governmental policies to optimise the societal impact of Science - June 9, 09:00-10:30
Koenraad Debackere obtained Master degrees in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (1984) and Management Science (1985) and a Ph.D. in Management (1990). In 1995, he became professor at KU Leuven in the field of innovation economics. His research focuses on the economics of technology and innovation, the development of indicators for measuring the linkage between science and technology, the design and use of indicators for science policy purposes and the role of entrepreneurial universities in economic development. He has been an advisor and an expert to the European Commission and OECD in the areas of the innovation economy, the economic impact of intellectual property, the management of technology transfer and the design of open innovation systems.
He is actively involved in the activities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He is professionally involved in technology transfer as managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development (since 1999) and Chairman of the Gemma Frisius Fonds (i.e. the venture fund) of the KU Leuven. He has been the cofounder of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. Since 2005, he is the general manag er of KU Leuven. He is the chairman of the Association for the Economic and Societal Impact of Science.

Sir Ian Diamond

Sir Ian DiamondInternal accountability - June 9, 11:30-12:45
Professor Sir Ian Diamond is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, an appointment he has held since 1 April 2010. He was previously Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council. He was also Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group (2004-2009) the umbrella body that represents all seven UK Research Councils. Before joining the ESRC, Sir Ian was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton, where he had been for most of his career.
Sir Ian is Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport, Chair of the Universities UK Research Policy Network Committee, Chair of the Universities UK Group on Efficiency and Chair, for the Welsh Assembly Government, of the Higher Education Review for Wales. Sir Ian was elected to the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 1999, is a Fellow of the British Academy (2005), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2009) and holds honorary degrees from the universities of Cardiff and Glasgow.

Ernst van den Ende

Ernst van den EndeInteractive Research Programming - June 9, 13:45-15:00
Ernst van den Ende (53) studied Plant Pathology at Wageningen University and took his PhD at the Phytopathology Chair Group. He then worked as scientist at several research stations in the fields of fruit cultivation and horticulture. Research by the WUR research stations has a strong regional focus. When the Greenports were established in the Netherlands, Ernst participated in several advisory councils where he contributed to the shaping of regional innovation.
Since 1 September 2009 he is Managing Director of the Plant Sciences Group (PSG). PSG is formed by the Plant Sciences Department of Wageningen University, the institute Plant Research International, and Applied Plant Research.
Since February 2011 Ernst is a member of the Topteam Horticulture and Starting materials.

Laura Fedorciow

Laura FedorciowResearch information systems - June 9, 11:30-12:45
As Managing Director of Vertigo Ventures, Laura leads the development of the company's flagship product, the VV-Impact Tracker, which is being used across the UK by research institutions, across disciplines to identify, capture and report the impact of their research.

At Vertigo Ventures, Laura heads up product innovation, oversees services delivery and works with the institutions to optimise their experience. Laura continues to contribute to the impact agenda though co-writing papers with university colleagues, and sharing their insights from practically working with institutions to embed impact, at conferences to support its development.

Prior to founding Vertigo Ventures Laura worked for the University of Bath and began measuring impact when working on social enterprise projects at the same institution. Laura has also worked in the Luxury Products Division at L’Oréal, where she implemented cost-saving and efficiency schemes on a national scale, honed her project management skills, and managed relationships with a wide variety of business partners and stakeholders. Laura studied Chemistry with Management (BSc Hons) at the University of Bath, before completing her Chartered Management Institute Certificate.

David Goldston

David GoldstonInstitutional & governmental policies to optimise the societal impact of Science - June 9, 09:00-10:30
David Goldston became Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental group, in July 2009. In that position, he helps shape NRDC’s federal political strategy, policies and communications. Prior to that, he had spent more than 20 years on Capitol Hill in Washington, working primarily on science policy and environmental policy. He was Chief of Staff of the House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006. After retiring from government service, Goldston was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2007 and at the Harvard University Center for the Environment in 2008 and 2009. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 2007 through November 2009, he wrote a monthly column for Nature on science policy titled “Party of One.” Goldston also was the project director for the Bipartisan Policy Center report “Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy,” which was released in August 2009. He authored a chapter in The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Academy of Sciences’ Division of Environment and Life Sciences and has served on numerous panels of the Academy and other science policy organizations. He holds a B.A. (1978) from Cornell University and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Gordon

