Webinar on May 1st, 2018 - 16.00h (4:00pm) CEST

Background and reasoning

Excellence of research is often not the sole or even main motivation for investors in research. Funding allocation is increasingly based on the level of impact on the economy and society. In order to account for the funding universities and/or researchers receive, several impact-assessment frameworks, systems and tools have been developed to provide evidence of research impact. The recent establishment of a system of Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) metrics, in October 2017 in the United Kingdom, is meant to serve a similar aim. The KEF is preparing to collect data on institutional level performance in knowledge exchange, assessing university achievements in serving the economy and society.

In light of the KEF and other similar developments, more universities aim to target their resources more effectively to adhere to the expectations of funders and tax-payers, and more importantly, to optimise and demonstrate their value to society and the economy. In order to achieve this it is important for these institutions to strengthen their relations with businesses and other external beneficiaries. While knowledge and data-sharing of academic research can be stimulated, it is also of great important to be informed about the views and needs of those who will experience the impact of science.
In this webinar, three experts will discuss the relationship between universities and businesses specifically. What tools and best-practices are available to strengthen these collaborations, and which obstacles are still to be overcome. The main question will be:

'How can interactions between science and business be increased, exchange of perspectives be stimulated, and evidence of the outcomes be demonstrated, in order to support economic and societal impact of science?'


The AESIS-Elsevier webinar will foster the discussion on the interaction between science and business by addressing the topic from the viewpoints of:

    • Judith Kamalski, Director of Business Development, Elsevier
    • Alice Frost, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Skills, HEFCE


Judith Kamalski - Business Development Director, Elsevier.

In all the different roles she has had, it has been Judith’s mission to help advance science. During her PhD she was actively involved in conducting research experiments; while today she supports science in a more indirect way. She has advised universities and governments with data-driven evidence on strategic decisions (for example the International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base), and she knows her way through rankings and evaluation assessments. In her current role as Elsevier’s Business Development Director, Judith takes a long term outlook on discoverability of high quality content, understanding that researchers need to produce high quality research. Judith takes a special interest in topics close to her heart, such as Women in Science, researcher mobility, and industry-academia collaboration.

Alice Frost - Head of Knowledge Exchange Policy at Research England.

Alice has previously held a number of policy positions at the Council, including Head of Research Policy, Head of Learning and Teaching and Head of Business and Community Policy. Alice Frost has had a varied career in the UK in national public policy (including in the Department for Education, Cabinet Office/Office of Science and Technology and House of Commons), higher education policy (Universities UK and the charitable sector), and in HE and the regions. Her areas of policy interest include science and technology policy and regional economic development. She studied politics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Oxford University.

Research England is formed of the Research and Knowledge Exchange functions of the former HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England). This includes oversight of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF).


How does a webinar work?

The webinar will be hosted using the software GoToWebinar. Once registered, you will receive information about the software, speakers and specific topics. Online, you can watch the speakers give their presentations live, and are able to ask questions and read the comments of the other participants who are participating in the webinar with you in real time. It will take about 50 minutes, in which there will be presentations by three experts. Each expert will give a presentation of under 10 minutes, so there will be plenty of time for discussion with the other speakers and questions from the audience.

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Practical details

Date & Time: 1 May 2018 - 16.00h (4:00pm) CEST
Location: Online, using the software GoToWebinar

For an impression of what the Webinar will be like see last years' event page.