17-18 October 2019 in Washington DC, United States
A two-day international conference on assessing and optimising impact of social sciences and humanities through alliances with business, government, and civil society.
AESIS is proud to announce its next edition on ‘The Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities on Society’, to be held right next to the Capitol Hill, in the National Museum of The American Indian, Washington DC. Motivated by science policy developments of recent years, the AESIS Network started in 2017 to organize the first international conference on Societal Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), and the signing of the Cardiff Statement on optimising this impact. Building further on the positive outcome of the SSH 2018 conference in Copenhagen, continuation of the event was decided for the following purposes: to restate and champion the fundamental role that the social sciences and humanities play in society, and to call for an expanded role for the social sciences and humanities in tackling societal and cultural problems through academic research.
Alan Leshner (CEO, Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) will be chairing the conference. The event aims to foster an international discussion on (1) how to define the societal impact of social sciences and humanities, (2) how to measure this impact, and (3) how engaging with government, industry and the public as a whole may stimulate the impact of social sciences and humanities. The event will bring together experts working as:
- R&D evaluators;
- University managers;
- Policy makers;
- Other stakeholders of impact
Click here to view the programme in PDF version.
This elaborate range of themes is made possible with the highly appreciated help of our Programme Advisory Committee :
David Budtz Pedersen
Former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Director of the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen
Executive Director of the National Humanities Alliance
Former CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Executive Director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations
President of the American Academy of Political & Social Science
Co-Director at the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University
Senior Policy Impact Advisor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
CEO of AUTM
Vice-Chair of the International Network for Governmental Science Advise & Director of Research and Innovation, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield
Executive Director at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada
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.
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A social psychologist, Bradburn has been at the forefront in developing theory and practice in the field of sample survey research. He has focused on psychological well-being and assessing quality of life, particularly through the use of large-scale sample surveys; non-sampling errors in sample surveys; and research on cognitive processes in responses to sample surveys. He is currently the co-PI of the Humanities Indicators project at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
David is the recipient and co-recipient of competitive grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research, The Velux Foundation, The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, The European Commission Horizon 2020, The Obel Family Foundation, and the Swedish Research Council. David Budtz has about 150 entries on his list of publications ranging from research papers, research monographs, edited volumes, policy reports, op-ed columns and newspaper articles.
Alongside his research, David has an international public presence with outreach activities in science policy, speaking frequently on the topics of Open Science, Responsible Impact Assessment and Evidence-Informed Policy-Making.
David regularly works as a policy adviser. He entered the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science in 2005, working in technological foresight and science policy until 2012. In 2007, he became a member of the European Commission’s Programme Committee for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities, dealing with analysis and priority-setting in SSH research. In 2012, he supported the Danish Presidency of the European Union in the area of Responsible Research and Innovation, co-organising the conference “Science in Dialogue”. More recently, David was Director of the Science Policy Programme during Denmark’s presidency of the largest interdisciplinary conference in Europe, Euroscience Open Forum 2014. In 2018, he was appointed member of the Danish Governments’ Commission on Rewards and Reputation in Research.
Rich spent the first two decades of his career in the specialty chemicals industry working in a variety of technology management, engineering, and product development roles for BASF and Johnson Polymer, including assignments in Europe as the European Technical Director, and Asia as the Global Product Development Manager. He won his company’s highest inventor award three times, developing polymer technology that achieved more than $1 billion in sales over the life of the patents.
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Ursula joined SSHRC in 2007 as director of communications. In that role, she oversaw the development and implementation of strategic communications for SSHRC, as well as for several international programs, including the Canada Research Chairs, and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, on behalf of Canada’s three federal research granting agencies.
Ursula brings extensive experience in leadership and management across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including responsibility for marketing and communications at the National Gallery of Canada. In addition to her role as Vice-Chair of the Board for the Institute for Public Administration of Canada’s National Capital Region Chapter, Ursula has held board positions and volunteer roles with several national and regional organizations, including the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation, and the United Way.
