Understanding causalities, correlations and pre-conditions for the different dimensions of societal impact of science

5-7 June 2019 in Berlin, Germany

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Many Science System Strategists stand on the verge of some steady but fascinating developments, influenced by changing regional, national and international contexts. The newly introduced Horizon Europe R&D Program stands for the aim of moving Europe forward on its way to becoming a worldwide innovation leader, by trying to incentivise academic-industry cooperation. Germany is developing the new High-Tech Strategy, aiming to translate ideas quickly into innovative products and services. In the UK practitioners are awaiting how the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) will take root, especially in relation to REF. In Australia recent political changes finally opened up the way for the first Engagement and Impact assessment, which took place in November of last year, and the USA is in full progress to develop several science impact research systems and institutions.

At the same time many countries have the aim to  broadening the view from impact to the economy to societal impact at large. This fosters discussions on key performance indicators, how we can measure the impact on research and whether to focus on evaluation of quantifiable output or the hardly measureable impact. Finally, the expanding influence of open-access science publishing movements, such as Plan S, fuel discussions about the effects on research excellence and impact.

The political momentum and current research system in Germany are an excellent and indeed inspirational context to foster the worldwide debate on impact. At the same time, several international perspectives can offer valuable and critical evaluations to the current progress and obstacles in Germany. The AESIS Network and its partners are excited to welcome you at the ‘Impact of Science 2019’ conference in Berlin.

The AESIS Network has successfully organised the annual conference ‘Impact of Science’ six 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 Germany 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 Germany. Thus, the AESIS Network and its partners are excited to organise the ’Impact of Science 2019’ conference in Berlin.

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

Jakob Edler
MinDir Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg
Volker Meyer Guckel
Katrin Rehak-Nitsche
Matthias Gottwald
Wolfgang Rohe
Wilhelm Krull
Dietmar Harhoff
Stephan Hornbostel


Fraunhofer Institute
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Bayer AG, Germany
Mercator Foundation
Volkswagen Stiftung
Max Planck Institute
Humboldt University



Conference Chair: Luc Soete

Luc Soete Luc Soete has been Chairman of the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Expert (RISE) High Level Group for Commissioner Carlos Moedas from 2013 till 2017 and of the Economic and Social Impact of Research (RISE) Expert Group for the European Commission from 2017 till the end of 2018. Over the last two years he was also the coordinator of the so-called “Tour d’Europe”, an initiative of the Directorate for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. Before that he was Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University from 2012 till 2016 and Director of (UNU-)MERIT from 1988 till 2012. He has been a member of the Dutch Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI) from 2004 till 2015. He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Ghent, Liège and Sussex.

Currently Professor Soete is Honorary Professor of International Economic Relations at Maastricht University, a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and vice-president of the supervisory board of the Technical University of Delft.

David Sweeney

David Sweeney David Sweeney is Executive Chair Designate of Research England, the Council which will be responsible for university research and knowledge exchange within the forthcoming body UK Research & Innovation. He is currently also Director (Research and Knowledge Exchange) for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), where he is responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university-business relations.

After gaining First Class Honours in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) research institutes, as a consultant statistician then developing mathematical models of plant growth. His work on the computational aspects of this led into broader applications of IT in education and research, and he was Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University of London, before moving into university leadership as Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004. In this role he was responsible for research strategy and for developing Royal Holloway’s research-led commercial and consultancy activities. He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director (Research, Innovation and Skills) and led the development and implementation of the first Research Excellence Framework including the new impact agenda element.

David has been invited to visit many countries to advise on research assessment and funding, particularly with respect to research impact. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012, was Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

James Wilsdon

James Wilsdon James Wilsdon is Professor of Research Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He is also vice-chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), which was set up in 2014 to share good practice and build capacity for evidence-informed decision making, and now has over 4000 members from 80+ countries.

In 2015, he was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and he now chairs its Policy Working Group. From 2013 to 2017, he chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science, and led an independent government review of the role of metrics in the management of the research system, published in 2015 as The Metric Tide. He subsequently chaired an expert panel on Next Generation Metrics for the European Commission.

Previously, he worked as professor of science and democracy in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (2011-15); director of science policy at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science (2008-11); head of science and innovation at the think tank Demos (2001-08); senior research fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies (2006-08); senior policy adviser at Forum for the Future (1997-01); and special adviser to the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-01).