Richard GordonInteractive research programming - June 9, 13:45-15:00
Dr Richard Gordon is Chief Executive of Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua, a Crown research institute and New Zealand’s leading science and research organisation focused on sustainability in our biodiversity and land resources. Richard is also a director of Enviro-Mark Solutions Ltd, which provides certification programmes for environmental performance in several countries, deputy-chair of Science New Zealand, a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Business Council in New Zealand and a trustee of Predator-Free New Zealand, dedicated to removing the threats to our treasured biological heritage. Previously, Richard worked with Syngenta in the UK and Japan.

Dominic Guellec

Dominic Guellec Dominique Guellec is Head of the Science and Technology Policy (STP) Division, within the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This division covers notably: innovation policies, science policies, biotechnology and nanotechnology issues, national innovation studies, innovation for inclusive growth, the STI Outlook, the Innovation Policy Platform, and the Space Forum.
Mr. Guellec joined the OECD in 1995 and has worked in the DSTI on statistics and quantitative economic analysis of science, innovation and growth. From 2004-2005, Mr. Guellec was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office (Munich). Mr. Guellec has authored several books and many articles on patents, innovation and economic growth. His (co-) publications in English include The Economics of the European Patent System (Oxford University Press, 2007); From R&D to Productivity Growth: the Sources of Knowledge Spillovers and their Interaction (Oxford Review of Economics and Statistics, 2004).
Of French nationality, Mr. Guellec is a graduate from the École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE, Paris).

Louise Gunning-Schepers

Louise Gunning-SchepersInstitutional & governmental policies to optimise the societal impact of Science - June 9, 09:00-10:30
Politicians & setting science agendas - June 10, 10:00-11:30
Dr Louise J. Gunning-Schepers currently holds the position of Professor of Health and Society at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). She was president of the Executive Board of the UvA and Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) and she was University Professor of Health and Society and president of the Health Council of the Netherlands. Before this, Louise Gunning was president of the AMC-UvA’s Executive Board and dean of the UvA’s Faculty of Medicine. As a researcher she worked at the University of Leuven and at the EUR. Gunning also served as a policy staff member at the Dutch Ministry of Health. In 1991, she was appointed Professor of Social Medicine at the AMC-UvA. From 1995 to 1997, she was a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy. From 1997, she served on the Executive Board of the AMC-UvA and also held the position of vice-dean. In 2001, she was appointed president of the Executive Board of the AMC-UvA and dean of the UvA’s Faculty of Medicine. In 2010, she was knighted Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau upon her departure from the AMC-UvA.

Gunning holds various additional positions: board member of the Stichting Comité for the Concertgebouw; international adviser for Cambridge University Health Partners; chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative; chairman of Scientific Adivsory Council Aids Fund; and member of the Social Adivsory Council of the Dutch Council for Secondary Education (VO-Raad). (source photography: Liesbeth Dingemans)

Coenraad Krijger

Coenraad KrijgerInternal accountability - June 9, 11:30-12:45
Dr Coenraad Krijger is director of policy development at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He leads the Department of Policy Development and acts as first advisor for the Governing Board regarding science and funding policy. Furthermore, he is responsible for the management of science-wide funding programmes including the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Vernieuwingsimpuls), the National Roadmap for Large Research Infrastructures, Zwaartekracht and the Spinoza prizes.

Coenraad joined NWO in 2001 and has since been involved in policy development to strengthen the impact of science, first at WOTRO Science for Global Development, later at the central level. From the start of the topsectors policy of the Dutch government in 2010 he participated actively shaping NWO's role and policy with respect to public-private partnerships. Coenraad was a member of the advisory group for the development of the Science Vision 2025 of the Dutch Government. He lead the formulation of the current NWO-strategy 2015-2018. At present, he is closely involved in developing the National Science Agenda.

Coenraad holds an MSc degree in Biology from Wageningen University (1995) and a PhD in Mathematical and Natural Sciences from Leiden University (2000). In 1996-1998 he was visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.