Ursula holds executive leadership training from Queen’s University, and as well as business and economics diplomas from Algonquin College and John Abbott College.
Land of Hope received awards from the Gustavus Myers Center for Human Rights and the Illinois State Historical Society. A Chance to Make Good won awards from the New York Public Library and the National Council for the Social Studies. Grossman was chosen in 2005 as one of seven "Chicagoans of the Year" by Chicago Magazine.
Grossman’s consulting experience includes the BBC, Smithsonian, and various theater companies, foundations, film makers, museums, and libraries. He serves on the boards of the National Humanities Alliance (President) and American Council of Learned Societies.
Maia earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and her Master in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Dr. Lupia’s research examines processes, principles, and factors that guide decision-making and learning across various audiences and populations. His work clarifies how people make decisions when they lack information or face adverse circumstances. Lupia draws from mathematics, statistics, neuroscience, and other scientific and philosophical disciplines to explore civic competence, information processing, and strategic communication. His work on science communication has influenced scholarly practice, public policy, and classroom teaching around the world.
Lupia has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and received the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Rochester and a PhD at the California Institute of Technology.
She serves on several advisory boards including for the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement Fellows Program, the Network for Advancing & Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science, Knowledge Translation Australia, the Missouri Science & Technology Policy Fellows Program, and the University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology. She also served as a jury member for the 2017 Swedish Impact Award and is a member of the Center for Advancing Informal Science Education’s Research and Practice task force.
She received her MA and PHD in education from the University of California-Santa Barbara and BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Missouri.
Sarah specializes in social studies of research evaluation, and has published widely on the topic of the relations between quality control mechanisms and knowledge production in different fields. She is co-author of the Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics (Nature, April 2015), and of The Metric Tide literature review (HEFCE, 2015). Sarah developed a strong international public academic presence with outreach activities in science policy, speaking frequently on the topic of research evaluation and metrics uses. She also recurrently acts as expert advisor on European working groups and projects (e.g. validation workshops for policy initiatives by the European Commission, where she acts as expert on Research Evaluation).
Sarah is an elected member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) and the of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). Together with her co-authors, she won the 2016 EASST ZIMAN award for the Leiden Manifesto. In 2017, Sarah received a competitive grant from ZonMw in their program on Fostering Responsible Research Practices. In November 2017, she received a Special Recognition Award from the World Cultural Council for combining excellent research with public engagement. In 2018, she received a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, with a project on how evaluation shapes science (FLUIDKNOWLEDGE, 2019-2024).
De Rijcke held a number of visiting professorships. Most recently, she was Fellow at the TU Munich Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS). Last year, De Rijcke was appointed as TUM Ambassador for the year 2018-2019. She is Editorial Board member of Science, Technology & Human Values (ST&HV), Science and Technology Studies, and Interdisciplinary Science Reviews.
In 1991, Mr. Rudin taught courses in U.S. public policy, human rights, and organizational management as a visiting instructor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In the early 1980s, he directed the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Science and Technology for North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., where he was involved in several new state initiatives, such as the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, and he holds master’s degrees in public administration and in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Prior to UNH, Sedam was the Chief Operating Officer of Qualyst, Inc., the global leader in the study of pharmaceutically relevant drug transport interactions (acquired in 2017 by BioreclamationIVT). Sedam has a B.S. in biochemistry from The University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a focus on entrepreneurship and new ventures. Additionally, he is a well-known lecturer on the topics of university innovation and start-up formation.
He shares responsibility for matters concerning research costs and compliance issues including facilities and administrative costs, export controls, scientific openness and security, technology transfer and regulatory reform. He also staffs the Senior Research Officers constituent group.
Prior to joining AAU in January 2003, Toby worked as a federal relations representative in the Washington D.C. Offices of the University of Michigan (1999-2002) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992-1999). He began his Washington career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Congressman Bob Traxler (D-Michigan).
Toby has written and spoken widely on science policy and funding issues. He is the co-author a book on national science policy published in 2008 by the University of Michigan Press titled, Beyond Sputnik – U.S. Science Policy in the 21stCentury. He is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board to the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI). He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Toby holds a master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree from the University of Michigan.
