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


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.

Programme design

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."

Koenraad Debackere - Chair of the Programme

Koenraad Debackere

Koenraad Debackere obtained Master degrees in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (1984) and Management Science (1985) and a Ph.D. in Management (1990). In 1995, he became professor at KU Leuven in the field of innovation economics. His research focuses on the economics of technology and innovation, the development of indicators for measuring the linkage between science and technology, the design and use of indicators for science policy purposes and the role of entrepreneurial universities in economic development. He has been an advisor and an expert to the European Commission and OECD in the areas of the innovation economy, the economic impact of intellectual property, the management of technology transfer and the design of open innovation systems.

He is actively involved in the activities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He is professionally involved in technology transfer as managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development (since 1999) and Chairman of the Gemma Frisius Fonds (i.e. the venture fund) of the KU Leuven. He has been the co-founder of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. Since 2005, he is the general manager of KU Leuven. He is the chairman of the Association for the Economic and Societal Impact of Science.

Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams

Dr Adams is currently the Chief Scientist at Digital Science and will join Clarivate Analytics as a Director of ISI in April 2018. Jonathan is a visiting professor at the Policy Institute at King's College London. Previously, he was the lead founder of Evidence Ltd (2000-2009) and Director of Research Evaluation for Thomson Reuters (2009-2013). Evidence developed products and services providing decision support to research managers and carried out research evaluation for agencies and institutions in the UK, elsewhere in Europe, Brazil, Australia, China, India, Singapore and Malaysia.

Jonathan chaired the EC Evaluation Monitoring Committee for Framework Programme 6 (2004); chaired the Monitoring Group of the European Research Fund for Coal & Steel (2006); led the national review of research evaluation in New Zealand (2008); was a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) indicators development group for its research excellence assessment (2008) and ARC's impact assessment (2016). In 2010 he was an expert adviser to the interim evaluation of FP7.

Jonathan has worked at King's College London (1979-1980), University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1980-1983), University of Leeds (1983-1989) and Imperial College London (1989-1992). He was a science policy adviser to the UK for the Research Councils (1989- 1992) where he first worked with ISI to introduce bibliometrics to UK research evaluation, and was Leeds University's Director of Research Strategy 1993 – 1997. He has published over 100 articles in journals, a series of widely quoted reports on research in the BRIC economies and regularly presents at international research conferences. In 2017, he received an honorary DSc from the University of Exeter for his work in higher education and research policy.

Katherine Amato

Katie Amato is a biological anthropologist at Northwestern University and an Azrieli Global Scholar for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Humans and the Microbiome Program). She studies the gut microbiota in the broad context of host ecology and evolution and is particularly interested in bringing a global health perspective to human microbiome research. Her research aims to describe how changes in the gut microbiota impact nutrition and health in human populations around the world, and to pinpoint the social and biological mechanisms that lead to these changes. She also uses non-human primates as models for studying host-gut microbe interactions in selective environments and to determine whether the human gut microbiota has characteristics that are unique among primates. As a trained field primatologist that integrates molecular biology, microbiology, physiology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology into her research, Amato is a strong proponent of interdisciplinary approaches. She is most excited by the potential of microbiome research to incorporate tools from the biological sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Amato has a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jeremy Ayers

Jeremy Ayers

Jeremy is the Vice President of Policy at Results for America. He previously served as Education Policy Advisor for the U.S. House Committee on Education & the Workforce. In this role he provided legislative and policy support on K-12 issues including accountability, assessment, school improvement, education research, and oversight of ESEA waivers. Prior to joining the Committee Jeremy was Associate Director of Federal Education Programs at the Center for American Progress, a classroom teacher in Florida, and a policy analyst for the Alliance for Excellent Education, a national high school reform organization. He got his start in education working for the Family Resource Center, a small nonprofit serving rural North Carolina children and families. Jeremy holds a master’s degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from McMurry University in his home state of Texas.

