Building Alliances for synergy between world class science and societal impact

12-13 June 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

The Impact of Science conference 2017 was a success thanks to all the active participants. The pictures can be found using this link!

Stockholm at Night

Thank you for attending!

Stockholm at Night

One of the big issues in science policy is how “societal impact” and “scientific quality” relate to each other. Some argue that “societal impact” stimulates the quality of research in itself by increasing its relevance and combining insights from different stakeholders. Others have stated that the best research creates ground-breaking new insights which will inevitably lead to ground-breaking impact in society. Some are convinced that the quality of a research might decline if there is too much pressure to increase impact on society. In order to create effective policies we need to understand these processes and in which situations which effect occurs.

In this conference we will share and discuss worldwide instruments which have proven to be effective to stimulate both the quality and the societal impact of science. In order to find mutual grounds for early stage alliances at this conference we will discuss all aspects of this complex ambition.

The AESIS Network is convinced that societal impact:

  • can only be robust based on a well balanced insight on how the impact of science on society can be measured;
  • should investigate the impact of the humanities, the social sciences and the hard sciences in one comparable approach for accountability;
  • should preferably include both the societal impact of scientific research and university education.

The Impact of Science 2017 conference will evaluate methods and best practices around the world on:

  • Policy strategies for impact;
  • Strategic Alliances with stakeholders;
  • National, international and institutional instruments for achieving impact;
  • Current issues on public engagement, evidence-based policy and harmonising definitions.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Stockholm!

Programme design

You can find the programme below:

Programme Impact of Science 2017
The Impact of Science programme is being made possible with the help of our

Leading Partner:


and the Programme Advisory Committee Sweden:

Helen Dannetun (Chair)
Kerstin Sahlin

Göran Marklund
Erik Roos
Johan Blaus
Joakim Amorim
Peter Allebeck

Chair of the Association of Swedish Higher Education
Secretary General of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council.
Deputy Director General
Senior Analyst at Formas
Business intelligence Project Manager
Research Programmes Manager
Secretary General at Forte








Koenraad Debackere - Chair of the Programme

Koenraad Debackere 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.

Helene Hellmark Knutsson

Helene Hellmark Knutsson Helene Hellmark Knutsson was appointed as Minister for Higher Education and Research by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on October 3, 2104. She represents the Social Democratic Party.

Since 2013, she has been a member of the National Board of the Social Democratic Party and Chair of the Social Democratic Party in Stockholm County. She was a member of the board of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions from 2011-2014, and Chair of the Council for the Stockholm Mälar Region from 2011-2013.

Minister Hellmark Knutsson served as County Council Commissioner at Stockholm County Council from 2010-2014 and group leader of the Social Democratic Party at Stockholm County Council from 2011-2014. She served as Municipal Commissioner and Chair of the Municipal Executive Board in Sundbyberg Municipality from 2001-2010. Prior to that, she was an Ombudsman with the Swedish Trade Union Confederation from 1996-2001.

She was born in Solna in 1969. Helene Hellmark Knutsson has studied History, Political Economy and Statistics at Stockholm University.

Helene Hellmark Knutsson is married and has two children.

Mats Benner

Mats Benner Mats Benner is a professor in science policy studies at Lund University School of Economics and Management, and a visiting professor at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, and at King's College, London. He deals primarily with issues of research policy, university governance and state-industry relations. He is a permanent member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and has been a member of the Swedish Government’s Research Advisory Board (2009-2010, 2015-2016).

Fredrik Bronéus

Fredrik Bronéus Fredrik Brounéus, Senior Communications and Project Manager at VA, is a pharmacist with a master of Journalism from Uppsala University. He has nine years of experience from the Swedish Medical Products Agency where he worked at the Communications Unit as an editor, medical writer and head of the communications and media group. Before joining VA in 2014 he worked as a communications researcher in a multidisciplinary research project at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
As part of his role at VA, he manages the annual citizen science project that constitutes a part of the Swedish events on European Researchers’ Night (ForskarFredag). His books for children and young adults have been translated into several languages.

Silaporn Buasai

Silaporn Buasai Dr. Silaporn is Deputy Director on Social Innovation of the Thailand Research Fund, one of the largest research granting agencies in Thailand. She has since 1997 been in charge of the research division for community development and pioneered the Area-Based Collaborative Research for Development Program. Dr. Silaporn is currently collaborating with 24 universities in Thailand, using research grant as an impetus to create an ecosystem for university community engagement. She has currently been appointed to chair the committee on Collaboration for Area Based Reform for the Royal Thai Government.
She received a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, a Master’s Degree in International Development Education from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Florida State University. She served on the National Reform Council and chaired the National Reform Council Sub-committees on Budgetary Reform and Local Finance Reform during 2014-2015.

