A two-day international conference on how social sciences and humanities
can address societal challenges and optimise societal well-being
The need to demonstrate the diverse impacts of research is now firmly established on the agendas of policymakers, university leaders, funders and researchers across Europe and worldwide. Through new methods, tools, and exercises like the UK’s Research Excellence Framework, new insights have been generated into how impact can be supported and sustained across all disciplines. This maturing impact agenda creates particular opportunities for the social sciences and humanities, where researchers increasingly work with a wide variety of users and stakeholders to develop solutions and generate value for civil society, public policy, business and service industries.
On 20 & 21 September 2017, the AESIS Network is organising this unique international conference in Cardiff to bring together leading thinkers, researchers, policymakers and practitioners from across the social sciences and humanities to explore how to boost and optimise our impacts, how to create stronger synergies between academic and societal outcomes, and how to pursue research that addresses society's most urgent and pressing agendas. Please join leading speakers from across the UK, Europe, USA and Asia to debate and help shape the next stage of the impact agenda!
Confirmed Speakers Include
- Roger Kain, Vice-President of Research and HE Policy at the British Academy, UK;
- William Adams, Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundtaion, Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, USA;
- Elisabeth Lipiatou, Head of Unit 'Open and Inclusive Societies', Directorate General Research and Innnovation, European Commission, Brussels;
- David Sweeney, Executive Chair Designate, Research England, UK;
- Gabi Lombardo, Director European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH), Brussels;
- Wendy Naus, Executive Director at the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), USA
- Sharon Smit, Director Sustainable Society, University of Groningen, Coordinator ACCOMPLISSH consortium, NL
- Tim Gardam, Chief Executive Nuffield Foundation, UK;
- Gill Bristow, Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor in Economic Geography, Cardiff University;
- Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta, UK;
- Bethanne Barnes, Director, Washington State Institute for Public Policy, USA
- Erika Widegren, Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa, Brussels
- Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools, UK
- Wiljan van den Akker, Director for the Centre of Humanities, Utrecht University, NL
- Jack Spaapen, Senior Policy Advisor, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, NL
Click on the 'Speaker' tab to view all confirmed speakers.
One of the most tangible examples of how some institutions are in bold pursuit to create impact from SSH is Cardiff University, where the first Social Science Park (SPARK) is being built. While the construction of the park has just commenced this year, SPARK is already collaborating with more than ten research institutions and actively supported by the Welsh and UK government. By having the conference taking place in Cardiff, we are guaranteed to be surrounded the energetic and aspiring environment that equals the ambition of our subject matter.
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Programme Advisory Committee
|James Wilsdon||Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield; Vice Chair of INGSA|
|Johannes Klumpers||Head of the Science Advice Mechanism Unit in the European Commission|
|David Budtz Pedersen||Professor and Director of the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen|
|Sharon Smit||Director Sustainable Society, ACCOMPLISSH consortium|
|Marta Soler||Professor of Sociology and Director of CREA Research Centre, University of Barcelona; Coordinator of the IMPACT-EV Knowledge Management Committee|
|Roger Kain||Dean and Chief Executive School of Advanced Study, University of London; Vice-President (Research and HE Policy) at the British Academy|
|Rick Delbridge||Academic Lead for SPARK; University Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise; Professor of Organisational Analysis, Cardiff University|
|Wiljan van den Akker||Dean of Humanities, Universiteit Utrecht; LERU|
|Melanie Knetsch||Strategic Lead: Interdisciplinarity and ImpactEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC);|
Previously, James worked as Professor of Science and Democracy at University of Sussex and Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society. He is an editor of the Guardian's 'Political Science' blog, on science and research policy, and a regular contributor to Wonkhe. In 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. You can find him on twitter @jameswilsdon.
Under the rubric of The Common Good, NEH launched a number of new grant lines, including the Public Scholar Program, Common Heritage, Dialogues on the Experience of War, Next Generation Humanities PhD Grants, Humanities Connections, NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, Open Book, Creating Humanities Communities, and Humanities Access Grants. During his tenure at NEH, Mr. Adams also sought to deepen the engagement of the agency with community colleges and veterans groups and causes.
Prior to joining NEH, Mr. Adams served as president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014. He also served as president of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania from 1995–2000. A native of Birmingham, Michigan, Mr. Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a PhD from the history of consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and secretary of Wesleyan University. Mr. Adams's formal education was interrupted by three years of service in the Army, including one year in Vietnam. In each of his professional roles, Adams has demonstrated a deep commitment to the humanities and to the liberal arts.
