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


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

Catherine Gold
Sarah Viehbeck

Amonulla Khakimov

Former president 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 (also representing SSHRC)
Director of Martketing North America at Elsevier
Head of Performance Measurement at Canadian Institutes of Health Research
I&IT Policy Advisor at the Government of Ontario





Thoughts about the Impact of Science 2017:

"Knowledgeable and inspiring!"
"Inspiring on both the science management leadership level and individual scientist level."
"High quality insights and great networking."
"Absolutely inspiring and useful for my daily work. Thank you so much for your work!"
"Great opportunity to share the best practices and implement them in everyday life."

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.

Amy Cook

Amy Cook

Amy is passionate about connecting scientific and research insights to relevant audiences and brings over 10 years of experience in outreach to her role as Director, Knowledge Mobilization at CIFAR. In this position, Amy connects thought leaders in the public and private sectors to the knowledge and ideas emerging from CIFAR’s research programs through knowledge exchange opportunities and relevant on-line resources.

During her graduate studies, Amy served as the Senior Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science’s Partnership Program and co-founded CRAM Science (now CurioCity) – an online STEM resource for high school students. Following her studies, Amy worked in the Exhibits Department at Science World where she developed new public programs and then served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Research Branch where she helped lead the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Program and the Ministry’s youth innovation outreach file. She currently serves on the Board for Canada’s Science and Technology Awareness Network. Amy holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in experimental oncology from Western University.

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.

Luke Georghiou


Luke Georghiou

Professor Luke Georghiou is the University’s Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. From 2010 to 2017 Luke was responsible for the University’s research strategy and its implementation and doctoral training. He continues in his new role to be responsible for business engagement and commercialisation activities.  He is active in research and policy advice to governments and business with current work on innovation management, public procurement and innovation and evaluation of the national demonstrator project for Internet of Things (CityVerve).

Luke is a member of RISE, the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation’s high-level policy advisory group.   He has chaired and been a member of several high-level inquiries and advisory bodies, including being rapporteur of the influential Aho Group report to European leaders, 'Creating an Innovative Europe' which put demand-side innovation policy onto the political agenda. He was Co-Champion of the 2016 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe’s largest pan-disciplinary science conference.

Luke is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Manchester Science Partnerships, the UK’s largest science park company.  Since 2016 he has chaired the Steering Committee of the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education.

He was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2011. He has published extensively in leading outlets. He holds a PhD (1982) and BSc from The Victoria University of Manchester.

Patry Gilles


Patry Gilles

On October 1, 2017, Dr. Gilles G. Patry was appointed Executive Director of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities. Following a long and distinguished career as a consultant, a researcher, and a university administrator, Dr. Patry brings to the U15 a wealth of experience from the private, public and academic sectors.

Dr. Patry holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in environmental engineering. He was an environmental engineering consultant (1971-78) before becoming professor of civil engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal (1978-83) and then at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. (1983-93). Dr. Patry’s research program at McMaster led him to develop an innovative modelling concept for the simulation of wastewater treatment plant dynamics, and ultimately, to launch a Hamilton-based consulting company, Hydromantis, Inc.

Returning to the University of Ottawa as Dean of Engineering in 1993, Dr. Patry became Vice-President (Academic) in 1997 and President and Vice-Chancellor between 2001 and 2008. He is now Professor and President Emeriti at the University of Ottawa. In 2010, Dr. Patry was appointed President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a position he held until July 2017.

Dr. Patry is a Member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo (2008), McMaster University (2009), the University of Lyon (INSA-LYON) (2016) and Western University (2017). He was named Executive of the Year in 2004 by the Regroupement des gens d’affaires of the National Capital Region. In 2009, he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie.

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.

Yuko Harayama


Yuko HArayama

Yuko Harayama is an Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) at the Cabinet Office. Prior to joining the CSTI, she spent two years at the OECD as the Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI), and ten years at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University as a professor of Science and Technology Policy.

In Japan, she served as a member of different commissions related to Science, Technology and Innovation at Cabinet Office and Ministerial levels.

In relation with France, she has served as a board member of the Companie de Saint Gobain between 2007 and 2010.

Her experience prior to Tohoku University includes being a Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Geneva. Ms. Harayama holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences and a Ph.D. in Economics both from the University of Geneva.

She has received Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2011 and was awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel in 2014.

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.

Chris James



Chris James a Senior Product Manager for Research Metrics at Elsevier, is responsible for developing and rolling out various research metrics across the Elsevier Research Intelligence product portfolio. He was part of the team that successfully launched CiteScore metrics in December 2016.

He joined Elsevier in Amsterdam in 2004, where he has held roles in the company’s sales and product marketing teams. Early on in his career, he was responsible for training Elsevier customers across Northern Europe on ScienceDirect and Scopus. More recently Chris had led the product marketing activities of SciVal, Elsevier’s flagship metrics tool to visualize and benchmark research performance. Prior to joining Elsevier, he worked at an engineering consultancy in the UK. Chris James holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Sunderland.

Martin Kirk


Martin Kirk

Martin Kirk is the Director of the Office of Research Services (ORS) and Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

He is the past president of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) and past co-chair of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS), a global association composed of the 15 national research management associations with over 20,000 members.