Giorgio Clarotti

Giorgio Clarotti Giorgio Clarotti is a senior policy officer for the European Commission in the Research & Innovation department. He is working since 2015 on the strategy for the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge on Health, Demographic Change and Well-being, focusing on drafting the annual Work Programme and, on the longer term, on improving the dissemination and exploitation of results.
From 2005 to 2015 he developed actions to boost collaboration between national research programmes to strengthen the European Research Area. These ranged from bottom-up collaborations between research programmes to combat rare diseases or ensure food safety (ERA-NET scheme) to the much bigger Joint Programming process. This last initiative resulted in ten Joint Programming Initiatives between EU Member States addressing Major Societal Challenges such as Neurodegenerative Diseases or 'Food, Agriculture and Climate Change'.
He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Montpellier (FR) and Tübingen (DE) Universities) and has been working for the European Commission since 1991, where he developed a research programme on medical materials and technologies (Brite-Euram) and then specific measures to facilitate the participation and fostering research by small businesses (SMEs).
He was in charge of Communication for the Employment and Social Affairs Director General of the Commission from 2002 to 2004. In 2001, he was part of the team that drafted the EU White Paper on Governance (rapporteur on Network Governance).

Cynthia Cliff

Cynthia Cliff Dr Cynthia Cliff is the Director (Knowledge Transfer & Partnership Development) in the Faculty of Health at QUT in Brisbane Australia. This pioneering role, in academic terms, reflects a career-long fascination with innovation at the industry-academic interface.
The importance of international collaboration, andragogical and heutatogical innovation in teaching, and building outstanding health research programs have been enduring themes whilst working and studying at 8 different universities and building an extensive track record in the field of technology and social change.
Her academic career has also been shaped by early experience as an international student, teacher, and researcher investigating new synthetic routes to potential anti-cancer drugs. Currently she is a driving force in development and delivery of The Bridge Program which brings together 14 global players from the pharmaceutical sector and Australia’s MedTech and Pharma Growth Centre to increase the quality and quantity of pharmaceutical commercialisation taking place in Australia.

Prior to joining QUT's Faculty of Health, Dr Cliff assisted government, the private sector and NGOs with business innovation across a diversity of industries ranging from mining to the arts and space technology. She has also worked with the government examining future directions in tertiary education, and with the consumer movement on the impact of manufacturing and marketing practice on consumer health and the environment.

At QUT her enterprise, international and engagement skills have contributed to the university's ability to solve real world problems by actively fostering multidisciplinary and inter-professional teaching and research in the Faculty of Health. Her passion for innovation and active promotion of deep, enduring and mutually beneficial international and industry collaboration has contributed significantly to QUT’s long-term relationships in Australia, PR China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Finland and the UK.

Helen Dannetun

Koenraad Debackere Dr Helen Dannetun is professor of physics and vice-chancellor at Linköping University. She acquired her MSc in applied physics and electrical engineering at Linköping University in 1980 and her doctorate, with a dissertation on catalytic reactions on metallic surfaces, in 1987.

Following the completion of her doctorate, Dr. Dannetun continued her academic career.

o Postdoctoral research fellow 1988
o Senior lecturer 1994
o Professor of physics 2002
o Head of the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM) 2000-2003
o Dean of the Institute of Technology 2004-2011
o Vice-chancellor of Linköping University 2011-

She is since 2015 the chair of the Association of Swedish Higher Education.

Laura Fedorciow

Laura Fedorciow 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.

Dame Anne Glover

Anne Glover Anne has a BSc in Biochemistry from Edinburgh and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Cambridge. She has pursued a career in scientific research at Aberdeen University and her research has been varied including studying how proteins are directed to the correct location within our cells, the diversity and function of the microbial population in soil, the development of biological sensors (biosensors) to detect environmental pollution and more recently, how we respond to stress at the molecular level. This current area of research has particular relevance to how we age (our cells are under stress in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease) and also how we respond to artificial stresses such as chemotherapy. She has also commercialised some of her biosensor technology into a successful company which diagnoses environmental pollution and provides solutions for its clean-up.

In 2008 she was made a Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and has worked hard to raise the profile of women in SET and to ensure that not only are women are recruited into careers in SET but that they are supported to remain in the profession during their careers. Anne has promoted the communication of science and has appeared on BBC and international television and many global radio programmes. In 2009, she was awarded a CBE by the Queen in recognition of her services to environmental sciences. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Anne was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012-2015). Prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006-2011). In both positions Anne transformed the way science, engineering and technology were used and discussed within government and developed strategic initiatives to bridge the gap between science and policy. She has also been a very effective and well respected ambassador for European science. She is currently Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen.