Barend van der Meulen

Barend van der MeulenNational policies - June 9, 11:30-12:45
Barend van der Meulen is the head of Science System Assessment of Rathenau Institute. He has over 25 year experience in science policy, and research on the dynamics of science and science policy, and on the policy instruments used for science policy. Recent research includes projects on the Future of Universities, academic careers and the organisation of challenge driven research. Barend van der Meulen's publications have examined diverse aspects of the Dutch science system, the 'Europeanization' of science, research evaluation, the role of forecasts and prognoses, and research funding.
He is member of the Board of the Graduate School WTMC and member of the international advisory board of the Research master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology at Maastricht University. Recently he was expert member of panels for the evaluation of research councils in Lithuania and Hungary and for the review of the EU-Australia S&T agreement. In 1992, he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Twente on the strength of a dissertation examining science evaluation. Until April 2009, he held a professorial appointment with the Science, Technology and Policy Studies department at the University of Twente.

Sean Ryan

Sean RyanSocietal impact of academic education - June 9, 13:45-15:00
Sean is currently Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Hertfordshire, where he led the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics from 2006-2015. In December 2015, he took up a two year secondment to the Higher Education Academy as Head of STEM.
Sean has an international career spanning four continents. His first decade was in research and infrastructure roles including a Hubble Fellowship (Austin, Texas) and staff roles at the Anglo-Australian Observatory (Sydney, NSW) and Royal Greenwich Observatory (Cambridge, England). He moved into higher education in 1999, taking up a lectureship with the Open University, and joined the University of Hertfordshire in 2005. He has now acquired a decade and a half of HE experience as an academic, researcher and academic leader, including Associate Dean and Head of Department roles at the Open University, and Head of School and Dean of Schools roles at the University of Hertfordshire. Teaching responsibilities have included laboratory and theoretical physics and astrophysics, professional skills, and financial and actuarial mathematics. He has supervised eight MSc and PhD students in astrophysics, and has published 100 refereed papers in the field, with a Hirsch index of 46.
Sean has also supported other educational and professional bodies including being a Higher Education Expert Panel member for AQA (2012-1014), chairing the Quality and Standards Committee of the Hertford Regional College (2011-2013) and he currently undertakes a number of roles with the Institute of Physics. He has held, or still holds, a number of academic advisory roles in UK and overseas universities.

Jesper W. Simonsen

Jesper W. SimonsenNational policies - June 9, 11:30-12:45
Jesper Werdelin Simonsen is Executive Director at the Research Council of Norway, where he oversees research and innovation funding in the areas of health, welfare, education and society, as well as development research and international bilateral cooperation. Before coming to the Research Council, Simonsen worked for 14 years as researcher and research manager in the field of agricultural research. From 1997 to 2000 he served as State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Environment.

Rosette S'Jegers

Rosette S'JegersInternal accountability - June 9, 11:30-12:45
Rosette S’Jegers (PhD in economics, 1982, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) is a key player in higher education policy in Flanders/Belgium, indicated by her former mandate as vice rector for education (2000 – 2008) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and her present position as secretary general of the Flanders Rector Conference VLIR (Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad). VLIR serves as a platform to facilitate interuniversity cooperation and represents all Flemish universities in the interaction with the Flemish government.
She teaches economics and has a particular interest in the services sector. She has managed various projects relating to changing competitive conditions in banking, transport, communications and other industrial activities.

Professor S’Jegers is recognized for her experience in the non academic world and holds various management and board functions. She was vice president of the board of the Belgian Post Company (De Post/La Poste) between 2000 and 2006 and thus witnessed the transition of the national postal service to an autonomous company now listed on the Belgian stock market. In 2007 she was nominated and today she still acts as a member of the Board of a public holding PMV (Participatie Maatschappij Vlaanderen) allocating a fund of more than one billion euro to innovative projects in the Flemish industrial and research activities.

