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.

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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 signing 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 Spring Course 2018

Programme Advisory Committee

David Budtz Pedersen Professor and Director of the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen
Thomas Alslev Christensen Head of Operations, Novo Nordisk Fonden, Denmark
Rick Delbridge Social Science Research Park, Cardiff
Alan Irwin Professor in the Department of Organization and Vice-President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CBS - Copenhagen Business School
Wendy Naus Executive Director of COSSA - Consortium of Social Science Associations, Washington DC
Sharon Smit Director, Sustainable Society University of Groningen, Netherlands
James Wilsdon Professor of Research Policy, Department of Politics
Director of Research and Innovation, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield
Tim Wilson Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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.

Dragana Avramov - Speaker

Paul WoutersDragana Avramov is trained in sociology (PhD), political sciences and cultural anthropology (MA), and journalism. Studied and worked in Belgium, Italy, France, UK and the Western Balkans. She has more than 20 years of experience in social sciences and humanities research. Her current research is focused on the sociology of knowledge and particularly the impact of scientific research for policy development (impact-ev.eu/) with special focus on education policies.
Since 1 January 2018 she is scientific coordinator of the EC Network of Experts on Social Dimension of Education and training (NESET II). She is vice president of the Union of International Associations (UIA) a research institute and documentation centre, based in Brussels. She has been working as independent expert for the European Commission on evaluation and policy review since 1999.
In 2015 she completed the FP7 ex-post evaluation "People Specific Programme (2007-2013) Rationale, implementation and achievements", published by DG Research and Innovation. She has worked as expert for national research funding organisations of Italy, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia, Latvia and Kazakhstan.

Larissa Best - Speaker

Paul WoutersLarissa is an active early-stage investor privately and through the women’s’ angel program, Rising Tide Europe, Larissa has been nominated president of the Luxembourg Business Angel Network (www.LBAN.lu) and is engaged with the European Business Angel Network (EBAN).
She is also the director and co-founder of Equilibre (www.equilibre.lu), a Luxembourg-based think-tank delivering research, advisory and advocacy for ‘gender complementarity’ at work – working with companies of all sizes, government bodies and associations to harnessing the power of diversity.
Due to her entrepreneurial background in growing and exiting a RegTech company in the Intellectual Property domain, as well as an MBA and Masters in Finance, she has become a proverbial 'Jane-of-all-trades', lecturing at Universities and on the European speaker circuit on subject related to gender, impact investing, entrepreneurship and family business.

Andreas Brøgger Jensen - Speaker

Andreas Brøgger JensenAndreas Brøgger Jensen is a psychologist, with a background in psychosocial work environment and quality assessment of research in that field.
He is currently at the Humanomics Research Centre at Aalborg University. Here he is working with scientific advice in policy making, mapping the literature of the field and developing dialogue tools for better co-production of research and better use of research in policy making.

Thomas Alslev Christensen - Speaker

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Thomas Alslev Christensen works as Head of Operations at the Novo Nordisk Fonden as from August 2014. He acts as international STI policy advisor and evaluation expert in internation¬al research programmes and policy advisory committees in Germany, Norway, Ireland, the European Commission and Singapore. He is also the chairman of RegLab a national STI-network organisation. He has worked as Head of the Department for Innovation Policy at the Ministry for Science, Innovation and Higher Education 2005-2014 and as Head of Department for analyses on science and innovation 2013-2014. He was the Head of Secretariat at the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation 2006-2014. He has previously worked in the Nordic Council of Ministers, The Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office where he was an advisor to the prime minister in European economic and monetary integration and interna¬tional economic affairs.

Mike Conlon - Speaker

Mike ConlonDr. Conlon is Emeritus Faculty Member of the University of Florida, and VIVO Project Director. VIVO is open source software and an ontology for representing scholars and scholarly works. Institutions use VIVO for expert finding, team building, program evaluation, and social network analysis. Dr. Conlon earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Florida, is the author of more than 200 scholarly publications and presentations and has been an investigator on more than $135M in grant-funded research in biomedicine. He has served as CIO of the UF Health Science Center, and Co-Director of its Clinical and Translational Science Institute. His current interests include information representation, the semantic web, and techno-social issues in research data sharing.

Morten Dahlgaard - Speaker

Morten Dahlgaard is deputy director of innovation at Aalborg University and non-tenured associate professor in entrepreneurship. With a background in law, he has extensive experience in drafting negotiating and implementing research contracts, commercialization and intellectual property agreements, within industry as well as academia. After having worked as a consultant in the intersection between industry and academia, Morten Dahlgaard came to Aalborg University heading an entrepreneurship center from 2011 – 2017, before becoming responsible for Aalborg University’s central support activities within technology transfer, entrepreneurship, incubation, cluster management as well as regional engagement.
His daily tasks include developing a professional support organization at Aalborg University, which is integrated into research and education, and supporting the continued development of Aalborg University as an excellent university acknowledged as a preferred partner in research and innovation. During the last years, he has been actively involved in task forces directed towards impact assessment and the role of entrepreneurial universities within the ECIU and CESAER.