James contributes regularly to the media, and co-edits the Political Science blog on science policy, hosted by the Guardian from 2013-2018 and now at *Research. He is on the editorial advisory panel of the open access journal Palgrave Communications and on twitter @jameswilsdon

Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg

Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg Born in 1965, married, three children. Studied law. 1996-1999: Senate Chancellery, Berlin. 1999-2005: Planning group of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. 2001-2005: Chair of the planning group. From 2005: Federal Chancellery; Head of Staff for Policy Planning, Basic Issues and Special Tasks until 2010. 2010 to January 2014: Director at the Federal Chancellery for the areas: families, senior citizens, women and youth; education and research; affairs of the New Länder; demographic change; churches and religious communities. Since February 2014: Director-General Policy Issues; Strategy; Digital Transformation at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Volker Meyer-Guckel

Volker Meyer-Guckel Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel studied English Philology, Chemistry and Philosophy at the Universities of Kiel, Belfast, and New York. From 1989 until 1993 he taught American Culture and Literature at the University of Kiel where he completed his Ph.D. in American Studies in 1992. He then joined the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Scholarship Foundation), where in 1995 he became Head of the Press and Communication office. From 1997 until 1999 he served on Federal President Roman Herzog's staff concentrating on international, cultural and educational issues. In 1999 he joined the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany) as Senior Manager for programmes focussing on Higher Education Reform as well as Change Management in Science and Research. In 2005 he was promoted to Head of the Programmes and Funding Department and Deputy Secretary General. Dr. Meyer-Guckel is a governing board member in various foundations, Chairman of the Leuphana University’s Board of Trustees, member of the Board of Trustees of the Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, member of the steering committee of the German National Expert Forum on the Digital Future of Higher Education and member of the Global Learning Council.

Henrike Hartmann

Henrike Hartmann Henrike Hartmann is a member of the executive management at the Volkswagen Foundation and head of funding. Previously, she has been in charge of various funding activities in the life sciences, in funding of junior scholars and structural development of the higher education system. Henrike Hartmann studied pharmacy at the University of Freiburg, and did her PhD in Pharmacology in Heidelberg and Mannheim. She gained her postdoctoral experience at the University of Gainesville, Florida, the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston and the University of Frankfurt. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. She is also a member of the university Council of the University of Konstanz, of the board of trustees of the University of Frankfurt and a member of the administrative Council of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach.

Wolfgang Rohe

Wolfgang Rohe Dr Wolfgang Rohe was appointed as Executive Director of Stiftung Mercator in 2014 and heads the Science and Humanities Division. Since 2008 he has been responsible for Science and Humanities. He previously held various positions at two of the most influential science organizations in Germany. From 1992 to 2002, he worked with the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) in Bonn, initially in the Department for Collaborative Research Centers and then as Head of the strategic planning unit. In 2002, he moved to the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) where he served as Head of the Research Policy Department and since 2005 also as Vice Secretary General. Wolfgang Rohe holds a Ph.D. in German philology.

Roland Fischer

Roland Fischer Roland A. Fischer, Prof. Dr. rer. nat., Dr. phil. h.c., holds the Chair of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and is Director of the TUM Catalysis Research Centre. Previously he was Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Ruhr-University Bochum (1997-2015) and Heidelberg University (1996-1997). He has been elected Vice President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in 2016. He is member of the Award Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Chemical Industry Fund and was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences. His research interest focuses on functional molecular materials for advanced applications in energy conversion, catalysis, gas storage and separation, chemical sensing, photonics and microelectronics. To illustrate, metal-rich complexes, atomic precise clusters, nanoparticles and nanocomposites can substitute rare noble metals for important catalytic transformation of small molecules. In addition, the combinatorial building-block principle of coordination network compounds such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) yields ample opportunities for the manipulation and design of the chemistry of coordination space in pores and channels accessible to guest molecules. The goal is to integrate chemical and physical multifunctionality in photo-active, electrical conductive, catalytic and stimuli-responsive MOFs. Currently, he is steering the DFG Priority Program 1928 “Coordination Networks: Building Blocks for Functional Systems”.

Barend van der Meulen

Barend van der Meulen Barend van der Meulen is Head of Science at the Rathenau Instituut and endowed professor Evidence for Science Policy at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University. He has over 25 year experience in science policy, and science policy studies. His research is on the dynamics of science and science policy, and on the policy instruments used for science policy. Recent research includes projects on the Future of Universities, academic careers and the organisation of challenge driven research. Barend van der Meulen's publications have examined diverse aspects of the Dutch science system, the 'Europeanization' of science, research evaluation, the role of forecasts and prognoses, and research funding.

