Finding shared approaches to assess, enable and accelerate impact on society
14-15 June 2018 in Ottawa, Canada

This event already took place. Please find the photos of the conference here.


Canada has been successful the last years in calling for more attention to the position of Canada worldwide in their research intensity and innovation. This has led to a variety of evaluations and strategies, most notably, the Fundamental Science Review , the Innovation and Skills agenda, and more recently the Superclusters initiative. Furthermore the three federal research councils, as well as the CFI and several provinces, have been aiming to evaluate funded projects on more than just academic impact. Finally the government has reintroduced the position of Chief Science Advisor in order to generate more evidence-informed policymaking. These prospects and initiatives share one common goal: setting realistic targets for assessing, enabling and advancing the societal impact of science.

The AESIS Network has successfully organised the annual conference ‘Impact of Science’ five 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 Canada 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 Canada. Thus, the AESIS Network and its partners are excited to organise the ’Impact of Science 2018’ conference in Ottawa.

This event already took place. Please find the photos of the conference here.


For PDF version:

Programme Impact of Science 2018

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

Martin Kirk (Chair)
David Phipps
Laura Hillier

Susan Morris

Catherine Gold
Sarah Viehbeck

Amonulla Khakimov


Former president Canadian Association of Research Administration
Executive Director of Research Impact
Director Evaluation and Outcome Assessment at Canada Foundation for Innovation
Director, Evaluation at Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (also representing SSHRC)
Director of Martketing North America at Elsevier
Head of Performance Measurement at Canadian Institutes of Health Research
I&IT Policy Advisor at the Government of Ontario






Thoughts about the Impact of Science 2017:

"Knowledgeable and inspiring!"
"Inspiring on both the science management leadership level and individual scientist level."
"High quality insights and great networking."
"Absolutely inspiring and useful for my daily work. Thank you so much for your work!"
"Great opportunity to share the best practices and implement them in everyday life."

Programme et information en France

Programme Impact of Science 2018 en France

Curious about the backgrounds of all our speakers? Find them here:

Speaker Biographies

And use this last opportunity to register and join us in Ottawa on 14 & 15 June!

This event already took place. Please find the photos of the conference here.

Conference Venue
Fairmont Château Laurier
1 Rideau Street
K1N 8S7, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada
From Ottawa McDonald Cartier International Airport to the conference
By taxi
Taxi services are managed by Coventry Connections and queues are formed at the centre door of level 1. The average fare to downtown Ottawa is $37,- (Canadian Dollar) and taxis can also be booked in advance via the Coventry Connections website. Fares might vary and not every taxi has the possibility to pay by card, therefore ensure you have enough Canadian Dollars in cash. Accessible vehicles are available on request.

By public transportation
OC Transpo line 97 (bus) brings you to the city centre of Ottawa and departs every 15 minutes at the airport. Get out at bus stop “Mackenzie King 2A”, from there is it a 8 minute walk to the conference location. The bus journey takes about 30 minutes and tickets are $3,30 (Canadian Dollar). Tickets can be purchased at the ground transportation desk at the airport, located on level one at the central door of the arrivals area. Bus line 97 is accessible for wheelchairs, if additional services are required for riders with disabilities, please contact Para Transpo.

Conference Dinner, June 14th
Ottawa Marriott Hotel – Summit Room
100 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
ON K1P 5R7

Hotel suggestion: Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill
402 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1R 5A7

This hotel is located at a 18 minute walk to the conference location. We have arranged a special conference fee with the hotel, please contact us for more informations.

Travelling from Ottawa McDonald Cartier International Airport to the Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill:
OC Transpo line 97 (bus) brings you to the city centre of Ottawa and departs every 15 minutes at the airport. Get out at bus stop “Albert/Bay”, from there is it a 2 minute walk to the hotel.

Hotel suggestion: Fairmont Château Laurier
The conference location is also a hotel, however no rooms have been blocked at a conference rate. Rooms can be booked based on availability via their website.

14-15 June 2018

Fairmont Château Laurier
1 Rideau Street
K1N 8S7, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada

This course is organised by the AESIS Network

Registration will open December 1th on this website. Early bird tickets are available until February 16th (23.59 EST).

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

Euro CAD
Fee members of AESIS & partner networks 550,00 825,00
Fee Non-members 595,00 895,00

On 14 June 2018, location and time to be announced. The costs for this dinner are €60,- / CAD 90,-

On 13 June 2018, location and time to be announced. The costs for this are €30,- / CAD 45,-

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 or Canadian dollars 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 May 3rd 2018. If you cancel between May 3rd and May 24th 2018, we will invoice €95 or CAD145 administration costs. After May 24th 2018, you owe us the full amount.

Anika Duut van Goor – General Manager
Woutje van Wiggen – Project Manager

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