Professor Glover became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Science in the UK and Europe in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Andreas Göthenberg

Andreas Göthenberg Dr. Andreas Gothenberg was appointed Executive Director of STINT as of September 1, 2009. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1996 and 2003, respectively. From 2006 until 2009 he was a Science and Technology Attaché at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo, Japan. Previous to that he was working as a Center Manager and Senior Researcher in China, setting up joint research and education centers for KTH Royal Institute of Technology at Zhejiang University and Fudan University. He has been a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also been with Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

Ute Günther

Ute Günther Since 2001, Dr. Ute Günther is co-president of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (BAND), the association of the German Business Angels market. Since 2013 she also serves as Vice President of Business Angels Europe (BAE). She has been executive board member of Business Angels Agency Ruhr e.V (BAAR) since 1999. Additionally, she serves as Director of the company Startbahn Ruhr GmbH as well as Managing Board Member of pro Ruhrgebiet e.V. In 2013 she was appointed to be a member of the Advisory board “Young digital economy” at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. Dr. Günther studied Philosophy, Romance languages and Education and has been active in researching and teaching at the universities of Bochum, Essen, Trier and Vallendar.

Laura Hillier

Laura Hillier Laura Hillier leads a team responsible for monitoring corporate performance and assessing the outcomes and impacts of the investments in research infrastructure made by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She works collaboratively with others in the Science & Technology community to ensure the teams work meets the needs of the CFI and its stakeholders.
Laura has extensive experience in the area of research evaluation and outcome assessment having worked in the area for over ten years. Prior to entering the area of research evaluation, Laura worked in various capacities across the range of academic health research; from basic biomedical research to applied health services research.
Laura holds a BSc in biology, an MSc in Epidemiology, and is a credentialed evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society. Laura recently completed the Performance Measure Blueprint Certification Program through the Balanced Scorecard Institute and Stacey Barr Pty. Ltd. in conjunction with The George Washington University College of Professional Studies.

Lars Hultman

Lars Hultman Prof. Hultman is the CEO of The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF).

He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (KVA) and Engineering Sciences (IVA), as well as Fellow of the American Vacuum Society and the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

Prof. Hultman received his PhD and became Professor/Head of Division in Thin Film Physics at IFM, Linköping University after being a visiting scientist to Northwestern University. His last sabbatical was to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Recognitions include the ERC Advanced Grant, Wallenberg Scholar Grant, and the Akzo Nobel Sweden Science Award.

Lars Hultman has served as Director for several Swedish Centers of Excellence in Materials Research. He has authored 725 papers (ISI most cited researcher) with an h-index of 66, and holds 25 patents from active collaboration with industry.

Martin Hynes

Martin Hynes Martin Hynes is President of the European Science Foundation, the parent organization of Science Connect. Prior to this he served as Chief Executive of the ESF from 2012 – 2016.

He was formerly Director of The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) and in this role he implemented a number of innovative national funding schemes with a special focus on early career researchers. He devised special incentives for engaging young researchers with enterprise across public and private sectors and won significant Marie-Curie co-funding for these programmes. He was also the Programme Committee member for Science in Society actions and in that role encouraged the uptake in Ireland of related actions such as the GenSet initiative.

Martin was formerly Senior Science Advisor with Science Foundation Ireland – the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. He was also a Senior Policy Analyst with Forfás - the Irish national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. His experience lies in policy formulation and he has an excellent record of implementing policy decisions. He has been instrumental in the formulation of major national funding initiatives supporting research in the ICT and biotechnology sectors. He also contributed to the formulation of first National Framework of Research Needs in Ireland and was a significant contributor to the Technology Foresight initiative that laid the ground work for the establishment of Science Foundation Ireland.

With specialist training in Governance, Martin has served on a number of Boards including that of the Irish University Quality Board and the Digital Enterprise Research Institute as well as those of private companies. He is also a member of the Foundation Board of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).

An Engineering and MBA Graduate, he is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. He was also awarded the French national award of Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Palme Academiques in recognition of his promotion of research linkages between Ireland and France.

Martin is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions on skills, training and career development programme, an expert European Commission Group. Martin was awarded an EU Champions of Research accolade by the Irish President, Mr. Michael D Higgins in 2012 for this work.

Anders Karlsson

Anders Karlsson Anders Karlsson, PhD, joined in 2012 Elsevier as Vice President for Strategic Alliances, Global Academic Relations, to support Elsevier’s relations with key stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining Elsevier, he was for five years Counselor for Science and Innovation at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo (Japan), with a regional responsibility for Japan and South Korea. He has a strong interest in how digital technologies are transforming science, in the societal impact of science, and currently he is also involved in Elsevier’s strategy work around sustainability science.

Before serving as Science Counselor, he was for 10 years Professor in Quantum Photonics at the Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. He has been Visiting Scientist at NTT Basic Research Labs, Stanford University, École Polytechnique Paris, Nihon University, Zhejiang University and Advisor at the Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics, both from the Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Stockholm, Sweden.

Sigbritt Karlsson

Sigbritt Karlsson Sigbritt Karlsson is the 19th President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She took office on November 12, 2016.
Karlsson was president of the University of Skövde from 2010 to 2016. She has an academic background from KTH, where she earned her Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a specialisation in biotechnology. She also has a PhD in polymer technology from KTH, and is professor of polymer technology targeting the polymeric materials technical environment.
Karlsson has held a variety of positions at KTH. From 1996 to 2004 she served as Director of Studies. She was Vice Dean responsible for strategic education issues from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, she served as Vice Dean of Faculty and was responsible for undergraduate studies at the School of Chemical Science.
As President of KTH her goal is, in line with Vision 2027, to lift KTH to next level: "KTH will continue to strengthen its position as a leading international university. To get there we need the work to be characterized by equality and sustainable development".