Rick Delbridge - Speaker

Paul WoutersRick is the Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Cardiff University where he is leading the development of SPARK, the world’s first social science park. He also led the formation of Y Lab: the public services innovation lab for Wales at Cardiff University in partnership with Nesta. His main areas of research expertise are innovation, organization, employment relations, and Japanese management and he has published widely on these. Rick is a Board member of the Campaign for Social Science and of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the British Academy of Management and the Learned Society of Wales.

Claire Donovan - Speaker

Paul WoutersDr Claire Donovan is a Reader in the College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London. She has published widely on research evaluation and policy, and has held teaching and research positions at The Australian National University, Oxford University, and The Open University.

Chris Fellingham - Speaker

Paul WoutersChris joined Oxford University Innovations in 2018 as a Licensing and Ventures Manager in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
Chris graduated from the University of Oxford after having read Modern History, he then went onto study Politics and Government at the London School of Economics. After graduation, Chris worked at Accenture, covering projects across; Public Sector, Energy, Digital and Communications as well as their Clean Tech growth area (in partnership with the World Economic Forum) and Institute for High Performance. Chris left Accenture to work for FutureLearn, an Edtech start-up (or MOOC platform) founded by the Open University. At FutureLearn, Chris led the market research and helped develop FutureLearn’s strategy, partnerships and business models across B2C/B2B and public education initiatives.

Sarah Foxen - Speaker

Sarah Foxen- SpeakerSarah Foxen is a Social Science Adviser in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) – the UK Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science, technology and the social sciences. Sarah leads on POST’s academic engagement and works with offices across the UK Parliament as well as external stakeholders to grow and strengthen connections with academia and uptake of academic research in Parliament. Sarah has a PhD in sociolinguistics from the University of Exeter (UK) and a background in education.

Agnete Gersing - Speaker

Agnete GersingAgnete Gersing is the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Prior to that Agnete Gersing has held several positions such as Director General of the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, Deputy Permanent Secretary of State at The Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance.
Agnete Gersing, born in 1963 in Copenhagen, holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen in 1991. That same year she was awarded a gold medal from the University of Copenhagen for a thesis in economics. She is married to Anders Kronborg and has two children.

Laura Gottmer-Welschen - Speaker

Laura Gottmer-WelschenDr. Laura Gottmer – Welschen is currently working as a program manager within the Impact Program of Tilburg University. The Impact Program was designed in 2017 to enhance and strengthen the connection to society. To create more impact Tilburg University focusses on three major issues: Empowering the Resilient Society, Enhancing Health and Wellbeing, and Creating Value from Data. Laura is program manager of the theme ‘Enhancing Health and Wellbeing’ since August 2017.
Laura studied Health Sciences at Maastricht University and completed her PhD thesis (Disease management for patients with type 2 diabetes: towards patient empowerment) in 2008 at the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam. From 2008 – 2011 she continued working on diabetes research as a postdoctoral researcher. From 2012 – 2017 she was appointed as manager Research & Development at Kempenhaeghe, expertise center for epileptology, sleep medicine and neurocognition.

Vera Hazelwood - Speaker

Sarah Foxen- SpeakerVera works closely with organisations to enable strategic decision-making driven by data gathered using the Researchfish Impact & Evaluation Hub. With a background in mathematical modelling and data analysis, Vera joined the Research Fish team from a leading mathematical consultancy company, where she led business development in a strategic area of research management and directed research networks on the interface of funders, academia and industry.

Vincent F. Hendricks - Speaker

Vincent F. HendricksVincent F. Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at The University of Copenhagen. He is Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation and was awarded the Elite Research Prize by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Roskilde Festival Elite Research Prize both in 2008.
He was Editor-in-Chief of Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science between 2005-2015.  With Mads Vestergaard he just published Reality Lost: Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation with Springer Nature.

Steven Hill - Speaker

Sarah Foxen- SpeakerSteven Hill is Director of Research at Research England, a council of UK Research and Innovation. At Research England Steven is responsible for research funding and assessment, open research, public engagement and impact. He is the chair of the steering group for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. Steven transferred into Research England from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Previously Steven was Head of the Strategy Unit at Research Councils UK, and had several roles in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, working on evidence-based policy making. Earlier in his career Steven was a university lecturer at the University of Oxford where his research focused on plant biology.

