Finding shared approaches to assess, enable and accelerate impact on society
14-15 June 2018 in Ottawa, Canada

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Canada has been successful the last years in calling for more attention to the position of Canada worldwide in their research intensity and innovation. This has led to a variety of evaluations and strategies, most notably, the Fundamental Science Review , the Innovation and Skills agenda, and more recently the Superclusters initiative. Furthermore the three federal research councils, as well as the CFI and several provinces, have been aiming to evaluate funded projects on more than just academic impact. Finally the government has reintroduced the position of Chief Science Advisor in order to generate more evidence-informed policymaking. These prospects and initiatives share one common goal: setting realistic targets for assessing, enabling and advancing the societal impact of science.

The AESIS Network has successfully organised the annual conference ‘Impact of Science’ five times, bringing together experts such as R&D evaluators, university managers, research councils, policy makers, funders, and other stakeholders of impact. The goal is sharing, evaluating and discussing best practices around the world on:

  • Policy strategies for societal impact
  • Creating (long-term) alliances between stakeholders
  • Regional, national and international instruments for evaluating and achieving impact
  • Current issues on i.e. public engagement, evidence-based policy, interdisciplinary approaches and harmonising definitions and assumptions.

In its approaches the AESIS Network is convinced that societal impact:

  • can only be robust based on a well-balanced insight on how the impact of science on society can be measured;
  • should investigate the impact of the humanities, the social sciences and the hard sciences in one comparable approach for accountability;
  • should include both the societal impact of scientific research and university education.

The political momentum and current research eco-system in Canada are an excellent and indeed inspirational context to foster the worldwide debates on impact. At the same time, several international perspectives can offer valuable and critical evaluations to the current progress and obstacles in Canada. Thus, the AESIS Network and its partners are excited to organise the ’Impact of Science 2018’ conference in Ottawa.

Programme design

Programme Impact of Science 2018

The Impact of Science programme is being made possible with the help of our Programme Advisory Committee Canada:

Martin Kirk (Chair)
David Phipps
Laura Hillier

Susan Morris


President of the Canadian Association of Research Administration
Executive Director of Research Impact
Director Evaluation and Outcome Assessment at Canada Foundation for Innovation
Director, Evaluation at Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council





Koenraad Debackere - Chair of the Programme

Koenraad Debackere

Koenraad Debackere obtained Master degrees in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (1984) and Management Science (1985) and a Ph.D. in Management (1990). In 1995, he became professor at KU Leuven in the field of innovation economics. His research focuses on the economics of technology and innovation, the development of indicators for measuring the linkage between science and technology, the design and use of indicators for science policy purposes and the role of entrepreneurial universities in economic development. He has been an advisor and an expert to the European Commission and OECD in the areas of the innovation economy, the economic impact of intellectual property, the management of technology transfer and the design of open innovation systems.

He is actively involved in the activities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He is professionally involved in technology transfer as managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development (since 1999) and Chairman of the Gemma Frisius Fonds (i.e. the venture fund) of the KU Leuven. He has been the co-founder of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. Since 2005, he is the general manager of KU Leuven. He is the chairman of the Association for the Economic and Societal Impact of Science.

Claire Donovan

Claire Donovan

Dr 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.

Cynthia Goh

Cynthia Goh

Cynthia Goh is Professor of Chemistry, cross-appointed to Materials Science and Engineering, the Institute of Medical Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs. She is the founder and Director of the Impact Centre, an institute that aims to bring science to society, and the inaugural Academic Director of University of Toronto Entrepreneurship. Her research interests centers on the interactions of large molecules, which has impact on nanotechnology, biomaterials and biodiagnostics. Other passions are: the translation of scientific discovery to technology/products that benefit society; the training of scientist-entrepreneurs; and the development of technology for low resource settings. Her research has led to 8 tech-based companies, co-founded with her students, including: Axela (medical diagnostics), Vive Crop Protection (agriculture), Pueblo Science (non-profit for science literacy) and Phantin (nanomaterials coating). She originated Entrepreneurship101, a training program for entrepreneurs, which has thousands registered annually, and Techno, an intensive training program for scientists/engineers, which has led to the creation of over 140 start-ups based on university research.

