Understanding causalities, correlations and pre-conditions for the different dimensions of societal impact of science
5-7 June 2019 in Berlin, Germany
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:
MinDir Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg
Volker Meyer Guckel
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Bayer AG, Germany
Max Planck Institute
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Interdisciplinary Research Project, University of Tokyo
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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 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).
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.
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 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.
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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.
Pariser Platz 6
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.
Zufahrt zum Flughafen Tegel
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.
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>
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
Pariser Platz 6
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|
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.
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