4-5 October 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

A two-day international conference on optimising impact of social sciences and humanities through alliances with business, government, and civil society.


In recent years, ways of better demonstrating the societal impact of research have been developed, for example by the 2014 REF assessment in the UK. In the same year the Leiden Statement stressed the importance of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) as academic disciplines. These developments motivated the AESIS Network in 2017 to organize the first international conference on Societal Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the singing of a Cardiff Statement on optimising this impact. Continuation of the event was decided on 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 problems through interdisciplinary research.

The conference will take place in Copenhagen and will bring together the SSH research community in order to promote an international and collaborative approach to developing and engaging ways to optimise the societal impact of that research. In Denmark organisations such as ReD Associates and Humanomics aim to find new innovative ways to create and stimulate alliances between businesses and social sciences and humanities. Therefore this provides an excellent context to foster the worldwide debates on optimisingimpact through interactions between science and business, as well as with government and civil society as a whole.



Programme Advisory Committee

David Budtz Pedersen Professor and Director of the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen
James Wilsdon Professor of Research Policy, Department of Politics
Director of Research and Innovation, Faculty of Social Sciences

David Budtz Pedersen - Chair of the Conference

David Budtz PetersenDavid Budtz Pedersen is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Humanomics Research Centre, University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on research and innovation policy, digital humanities, responsible innovation, and science-based policy-making. Dr. Budtz Pedersen is former Strategic Adviser to the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. He holds Ph.D., MA and BA degrees in philosophy of science and science policy studies from University of Copenhagen and University of Vienna. In 2009, he was Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy, New York University. 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.

James Wilsdon - Speaker

Paul Wouters In January 2016, I joined the Department of Politics as Professor of Research Policy. I combine this with a role as Director of Impact and Engagement for the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Associate Director in the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

I’m a programme leader for the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), and vice-chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA).

In 2015, I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and I now chair its Policy Working Group.

From 2013 to 2017, I chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science, and I also led an independent review of the role of metrics in the management of the UK’s research system, which published its final report in 2015 as The Metric Tide. Building on this, I recently chaired an expert panel on Next Generation Metrics for the European Commission.

From 2014 to 2017, I was Director of the Nexus Network, an ESRC initiative to link research & policy across food, energy, water and the environment. Previously, I worked as Professor of Science and Democracy at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (2011-2015); Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science (2008-2011); Head of Science and Innovation at the think tank Demos (2001-2008); Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies (2006-2008); Senior Policy Adviser at Forum for the Future (1997-2001); and special adviser to the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-2001).

I contribute regularly to the media and am one of the editors of the Guardian's 'Political Science' blog on science and research policy, and a regular contributor to Wonkhe. I am also a member of the editorial advisory panel of open access journal Palgrave Communications. You can find me on twitter @jameswilsdon.

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Venue to be announced
Dinner (4 October)
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Venue to be announced
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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 nearby the venue:
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For any logistical questions, please do not hesitate to contact Eline Kemperman, conference manager at the AESIS Network, via e.kemperman@aesisnet.com or via +31 (0)70 217 20 18.

4-5 October 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark

This course is organised by the AESIS Network and Humanomics

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.

Participation costs are of the amount of €450. This includes two lunches, a networking reception, refreshments, and conference documentation.

Fee members of AESIS & partner networks €395,00
Fee Non-members €450,00

Exclusively for conference attendees, speakers and partners we organise a conference dinner on Thursday 4 October 2018. 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 without cost is possible until 23 August 2018. If you cancel After 23 August 2018, we will invoice €75 administration costs. After 13 September 2018, you owe us the full amount.

Peter Jan van der Veek – Project Manager
Anika Duut van Goor – General Manager

AESIS Network
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2514 HC Den Haag
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