13-16 May 2019
Worcester College in Oxford, United Kingdom

A four-day interactive, international course on stimulating and facilitating commercial services, alliances & entrepreneurship

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AESIS proudly announces this ambitious international course, where leading experts in the disciplines of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) will demonstrate how to implement and foster business in SSH. Questions that will be examined and answered include:

- What are the most effective ways to manage an impact unit?
- How do I make academic business ideas 'market-ready'?
- How do I set up public & private alliances in business units?
- How and when should I set up consultancy (& other) services?

The course will be held in an intimate setting, while each session will be taught in an interactive manner and includes many collective exercises, in order to make this initiative as fitting as possible to all of your particular aims and needs. Moreover, throughout the entire course, a case-study exercise will challenge you to create and develop a business case. This all aims to provide you with adequate insights and tools to stimulate and facilitate business development in your organisation.

Target groups

- Science funders
- Science policy managers
- Research managers within Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH)
- Facilitators of Societal Impact (knowledge exchange, business development)
- Strategists within universities
- Managers of public-private SSH research & consultancy programs

Click here for the pdf-version of the programme.

Mark Mann - Course Coordinator

Mark MannMark Mann leads OUI’s commercialisation activity from the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions at Oxford University and has done so for the last three years. The team has been working to grow OUI's support in those divisions and now has over 80 projects. The team has developed new business models to deliver the impact including franchising, lean spinouts and social enterprise. Before working in this area he commercialised Engineering and Software projects from the Sciences at Oxford having had a background as a researcher in both at the BBC and the University of Cambridge.

Chris Fellingham - Course Coordinator

Chris FellinghamChris joined Oxford University Innovations in 2018 as a Licensing and Ventures Manager in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Chris graduated from the University of Oxford after having read Modern History, he then went onto study Politics and Government at the London School of Economics. After graduation, Chris worked at Accenture, covering projects across; Public Sector, Energy, Digital and Communications as well as their Clean Tech growth area (in partnership with the World Economic Forum) and Institute for High Performance. Chris left Accenture to work for FutureLearn, an Edtech start-up (or MOOC platform) founded by the Open University. At FutureLearn, Chris led the market research and helped develop FutureLearn’s strategy, partnerships and business models across B2C/B2B and public education initiatives.

Julia Bourke - Panellist

BourkeDr Julia Bourke is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and first moved to the UK in 2008. Following an MPhil at Cambridge, she completed a PhD in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London in 2018. Her interdisciplinary research in the history of emotions combines medieval monastic practice with modern neuroscience and neuropsychology. She currently works in the Enterprise & Innovation team at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and is responsible for enterprise, impact, and outreach projects across the faculties of Education, Humanities, Drama, and Theology.

Having been engaged in public history projects since 2013, Julia is interested in developing new models of impact and enterprise that embrace the unique strengths of the humanities. Experiencing impact training sessions from the perspective of a researcher, Julia became increasingly frustrated at the emphasis placed on STEM-based models at the expense of non-STEM research. Her experience of the HE sector both in the UK and abroad, encompassing Oxbridge, Russell Group, and GuildHE, has given her a unique understanding of the challenges faced by HE providers of very different sizes and with different strategic visions. In her spare time, Julia performs stand-up comedy based on her historical research, and has performed at Lambeth Palace Library and the British Academy Summer Showcase.

David Budtz Pedersen - Speaker

David Budtz PedersenDavid Budtz Pedersen (b. 1980) is Professor of Impact Studies and Science Communication, and Director of the Humanomics Research Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. His research focuses on science communication, impact assessment, science and higher education policy, and the role of Humanities and Social Sciences. He regularly acts as science policy adviser to European and global funding agencies, universities and knowledge-intensive companies. He holds PhD, MA and BA degrees in philosophy of science and science policy studies from University of Copenhagen and University of Vienna. He is a former Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy, New York University.