Jeff Skinner

Jeff SkinnerKnowledge Exchange offices - June 9, 13:45-15:00
From assessing to advancing the societal impact of science - June 9, 15:45-16:00
Jeff Skinner is Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at LBS. He teaches on several entrepreneurship courses at the School and leads many of the co-curricular activities supported by the Institute, including all competitions, the London Entrepreneurship Review and the TELL Series. Prior to joining the School, Jeff was commercial director at University College London (UCL), where he built its Technology Transfer division – including the creation of two seed-funds and new units to stimulate consultancy, industry engagement and spin-out creation. Working alongside senior academics, he co-founded more than 30 technology-based spin outs that collectively raised more than £30 million in first round capital. He also introduced management education for engineers and created the first Research Masters Programmes at UCL.

Jeff remains deeply involved in technology commercialisation through teaching, consulting and speaking around the world. He chairs the Review Committee of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) –the global technology transfer professional body – and is past president of the leading UK and European Technology Transfer Associations (PraxisUnico and ASTP Proton). He is author of the Leadership Foundation’s publication Commercialisation Skills for Academics and Researchers and has written more than 20 teaching case studies, covering many aspects of university technology transfer. Jeff has also spoken at TEDx. Before joining UCL, Jeff led technology commercialisation at Hoechst Celanese Photonics in New Jersey and was previously photonics research manager at General Electric. His first degree was in physics and he holds a PhD in thin film photonics from UCL and a MBA from LBS.

Tobin Smith

Tobin SmithPoliticians & setting science agendas - June 10, 10:00-11:30
Tobin (Toby) Smith is Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. and Canada. He oversees and coordinates the association’s policy and policy analysis activities. He is responsible for issues relating to innovation, competitiveness, energy, openness and security, technology commercialization and research costs.
Prior to joining AAU in January 2003, he was the Director of Federal Relations for Research for the University of Michigan. From 1992-1999, he served as Federal Relations Representative and Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Washington D.C. Office. Toby has written and spoken widely on science policy and funding issues, he is the co-author of a book on national science policy published in 2008 by the University of Michigan Press titled, Beyond Sputnik- U.S> Science Policy in the 21st Century.

Marta Soler-Gallart

Marta Soler-GallartSocial sciences & humanities - June 10, 10:00-11:30 - Substituted by Ms. Teresa Sordé Martí, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and IMPACT-EV (FP7)

Marta Soler-Gallart, Harvard PhD, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona and Director of CREA Research Center. She belongs to the ORCID Board of Directors and is member of the European Sociological Association Executive Committee. She is the Main Researcher of the H2020 project SOLIDUS and the Knowledge Management Coordinator for the FP7 Project IMPACT-EV: Evaluating the Impact and Outcomes of European SSH Research. In relation to this project, she has been involved in the development of SIOR, the first open repository on social impact of science.

Teresa Sordé Martí

Social sciences & humanities - June 10, 10:00-11:30 - Substitute for Ms. Marta Soler-Gallart, IMPACT-EV Knowledge Management Coordinator and member of the Board of Directors of ORCID.

Spela Stres

Spela StresKnowledge Exchange Offices - June 9, 13:45-15:00
Spela Stres is Head of "Innovation and Technology Transfer Center" for the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI). Before that she served at the same institution, occupying several positions: first Teaching Assistant, then Research Assistant, Senior Research Assistant. She continued serving as a Research Associate at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchroton in Hamburg. After an affiliation with the industry she returned to JSI as a Senior Researcher as well as managing the Communication and TechTransfer Unit, coordinating the national Enterprise Europe Network and supervising the SI-TT Association creation.

At that same time she also began serving as "CERN Technology Transfer Network" Board member as well as became Vice President of "European Association of Science and Technology Professionals". She was also shortly a Fellow at JUAS /CERN, Geneva, a head of new product development for a slovenian SME and was assigned several missions as individual exploitation strategy expert in Germany, UK, Italy, Ireland, Czech Republic and Slovenia. She has vast experience in different EC programmes as Advisory Group Member for the DG CONNECT, Strategic Advisory Group Member for the DG Enterprise and Industry, different Working Group Member for the DG Research and Innovation aswell as Project Coordinator. She is involved in large scale negotiation processes in the roles of the main negotiator, business architect or legal advisor.