Rolf Hvidtfeldt - Speaker

Sarah Foxen- SpeakerRolf Hvidtfeldt is postdoctoral fellow at the Humanomics Research Centre at Aalborg University in Denmark. He holds BA and MA degrees in philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Southern Denmark. His research interests include philosophy of science in general with special focus on interdisciplinarity, the humanities, psychiatry, psychology, and everything related to methodology and the evaluation hereof. His further (and even more special) interests include philosophy of language and concepts, taxonomy, categorisation, definition, idealisation, modelling, music, scientific representation, and diagnostics.
Currently he is working on the ReAct project where his central task is to develop a comprehensive taxonomy of so-called micro-impacts with the aim of mapping the various ways in which research (in a broad sense) affects society at large.
Rolf Hvidtfeldt has recently published the monograph The Structure of Interdisciplinary Science in which he develops a framework for examining epistemic aspects of interdisciplinary collaborations.

Alan Irwin - Speaker

Sarah Foxen- SpeakerAlan Irwin is a professor in the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School. Previously, he was the CBS Vice-President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Dean of Research and, during 2011, the Acting President. His PhD is from the University of Manchester. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg. Alan Irwin has published over many years on science and technology policy, scientific governance, and science, technology and innovation studies. His most recent externally-funded project is ‘Isomorphic differences: familiarity and distinctiveness in national science and innovation policies.

Heidi Kinnunen - Speaker

Paul WoutersA single university course on Popularization of Science changed PhD student Heidi Kinnunen’s life in 1997. Kinnunen realized that scientific endeavors are important only if the information is transferred to the society. She completed her PhD thesis on zoology in 1999, but was still intrigued by knowledge transfer processes. Heidi sought her way to the post of spokeswoman at the Finnish Museum of Natural History and built a large network within journalists and media professionals. The exhibition trilogy “Metamorphoses” celebrating European Cultural Capital Helsinki in 2000 was Heidi’s first connection to corporate world supporting science and art. In 2007 Heidi was promoted to the post of Head of Administration. Subsequently the cooperation between the museum and companies took off.
In 2016 Heidi took her current job as Senior Advisor at University of Helsinki Research Services. Heidi is keen on developing university – industry cooperation. She has studied academic consultancy in SSH and suggested new guidelines for consultancy within the University of Helsinki. In spring 2018 Heidi produced an educational film for guiding researchers to stakeholder engagement and working with the industry. In addition Heidi and her co-workers have been shaping a crowd funding strategy for the university.

Martin Kitchener - Speaker

Paul WoutersProfessor Martin Kitchener BSc (Econ) Hons MBA PhD has served as Dean and Head of Cardiff Business School since October 2012. In 2015, he launched the School’s distinctive Public Value Strategy. This emphasises that while the School will continue to generate high levels of economic value, it is also committed to delivering social value by focusing its teaching, research and collaborative activity on addressing the grand challenges of management in inter-disciplinary ways.
In addition to exercising his responsibility for the strategic direction and leadership of the School, Martin continues to conduct research, teach, and supervise students. Martin’s academic research concentrates on issues of organization, 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 has just completed a major NHS-funded study of organizational features associated with the successful implementation of hospital patient safety initiatives.
Between 1999 and 2007, Martin worked at the University of California (Berkeley and San Francisco) where he studied the organization 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

Lars Klüver - Speaker

Lars KlüverLars Klüver is director at the Danish Board of Technology Foundation (Fonden Teknologirådet, DBT). He has more than 30 years of experience in technology assessment (TA), foresight and Responsible Research and Innovation. His main focus has been on providing policy advice and solutions to societal challenges through engagement involving representatives from societal groups, such as experts, stakeholders, politicians, citizens, users, etc. The DBT has been a front-runner within policy analysis that involves interactivity and participation, and the toolbox of the DBT includes a wide range of methods, which have been developed or adapted to policy-oriented Technology Assessment by the Board.
Lars Klüver has been active in policy analysis and participation research, for example as coordinator of the EUROPTA, CIVISTI, DESSI, PACITA, Engage2020, CIMULACT and ECO2 projects, and he was the initiator of the “World Wide Views” initiative – a global citizen participation method, which has engaged more than 80 countries and is directed towards policymaking across geographic borders.

Andre Krouwel - Speaker

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André Krouwel teaches comparative political science and communication science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and is the founder of Kieskompas (Election Compass) – a developer of online Vote Advice Applications in more than 40 countries, with which data is collected on party positions and voter opinions. André is a strong advocate of social engagement of scientists and finding ways to create a maximum social impact of scientific knowledge. His research focuses on public opinion and politically relevant sentiments, voting behaviour, political parties and social movements. He has published books and articles on elections, voting behaviour, parliamentary and presidential elections, party competition, populism and Euroscepticism. His most recent research has investigated the impact of information on political attitudes and opinions, (negative) political emotions and belief in conspiracy theories.