He is chair of the Netherlands Panel for Evaluations in the Humanities, chair of the Scientific Integrity Committee of Wageningen University & Research, member of the Board of the Graduate School WTMC, and member of the advisory board of AESIS. He was expert member of panels for the evaluation of research councils in various European countries. In 1992, he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Twente on the strength of a dissertation examining science evaluation.

Zenda Ofir

Zenda Ofir Prof. Zenda Ofir is a full-time independent evaluator from South Africa. With a PhD in (Ecological) Chemistry, she managed national research grant funding programmes in a South African science council and served as Director Research for the University of Pretoria before turning to evaluation. Since 2000 she has worked across the world on the interface of science, evaluation and development, with a special focus on Africa and Asia, and on the Global South in general. She often evaluates research quality and impact from national to global level and was one of the lead developers of the Research Quality Plus (RQ+) approach to evaluating science for development.

Zenda is a former President of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), former Vice-President of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and former Board Member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She is currently Vice-President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), steering committee member of the South-to-South Evaluation (S2SE) initiative and a Lead Steward in the SDG Transformations Forum. She has a widely read blog on Evaluation for Development and has served on the advisory bodies of a range of international organisations well as on the editorial boards of two international evaluation journals. She was visiting professor at the University of Hiroshima and presented for several years the Aid Effectiveness module at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo. Since 2014 she has the title of Honorary Professor in the School for Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In 2019 she spent four months as Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.

Yasunori Kikuchi

Presidential Endowed Chair for “Platinum Society”, Organization for
Interdisciplinary Research Project, University of Tokyo

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Stefan Hornbostel

Stefan Hornbostel
Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel studied Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen. In 1995, he received his PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. He worked at the Universities of Kassel, Cologne, Jena and Dortmund, as well as at the Center of Higher Education Development (CHE – Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung). Stefan Hornbostel served as Director of the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (IFQ) from 2005 to 2015. He was appointed Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences (Science Studies) in 2005. Since 2016, he is head of the research area “Research System and Science Dynamics” at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). He is a member of the advisory board of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), and member of the advisory board for the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-Quest), Oslo. His research interests lie in in the field of science studies, bibliometrics, and elite sociology.

Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura

Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura Dr. Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura is the Director for Stockholm Environment Institute Africa Centre which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Evelyn has over fifteen years of experience in Natural Resources Management, International Development, Strategic Governance and Policy Analysis. She joined SEI in 2018. Her research interests include global development policy issues especially those related to climate change, land, agriculture and other natural resources governance.

Evelyn has extensive experience in policy analysis, applied research, teaching, program and project management. Her experience in environmental management relates principally to Africa, where she has worked in over 15 countries. She has published on a wide variety of subjects including; land rights, natural resource tenure, climate change and gender.

Evelyn holds a joint Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University, Bloomington, with majors in environmental policy, political theory and methods, and public policy. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Development (with distinction) from the Australian National University, and a BSc (Honors) in Forestry from Makerere University, Uganda. Before joining SEI, Evelyn worked as a Strategy and Policy Manager at the African Academy of Sciences where she provided strategic leadership in the development and delivery of the Academy’s scientific agenda for Africa.

She has won several other awards including the Elinor Ostrom-Johan Skytte Fellowship, the International Foundation for Science award for field research, the Compton Foundation Peace & Security Fellowship and the Australian Sponsored Training Scholarship. Evelyn is the 2018/2019 Great Lakes Regional and Country Winner in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities Sector of CEO Global's Most Influential Women in Business and Government. She is the current Vice President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) and Chairperson of the External Advisory Board, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI).

Marion Poetz

Marion Poetz Marion Poetz is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and Scientific Director of the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center (OIS Center) in Vienna. She gained her PhD from WU Vienna and has been a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management, Bocconi University and ETH Zurich. Inspired by phenomena linked to open innovation, crowdsourcing and similar topics, her research is concerned with strategy, leadership, organization and problem solving in open and collaborative forms of generating research and innovation and capturing value from doing so. As a principle investigator in several large-scale research projects, she currently manages research groups around these topics in both Denmark and Austria. Marion’s work has been published in leading international journals such as Management Science, the Journal of Product Innovation Management or Harvard Business Review, featured in media such as Forbes or Inc. Magazine, and received numerous awards. Marion has been an academic advisor and consultant to organizations from various industries including national and international firms and policy-making institutions. She has been involved in developing the Open Innovation in Science (OIS) Initiative of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and acts as the academic director of the Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS). Marion is affiliated with the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID), the Academy of Management (AOM) and has been selected as a member of the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Laurens Hessels