Martin Kern

Martin Kern Martin Kern is the Interim Director and Chief Operating Officer at the EIT since 1 August 2014. Prior to joining, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy having started his career with a short stint at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
Working for the EU, he held a variety of positions, the latest being Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia where he coordinated the programming and implementation of EU funds to bring Serbia closer to EU accession and among many issues, he led the EU’s rapid response following the disastrous floods in Serbia in May 2014.

Previously, he worked as country coordinator for financial assistance for the Turkey team in the European Commission’s DG Enlargement. In 2009, he was seconded to the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm during their EU Presidency by the European Commission. He started his career in the EU in Lithuania and Estonia, working in the EU Delegations and helping the two countries join the EU and ending his 6 years in the Baltic States as Acting Head of the EU Representation in Tallinn. Following the accession of the ten new Member States to the EU in 2004, he continued working on financial assistance, dealing inter alia with the anti-corruption policies and irregularity follow up in the use of EU funds in Bulgaria and Romania around the time of their accession.

He started his career after a brief stint at the UN and has Master degrees in Economics and English from the University of Heidelberg and in European Studies from the University of Reading.

Alan Leshner

Alan LeshnerAlan I. Leshner is Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former Executive Publisher of the Science family of journals. Before this position, Dr. Leshner was Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. He also served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and in several roles at the National Science Foundation.

Before joining the government, Dr. Leshner was Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University. Dr. Leshner is an elected fellow of AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Public Administration, and many others. He is a member and served on the governing Council of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He served two terms on the National Science Board, appointed first by President Bush and then reappointed by President Obama. Dr. Leshner received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University and an A.B. in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. He has been awarded seven honorary Doctor of Science degrees.

Karen I.J. Maex

Karen Maex Karen Maex obtained a PhD in 1987 from KU Leuven. She became a professor at KU Leuven since 1998, teaching Materials Physics and Nanoelectronics. Her research took place in strong collaboration with the Micro-electronic research center IMEC.

She was Vice Rector for Science, Engineering and Technology at KU Leuven, from 2005 to 2013.
Professor Maex was dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam and at the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam from January 2014 until June 2016.
Since June 2016 Professor Maex is Rector Magnificus University of Amsterdam and member of the Executive Board University of Amsterdam and University of Applied Sciences.

She served on the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) 2008 until 2014 and is member of the Governing Board of EFER since 2014.

Anssi Mälkki

Anssi Mälkki Dr. Anssi Mälkki received his MSc in theoretical physics 1988 and PhD in space plasma physics in 1993, both at the University of Helsinki. Between 1994 and 1996 he worked as a research scientist at the Research Centre ESTEC of the European Space Agency (ESA) and after that as a research scientist and research manager at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). While at the FMI, Dr. Mälkki acted as Programme Manager for numerous international science-driven research activities of the institute.
Between 2008 and 2012 Dr. Mälkki worked at the Academy of Finland as Programme Manager, responsible for the coordination of research programmes related to physics, materials science and scientific computing.
Dr. Mälkki was appointed Secretary General of the Research and Innovation Council of Finland in September 2012. The Council, chaired by the Prime Minister, serves as an advisory body to the Government in matters concerning Research and Innovation policy.
Since November 2014 Dr. Mälkki has worked as a Senior Science Advisor at the Academy of Finland, with focus on science policy and especially impact of research on society.
Dr. Mälkki has acted as a member or chair of several working and advisory groups of EU-, bilateral, multilateral, and national programmes. He has published 25 papers in refereed journals on science and technology within Space Physics and Atmospheric Remote Sensing.

Göran Marklund

Göran Marklund Göran Marklund is Deputy Director General and Head of Operational Development and Analysis at VINNOVA, the Swedish Innovation Agency. In that capacity he is deeply involved in developing VINNOVA’s strategy and program designs. Dr Marklund is also highly active in developing the agenda of the OECD TIP, Working Group on Innovation and Technology Policy. He has been Associate Professor in Economic History at Uppsala University with the focus on innovation and economic change. Dr Marklund has also been Science and Technology Attaché at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC and guest researcher at the Centre for International Technology Policy (CISTP) at George Washington University. He regulrarly gives advice to the Swedish Government and to the EU on research, innovation and growth policy issues. As a researcher, Dr Marklund has primarily specialized in globalization, innovation and national competitiveness, as well as policy impact studies, with a particular focus on R&D and innovation indicators. In this function he has closely followed OECD’s and Eurostat’s indicator work and assisted at the meetings of OECD’s group of national experts of science and technology indicators, NESTI. Dr Marklund is currently chairman of the Advisory Board for R&D and Innovation Statistics at Statistics Sweden.