Christina Lohr - Speaker

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Christina Lohr is a Product Manager for SciVal, Elsevier’s flagship metrics tool to visualize and benchmark research performance. Within SciVal, Christina is responsible for the execution of the product roadmap and driving feature development based on customer feedback. Christina joined Elsevier in 2016 as a Product Manager in the Research Metrics team to work on the integration of altmetrics into Elsevier products. She later continued that work together with the recently acquired Plum Analytics team, where she was responsible for the integration of new metrics and data sources into PlumX, as well as the integration of PlumX into the Elsevier product portfolio.
Prior to joining Elsevier, Christina worked as an Analyst for a non-profit organization on the impact analysis of various healthcare financing and delivery projects. Christina has a background in science and engineering. She studied bioprocess engineering at the Technical University in Dresden before moving to Denmark to gain her PhD degree in nanoscience from the University of Copenhagen’s Nano-Science Center.

Maral Mahdad - Speaker

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Maral Mahdad is a postdoctoral research fellow of innovation management at the Department of Food and Resource Economics of University of Copenhagen. She has a Master’s in Innovation Management from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the University of Trento. She obtained her Ph.D. in Management at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Italy. Her research activities focus on innovation management, open innovation, university-industry collaborations and collaboration within interdisciplinary teams. She is currently working on INTERACT project (investigating the micro foundations of university industry collaboration) and MOIS project (micro foundations of scientific collaboration). She worked on various European Projects as a researcher during her career and she was involved in both academic research activities and consulting in the meanwhile.

David Mair - Speaker

Paul WoutersDavid has worked for the European Commission since 1995 and in the Joint Research Centre (the Commission's science and knowledge service) since 2011.
He is since July 2016 Head of one of the Knowledge Management Units, responsible for research and training on evidence for policymaking and for managing geographic knowledge.
Between 2011 and 2016 he was responsible variously for the JRC work programme, science advice to policy and for foresight. From April 2015 to December 2015 he was Acting Director for Policy Support Coordination.
From 1998 to 2011 he worked in DG Health and Consumers, involved in policy strategy, enforcement issues and consumer research, data and statistics. From 2007 to 2011 he was Head of Unit for consumer market monitoring and analysis, responsible for the Consumer Markets Scoreboard and work on consumer behaviour. Before the Commission he worked for the UK Treasury in Brussels and London and has also worked in the City of London as a corporate financier and in the British Army. He studied History at Cambridge University. He is married with two daughters.

Megan Mathias - Speaker

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Megan has day-to-day responsibility for our work with Welsh Government Ministers. Her research interests centre on the internal workings of national governments, public management and leadership; she is currently completing a PhD on sensemaking and leadership in government. Megan began her professional career in management consultancy, for PA Consulting Group and Serco. Between 1997 and 2005, she delivered successful client assignments for governments in the UK and USA, before becoming a director of Serco’s in-house think tank, In 2010 she then co-founded and ran an independent action research team, Kafka Brigade UK and Ireland – supporting the public sector to radically redesign and innovate services around the citizen. Between 2013 and 2017, Megan lived and worked in the Middle East. She continued as an Associate for the Kafka Brigade, before taking a role in 2014 as a Senior Advisor for the New Zealand Government in the UAE, and then in 2015, joining the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai as a Research Fellow, specialising in public management and leadership.

Eric Moran - Speaker

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Victoria McGuinness - Speaker

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Dr. McGuinness runs TORCH, manages the TORCH Team, and works with colleagues across the University to support research engagement.
Victoria has worked in Museums and Higher Education for the last ten years and has completed her PhD in the area of museum and cultural project management.
Before joining TORCH in 2014, Victoria was at the Ashmolean Museum as a Project Manager for seven years, working on the £61 million Redevelopment of the Ashmolean Museum, overseeing the object processing and mount-making for the 12,000 objects installed in the 35 new galleries. Victoria also managed the creation and development of the new Broadway Museum in Worcestershire.
Working as a Project Management and Museums consultant, Victoria has also worked with Bahrain National Museum, Qal’at al Bahrain Museum, UCL Petrie Museum and also in Greece for the British School at Athens in Knossos, Crete, and Portugal and Spain.
Victoria is currently a Trustee of MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and the Museum of Oxford Redevelopment Trust

Wendy Naus - Speaker

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Wendy Naus became the fourth Executive Director of COSSA in 2014 following a decade of lobbying for the federal research and policy interests of scientific societies and U.S. universities. Over her career, she has worked to shape legislation, programs, and regulations important to the research community and has advocated for increased research funding across federal agencies. 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.