Laurens Hessels Laurens Hessels PhD is a senior researcher at KWR Watercycle Research Institute and a senior research fellow at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University. He advises organisations in the water sector about knowledge management, learning processes and implementation of research results. He also contributes to the KWR research strategy, the design of its research programmes and collaboration with knowledge partners. Laurens is responsible for the reflexive program design in the Knowledge-Action Programme on Water (www.kenniswateractie.nl ) and leads the Knowledge Valorisation project in the Dutch national Knowledge Impulse on Water Quality. Laurens studied environmental chemistry and philosophy of science, and completed his PhD in 2010 with a study into how university researchers deal with the practical applications of their work. From 2010 to 2016, Laurens worked at the Rathenau Institute, where he did research into coordination, public-private collaboration and international knowledge networks. He also did temporary work at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for a year to contribute to the 2025 Vision for Science.

Marina Ranga

Marina Ranga Dr. Marina Ranga is senior researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain and Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the University of Warsaw, Poland. Prior to that, she held academic positions at Stanford University (2009-2015) and in Europe, at Newcastle University Business School, Groningen University, University of Warsaw and Sussex University (2005-2011). Her main areas of expertise include: National and regional innovation ecosystems; Regional innovation and smart specialization; The Entrepreneurial University, University-Industry cooperation, Technology transfer and research commercialization; Gender in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. In these areas, she developed an extensive research portfolio and publication record, including over 60 book chapters, articles in top-tier journals, research and consultancy reports. Since 2003 Dr. Ranga has conducted extensive consultancy on innovation and technology for the European Commission, several UN bodies, as well as national and regional government innovation agencies. Among others, she chaired the EC DG RTD's Advisory Group on H2020 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” (2014-2016) and currently serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities and of the Scientific Board of the University-Industry Innovation Network. She has been an evaluator for several H2020 funding schemes (Marie Curie Fellowships, Twinning) and for national innovation agencies in the Netherlands, Poland, and Hungary. She has a PhD and a MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, Sussex University, and a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.

Paul Wouters

Paul WoutersPaul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has a Masters in biochemistry (Free University of Amsterdam, 1977) and a PhD in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999). He wrote his PhD thesis on "The Citation Culture" (1999). He has worked as science journalist and editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper ("De Waarheid"). He published on the history of the Science Citation Index, on and in scientometrics. 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). He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN. Paul was coordinator of the Dutch STS Graduate School Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC) together with Annemiek Nelis (2001-2005). From 2014 until 2019 he was chair of the WTMC board. In 1999, he helped create Onderzoek Nederland, a leading professional journal on Dutch science policy (part of Research Professional). A member of the editorial board of Social Studies of Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, and Cybermetrics. He also sits on various advisory boards of international programs and projects. He is member of the program board of the ZonMW program to promote responsible research behaviour. He is also member of the international advisory board of the AESIS Network.

Anne-Sophie Stevance

Anne-Sophie Stevance Anne‐Sophie is managing international science‐policy activities related to the Sustainable Developments Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Biodiversity (IPBES). Within these processes, she coordinates inputs from the international scientific community and supports stronger interface between scientists and policy‐makers, in particular through the Science and Technology Major Group at the United Nations. Anne-Sophie has been leading at ISC the completion of policy-oriented reports on the SDGs. Following a 2015 Review of the SDG targets and a report on SDG interactions in 2017, she is currently involved with INGSA, IIASA and SEI in applying a framework for describing interactions to the national level in different country contexts to support the coherent implementation of the SDGs. Anne-Sophie is also currently coordinating the external review of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Vilius Stančiauska

Vilius Stančiauska Vilius Stanciauskas is a Director for Research & Policy Advice at PPMI. He holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Bristol. Vilius has been primarily involved in the evaluation and impact assessment of the EU’s research and innovation policy, and has carried out multiple evaluations and studies in the areas of health research, researcher careers and mobility, as well as cross-cutting economic analyses and assessments of EU Added Value in FP7 and H2020. Currently Vilius leads three projects involving big data techniques which look into the performance of the EU’s research and innovation system, including the Data4Impact project which is developing novel indicators for the improved monitoring of research activities in the health domain. Another project is a large-scale study launched by DG RTD which aims to track the medium and long-term results and impacts of FP7 Cooperation. Methodologically, Vilius is interested in the potential of unstructured data for social science research and the related techniques such as machine learning, neural networks, topic modelling and entity recognition in text data.

