In June 2017 AESIS will organise their annual conference ‘Impact of Science’, for which Elsevier is lead sponsor. One of the main themes of this year will be the search for methods for stimulating and measuring both world class science and societal impact. Leading up to this conference a Webinar will be organised, in which three experts will provide insights into a topic that is related to that of the conference in June.
Researchers are obliged to demonstrate how to have impact on society with their research. More so, most of the funding institutions require proof of societal impact before any grants are awarded. Some claim however, that this requirement can limit the possibilities for a research and might even lower the overall quality, as more fundamental research has a lower priority. Others have stated that the quality of a research project improves if you include a focus on societal impact. During the webinar we will discuss the multiple systems and methods in check for assessing the quality of a research as well as the impact it has. An example of a method for assessing a researchers quality is the h-index. This will be the starting point of the webinar, discussing whether these types of indexes are sufficient or whether they should be adopted to include societal impact. And if they should:
'How can research excellence and societal impact be united in one model?'
The AESIS-Elsevier webinar will foster the discussion on the interaction between research excellence and social impact by addressing the topic from the viewpoints of:
- Peter Darroch, Senior Product Manager Research Metrics at Elsevier Management
Research information systems
- Rinze Benedictus, Strategic Advisor at UMC Utrecht & Policy advisor ‘Science in Transition’
Science in Transition Policy Advisor
- Susanna Pehrson, Research Officer at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Processes to rise societal impact
The webinar will take about 45-50 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 participants.