Jonathan Bagger

Jonathan Bagger

Dr. Jonathan Bagger is Director of TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre, and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. Previously, he served as Krieger-Eisenhower Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs and Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Bagger’s research centers on high-energy physics at the interface of theory and experiment. Together with Julius Wess, he is the author of the monograph Supersymmetry and Supergravity. Bagger has twice been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study. He served as chair of the International Linear Collider Steering Committee and the Space Telescope Institute Council, as vice chair of the U.S. Department of Energy/National Science Foundation High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, and as a member of the U.S. National Research Council’s Board on Physics and Astronomy. He has served on the Fermilab Board of Overseers, the SLAC Scientific Policy Committee, and the Board of Directors of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ridha Ben-Mrad

Ridha Ben-Mrad

Ridha Ben-Mrad, P.Eng., FCSME, Chief Research Officer and Associate Academic Director of Mitacs. He is also Director of the Mechatronics and Microsystems Group and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He joined the University of Toronto in 1997, having previously held positions at the National Research Council of Canada in Vancouver, BC, and the Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan. R. Ben-Mrad received a PHD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. R. Ben-Mrad’s research interests are micro-actuators and sensors, MEMS, microfabrication, and development of smart materials based devices. He led a large number of collaborations with industrial partners. His research led to a number of patents and inventions including 12 US, Canadian, European and Chinese patents and more than 170 refereed research publications. He received the Faculty Early Career Teaching Award in 2002 and the Connaught Innovation Award in 2013 and in 2014.

R. Ben-Mrad chairs the IEEE IES Committee on MEMS and Nanotechnology (2015-2016), is Associate Editor of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Tech News (2013-current) and the Journal of Mechatronics (2015-current), serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE Journal on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (2010-current) and is a member of the IEEE IES Publication Committee (2013-current). He was a Technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2010-2014) and a guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2010-2012). He was as the founding Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto (2009-2011), served on the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Mechanical Engineering Grant Committee (2008-2011) and was Associate Chair of Research of his department (2009-2012). He is a Co-founder and President of Sheba Microsystems Inc. a manufacturer of miniature cameras for smartphones.

Amy Cook

Amy Cook

Amy is passionate about connecting scientific and research insights to relevant audiences and brings over 10 years of experience in outreach to her role as Director, Knowledge Mobilization at CIFAR. In this position, Amy connects thought leaders in the public and private sectors to the knowledge and ideas emerging from CIFAR’s research programs through knowledge exchange opportunities and relevant on-line resources.

During her graduate studies, Amy served as the Senior Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science’s Partnership Program and co-founded CRAM Science (now CurioCity) – an online STEM resource for high school students. Following her studies, Amy worked in the Exhibits Department at Science World where she developed new public programs and then served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Research Branch where she helped lead the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Program and the Ministry’s youth innovation outreach file. She currently serves on the Board for Canada’s Science and Technology Awareness Network. 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.

Claire Donovan

Claire Donovan

Dr Claire Donovan is a Reader in the College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London. She has published widely on research evaluation and policy, and has held teaching and research positions at The Australian National University, Oxford University, and The Open University.

Luke Georghiou


Luke Georghiou

Professor Luke Georghiou is the University’s Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. From 2010 to 2017 Luke was responsible for the University’s research strategy and its implementation and doctoral training. He continues in his new role to be responsible for business engagement and commercialisation activities.  He is active in research and policy advice to governments and business with current work on innovation management, public procurement and innovation and evaluation of the national demonstrator project for Internet of Things (CityVerve).

Luke is a member of RISE, the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation’s high-level policy advisory group.   He has chaired and been a member of several high-level inquiries and advisory bodies, including being rapporteur of the influential Aho Group report to European leaders, 'Creating an Innovative Europe' which put demand-side innovation policy onto the political agenda. He was Co-Champion of the 2016 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe’s largest pan-disciplinary science conference.

Luke is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Manchester Science Partnerships, the UK’s largest science park company.  Since 2016 he has chaired the Steering Committee of the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education.

He was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2011. He has published extensively in leading outlets. He holds a PhD (1982) and BSc from The Victoria University of Manchester.

Cynthia Goh

Cynthia Goh

Cynthia Goh is Professor of Chemistry, cross-appointed to Materials Science and Engineering, the Institute of Medical Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs. She is the founder and Director of the Impact Centre, an institute that aims to bring science to society, and the inaugural Academic Director of University of Toronto Entrepreneurship. Her research interests centers on the interactions of large molecules, which has impact on nanotechnology, biomaterials and biodiagnostics. Other passions are: the translation of scientific discovery to technology/products that benefit society; the training of scientist-entrepreneurs; and the development of technology for low resource settings. Her research has led to 8 tech-based companies, co-founded with her students, including: Axela (medical diagnostics), Vive Crop Protection (agriculture), Pueblo Science (non-profit for science literacy) and Phantin (nanomaterials coating). She originated Entrepreneurship101, a training program for entrepreneurs, which has thousands registered annually, and Techno, an intensive training program for scientists/engineers, which has led to the creation of over 140 start-ups based on university research.