From 1993 till 2003 he was the Director of the Research Institute for History and Culture, after which he became Director of Research at the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He became Distinguished Faculty Professor of Poetry in 2003. From 2006 till 2014 he was Dean of Humanities at Utrecht University. Presently he is Vice-Rector for Research and Director of the Centre for Humanities. His field of research is Modern Western Poetry. He is also a published poet and novelist. Together with Jack Spaapen he recently published the LERU-Position Paper: “Productive Interactions: Societal Impact of Academic Research in the Knowledge Society”.
Externally, Roger Kain has served as Secretary and Chair of the Institute of British Geographers Historical Geography Research Group and was Chair of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference in 2002, President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science Geography Section in 2004, and a member of the DfES Higher Education Research Forum. He was a member of the UUK and HEFCE/AHRC working groups on research assessment after 2008 and a founder-member of the Research Information Network Advisory Board. He was a member of HEFCE Research Committee, 2009-13 and is currently serving on the HEFCE Metrics Review Group and REF Impact Evaluation Steering Group. Roger was a member of the AHRC Council from 2008 to 2014. He has chaired the British Academy's Human Geography and Social Anthropology Section, was founder chair of its Research Grants Committee, between 2002-10 was the Academy's Treasurer and is currently Vice-President for Research and Higher Education Policy.
David 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 FP7 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 areas of science and innovation, co-organising the high-level conference “Science in Dialogue” at University of Southern Denmark.
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.
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.
He is currently leading a programme of policy orientated research on the role of universities in city and regional development linking academic work with his experience as a university manager. He is an advisor to various Directorates of the European Commission and the European Universities Association on the role of universities in 'smart specialisation', a council member of the Academy of Social Sciences and a board member of its Campaign for the Social Sciences, an executive board member for the Newcastle Business Improvement District, a member of the Newcastle Cathedral Council and a trustee of 'Together Newcastle' which focuses on the relief of poverty in the Diocese of Newcastle.
Tim was also the author of the Department for Culture Media and Sport Review of BBC Digital Radio Services in 2004, a member of Lord Burns' Advisory Panel on the BBC Charter Review and a Director of SMG plc from 2005-7.
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.
Furthermore, he belongs to several pools of experts and evaluators on knowledge transfer from research organisations, also focusing on the transfer from humanities and social sciences at EC, and at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He is member of the advisory board of the Austrian project “Knowledge Transfer Centres” where he is in charge of improving the knowledge transfer coming from SSHA. He is also member of the advisory boards of the Finnish project “iScout” and of the EC-funded project “ACCOMPLISSH”. Christoph is member of ASTP-Proton (EUR), AUTM (USA), ISPIM (EUR) and TII (EUR). He recently established and leads a special interest group on social sciences and humanities valorisation at ASTP-Proton. Christoph is carrying a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Marketing.
With one of his projects he won the Belgian Business Plan contest ‘Battle of Talents’, the European contest ‘Idea2Product’ and he obtained a second place at the global ‘Idea2Product’ finals in Austin, Texas (USA). He holds a chemical engineering degree and a Ph.D. in semiconductor processing from KU Leuven and an executive MBA from Flanders Business School & Kellogg School of Management.
Previously he has been a project leader at ASML (The Netherlands) and a senior scientist at the Interuniversity Micro Electronics Centre (Belgium) for more than 10 years. He is (co)inventor on 4 patents in the field of semiconductor processing, semiconductor wafer drying and magnetic particle detection.
Prior to her ERC position, Angela worked in DG RTD of the European Commission in the International Cooperation programme and, earlier on, in the Social Sciences and Humanities programme and in the Environment programme. She participated in the work for the White Paper on European Governance of the European Commission and was part of the European Commission delegation at the Kyoto COP of the Framework Convention on Climate Change. Publications include Climate Change, Security and Peace: The Role of the EU; Balancing security and democracy. Biometric politics in the European Union; Democratising Expertise, Expertising Democracy; 'The Management of Uncertainty: Learning from Chernobyl. Angela holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences.
Martin’s academic research concentrates on issues of organisation, performance, and policy in health and social care. In the UK, he has led externally-funded studies of settings including hospitals, residential children’s care, and mental health. Martin is currently leading a major NHS SDO-funded study of organisational features associated with the successful implementation of hospital patient safety/improvement initiatives.
Between 1999 and 2007, Martin worked at the University of California (Berkeley and San Francisco) where he studied the organisation of long-term care, academic health centres, and dentistry. The outputs of his research are published widely and have had considerable impact on practice and policy.