She is holder of the PhD in Physics of University of Ljubljana and of the Masters Degree of Laws in the field of Intellectual Property of the University of Turin and World Intellectual Property Office, Geneva. More recently, she completed her experience with the Executive MBA of Cotrugli Bussines School (Zagreb, Belgrade, Sofia, Lichtenstein). She also holds a Patent Attorney Exam.

Member of LES Benelux since 2011, ASTP since 2008, SI-TT since 2010. Holder of Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) certificate since 2014.

David Sweeney

David SweeneyInstitutional & governmental policies to optimise the societal impact of Science - June 9, 09:00-10:30
Societal impact of academic education - June 9, 13:45-15:00
David Sweeney is Director Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange at Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), since 2008. In this role he is responsible for research policy and funding (including the Research Excellence Framework), knowledge exchange and health policy. Before joining HEFCE, David was Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University London, and serving in a national role as Chair of the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. David was Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) at Royal Holloway from 2004 till 2008.

David was an adviser to the Australian Research Impact Pilot Exercise, and he has also visited many European countries and Hong Kong to advise on research assessment and funding. David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

John Walker

John WalkerResearch infromation systems - June 9, 11:30-12:45
From assessing to advancing the societal impact of science - June 9, 15:30-15:45
John Walker leads strategy and business development for Elsevier Research Intelligence, a portfolio of products and services designed to help universities, funders and governments understand research performance and impact. This includes the SciVal benchmarking tool, the Pure research information system, the Scopus database and discovery tool and custom analytic reports. In his previous role, John helped to set the strategy for the broader research business, focusing on Elsevier’s approach to open access across publishing strategy and policy development.

Prior to joining Elsevier in 2011, John earned his MBA at London Business School and Columbia University, working as a consultant in magazine publishing (Hearst Media, Columbia Journalism Review), venture capital (Fidelity Growth Partners Europe), and healthcare strategy in the NHS. His earlier career was with KPMG Forensic, where he advised clients on international litigation and arbitration in financial services, energy, media and automotive manufacturing. John also worked as a journalist and researcher for a division of ThomsonReuters. His academic background is in psychology; he published articles on personality and aesthetic preference.

Sharon Witherspoon

Sharon Witherspoon
Sharon Witherspoon worked for several years in applied social science research, designing and carrying out evaluations of government programmes in the 1980s, and serving as part of the original research team on the British Social Attitudes survey. She was at the Nuffield Foundation, a grant-giving endowed charitable trust, for 19 years, first leading its programmes of social research and social policy, and then for three years as Director. She oversaw annual grant budgets for social science research averaging £5m -£6m during that period. While there, she also led the development of the £19.5m Q-Step programme, funded jointly by the Nuffield Foundation, the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), to improve quantitative research skills for UK social science undergraduates.

She is currently Acting Head of Policy for the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and Deputy Chair of the Administrative Data Research Network, convened by the UK Statistics Authority with the support of the ESRC.

She was awarded an MBE for services to social science in 2008, received the British Academy President’s Medal in 2011, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College London in 2015.

Daniel Zajfman

Daniel ZajfmanInstitutional & governmental policies to optimise the societal impact of Science - June 9, 09:00-10:30
Daniel Zajfman is President of the Weizmann Institute of Science and serves as an external member of the Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics. He joined the Weizmann Institute’s Deparment of Particle Physics as a senior scientist and was appointed associate professor (1997) and subsequently full professor (2003). He worked as a consultant for Elscint and received his Ph.D. from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He has also taught various undergraduate and graduate physics courses, both at the Technion and at the Weizmann Institute.
Daniel Zajfman has invested much time and effort in community outreach, to the public in general and youth in particular. One of his goals is to broaden interest in and knowledge of the advances taking place on the scientific front. As President of the Weizmann Institute, Daniel Zajfman has given priority to sustaining the Institute’s standards of excellence. He has led the establishment of several research schools, centers and institutes. Under his direction, major funds have been invested in developing the Institute’s infrastructure. He also worked to advance collaboration between Institute scientists and researchers and academics in the social sciences and humanities.



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