Miranda Nunfoher - Speaker

Miranda NunhoferMiranda has worked in academic journals publishing for over 20 years. Her career has included work within a variety of roles within the editorial department, including for a number of years commissioning editor for Criminology books and journals. Miranda is part of the Global Senior Management Group at SAGE and as Vice President for Humanities and Social Science journals program in London, Miranda drives the growth strategy for this part of the business and is responsible for a portfolio of over 300 leading titles, many of which are published on behalf of key society partners.
Recently Miranda has been focusing on developing SAGE’s role in supporting researchers and institutions in showcasing the remarkable and important work social scientists around the globe are doing and finding better indicators of the impact this work has on the world.

Antti Pelkonen - Speaker

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Antti Pelkonen is Science Specialist at the Prime Minister’s Office in Finland. Working in the interface between research and policy-making, he is responsible for preparing the Finnish Government’s annual analysis, assessment and research plan, a 10 m€ program intended to support the direct needs of governmental decision-making with up-to-date research-based evidence. Antti is currently on leave from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. where he holds the position of Principal Scientist in the area of innovation policy research. Antti is analyst and expert in research and innovation policy which he has studied from a number of different perspectives during the past two decades as a researcher. He has published widely on e.g. topics such as evaluation, design and impacts of research and innovation policy. He is also adjunct professor of innovation studies at the University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research. Antti holds a PhD (sociology) from the University of Helsinki (2008).

Tom Postmes - Speaker

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Tom Postmes is professor of Social Psychology at the University of Groningen. He studies human behavior in in virtual groups and communities, in crowds and also in organizations and "normal" teams. His work seeks to understand how social social interaction fosters the emergence and change of group norms and social identities. He received various research awards for his work from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and National Science Foundation (USA).
Tom regularly collaborates with government and industry to develop better understandings of group processes and crowds and of how group dynamics are influenced by social media. For example, his team currently studies the dynamics of opposition to immigration in a nationwide longitudinal study commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security. Another major project concerns the societal impacts of earthquakes caused by gas extraction in Groningen. The combined impact of many small earthquakes (there have been over a thousand) has until now caused damage to the homes of 170,000 inhabitants. His own research, in collaboration with local and national government agencies, looks at the social unrest and health consequences this causes in a five-year longitudinal study. He is also the academic chair of the government funded knowledge platform to coordinate the social science and humanities research into this disaster in slow-motion.

Mikkel Rasmussen - Speaker

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Mikkel B. Rasmussen co-founded ReD Associates and as the director of ReD Associates European practice he works closely together with the top management of Europe’s most forward looking companies. The best ideas, according to Mikkel, comes from a true interest in the real world and a deep exploration into human behavior. His work has led to several disruptive technologies and products in the markets for among other toys, sports goods and health care. He is a specialist in innovation strategy in both public sector and private organisations and holds a Masters of Science in Economics from Maastricht University as well as a Master in Public Economics from Roskilde University. Mikkel is a well-known keynote speaker and provocateur - reflecting on innovation, business creativity and the practical use of social science delivering hundreds of keynotes around the world. In 2014 he co-wrote the book Moment of Clarity together with Christian Madsbjerg, published by Harvard Business Press.

Mogens Sandfær - Speaker

In the early 90ties, Mogens worked at CERN developing databases and systems for the Scientific Information Service. The experience gained from working with the emerging web and the CERN preprint service led to positions as director of the Nordic Networking Center and later as head of Documentary Information Services at the Council of Europe.
At the Technical University of Denmark, Mogens has for many years served as the library’s director of development and later as university librarian before focusing on research analytics, research data management and Open Science.
Mogens has over the years been extensively involved in the design and organization of national information infrastructures in Denmark. He chairs committees, projects and acts as an advisor to the government.
Internationally, Mogens has been involved in several EU R&D projects and has served on boards and committees, for example Open Archives Initiative and Fedora Commons Board. He represents the Danish Rectors’ Conference in the European University Association’s Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science and participates in a number of projects and forums within the area.