With over 18 years of experience in research internationalisation, she is the senior counsellor for the Rector team in strategic research planning. She is currently responsible of the three Deusto Master Plans on “Internationalisation”, “Social Impact” and “Interdisciplinary Platforms” included in the “Excellence research & transfer” Project n. 6 of Deusto 2018 Strategic Plan.
Besides coordinating a high-performing, professional team, one of her main responsibilities is the close follow up of key EU initiatives and programmes to plan DEUSTO research teams and interdisciplinary platforms international participation.
Prior to this position, she worked in the International Relations department of the University of Deusto.
Dr Caro is evaluator for the European Commission on H2020 topics. She has participated in over 100 proposals (H2020, FP7, FP6, TEMPUS, ERASMUS, LLL, ALFA) and has led and/or actively collaborated at the preparation of several successful proposals (H2020 DIRS-COFUND, FP7 MC-ITN INTEGRIM, FP7 FRAME, FP6 MC-ITN HUMCRICON).
In H2020 SOLIDUS project she is currently working with an interdisciplinary research group to map solidarity initiatives in Europe; in FP7 SI-DRIVE project her research focuses on social innovation practices within the field of employment.
In 2015, she completed a research project ending in a PhD thesis on the “Basque Work Integration Social Enterprises” role in voicing the aspirations of vulnerable immigrants and in achieving enhanced levels of personal agency and social inclusion. A human development approach was used to evaluate the conditioning factors, enabling settings and achievements of inclusion processes.
Dr Caro is member of the Board of Directors of the “Covenant on Demographic Change” and part of the team that led the Basque Country to become a four stars Reference Site within the “European Innovation Partnership” (EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing.
Professor Boyne founded the Public Management Research Group at Cardiff Business School in 1995. In 2014, the quality of research in Public Management at Cardiff was ranked third in the world. He served as President of the US Public Management Research Association from 2009-2011 and was Chair of the Public and Non-Profit Division of the Academy of Management from 2011-14. He has acted as advisor to organisations including the National Audit Office, UK Central Government Departments, the Welsh Government and the United Nations.
Before joining WSIPP, Ms. Barnes served as the Special Advisor for Evidence-based Policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she worked with Federal agencies to incorporate evidence and rigorous evaluation into budget, policy, and management decision-making. Ms. Barnes holds an MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.
Kellie’s passion is public service innovation and creating the conditions for entrepreneurship in the public space. Kellie is currently contributing to the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, bringing together work around Innovation and Digital.
In her role at COSSA, Wendy serves as the lead advocate for federal funding and policy that positively impact social and behavioral science research across the federal government, representing the breadth of the social science research enterprise. She is also responsible for the day to day operations of COSSA and member engagement. A native of Buffalo, New York, Wendy holds a B.A. in political science and urban studies from Canisius College, graduating magna cum laude from the All-College Honors Program.
He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN on research careers and evaluation of individual researchers. Paul was coordinator of the Dutch STS Graduate School Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC) together with Annemiek Nelis (2001-2005). Currently he is chair of the WTMC board. In 1999, he helped create Onderzoek Nederland, a leading professional journal on Dutch science policy (part of Research Professional). He is a member of the editorial board of Social Studies of Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, and Cybermetrics, was member of the Council of the Society for the Social Studies of Science from 2006 to 2008. Currently, he is involved in, among others, the PRINTEGER project on integrity in science, the Center for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies at NIFU in Oslo.
He joined Elsevier in Amsterdam in 2004, where he has held roles in the company’s sales and product marketing teams. Early on in his career, he was responsible for training Elsevier customers across Northern Europe on ScienceDirect and Scopus. More recently Chris had led the product marketing activities of SciVal, Elsevier’s flagship metrics tool to visualize and benchmark research performance. Prior to joining Elsevier, he worked at an engineering consultancy in the UK. Chris James holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Sunderland.
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.
Erika has been working in the field of connecting science, society and policy for over a decade. She is member of the Steering Committee of Data4Society, fellow at PlusValue, board member of Citizen Communication Platform, a Swedish project to promote stronger communication with citizens, and a member of the committee supporting the work of Luc Van den Brande, Special Adviser to President Jean- Claude Juncker, for the Report on the “Outreach towards Citizen” Strategy.
Until September 2016, she was Chairman of the Advisory Board of REIsearch, an innovative non-profit European platform co-funded by the European Commission to demonstrate how a simple technological tool, coupled to a broad network of leading media, research institutions, researchers, civil society organisations, and citizens, can help policy makers to make better use of all knowledge and experience – wherever it may come from – to make better decisions, based on evidence and experience, for the benefit of society as a whole.