Amy Cook

Amy Cook Amy is passionate about fostering conversation and the exchange of ideas at the frontiers of research and practice and brings over 10 years of experience in outreach to her role as Senior Director, Knowledge Mobilization at CIFAR. In this position, Amy connects global thought leaders in the public and private sectors to the knowledge and ideas emerging from CIFAR’s research programs through curated dialogues and on-line resources.

During her graduate studies, Amy co-founded CRAM Science (now CurioCity) – an online STEM resource for high school students - and then went on to work in the Exhibits Department at Science World where she developed a suite of new public programs. She then served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation where she helped lead the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Program and the Ministry’s youth innovation outreach file before taking on her role at CIFAR in 2011. 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.

Rainer Lange

Rainer Lange Rainer Lange is head of the research policy department at the head office of the German Council of Sciences and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) in Cologne. He is a biologist and holds a doctoral de-gree in philosophy. After a period of research and teaching in philosophy of science at the University of Marburg, he joined the Wissenschaftsrat’s head office in 2000. He was project manager for the first pilot studies of the Wissenschaftsrat for a national research rating, and helped implementing the na-tional roadmap for research infrastructures. As head of the research policy division, he supports the Wissenschaftsrat in preparing reports and recommendations on the future of the German research and higher education system. Current interests include the role of science in society, research data, data science, and artificial intelligence.

Chonnettia Jones

Chonnettia Jones Chonnettia Jones is Director of Insight and Analysis at Wellcome Trust, a private charitable foundation dedicated to improving health through research, innovation, policy and engagement with society. With an annual charitable spend of £1 billion, Wellcome supports more than 14,000 people in 100 countries.

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Chonnettia provides strategic leadership to maximize the impact of the achievements and opportunities that arise from Wellcome's funded research and strategic initiatives. Before taking up this role, she managed the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of major science initiatives funded by Wellcome. She also serves as a non-executive director on the Board for the Anthony Nolan Foundation and as a member of the EMBO Publications Advisory Board. Prior to joining Wellcome, Chonnettia managed a collaborative scientific research program at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Chonnettia has more than twenty years of experience in science research, strategy and evaluation. She trained as a geneticist and developmental biologist, studied neurobiology as a Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Fellow at Emory University, and lectured at American universities.

Baerbel Eckelmann

Baerbel Eckelmann Baerbel has a MA in General Pedagogy, Sociology and Psychology from the University of Passau, Germany and a MA in Applied Social and Market Research from the University of Westminster, UK.

Baerbel joined THE in 2016 as Lead Rankings Analyst and since then she has led a team developing the THE Europe Teaching Rankings and has now an active role in developing the THE University Impact Rankings. In her previous engagement with QS, Baerbel has also been a vital part of the development and execution of global and regional university rankings as well as a variety of other spin-off projects for nearly a decade. She has been a keystone in building and evolving of reputation surveys in addition to rankings related data and knowledge management. Baerbel has delivered rankings workshops across the world and regularly speaks to university leaders about how to maximize data outputs in terms of quantity and quality.

Vera Hazelwood

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

Wiljan van den Akker

Vice-rector research & Director of the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University.

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Markus Lemmens

CEO and co-owner of Lemmens GmbH Education, Science, Technology.

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Aleksander Dańda

Director of Department of Science, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland

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Martin Raditsch

Martin Raditsch As of January, 1, 2017 Martin Raditsch the CEO of Innovectis GmbH, the knowledge transfer company and 100% subsidiary of Goethe University Frankfurt. Martin is a life scientist and executive leader with 20 years experience in international business development, licensing and technology transfer in the pharma, med-tech, biotech and material sciences sector and ranging from industry to the public research sector.

Martin is a graduate of Heidelberg University and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. He is certified as RTTP (registered technology transfer professional) by the global “Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals” (ATTP).
Following his Ph.D., Martin was Laboratory Leader in the pharmaceutical R&D division of BASF AG. After positions in international product marketing of the corporation and plant biotech project management, he became Head of Technology Management Applied Technologies and was responsible for the applied technology portfolio of the plant biotech entity with activities based in the US, Canada, Sweden and Germany.

In 2001 Martin joined EMBL Enterprise Management Technology Transfer GmbH (EMBLEM) a fully owned subsidiary of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)) as Head of Business Development responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property developed in the EMBL-world including several spin off projects. As of 2004 he served as Deputy Managing Director of EMBLEM.