Martin was raised in Scotland and completed his first degree in chemistry at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and then went on to study/research for his PhD in applied chemistry (bitumen upgrading) at the University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta). He spent the next few years working in research interfacing with industry and ultimately ended up working for Imperial/Exxon. He returned to the University of Calgary and in 1999 moved into the VP (Research) portfolio as associate to the VPR and in 2000 became the director of Research Services. In 2005 he was promoted to associate VPR and was then recruited to UBC in Nov 2007

Guy Levesque


Guy Levesque

As Vice-President of Programs and Performance Guy Levesque is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of the organization’s research infrastructure funding programs. He also provides leadership and strategic advice for developing policies relevant to these programs. Additionally, he champions our commitment to accountability and organizational excellence through the rigorous assessment and analysis of the outcomes and impacts of CFI investments in research infrastructure.

Since 1998, Mr. Levesque has worked in the area of research and innovation funding. Between 2010 and 2015, he served as CFI’s Director of Programs, during which time he was responsible for translating plans and policies into funding programs and directing and managing their delivery to the community, while ensuring their effective delivery and alignment with our various stakeholder communities. He also ensured that our core program processes were offered at the highest internationally recognized standard.

He previously held the position of Manager of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Prairies Regional Office from 2007 to 2010, with the responsibility of developing strategies to facilitate partnerships between universities, colleges, industry, and other government agencies involved in science and innovation.

From 2005 to 2007, he was Strategic Advisor (Institutional Awards) to the Vice-President (Research) at the University of Manitoba where he participated in the development of large-scale research initiatives.

He first joined the CFI in 2002 as Coordinator, Institutional Relations, after spending four years at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Mr. Levesque started his career as a high school science teacher in Mississauga, Ont. in 1992.

He received a B.Sc. (Geology) in 1989, an M.Sc. (Geology) in 1994 and a B.Ed. in 1992, all from the University of Ottawa.

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.

Wendy Naus


Wendy Naus

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.

Sean Newell

Sean Newell

Sean has worked in the software industry for over 25 years, having started out as an engineering graduate from Cambridge University. Originally a software developer, Sean made the transition to operational management and has directed companies and teams, both small and large around the world. Though born in the UK, Sean has lived and worked in a variety of countries most recently returning from Australia to the UK to manage GE’s European technical service delivery unit.

Lara O'Donnell


Lara ODonnell

Lara is a Senior Director, Research at CIFAR and works intimately with CIFAR research programs and activities.

Trained as a molecular biologist, for her PhD Lara investigated how cells use their cellular machinery to position and equally segregate their DNA during division. Her postdoctoral work used high-throughput genomic screening to uncover how human cells sense and repair DNA lesions.

Prior to joining CIFAR, Lara was the Director of the Accelerate and Elevate programs at Mitacs. She also actively curates for the interaction repository, BioGRID. Lara received her BSc at McMaster University and the University of Leeds. She obtained her PhD at McGill University and her postdoctoral training at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Jason Owen-Smith

Jason Owen-Smith

Jason Owen-Smith is the Executive Director of the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS), Barger Leadership Institute Professor of Sociology and (by Courtesy) Public Policy, and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, where he also directs the Barger Leadership Institute. His research emphasizes the collective dynamics of large, complex networks and their implications for knowledge intensive work and organizations. Current projects focus closely on using administrative data to understand, explain, and improve the public value of U.S. research universities and to examine how health care provider networks shape the cost and quality of surgical care. Jason is the author or co-author of more than 60 academic articles and chapters. His new book, entitled Research Universities and the Public Good: Discovery for an Uncertain Future, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in September 2018.

David Phipps

David Phipps

Dr. Phipps received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and undertook post-doctoral studies in HIV research at the University Health Network (Toronto).  After leaving the lab he built a career managing academic research holding successively senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships).  In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).  Dr. Phipps is the Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University where he manages all research grants and contracts including knowledge and technology transfer.

In this capacity he leads York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research.  Dr. Phipps has been named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. In 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in knowledge mobilization.  In 2013 he was one of three national finalists for the Impact Award – Connections category from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He was also awarded the 2015 Research Management Excellence Award (Canadian Association of Research Administrators) and 2015 President’s Award for Innovation in Knowledge Mobilization (Institute for Knowledge Mobilization). In 2015 he was named the Gordon and Jean Southam Fellow from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In 2017 Research Impact Canada received the Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators.

He is the Knowledge Translation Lead for Kids Brain Health Network of Centres of Excellence and is the Network Director for Research Impact Canada, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including 12 universities investing in strategies to maximize the impact of research.

Rémi Quirion

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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.

Christine Trauttmansdorff

Christine Trauttmansdorff

Christine Trauttmansdorff is VP, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships at CICan, the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, polytechnics and cégeps. CICan’s members work with industry to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities.

Christine leads CICan’s advocacy and policy work in areas of interest to the federal government. Prior to joining CICan in 2015, Christine spent nine years at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) where she was responsible for planning, policy, governance and statistics. Earlier in her career, she worked at the House of Commons in roles that included research, committees, communications and a major IT project to manage the production of the parliamentary publications. Christine has an MA in Public Administration and a BA in English.

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

Fairmont Château Laurier
1 Rideau Street
K1N 8S7, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada

This course is organised by the AESIS Network

Registration will open December 1th on this website. Early bird tickets are available until February 16th (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.

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