Marieke Schoots - Speaker

Paul Wouters Marieke Schoots is currently working as a program-manager within the Impact-program of Tilburg University (TiU). The Impact-program was designed in 2017 to enhance and strenghten the connection to society. To create more impact TiU focusses on three major issues: Empowering the Resilient Society, Enhancing Health and Wellbeing, and Creating Value from Data. Marieke is responsible for developing the Resilience theme. She was working as a policy-advisor on knowledge-transfer and knowledge-utilisation or the Board of Tilburg University before she developed the Impact program. From 2010 untill 2015 she was also seconded to the regional triple helix organisation Midpoint to develop a regional program on Social Innovation. She was board member of the European School fo Social Innovation from 2013 until 2015 and managing director of the European Social Innovation Week 2015-2017

Mihiri Seneviratne - Speaker

As a Senior Adviser in the UK Cabinet Office’s What Works Team, Mihiri leads a range of initiatives to promote evidence-based decision-making and increase the use of trialling and impact evaluation across government. The What Works Team also oversees the What Works Network of evidence centres and works to strengthen their links with government.
Mihiri has previously worked across HM Treasury and Cabinet Office as an economist and policy advisor. In these roles, she worked to bring economic evidence to bear on ministers’ decision-making across diverse policy issues including childcare and early education, children’s services and tax reliefs for business investment.
Mihiri holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh. She has a particular interest in the economics of education, including SEND, early years and education funding.

Frédéric Sgard - Speaker

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Frédéric Sgard is currently project administrator at the Global Science Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (http://www.oecd.org/sti/gsf), where he manages selected Forum activities. His has been involved in many of the Forum’s projects on research infrastructures, such as the 2013 report on international distributed RIs and the 2018 report on the sustainability of RIs. His current portfolio includes activities on the socio-economic impact of Research Infrastructures and on the optimisation of the use of national RIs as well as on research funding systems. Frédéric Sgard is involved in the organisation of the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) and acts as independent expert for the evaluation of European ESFRI projects.
Prior joining the OECD, he worked as senior scientist in a pharmaceutical company until the end of 2002, on the discovery of new pharmacological targets and on neuronal cell differentiation.
Trained as a molecular biologist, he studied Molecular Genetics at the University of Paris XI, Orsay (France), and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Reading, UK, in 1994.

Michael Shanks - Speaker

Michael Shanks
Michael Shanks is one of the most influential of thinkers in contemporary archaeology and is a specialist in long-term humanistic views of design and innovation. He is a senior faculty member in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Science, Technology and Society, Urban Studies, and the Center for Design Research at Stanford. He helped direct Stanford Humanities Lab (2004-2009), pursuing project-based learning and transdisciplinary agendas in the Humanities, and the Revs Program (2011-2015), connecting automotive heritage with contemporary car design. While he pursues fieldwork into the northern borders of the Roman empire, he has served for ten years on the Mayor of Rotterdam's International Advisory Board and works with many companies, including Airbus, Severstal, Thales Group, Michelin, Daimler Chrysler, and SAP, on developing cultures of innovation.

Jeff Skinner - Speaker

Jeff Skinner
“Jeff is the Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also directs a variety of MBA entrepreneurship electives and co-curricular student activities at the School.
Prior to this, as Commercial Director at University College London, he conceived, built and ran UCL’s Technology Transfer division - including the creation of two early-stage seed funds and separate units managing consultancy, collaborative research and new venture creation. Working alongside research students and academics, he has co-founded over thirty technology-based spinouts that have, in aggregate, raised over £30 million first round finance and returned over £20 million to UCL.
He is past President of and remains closely involved with the leading UK & European tech transfer associations, PraxisUnico & ASTP. He talks, trains and consults widely throughout Europe in the field of technology commercialization. He intiated and is Co-Director of a course on ‘Knowledge Transfer in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities’. He chairs the Professional Recognition panel for the worldwide ‘Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals’ (ATTP).
Before joining UCL, he was Technical Marketing Manager at Hoechst Celanese Corporation in New Jersey and prior to that, Photonics Research Manager at General Electric. His first degree was in physics and he holds a Ph.D. in thin-film photonics (UCL) and an MBA from London Business School.”

David Skorton - Speaker

David Skorton David J. Skorton is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing 19 museums, the National Zoo, 21 libraries, several research centers, and numerous education units and centers. Dr. Skorton is a board-certified cardiologist and the first physician to lead the Smithsonian.
Dr. Skorton is currently a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and previously served as the president of Cornell University. He was also a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and in Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. Before that, he was President of the University of Iowa and a professor there for 26 years.
An ardent and nationally recognized supporter of the arts and humanities, Skorton has called for a national dialogue to emphasize the importance of funding for these disciplines. He asserts that supporting the arts and humanities is a wise investment in the future of the country.
Dr. Skorton chaired the recently released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine study on The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches From the Same Tree.
Dr. Skorton received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his medical degree from Northwestern University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sverker Sörlin - Speaker