André Martinuzzi

Koenraad Debackere André Martinuzzi is the founding director of the Institute for Managing Sustainability and associate professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His main areas of research are sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, R&I evaluation, and responsible research and innovation. For more than 15 years he has co-ordinated projects funded by the EU Framework Programmes, on behalf of six different EU DGs, Eurostat, UN organizations and for several national ministries. He designed and implemented an internet-based monitoring system for the 7th EU Framework Programme ( and served as a rapporteur for the ex-post evaluation of this programme. In close collaboration with corporate partners he analysed benefits and challenges of corporate impact assessment and management. Together with his team he developed innovative tools for knowledge brokerage between research and policy-making and supported policy learning among the European member states in the area of sustainable development ( He currently carries out research on the role of civil society in innovation systems, on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, and on the European Added Value of resource efficiency research.

Barend van der Meulen

Koenraad Debackere Prof. Dr. Barend van der Meulen is the head of Research of Rathenau Instituut, and professor Evidence for Science Policy at Leiden University.

He has over 25 years of experience in science policy, research on the dynamics of science and science policy, and on the policy instruments used for science policy. He regularly advised governments, parliament, funding organisations and research institutes on matters of science and innovation 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 research a wide range of science policy issues, including research evaluation, the role of foresight, the history of the Dutch science system, the 'Europeanization' of science, and research funding.

Recently, he was expert member of panels of the innovation review of Sweden, the evaluation of research councils in Lithuania and Hungary and for the review of the EU-Australia S&T agreement. He is chair of the Scientific Integrity Committee of the Wageningen University and Research, 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.

Frank Miedema

Frank Miedema Frank Miedema (1954) studied biochemistry at the University of Groningen, specializing in immunology, with a minor in Philosophy of Science. He obtained a PhD from the University of Amsterdam at the Central Laboratory of the Blood Transfusion Service (CLB), now Sanquin. There, from 1983 he was project leader immunovirology of HIV/AIDS as part of the Amsterdam Cohort Studies. In 1996 he was appointed full professor at AMC/University of Amsterdam and in became Director of Sanquin Research in 1998. In 2004 he became head of the Immunology department at the University Medical Center Utrecht. From 2009 he is dean and vice chairman of the Executive Board at the University Medical Center Utrecht.

He is one of the initiators of Science in Transition believes that the scientific incentive and reward system is in need of fundamental reform. Next to Science for Science (articles in journals), the added value for society needs to be more appreciation and societal stakeholders should be involved more integrally in the production of knowledge.

Sean Newell

Sean Newell Sean Newell, Chief Executive Officer

Sean has worked in the software industry for over 25 years, having started out as an engineering graduate from Cambridge University. Originally a software developer, Sean made the transition to operational management and has directed companies and teams, both small and large around the world. Though born in the UK, Sean has lived and worked in a variety of countries most recently returning from Australia to the UK to manage GE’s European technical service delivery unit.

Åsa Persson

Åsa Persson Åsa Persson is Senior Research Fellow at SEI Stockholm and leader of the global SEI research theme Transforming Governance. Dr Persson is a social scientist working with national and global environmental governance issues, through academic research grants and applied research assignments for policy-maker partners. A human geographer by training, she received her PhD degree in environmental policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science in 2007. Dr Persson first joined SEI in 2001, and has been visiting researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre (2010-11), at ANU in Canberra (2011), and at Macquarie University in Sydney (2017).

Her current research focuses on global governance of climate adaptation, policy coherence in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and planetary boundaries. She has recently presented her work to the UN ECOSOC, the OECD Centre-of-Government network, and the Swedish government.

Her work has been published in journals such as Nature, Nature Climate Change, Climate Policy, Ecological Economics, International Environmental Agreements, Climate & Development, European Environment, and Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. She has led projects for policy-maker clients, such as the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Danish and Swedish governments and the European Commission, and grants from research council Formas.

Ingrid Petersson

Ingrid Petersson Ingrid Petersson was born on the 22nd of January in 1958. She is currently living in Stockholm and got her MBA degree from Uppsala University in 1982. Since 2013 she is the Director General of FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development. Furthermore she is a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA). Ingrid has a seat in the board of multiple commissions like the Swedish Agency for Employment Services and of the Swedish Tourist Association.
Previous positions Ingrid has held include: Investigator for the Ministry of Education and Research in 2013, EU Science Relations and Collaborations Leader from 2011 until 2013 and the Director of Science Relations at Astra Zeneca from 2007 until 2011

David J. Phipps

David Phipps David J. Phipps, Ph.D., MBA
Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services
York University

Dr. Phipps manages all research grants and agreements including knowledge and technology transfer for York University including York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit. In addition to other awards and recognition he has been named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. He received the 2015 Research Management Excellence Award and 2015 President’s Award for Innovation in Knowledge Mobilization. In 2015 he was named the Gordon and Jean Southam Fellow from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He is also the KT Lead for NeuroDevNet and Network Director for ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche.