Magnus Gulbrandsen

Magnus Gulbrandsen

Magnus Gulbrandsen is professor at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo. His research addresses broad themes within science and innovation policy such as quality, impact and interaction between researchers and users, commercialization of research and internationalization. A main interest for him is how and under which conditions research-based knowledge is taken up and used in society. This is also the topic of the Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science, an 8-year project that Gulbrandsen has led since its startup in 2016. He has published in leading scientific journals and worked with industry and policymakers.

Mark Hochman

Mark Hochman

Mark Hochman gained a PhD in science (geology) in 1991 and has been in research management for more than 25 years including a period of 20 years as Director of the Research and Innovation Services Office at the University of South Australia. He is a foundation member of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) and served on the ARMS Executive for six years, including a period as President in 2007/2008.

Mark is the Past-President of SRAI’s International Section and is an At-Large Board member of the Board of Directors. He is an SRAI Distinguished Faculty and was presented with the Hartford-Nicholsen Award in 2015. Mark is a co-chair of the SRAI Education and Professional Development Committee and is past chair of SRAI’s Governance Committee.

Mark currently works part-time employed through Central Queensland University building education and professional development programs for ARMS and consults in research management and strategy for the remainder of his time. As a consultant he has a particular interest in the impact of research and was the National Program Manager for a 2012 national pilot program in Australia examining the case study approach to assessing research impact. Mark also organized and co-lead a 2015 Study Tour to the UK on the topic of research impact – repeated for ARMS in 2017. He has worked with several Australian universities in Australia’s Engagement and Impact exercises in 2017.

Since 2011 Mark has also conducted research management reviews of Research Offices, research policies and strategies in 15 Australian universities.

In 2014 Mark was awarded the inaugural ARMS Janet-Dibb-Leigh Award for distinguished service to the Australasian research management community.

Gabriel Miller

Gabriel Miller

Gabriel Miller is the current Executive Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is an experienced not-for-profit leader who has built an extensive track record in member relations, advocacy, stakeholder engagement and public policy development over his 16-year career.

Prior to joining the Federation, he served in a series of senior roles with the Canadian Cancer Society, culminating as Vice-President of Public Issues, Policy and Cancer Information. Miller has extensive experience building public dialogue on complex issues such as end-of-life and palliative care, directed successful national campaigns, and been a leader in highly effective coalitions, including one that led to the federal ban on asbestos announced in 2016. He is an experienced media spokesperson who has appeared in major national television news broadcast organizations and leading Canadian newspapers.

Previously, Miller was the Government and Media Relations Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which represents big city mayors and municipal governments across the country.

Miller holds a B.A in Philosophy from Queen’s University, and has served as a member of several not-for-profit boards as well as on the Government of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee Advisory Committee.

Rémi Quirion

Rémi Quirion

Professor Rémi Quirion is the inaugural Chief Scientist of Quebec since July 1st, 2011. A McGill Full Professor, Psychiatry and outgoing Scientific Director at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. He served as Vice-Dean, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, as well as Senior University Advisor (Health Sciences Research) in addition to being the CIHR Executive Director, for Alzheimer's Diseases, from 2009 to 2011.

Under his leadership, the Douglas Research Centre became a premier research facility in Canada in the fields of neurosciences and mental health. Prof. Quirion promoted the development of neurosciences and clinical research in Neurology and Psychiatry as well as social and evaluation aspects of research in mental health and addiction. His research interests include: a) understanding the relationships between key phenotypes of the Alzheimer's brain and b) molecular and pharmacological features of neuropeptide receptors focusing on NPY and CGRP, and their role in memory, pain and drug dependence, and in animal models of schizophrenia. He trained over 20 PhD students and 50 PDF. In addition to being on the Advisory Board of over 15 journals in Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Neurosciences, he has published 5 books, more than 650 scientific papers and articles, and over 25,000 citations and h index of 78.

