A two-day international conference on how social sciences and humanities
can address societal challenges and optimise societal well-being

20-21 September 2017 in Cardiff, United Kingdom

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The Impact of Science is a current issue on most political agendas. Many governments consider science as a motor beneath the development of their economies or societies at large. The nature of these political agendas differ strongly per country. However, what almost all political agendas have in common is a need to prove the societal impact of the substantial investments in scientific research. Here, the technical sciences have an easier story to tell: they develop solar panels that tackle global warming, they invent medicines that cure cancer, or they make products that improve our daily lives.

The direct impact on society of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) is frequently less visible, is more difficult to assess, and is often related to more long-term well-being and civilisation. It touches clearly on our duty to enhance the core values of our society. At the very same time, academics have the task to stimulate and demonstrate this impact to societal stakeholders in order to guarantee the investments in SSH disciplines. This conference will bring together the world’s most appealing demonstrations of how this impact has been successfully achieved in different segments of society.


The conference brings together international researchers, policymakers and their societal partners in the SSH disciplines. They are invited to share insights and learn from each other’s disciplines on:

  • The role of entrepreneurship within SSH disciplines;
  • Strategic alliances between academia and societal partners;
  • Structured synergy between SSH and technical sciences;
  • Implementing SSH impact strategies for universities and regions;
  • Linking societal challenges effectively with research programs;
  • How the impact of SSH on society can be effectively measured.


We are looking forward to meeting you in Cardiff!

Programme design

The programme will be published in this website shortly!

Programme Advisory Committee
James Wilsdon
Johannes Klumpers
David Budtz Pedersen
Sharon Smit
Marta Soler
Roger Kain
Rick Delbridge
Wiljan van den Akker

Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield; Vice Chair of INGSA
Head of the Science Advice Mechanism Unit in the European Commission
Professor and Director of the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen
Director Sustainable Society, ACCOMPLISSH consortium
Professor of Sociology and Director of CREA Research Centre, University of Barcelona; Coordinator of the IMPACT-EV Knowledge Management Committee
Dean and Chief Executive School of Advanced Study, University of London; Vice-President (Research and HE Policy) at the British Academy
Academic Lead for SPARK; University Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise; Professor of Organisational Analysis, Cardiff University
Dean of Humanities, Universiteit Utrecht; LERU





James Wilsdon - Chair of the Programme

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Roger Kain

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Researchers and experts all over the world are eager to bring the social sciences and humanities to the next level. Cardiff University is one of the frontrunners as the university clearly demonstrates by building the first Social Science Park (SPARK). While the constructions of the park will start early in 2017, SPARK is already collaborating with ten research institutions. These ground breaking initiatives are actively supported by the Welsh government.

20-21 September 2017

Specific location will be announced shortly.
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

This course is organised by the AESIS Network and ScienceWorks

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 10 September 2017.

Participation costs are of the amount of €395. This includes two lunches, a networking reception, a social programme, refreshments, and conference documentation.

Exclusively for conference attendees, speakers and partners we organise a conference dinner on Wednesday 20 September 2017. This dinner is not 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 5 September 2017. If you cancel before 5 September 2017, we will invoice €95 administration costs. After 5 September 2017, you owe us the full amount.

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

AESIS Network
Mauritskade 5
2514 HC Den Haag
+31 (0)70 217 2018

Organised in collaboration with:


Cardiff University

British Academy