Dr. B. Mario Pinto

Dr. B. Mario Pinto Dr. Pinto received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Queen’s University. He served as Professor, Chair of Chemistry and Vice-President Research at Simon Fraser University (SFU), President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and Vice-Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada. Dr. Pinto has received numerous awards recognizing the quality and impact of his research, including Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada. He has also established a track record for developing exciting new models of innovation. Successes include: VentureLabs®; Venture Connection®; Zone Start-Ups India, a joint venture between Ryerson University, SFU and the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute; and a partnership between SFU and the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. in hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Dr. Pinto joined the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as its President in November 2014. At NSERC, he augmented the agency’s dual expertise as an investor in discovery-based research and a broker of successful R&D partnerships with technology-driven enterprises to de-risk promising research. A seamless discovery-innovation bidirectional continuum has resulted. He led efforts to develop a new strategic plan, NSERC 2020. He launched an extensive consultation process for the plan to engage Canada’s diverse research ecosystem and to manage change both within NSERC and the external community. In doing so, Dr. Pinto has taken steps to ensure that NSERC is working effectively as a convenor of stakeholder interests in the natural sciences and engineering. Dr. Pinto champions global connectivity to increase the power of the line of sight by embracing diverse perspectives. Dr. Pinto is also a champion of gender equity and inclusion of the two-spirit community in research and innovation.

Annika Pontén

Annika Pontén
Annika Pontén is the Acting Head of the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ). She normally holds the position of Deputy Head of the Authority and Head of the Department of Higher Education Analysis. The Authority evaluates the quality of higher education, analyses developments in HE, is responsible for official statistics about higher education and monitors that universities and university colleges follow laws and regulations.

Pontén has previously been the Head of Administration at the Royal Institute of Art and Director of the International Office at Uppsala University. She has also been Deputy Director at the Division for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education and Research. Annika also has experience of service within the European Commission as well as the Council of Europe. She holds a Master Degree in Political Science.

Daya Reddy

Daya ReddyDaya Reddy obtained a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town, and a Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University. He was appointed professor of applied mathematics at the University of Cape Town in 1989, and served as dean of its science faculty over the period 1999-2005. He currently holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics. Daya Reddy is Past President of the Academy of Science of South Africa and serves as co-chair of IAP-Research, a component of the InterAcademy Partnership. He is president-elect of the International Council for Science (ICSU). He is a recipient of the Order of Mapungubwe, awarded by the President of South Africa for distinguished contributions to science, and has received the Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.

Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson Emily joined the Wellcome Trust in 2012 as a Science Portfolio Adviser in the Neuroscience and Mental Health team, where she had oversight for the cellular and molecular neuroscience portfolio of grants, including dementia and neurodegeneration research. In this role she contributed to identifying and developing strategic funding initiatives, and supporting Wellcome’s researcher community. In 2014 she became a Senior Portfolio Developer, expanding her remit to cover clinician researchers, where she reviewed Wellcome’s funding of early career clinical fellows that led to Wellcome updating its approach to funding these researchers.

Emily moved on to the Strategy Division at Wellcome, as a Project Manager responsible for delivering Wellcome’s new strategic framework that launched in October 2015. Emily recently joined the Insight and Analysis team at Wellcome as an Insight Manager. In this team she oversees analysis of Wellcome’s activities and achievements, and research into the broader science and health landscape, in order to provide evidence for decision making and future strategic priority setting.

Prior to working for Wellcome Emily trained as a scientist, working on the neurodevelopment of the fruitfly visual system as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, and cell signalling and polarity during her PhD at University College London. Emily has a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and previous experience of working in the medical research charity sector, having worked at Deafness Research UK as a fundraiser before her PhD.

Gunnar Sivertsen

Gunnar Sivertsen Gunnar Sivertsen is Research Professor and Head of bibliometric research at the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) in Oslo. His expertise is in policy-oriented studies of research related to statistics, performance indicators, evaluation, funding, and science policy. Sivertsen has advised the development of new systems for research assessment and monitoring in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Flanders (Belgium), Norway and Sweden. Since 2016, Sivertsen is engaged in the international Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-QUEST), where he is leading the research strand investigating the relationship between research quality and societal impact.

Tobin Smith

Tobin Smith 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.

Jack Spaapen

Jack Spaapen Dr Jack Spaapen is senior policy advisor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His main expertise is in societal impact evaluation, the role of scientific advice and research and innovation policy. He has coordinated many Academy projects in these areas, and several EU projects regarding societal impact and responsible research and innovation (RRI). He is currently working on the development of an adequate assessment system for humanities research in the Netherlands and vice-chair of the ENRESSH Cost action under H2020 for evaluation methods in the social sciences and humanities . .

Sven Stafström

Sven Stafström Professor Sven Stafström is Director General of the Swedish Research Council since 2014. He also holds a professorship in Computational Physics at Linköping University. Professor Stafström acquired his doctorate in 1985. He was postdoctoral research fellow in Belgium 1987-1988, senior lecturer 1990 and professor 2000. He has published more than 220 articles in the research field of theoretical and computational studies of electronic processes in organic materials.

