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 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.

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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

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.

Rick Delbridge - Speaker

Paul Wouters
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.

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.

David Mair - Speaker

Paul Wouters
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.

Mikkel Rasmussen - Speaker

Paul Wouters
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 Skinner - Speaker

Paul Wouters
“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.”

Sharon Smit - Speaker

Paul Wouters
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.

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).

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.

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.

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 €450.00 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.

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Anika Duut van Goor – General Manager

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