David is the recipient and co-recipient of competitive grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research, The Velux Foundation, The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, The European Commission Horizon 2020, The Obel Family Foundation, and the Swedish Research Council. David Budtz has about 150 entries on his list of publications ranging from research papers, research monographs, edited volumes, policy reports, op-ed columns and newspaper articles.

Alongside his research, David has an international public presence with outreach activities in science policy, speaking frequently on the topics of Open Science, Responsible Impact Assessment and Evidence-Informed Policy-Making.

David regularly works as a policy adviser. He entered the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science in 2005, working in technological foresight and science policy until 2012. In 2007, he became a member of the European Commission’s Programme Committee for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities, dealing with analysis and priority-setting in SSH research. In 2012, he supported the Danish Presidency of the European Union in the area of Responsible Research and Innovation, co-organising the conference “Science in Dialogue”. More recently, David was Director of the Science Policy Programme during Denmark’s presidency of the largest interdisciplinary conference in Europe, Euroscience Open Forum 2014. In 2018, he was appointed member of the Danish Governments’ Commission on Rewards and Reputation in Research.

Oliver Cox - Speaker

CoxOliver leads Oxford Humanities Division’s engagements with the UK and international heritage community. He co-ordinates, supports and brokers projects between the University of Oxford and external partners through enabling individual researchers, research groups, students and professional services to develop mutually-beneficial collaborations. Oliver is co-lead of the Oxford University Heritage Network (www.heritagenetwork.ox.ac.uk).

Oliver is a historian by training, and received his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford. He teaches architectural and cultural history with a focus on the long eighteenth century.

Oliver has published widely on Gothic Revival architecture, landscape gardening, patriotism, and the country house. His most recent peer-reviewed journal article explores the politics of horse racing in the early 1760s Britain.

Oliver has worked as a Consultant for a range of different organisations, from the Mount Stuart Trust in Scotland, numerous television production companies, tourism providers and the investment management firm, Quilter Cheviot. Oliver is an Associate of Thompson Harrison and is part of the teaching faculty at the Said Business School for Oxford Cultural Leaders and the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.

He is a Council Member of the Oxfordshire Record Society; Heritage Officer for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS); Governor of Compton Verney House Trust; and sits on the Education and Publications Committee of The Gardens Trust and Arts Council England’s Designation Panel. Oliver is chair of The Heritage Alliance’s Digital, Learning & Skills Advocacy Group.

Rick Delbridge - Speaker

Delbridge Rick is the Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Cardiff University where he is leading the development of SPARK, the world’s first social science park. He also led the formation of Y Lab: the public services innovation lab for Wales at Cardiff University in partnership with Nesta. His main areas of research expertise are innovation, organization, employment relations, and Japanese management and he has published widely on these. Rick is a Board member of the Campaign for Social Science and of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the British Academy of Management and the Learned Society of Wales.

Mick Kennedy - Speaker

Kennedy Mick Kennedy is Managing Director of his own consulting company (MLEK Ltd) specialising in identity, mobile analytics and the use of mobile technology in the online identity ecosystem.
He spent 12 months working with Oxford University Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions to build the foundation for a Business Engagement team and played a key role in winning a recent bid for AI in Legal Services.
Previously he worked for the UK Govt Digital Service via the Open Identity Exchange on the use of Mobile Operator Data to support digital identity by providing activity history data based on mobile phone usage. This is to support the UK 'Verify' digital identity programme to enable citizens to use a secure validated digital identity for online transactions both with Government and private sector organisations.
In March 2017 he left Vodafone after almost 10 years working on mobile apps and innovation. He spent the last four years of that time working with the other UK Mobile Operators, GSMA, Identity providers and the UK Cabinet Office to develop and launch a roadmap of standard identity products based on the GSMA Mobile Connect and OpenID connect standards. He also made significant contributions to the EIDAS and PSD2 submissions made by the UK Mobile Operators to the European oragnisations such as the ECB.
Before that he spent 30 years working for a number of international software and consulting companies implementing systems across a wide range of industries from Pharma to automotive. He has experience of many application areas including Manufacturing, Distribution, Accounting, Process Control and Telemetry.
He holds a Degree in Computer Systems Engineering and an MBA.