Professor Stafström has a long experience in academic leadership. He was Director of the National Supercomputer Center (NSC) at Linköping University (2004-2008), Chairman, Condensed Matter Division, Swedish Physical Society (2007-2009), Head of the Department of Science and Technology at Linköping University (2008-2010), and Secretary General, Swedish Research Council, Natural and Engineering Sciences (2010-2013). He is also member of the Board of Fulbright Sweden and of the Advisory Council, Swedish Higher Education Authority.

Jan-Eric Sundgren

jan-eric-sundgrenDr Jan-Eric Sundgren works since October 2016 as an independent consultant.

Before this he was with the Volvo Group from 2006 as executive vice president for public and environmental affairs and part of the Group Executive Management Team and since spring 2013 Senior Adviser to the CEO. Prior to joining the Volvo Group he was President of Chalmers University of Technology between 1998 and 2006 and prior to this Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for engineering science. He holds a PhD in Materials Physics and a Professorship in Thin Film Physics from Linköping University. He is currently chairman of the Business Europe´s working group on research and technological innovation as well as chairing the board for the Swedish Strategic Innovation program Production 2030. He is a board member of Mälardalen University, of Hogia AB, of Impact Coatings AB as well as chairing the Swedish Council for Research Infrastructure RFI and chairman of board of the EIT RawMaterials GmbH.

David Sweeney

David Sweeney David Sweeney is Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange). In this role he is responsible for research policy and funding (including the Research Excellence Framework), knowledge exchange and health policy. He is also responsible for the Catalyst Fund, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, and HEFCE’s international engagement. He works alongside Chris Millward (Director of Policy), who leads on education and skills.

A statistician, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, developing mathematical models of plant growth before moving into senior management in the IT area, becoming Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University of London, and serving in a national role as Chair of the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. He became Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004, responsible for research strategy, the 2008 RAE submission and for developing Royal Holloway's research-led commercial and consultancy activities, knowledge transfer and development programme. He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director (Research, Innovation and Skills).

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. In 2012, he was a member of the Finch Group on Open Access to Research Outputs, and has been working with the research councils, charities, learned societies, other academic groups and publishers to take forward the Finch Group recommendations. David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Pauline Tay

Pauline Tay Dr. Pauline Tay manages the Innovation and Enterprise Division at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, formulating and implementing strategies to catalyse innovation and technology commercialisation. Prior to this, Dr. Tay headed the Healthcare cluster at Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) for 4 years, providing technology scouting services and advice to the industry. With a PhD in Stem Cell Biology, and 8 years of R&D experience in a start-up, overseas university (Osaka School of Medicine) and government research institute (Institute of Medical Biology), Dr. Tay has an extensive network with local and overseas research, technology and enterprise communities. Before that, she started her career as a training consultant at the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB), followed by another 3 years of research administration at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Lesley Thompson

Lesley Thompson Dr. Lesley Thompson joined Elsevier in 2016 as Director Academic & Government Strategic Alliance in the UK. Prior to joining Elsevier, Lesley worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, the largest of the UK’s 7 Research Councils. In 2006 she was appointed Research Director, and made responsible for the strategy and delivery of the scientific programme, with an annual budget of 800 M UK pounds. As Research Director she was responsible for driving the quality of the research portfolio as well as fostering the collaboration with industry. EPSRC’s collaboration with industry grew from 12 to 54% from 1994 to 2015 while the international research standing grew ensuring the portfolio delivered Excellence with Impact. During her time in EPSRC, Lesley introduced a number of innovations including; Ideas Factories, designed to encourage radical thinking with funding available to enact research following a sandpit in a research area; Discipline Hopping enabling academics to take time out in another discipline and cohort based doctoral training growing the investment of 2 centres in 2001 to 115 centres in 2014. She has always championed early career researchers, interdisciplinary research and diversity. She is a member of the Royal Society Diversity group and in January 2016 was awarded an MBE for services to research. Lesley has a PhD in Biology from the University of Essex and is married with 2 children.

Ambra Trotto

Ambra Trotto Ambra Trotto's fascinations lie in how to empower ethics, through design, using digital and non digital technologies as materials. Strongly believing in the power of Making, Ambra works with makers, builders, craftsmen, dancers and designers to shape societal transformation. Within her design research activity, she produces co-design methods to boost transdisciplinary design conversations.
A tortuous path brought her from a little town in the province of Bologna, Italy, up to Umeå. From architecture, studied at the University of Florence, she slowly but certainly drifted towards interaction design. She fell for it at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where she defended her PhD thesis in 2011. She currently leads the Umeå studio of RISE Interactive, where they design the Unexpected for their partners.
Ambra is also associate professor at the Umeå School of Architecture, where she chairs the research coucil and she is representative for equal opportunities. She closely collaborates with the Designing Quality in Interaction group of the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Rosalinde van der Vlies

Rosalinde van der Vlies Rosalinde van der Vlies (1974) is currently heading the Evaluation Unit in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission. Prior to that she was deputy head of cabinet with Environment Commissioner Potocnik. She holds a Dutch law degree (University of Rotterdam) and has a postgraduate degree in European Law (College of Europe, Bruges). After several years of practising as a competition lawyer at the Brussels’s bar she joined the European Commission in 2002 and has worked in the areas of environment, gender equality and anti-discrimination before taking her current position.