In 2011 Martin took on the position as Managing Director at InnovationLab GmbH in Heidelberg. InnovationLab is the joined R&D and transfer institute of University of Heidelberg, University of Mannheim, BASF, Merck, Heidelberger Printing Press and SAP.

Martin was involved in the funding process off 16 start-ups and is co-founder of the European Institute for Pharma Logistics (EIPL). He serves currently as board member and president elect of ASTP-Proton, as advisory board member of the BioRN Network, and as Advisory Board member of BioMed X GmbH.

Conference Venue
Allianz Forum
Pariser Platz 6
10117 Berlin

Airports and trainstation
Berlin can be reached through Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) or Berlin Schönefeld airport (SXF) by plane or through the central train station Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

Berlin Tegel Airport
Zufahrt zum Flughafen Tegel
13405 Berlin
Berlin Schönefeld airport
Flughafen Schönefeld
12521 Berlin
Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Europaplatz 1
10557 Berlin

From Berlin Tegel Airport to the conference
By public transportation
To make use of public transport to reach the conference venue, please use one of the buses located right outside Terminal A and B. The TXL JetExpressBus takes you in approximately 30 minutes to Brandenburger Tor, next to the conference venue. Other buses going from Tegel Airport to the city centre are X9 JetExpressBus, 128 Bus, and 109 Bus. A ticket costs € 2,80.

By taxi
When you want to use a taxi for your transportation to the conference venue, you have to walk to the inner ring of Terminal A at Gates 6–9 and outside Terminal C and E. During rush hour, service staff will be available at the taxi ranks outside the terminals. These will be recognisable by the 'Taxi Service' on their uniforms. Please make sure you only use clearly marked taxis parked at the designated ranks. The average fare to downtown Berlin is approximately € 28. Taxis can also be booked in advance. Fares might vary and not every taxi has the possibility to pay by card, therefore ensure you have enough Euros in cash with you.

From Berlin Schönefeld Airport to the conference
By public transportation
To make use of public transport to reach the conference venue, there are several options. Schönefeld Airport has a railway station, which is just a five-minute walk from the airport via a covered walkway. S-Bahn (urban raillway) trains S9 and S45 run every 10 minutes and the Airport Express trains RE7 and RB14 run twice every hour. These trains take you in approximately 30 minutes to Berlin Hauptbanhof and 25 minutes Alexanderplatz in the center of Berlin. There are several options to take the bus (including X7, 163S, 164S, 171U, N7 and N60) to the city centre, which can be found at the railway station and/or in front of Terminal A. Both railway transport and buses do not connect directly to the 'Brandenburger Tor' station, next to the conference venue. A short walk or transfer is required to reach the conference venue. A ticket for the train or bus costs € 3,40. <p/p>

By taxi
When you want to use a taxi for your transportation to the conference venue, the taxi ranks can be found on the approach to Schönefeld Airport, right outside Terminal A. Please make sure you only use clearly marked taxis parked at the designated ranks. The average fare to downtown Berlin is approximately € 45 and take 30-40 minutes to the city centre. Taxis can also be booked in advance. Fares might vary and not every taxi has the possibility to pay by card, therefore ensure you have enough Euros in cash with you.

From Berlin Hauptbahnhof to the conference
Berlin Hauptbahnhof connects (inter)national trains with public transport in Berlin. From here you can take the S-bahn (Subway), U-bahn (Underground), bus or local train. The U-bahn 55 and TXL JetExpressBus connect directly with the 'Brandenburger Tor' station, next to the conference venue.

From Berlin Hauptbahnhof it also possible to walk to the conference venue. This is approximately 1.5 km. See the route underneath.

5-7 June 2019

Allianz Forum
Pariser Platz 6
10117 Berlin

This conference is organised by the AESIS Network.

The registrations are opened on this website. Early bird tickets are available until February 28th (23.59 EST).

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

Fee members of AESIS & partner networks 550,00
Fee Non-members 595,00

On 6 June 2019, location and time to be announced. The costs for this dinner are €65,-

On 5 June 2019, location and time to be announced. The costs for this are €30,-

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 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 April 25th 2019. If you cancel between April 25th and May 16th 2019, we will invoice €95 administration costs. After May 16th 2019, you owe us the full amount.

Photographs and/or videos may be taken at the conference. By attending this event, you acknowledge and agree that your likeness maybe included in photos and videos of the event and used by AESIS in connection with communications about the conference or other AESIS communications and promotion. If you do not agree to this usage, please send us a written notification at least 3 days before the event.

Anika Duut van Goor – General Manager
Iris Vennis – Project Manager

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