He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director (Research, Innovation and Skills) and led the development and implementation of the first Research Excellence Framework including the new impact agenda element. He was responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university/business relations.
In May 2017 he was appointed the first Executive Chair of Research England, a new council established as part of UK Research and Innovation, alongside the seven disciplinary Research Councils and the UK Innovation Agency. Research England is biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange. In UKRI he has particular responsibilities for Place (Regional Funding), Commercialisation and Open Science.
David has been invited to visit many countries to advise on research assessment and funding, particularly with respect to research impact. He is also co-chair of the Implementation Task Force for Plan S, the international initiative on full and immediate open access to research publications.
David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012, was Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
In 2015, he was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and he now chairs its Policy Working Group. From 2013 to 2017, he chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science, and led an independent government review of the role of metrics in the management of the research system, published in 2015 as The Metric Tide. He subsequently chaired an expert panel on Next Generation Metrics for the European Commission.
Previously, he worked as professor of science and democracy in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (2011-15); director of science policy at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science (2008-11); head of science and innovation at the think tank Demos (2001-08); senior research fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies (2006-08); senior policy adviser at Forum for the Future (1997-01); and special adviser to the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-01).
James contributes regularly to the media, and co-edits the Political Science blog on science policy, hosted by the Guardian from 2013-2018 and now at *Research. He is on the editorial advisory panel of the open access journal Palgrave Communications and on twitter @jameswilsdon
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The National Museum of the American Indian
Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560, United States
|Conference Dinner (October 17)
Traveling from Washington's main airports to the conference location
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: The conference venue is merely 6 minutes away by car, and 15 minutes away by public transport. Please find a detailed description of the available means of transportation to and from this airport here.
Dulles National Airport: The conference venue is a little more than half an hour away by car, and a bit less than an hour away by public transport. A detailed description of the means of transportation to and from this airport is available here.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: The conference venue is 42 minutes away by car, and an hour and a half away by public transport. Please find a detailed description of the available means of transportation to and from this airport here.
Please note that no hotel rooms have been booked for participants and arranging accommodation is at your own responsibility. We do recommend the following hotels in the centre of Washington DC:
17-18 October 2019
The National Museum of the American Indian
Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560, United States
This conference is organised by the AESIS Network.
You can register for this event through the registration page.
Costs include two lunches, a networking reception, refreshments, and conference documentation.
|Euro||USD||Fee members of AESIS & partner networks||380,-||425,-|
After the first day of the conference (17 October 2019), participants have the opportunity to attend the conference dinner. Location and time to be announced. The costs for this diner are €75,- / USD 85,-.
On 16 October 2019, location and time to be announced. The costs for this are €35,- / USD 40,-.
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 or United States Dollar and 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 without cost is possible until September 5, 2019. If you cancel between September 5 and 26, 2019, we will invoice €95 administration costs. After September 26, 2019 you owe us the full amount.
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Word by the Conference Chair:
I am delighted to welcome you to Washington where, on October 17 & 18, the third edition of the conference series on the Societal Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities. After the successful first editions of the conference, this year’s conference will address the societal impact of social sciences & humanities by engaging with government, industry and the public as a whole. Impact is a multidimensional and multifaceted concept necessitating a deeper understanding and much better articulation than what is done today. In the USA many reports have been published on this subject, with a slight focus on the Social Sciences. In many respects, especially for the Humanities it seems that the USA has something to learn from other parts of the world when it comes to measuring and stimulating this impact.
Governments and funders increasingly recognize and reward societal impacts; a new institute will even be established to substantiate this process – the center for Advancing Research and its Impact on Society (ARIS). But there’s still a long way to go when it comes to connecting societal needs to the development of research agendas. We are thankful that the Smithsonian offers us such an exceptional environment to discuss these important issues.
This conference will bring together leading thinkers, practitioners, users and policymakers to define, debate and co-design the next chapter of our shared impact agenda.
I hope you’ll join us."
Chair of the conference
CEO, Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science