Catherine Kerfoot - Speaker

Kerfoot Cathy Kerfoot is Head of Strategy, Impact and Evidence at AHRC. She is responsible for developing and implementing organisational strategy, and for ensuring that AHRC captures, understands and promotes the impacts and benefits of the research that it supports. Prior to joining AHRC, Cathy worked for a number of years in HE policy. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Leeds.

Melanie Knetsch - Speaker

Knetsch Melanie Knetsch is the Deputy Director of Impact and Innovation.

She leads on our strategic knowledge exchange and innovation activities to ensure that our research portfolio is visible to potential users as well as creating opportunities for researchers to undertake impact-led activities. This includes supporting the social science community to respond to impact opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways via our Impact Acceleration Accounts, ensuring research knowledge is shaping policy and Parliament via our What Works investments and the Social science section of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and responding to business challenges via the Innovation Caucus, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Melanie joined the ESRC in 2008 and has worked in a variety of roles since then including communications, public engagement, the Newton Fund and Deputy Director of the Office in India. She holds a Masters Degree in Medical Social Anthropology from Keele University, and a Masters in Science Communication from the University of West of England.

Christoph Köller - Speaker

Koller Christoph is a co-founder and managing partner of Görgen & Köller GmbH (G&K), a science consultancy company based in Germany. He especially supports research institutions and SMEs which intend to create impact of their research results in society and industry. He has developed and applied innovation evaluation and management methodologies as well as innovation processes which find widespread use by his clients. Christoph has conducted various projects in the field of innovation management and knowledge & technology transfer with major research facilities from Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Leibniz Association, and universities. He is currently engaged in projects focusing on the impact of humanities and social sciences in Germany and Europe. Christoph is frequently invited as an expert or speaker to workshops and symposia for innovation management and knowledge transfer, especially on the topic of knowledge transfer from humanities’ & social sciences’ research. Furthermore, he belongs to several pools of experts and evaluators on knowledge transfer from research organisations, also focusing on the transfer from humanities and social sciences at EC, and at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He is member of the advisory board of the Austrian project “Knowledge Transfer Centres” where he is in charge of improving the knowledge transfer coming from SSHA. He is also member of the advisory boards of the Finnish project “iScout” and of the EC-funded project “ACCOMPLISSH”. Christoph is member of ASTP-Proton (EUR), AUTM (USA), ISPIM (EUR) and TII (EUR). He recently established and leads a special interest group on social sciences and humanities valorisation at ASTP-Proton. Christoph is carrying a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Marketing.

Victoria McGuinness - Speaker

VictoriaDr. McGuinness runs TORCH, manages the TORCH Team, and works with colleagues across the University to support research engagement.
Victoria has worked in Museums and Higher Education for the last ten years and has completed her PhD in the area of museum and cultural project management.
Before joining TORCH in 2014, Victoria was at the Ashmolean Museum as a Project Manager for seven years, working on the £61 million Redevelopment of the Ashmolean Museum, overseeing the object processing and mount-making for the 12,000 objects installed in the 35 new galleries. Victoria also managed the creation and development of the new Broadway Museum in Worcestershire.
Working as a Project Management and Museums consultant, Victoria has also worked with Bahrain National Museum, Qal’at al Bahrain Museum, UCL Petrie Museum and also in Greece for the British School at Athens in Knossos, Crete, and Portugal and Spain.
Victoria is currently a Trustee of MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and the Museum of Oxford Redevelopment Trust.