Prof. Quirion was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) until March 2009. He received many awards and recognitions as: the Médaille de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec”; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; “Chevalier” of the “Ordre national du Québec”;“Wilder-Penfield Award”; the Dr. Mary V. Seeman Award and was appointed Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2007 Prof. Quirion became a Member of the Order of Canada (O.C.).

Susan Renoe

Susan Renoe

Susan Renoe is executive director of The Connector (formerly the Broader Impacts Network) at the University of Missouri (MU) and principal investigator for the NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts. She received her BA and MA in Anthropology from MU and a MA and PhD in Education from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Her dissertation focused on the teaching and learning of archaeology in the collegiate setting, and she spent time teaching courses on archaeology to third and fourth graders through the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s summer Xplorations program. Before beginning her work with The Connector, she served as Assistant Director of the MU Office of Undergraduate Research and served as program coordinator for the Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) Program, which provides laboratory experiences for underrepresented groups in the life sciences.

David Sweeney

David Sweeney

David Sweeney is Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange). In this role he is responsible for research policy and funding (including the Research Excellence Framework), knowledge exchange and health policy. He is also responsible for the Catalyst Fund, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, and HEFCE’s international engagement. He works alongside Chris Millward (Director of Policy), who leads on education and skills.

A statistician, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, developing mathematical models of plant growth before moving into senior management in the IT area, becoming Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University of London, and serving in a national role as Chair of the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. He became Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004, responsible for research strategy, the 2008 RAE submission and for developing Royal Holloway's research-led commercial and consultancy activities, knowledge transfer and development programme. He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director (Research, Innovation and Skills).

David was an adviser to the Australian Research Impact Pilot Exercise, and he has also visited many European countries and Hong Kong to advise on research assessment and funding. In 2012, he was a member of the Finch Group on Open Access to Research Outputs, and has been working with the research councils, charities, learned societies, other academic groups and publishers to take forward the Finch Group recommendations. David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Paul Wouters

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 Ph.D. in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999). In between these degrees he has worked as science journalist and as editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper ("De Waarheid"). 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.

He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN on research careers and evaluation of individual researchers. Paul was coordinator of the Dutch STS Graduate School Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC) together with Annemiek Nelis (2001-2005). Currently he is chair of the WTMC board. In 1999, he helped create Onderzoek Nederland, a leading professional journal on Dutch science policy (part of Research Professional). He is a member of the editorial board of Social Studies of Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, and Cybermetrics, was member of the Council of the Society for the Social Studies of Science from 2006 to 2008. Currently, he is involved in, among others, the PRINTEGER project on integrity in science, the Center for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies at NIFU in Oslo.

14-15 June 2018

To be announced

This course is organised by the AESIS Network

Registration will open December 1th on this website. Early bird tickets are available until February 15th (23.59 EST).

Costs include two lunches, a networking reception, refreshments, and conference documentation.

Euro CAD
Fee members of AESIS & partner networks 550,00 825,00
Fee Non-members 595,00 895,00
Early bird for members 500,00 750,00
Early bird non-members 550,00 825,00

On 14 June 2018, location and time to be announced. The costs for this dinner are €60,- / CAD 90,-

On 13 June 2018, location and time to be announced. The costs for this are €30,- / CAD 45,-

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 or Canadian dollars at your discretion and are 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 May 3rd 2018. If you cancel between May 3rd and May 24th 2018, we will invoice €95 or CAD145 administration costs. After May 24th 2018, you owe us the full amount.

Anika Duut van Goor – General Manager

AESIS Network
Mauritskade 5
2514 HC Den Haag
+31 (0)70 217 2018

Organised in collaboration with:


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Counsil of Canada



Province of Quebec

Clarivate Analytics

Genome Canada




Canadian Association of Research Administrators