Steven Wooding

Steven Wooding Steven Wooding is Lead for Research and Analysis and a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University. For the last 14 years he has worked studying the science of science and advising research funders across the world. This themes of work are research evaluation; improving funding decisions in research; understanding the social processes of science; and examining how these are affected by aspects of open science. Steven is the co-director of the Centre for Policy Research in Science and Medicine – supported by the English Department of Health. The centre carries out a range of research including developing bibliometric techniques to support decision-making and carrying out evaluations of National Institute for Health Research programmes.
Steven has recently completed a project to map the global funding of mental health research and is currently studying the effects of co-location on research productivity, and developing new approaches to bibliometric assessment.
Steven has particular expertise is in developing and applying measurement frameworks and evaluation tools that capture the diverse range of benefits produced by research. This includes work examining research in biomedicine, social science and the arts and humanities. He has led three international studies on evaluating the long-term – 10-25 year – impacts of biomedical research. Alongside this he has expertise in data visualisation and large-scale data processing
Steven is a visiting research fellow at Cambridge University and the Policy Institute at Kings’ College London and has worked for government and charity sector clients in the UK, Denmark, Qatar, Ireland, Canada, Chile, USA and Australia.
Steven Wooding is Lead for Research and Analysis and a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University. For the last 14 years he has worked studying the science of science and advising research funders across the world. This themes of work are research evaluation; improving funding decisions in research; understanding the social processes of science; and examining how these are affected by aspects of open science. Steven is the co-director of the Centre for Policy Research in Science and Medicine – supported by the English Department of Health. The centre carries out a range of research including developing bibliometric techniques to support decision-making and carrying out evaluations of National Institute for Health Research programmes.
Steven has recently completed a project to map the global funding of mental health research and is currently studying the effects of co-location on research productivity, and developing new approaches to bibliometric assessment.
Steven has particular expertise is in developing and applying measurement frameworks and evaluation tools that capture the diverse range of benefits produced by research. This includes work examining research in biomedicine, social science and the arts and humanities. He has led three international studies on evaluating the long-term – 10-25 year – impacts of biomedical research. Alongside this he has expertise in data visualisation and large-scale data processing
Steven is a visiting research fellow at Cambridge University and the Policy Institute at Kings’ College London and has worked for government and charity sector clients in the UK, Denmark, Qatar, Ireland, Canada, Chile, USA and Australia.

11 JUNE 2017 15:30 - 18:00
Under the Bridges, Strömkajen

A cruise around the isles of the capital of Sweden viewing Stockholm’s most beautiful monuments from the water, such as the former hunting grounds of the royal family of Sweden, the City Hall and the lock separating Lake Malar and the Baltic sea.


11 JUNE 2017 19:00 - 22:00
First Hotel Reisen, Skeppsbron 12

Here speakers as well as participants will have the chance to get to know each other and learn about the current issues regarding societal impact from all around the world. This means everybody will get to learn fresh perspectives prior to the conference.

preconference dinner

12 JUNE 2017 18:30 - 20:30
Stockholm City Hall Hantverkargatan 1

Attendees of ‘Impact of Science 2017’ have the unique chance to dine where the Nobel Prize banquet is being held annually. On behalf of the City of Stockholm we invite you to a dinner-reception and tour at the Stockholm City hall, a beautiful and of course very representative location.

conference dinner

12-13 June 2017

Stockholm City Conference Centre
Norra Latin
Drottninggatan 71b
Stockholm, Sweden

This course is organised by the AESIS Network

You can register through the conference website. After registration, you will receive a confirmation via email. You will receive further details about the conference in due time. We kindly request that you register before 31 May.

Participation costs are of the amount of €550. Members of the AESIS Network pay a reduced fee of €500. These include two lunches, a networking reception, a social programme (Sunday), refreshments, and conference documentation.

Exclusively for conference attendees, speakers and partners we organise a conference dinner on Monday 12 June at the Stockholm City Hall. This dinner is included in the participation costs.

Payment of the participation fee should happen before the conference starts. You will receive an invoice together with the confirmation. Payments have to be made in Euro and free of all bank and other charges. Personal or company cheques are not accepted. All amounts are excluding VAT, if applicable.

If you are unable to attend the conference it is permitted to allow someone else to participate in your stead, if the name of the replacement is communicated before the start of the conference to the organisers. Cancellation is possible until 22 May 2017. If you cancel before 22 May 2017, we will invoice €95 administration costs. After 22 May 2017, you owe us the full amount.

Thiebault Oudendijk - Project Manager
Anika Duut van Goor – General Manager

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