Paul Wouters
Sörlin has a PhD in the history of ideas from Umeå University from 1988. In 1993 he assumed the first chair in environmental history in Scandinavia, also at Umeå University. Since 2007 he is professor of environmental history at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He's had an adjunct position at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (2005–2012), and visiting positions at University of California Berkeley (1993), University of Cambridge (2004–2005), University of Oslo (2006), University of Cape Town (2012–2013), the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University (2013–2014), and the Peder Wall Institute for Advanced Study at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver(spring 2016 and winter 2018). In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Turku, Finland.
Sörlin was Associate Director for the Center for History of Science in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 1988–1990, and the founding director of the Swedish Institute for Studies in Education and Research, SISTER (2000–2003). From 2006 to 2009 he chaired the Swedish committee for the International Polar Year, and 1994–1998, 2005–2009, and 2014-2018 he served on the Swedish Government's Research Advisory Board, and 2011-2014 on the Government's Environmental Research board.
Sörlin has published in the fields of history of science, environmental history, the history of forestry, human ecology, environmental humanities, European history, research policy, innovations studies, and the history and politics of higher education. He frequently appears in Swedish media, and also writes popular science and narrative non-fiction. He has received several awards, including the August [for Strinbderg] Prize (2004) and the Lars Salvius award (2012).

Jonas Stier - Speaker

Paul Wouters
Jonas Stier is a professor of intercultural studies at the School of Humanities and Media Studies. His research is largely about human identity construction and intercultural interactions in different social and cultural contexts. Currently, he is also involved in a Horizon 2020-project – Accomplissh – aiming at strengthening the position of the humanities and social sciences in Europe. He has also done interdisciplinary research on learning in intercultural settings, the internationalization of higher education and on the construction and communication of gender and ethnicity in Swedish preschools. In these areas he has written a number of books and scientific articles. Previously, he has held professor positions at Mälardalen University (2012-2015) and University of Skövde (2011-2012), senior lecturer positions at Mälardalen University (2004-2011) and Linnaeus University (1992-2004) and visiting positions in Australia, England, Canada and the USA. He completed his doctorate in sociology at Göteborg University in 1998. His teaching largely revolves around his research interests and he often lectures outside the university. As of 2016, he serves as a guest professor of sociology at the School of Health, Care and Social Welfare at Mälardalen University.

David Sweeney - Speaker

DavidSweeney David Sweeney is Executive Chair Designate of Research England, the Council which will be responsible for university research and knowledge exchange within the forthcoming body UK Research & Innovation.
He is currently also Director (Research and Knowledge Exchange) for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), where he is responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university-business relations.
After gaining First Class Honours in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) research institutes, as a consultant statistician then developing mathematical models of plant growth. His work on the computational aspects of this led into broader applications of IT in education and research, and he was Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University of London, before moving into university leadership as Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004. In this role he was responsible for research strategy and for developing Royal Holloway’s research-led commercial and consultancy activities. 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.
David has been invited to visit many countries to advise on research assessment and funding, particularly with respect to research impact. He 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.

Liz Todd - Speaker

Paul Wouters
Professor Liz Todd is Professor of Educational Inclusion and Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Renewal at Newcastle University. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Renewal which forges partnerships between the university and external organisations in order to contribute to creative solutions to societal challenges. Liz is a Co-I of the Horizon2020 programme ACCOMPLISSH looking at the impact of university social sciences and humanities on society through co-creation. She is internationally recognised for her work on the interaction between communities and schools, the engagement of young people in development and research, and the use of co-produced theory of change in complex initiatives. She has undertaken much funded research by organisations such as Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation and the UK government. She is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and symposia. Two of her books have been highly commended, Beyond the school gates; can full service and extended schools overcome disadvantage? and Partnerships for inclusive education was shortlisted for the NASEN/TES prize. She is also co-editor of the only two UK books on video interaction guidance.

Maurice Vanderfeesten - Speaker

Paul Wouters
Maurice Vanderfeesten currently works as Innovation Manager Research Services at the University Library of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
He believes in a multi-disciplinary approach and is responsible for co-creating library services for Open Science, Scholarly Communication Workflows and Research Intelligence.
Within the Aurora-network, a network of nine universities with a similar societal mission, he developed a dashboard to provide university leaders with insight on questions like:
- What research output do we produce on global societal topics?
- What is the excellence of that research?
- How much of that research is freely available to the public?
- How much of that research is used in policy documents from NGO's and governmental bodies?
Maurice studied Information Sciences at Utrecht University, worked at SURF, a cooperation of Dutch universities for IT-innovation, on scholarly information infrastructures, Open Access repositories and enhanced publications, and worked at TU Delft on research data management.

Jane Bjørn Vedel - Speaker

Paul Wouters Jane Bjørn Vedel is Assistant Professor at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School. She studies inter-organizational relationships across public and private sectors, drawing on Organization and Management Theory and Science and Technology Studies. Her previous work concerned inter-organizational dynamics in academic-industry collaborations (see Vedel and Irwin, 2017) and her current research explores the impact of private research grants on the development of research and education practices in public research institutions.