From 2010 to 2015 she was the Executive Director of Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy and worked closely with the European Commission and European Parliament on issues like Science in Society, Responsible Research and Innovation, Digital Science, Evidence-based Policy Making and Citizen Engagement.
Prior to coming to SSHRC, Tim held a number of executive positions at the Government of Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat and the Public Service Commission. In addition to his career in the Public Service, Tim also teaches English Literature part-time at the University of Ottawa, specializing in Renaissance Literature and Literary Theory.
Over the past 15 years her research has tracked the emergence of new technologies and their impact on society. At ReD she consults clients in the life sciences and retail sectors. She holds a BA in Art History from Reed College and a Masters from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
He is responsible for strategic planning in the Humanities Division in relation to: research facilitation and funding, research policy including REF2021, research information and data management and Open Access, knowledge exchange and HEIF funding, external research-related partnerships, and public engagement with research, and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).
Andrew was awarded a doctorate in Imperial and Commonwealth History from Oxford University in 2002, and worked for the University of Essex between 2005 and 2007 as a Research Development Manager.
He is an assessor for the ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) Certificate in Research Administration, and served as AUA Network Coordinator for Oxford University from 2008-12. Currently, he is also a trustee of Oxford’s Arts at the Old Fire Station, a local charity working with the homeless and local artists to engage the public, and a Curator of the Sheldonian Theatre (the University's ceremonial hub).
Oxford Humanities comprises 9 Faculties – Classics; English; History; Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics; Medieval and Modern Languages; Music; Oriental Studies; Philosophy; Theology and Religion, as well as the Ruskin School of Art, the Rothermere American Institute and the Voltaire Foundation. In 2016, the QS World University Rankings ranked Oxford first in the world for arts and humanities, and the 2016 THE World Reputation Ranking saw Oxford Humanities move from 4th to 3rd place. It has approximately 680 academic and research staff, 4200 undergraduate and 1800 postgraduate students, and a research income of £15.8M in 2016-17. In REF2014 it had the highest number of world-leading researchers overall in the UK, and in some disciplines Oxford represented 10% or more of submitted research staff in the UK. The Humanities Division is led by Professor Karen O'Brien. http://www.humanities.ox.ac.uk In 2013 it launched TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (www.torch.ox.ac.uk) which hosts almost 400 events a year working with some 400 affiliated researchers, 21 networks and 10 research programmes. TORCH also hosts our Knowledge Exchange Fellows, who are developing partnerships with external organisations, and is the public face of humanities research in Oxford. Humanities works closely with Oxford University Innovation (OUI) including jointly filing two patents in 2016-17 around speech recognition, and recently spinning out InkPath, the first comprehensive, data-driven software platform to help its users plan and track their career development in a smart format, with user mobility at its core. There are also around half-a-dozen current Humanities projects at various stages of support in OUI's start-up incubator: https://innovation.ox.ac.uk/startupincubator/ with several further spin-out companies in the pipeline.
Cardiff University Business School
Postgraduate Teaching Centre
2 Colum Drive
CF10 3EU, Cardiff
|Dinner (20 september)
CF10 3RB, Cardiff
|From the airport
By public transportation
From London Heathrow Airport
|From the trainstation
Cardiff Queen Street Station is best placed to access the Postgraduate Teaching Centre. From Cardiff Central Station you can take train with destination Merthyr Tydfil. This journey is approximately 10 minutes. Via National Rail Enquires you can plan your journey accordingly.
Please note that no hotel rooms have been blocked for participants and arranging accommodation is at your own responsibility. We do recommend the following hotels close to Cardiff University:
• Park Plaza Hotel
• Radisson Blue Cardiff Centre Hotel
For any logistical questions, please do not hesitate to contact Eline Kemperman, conference manager at the AESIS Network, via email@example.com or via +31 (0)70 217 20 18.
20-21 September 2017
Cardiff University Business School
Postgraduate Teaching Centre
2 Colum Drive
CF10 3EU, Cardiff
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 14 September 2017.
Participation costs are of the amount of €395. This includes two lunches, a networking reception, 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.
Word by the Chair
"Across creative and service industries, public policy and civil society, the impacts of the social sciences and humanities are felt in diverse – and often unpredictable – ways. Universities and researchers are now more sophisticated in the way that they support and track these impacts. Governments and funders increasingly recognize and reward them, alongside more traditional measures of excellence. But there’s still a long way to go. As a community, we need to get sharper at articulating and demonstrating our impacts; we need to do more to link the supply-side production of evidence and expertise to the demands and priorities of wider society; and we need to extend and deepen our collaboration with the natural sciences and engineering. 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.”
Prof. James Wilsdon
Chair, Campaign for Social Science
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