Emma Salgård Cunha - Speaker

Emma Emma joined Cambridge Enterprise in 2018 to spearhead a project to develop and enhance support for the University of Cambridge’s researchers and innovators in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The project aims to create new models of successful commercial pathways to impact and knowledge transfer, whether through consultancy, licensing or company creation.

A literary historian by training, Emma holds a PhD from the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. She was previously College Lecturer at Keble College, University of Oxford and Lecturer in English at Middlebury College’s Oxford Humanities Programme. In 2017 she returned to Cambridge where she oversaw the outreach and public engagement programme at the Faculty of Divinity. Emma has published widely on eighteenth-century religious writing, and is co-investigator on the impact project ‘A Good Death: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Dying Well’. She is a trustee and Executive Secretary of the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Jack Spaapen - Speaker

SpaapenDr Jack Spaapen is an independent expert on research and innovation policy, in particular regarding questions about the societal impact of research. He is a retired senior policy advisor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is very active at the national and European level in projects that focus on the arts, humanities and social sciences. He is the vice chair of the COST action ENRESSH, a large European project that works on promoting ASSH research and the evaluation of its impact on society. He is one of the senior partners of the recently started H2020 project SHAPE-ID that targets the interdisciplinary integration of ASSH research into STEM projects. He chaired FP7 SIAMPI project on productive interactions between science and society (2009-2012), and co-chaired another EU project on Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI (2014). He co-designed the Dutch national evaluation protocol for publicly funded research (Standard Evaluation Protocol - SEP), and the assessment framework for the humanities research in the Netherlands (QRiH). He held positions as a researcher and lecturer in two departments at the University of Amsterdam (Science and Technology Dynamics and the Institute for Development Research), as a research fellow in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and in the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Between 1993 and 2005 he co-owned a consultancy firm on science and technology policy and evaluation (sci-Quest).

Course Venue
Worcester College
Walton Street
Oxford OX1 2HB
Welcoming Dinner (May 12, 19.00)
The Folly Restaurant
1 Folly Bridge
Oxford OX1 4JU
Course Dinner (May 14, 18.00)
Restaurant No. 1 Ship Street
1 Ship Street
Oxford OX1 3DA



Oxford is conveniently located close to London's main airports.

From London Heatrow Airport
From London Heathrow Airport, Oxford is only 50 minutes away by car, and a little more than an hour away by public transport. Please find a detailed description of the available means of transportation to and from this airport here.

Please note that no hotel rooms have been booked for participants and arranging accommodation is at your own responsibility. We do recommend the following hotels in the centre of Oxford:

MacDonald Randolph Hotel
The Buttery
River Hotel

13-16 May 2019

Worcester College
Walton Street
Oxford OX1 2HB, United Kingdom

This course is organised by the AESIS Network.


Participation costs: € 1.950,-/ £1695,-
Participation costs AESIS network members: € 1.750,-/ £1525,-

The participation fee includes four lunches, two dinners, coffee/tea and course documentation.

The exchange rate is subject to change. Payment of the participation fee should happen before the course starts. You will receive an invoice together with the confirmation. Personal or company cheques are not accepted. All amounts are excluding VAT, if applicable.

If you are unable to attend the course 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 course to the organisers. Cancellation without cost is possible until March 18 2019. If you cancel between March 18 and April 15 2019, we will invoice €95/ £85 administration costs. After April 15 2019, you owe us the full amount.

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The SSH Conference!

The Impact of Social Sciences & Humanities on Society

Washington DC, USA
October 17-18, 2019

DCAESIS is proud to announce its next edition on ‘The Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities on Society’. This year, we aim to foster an international discussion on how to optimise and assess the impact of SSH. This ambitious initiative is based on two convictions: that the SSH are and should be playing a fundamental role in society, and to call for an expanded role for the SSH in tackling social and cultural problems through research and alliances. Alan Leshner (CEO, Emeritus of the AAAS) will be chairing the conference.

For more info, confirmed speakers and the programme visit the conference website.