Tim Wilson - Speaker

Paul Wouters
Dr. Tim Wilson is the Executive Director of Research Grants and Partnerships at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), where he is responsible for overseeing the Agency’s granting programs.
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.

Paul Wouters - Speaker

Paul Wouters Paul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University. He has a Masters in biochemistry (Free University of Amsterdam, 1977) and a PhD in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999).
He has published on the history of the Science Citation Index, on and in scientometrics, and on the way the criteria of scientific quality and relevance have been changed by the use of performance indicators. He has also studied the role of information and information technologies in the creation of new scientific and scholarly knowledge. In this area, he was appointed as leader of two research programs by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: Networked Research and Digital Information (Nerdi) (2000 - 2005) and The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (VKS) (2005 - 2010) (Virtual Knowledge. Experimenting in the Humanities and Social Sciences). 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) (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) and has since published in the journal. 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, and sits on various advisory boards of international programs and projects. 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, and he is member of the program board of the ZonMW program to promote responsible research behaviour.

Milena Žic-Fuchs - Speaker

Milena Žic Milena Žic Fuchs is Full Professor of Linguistics at the University of Zagreb. In 2010, she was elected Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in 2013, a member of Academia Europaea. She served as the Croatian Minister of Science and Technology from 1999 to 2000. From 2009 to 2012, she was Chair of the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation. From 2013 to 2015 she was Chair of the Scientific Review Group for the Humanities of the ESF. During her mandates, she instigated policy incentives for Multi- and Transdisciplinary Research as well as Digital Humanities. From 2012 to 2013, she was member of the EC Expert Group for ESFRI Roadmap, and is at present member of numerous Science Advisory Boards at European level in the domains of SSH and Research Infrastructures. From 2008, she was member of the ERC Advanced Grant Panel SH4 “The Human Mind and Its Complexity” and chaired the Panel from 2014. From November 2016 she is member of the High Level Group on Maximising Impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes, set up by the European Commission, chaired by Pascal Lamy.

Wednesday 3rd of October 14:00-18:30

Visit to the Medical Museion

Bredgade 62, 1260 København

We will start this year's social programme at the Medical Museion, which is a combined museum and research unit at the University of Copenhagen. The museum was founded on a private initiative in 1907 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Danish Medical Association with a public exhibition of historical medical artefacts.  It remained a public museum until 1918, when it was taken over by the University. Nowadays many have enjoyed the exhibitions and long standing focus on medical history, medical humanities, medical science communication and medical museology.

Boat tour through Copenhagen

At 15.20, our boat tour will depart from Nyhavn, taking us through the charming canals of Copenhagen and enjoy the scenery and the sights that we pass, while our guide tells you in Danish, English, and German about the history and current life of this vibrant city.


Reception and presentation at Aalborg University

Participants of the SSH Conference are invited by the Humanomics Research Centre to attend a welcoming reception at Aalborg University, on the occasion of the publication of the new report “Mapping Knowledge Dissemination and Research Collaboration in the Humanities”, which will be released that afternoon. Prior to the reception, a pre-conference seminar is organised by Prof. David Budtz Pedersen who will present the major findings of the study. The presentation will be held in Danish, so those who speak the language and know Copenhagen well enough to miss the tours, are most welcome to join the seminar (15.00-17.00). For all other conference attendees there will be a short speech in English during the reception, starting at 17.00, followed by some drinks and snacks.

More information on the project and event can be found here

If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add the social programme to your itinerary, please send an email to a.avlichou@aesisnet.com

Tivoli Gardens, The Lumbye Hall (Entrance through Tiegensgade 20)
Vesterbrogade 3
1630 København V
+45 33151001
Dinner (4 October)
Location: City centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Venue to be announced
From the airport

By public transportation
From Copenhagen Airport to the hotel: train from terminal 3 to Copenhagen Central Station (14 minutes) and then a 3-minute walk
From Copenhagen Airport to the venue: train from terminal 3 to Copenhagen Central Station (14 minutes) and then a 1-minute walk.

By taxi
Taxis can pick up passengers outside terminal 1 and 3 and will get you to downtown Copenhagen in about 20 minutes depending on traffic. It will cost approximately DKK 250-300 (33-40 €)


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 Copenhagen:

First Hotel Mayfair
Scandic Hotel
Imperial Hotel

For any logistical questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marlous Hamming, conference manager at the AESIS Network, via m.hamming@aesisnet.com or via +31 (0)70 217 20 18.

4-5 October 2018

Tivoli Gardens
Vesterbrogade 3
1630 København V Denemarken

This conference 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 €450.00 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.

Anna Avlichou – 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