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 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 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
|Tom Wilson||Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Rick 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.
Steven 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.
A 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.
David 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.
Ziyad Marar is President of Global Publishing at SAGE Publishing. Having joined the company in 1989, Ziyad has worked across all aspects of publishing. He was appointed Editorial Director in 1997, Deputy Managing Director in 2006, and took on a more global role in 2010 as Global Publishing Director. In 2016, Marar was promoted to President, Global Publishing where he has overall responsibility for SAGE's publishing strategy.
In recent years at SAGE, Ziyad has also focused on supporting the Social Sciences more generally. He has spoken and written on this theme in various international contexts and in early 2015 was appointed to board of the Campaign for Social Sciences (CfSS). More recently Ziyad was invited to sit on the board of trustees for the UK academic news site, The Conversation.
Ziyad is the author of four books combining his interests in psychology and philosophy.
Ziyad can be followed on Twitter @ZiyadMara
Victoria 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 is completing 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
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 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 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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Sharon Smit is Director Sustainable Society at University of Groningen (the Netherlands) since 2012. Sustainable Society is the network organisation for all Social Sciences and Humanities research at the University of Groningen. She was trained in Political Sciences and International Relations. Before working at the university she worked as a strategic policy advisor at several governmental organisations in the Netherlands and Brussels in the field of Strategy and Policy Development. Both on a personal and professional level she is highly interested in building bridges and connections between people and between organisations: collaboration is innovation. She is convinced that the role of academia is changing towards a more central position in society. In her current role as Director of Sustainable Society she coordinates the European Horizon 2020 ACCOMPLISSH project on societal impact maximasation of SSH Research, in which she develops models and methods for science to have (more) societal impact. Furthermore she coordinates the PERSON platform, an SSH research network in energy transition and is the founder of a number of co-creation initiatives.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Novo Nordisk Fonden
Tuborg Havnevej 19,
2900 Hellerup, Denmark
A bus connection will be arranged
|Dinner (4 October)
Location: City centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Venue to be announced
|From the airport
By public transportation
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 in the centre of Copenhagen:
(A bus connection will be arranged between the city centre and the conference venue)
For any logistical questions, please do not hesitate to contact Eline Kemperman, conference manager at the AESIS Network, via firstname.lastname@example.org or via +31 (0)70 217 20 18.
4-5 October 2018
Novo Nordisk Fonden
Tuborg Havnevej 19,
2900 Hellerup, Denemarken
A bus connection will be arranged between the conference venue and the city centre
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|
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.
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