Kathryn Graham

Kathryn Graham

Kathryn is a co‐founder of the International School on Research Impact Assessment and was Director of the School when it was hosted in Banff in 2014. She is the Executive Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates, a Canadian‐based publicly‐funded provincial health research and innovation organization.

She has over 20 years of strategic evaluation experience in health care and health research and innovation. Her expertise is in developing performance management, evaluation and impact assessment strategies as well as implementing measurement frameworks for various systems, organizations and programs. She and her team customized the implementation of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2009) research impact assessment framework. Kathryn is an adviser on numerous national and international committees that focus on the assessment of research and innovation and invited to present nationally and internationally.

Magnus Gulbrandsen

Magnus Gulbrandsen

Magnus Gulbrandsen is professor at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo. His research addresses broad themes within science and innovation policy such as quality, impact and interaction between researchers and users, commercialization of research and internationalization. A main interest for him is how and under which conditions research-based knowledge is taken up and used in society. This is also the topic of the Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science, an 8-year project that Gulbrandsen has led since its startup in 2016. He has published in leading scientific journals and worked with industry and policymakers.

Robert Haché

Robert Hache

Dr. Robert Haché is Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University, where he is responsible for promoting and overseeing the strategic development of research. Haché has been instrumental in building research collaborations and partnerships with international universities. He also oversees institutional supports for research, such as Innovation York, which provides services to York researchers, government and industry partners within five service streams including: commercialization, industry liaison, agreements, entrepreneurship and the internationally award-winning Knowledge Mobilization stream, which has been increasingly recognized for its leadership in social innovation.

Dr. Haché has driven the institutional strategic research priorities forward with the development and implementation of the University’s Strategic Research Plan, Building on Strength 2013-2018, and the University’s Plan for the Intensification and Enhancement of Research, while working to strengthen the University’s research profile both nationally and internationally.

Prior to York, he served as the Associate Vice-President Research at the University of Calgary. He has also served as Vice-Dean Research for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
A molecular and cellular biologist and biochemist with a substantial record of publications,
Dr. Haché has made invaluable contributions to the understanding of how steroid hormone signaling takes place in cells and how cells respond to DNA damaging agents. He has received research grants and awards from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC), National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and other organizations.

Dr. Haché holds a BSc (biochemistry) from McGill University and a PhD (biochemistry) from Queen’s University.

Yuko Harayama


Yuko HArayama

Yuko Harayama is a former Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) at the Cabinet Office. Prior to joining the CSTI, she spent two years at the OECD as the Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI), and ten years at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University as a professor of Science and Technology Policy.

In Japan, she served as a member of different commissions related to Science, Technology and Innovation at Cabinet Office and Ministerial levels.

In relation with France, she has served as a board member of the Companie de Saint Gobain between 2007 and 2010.

Her experience prior to Tohoku University includes being a Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Geneva. Ms. Harayama holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences and a Ph.D. in Economics both from the University of Geneva.

She has received Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2011 and was awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel in 2014.

Chad Hartnell

Chad is the Director of Operations of the Impact and Innovation Unit in the Privy Council Office. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development of new impact measurement methodologies, such as social return on investment, and working with federal partners on the mainstreaming of social financing tools and other experimental program approaches. Over his federal government career, Chad has worked in Public Health Agency of Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Health Canada and the Privy Council Office. In these roles, he has worked on a variety of initiatives in the policy, legislative, and programming domains, including in healthy living/chronic disease prevention, Indigenous health, employment, and justice and public safety. Chad holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and Bachelor of Arts (economics and political science) from the Colorado College.

Ted Hewitt

Ted Hewitt was appointed president of SSHRC in March 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was SSHRC’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer.

From 2004 to 2011, Ted was vice-president, research and international relations, at London, Ontario’s Western University, where he had been a professor of sociology since 1989. He was also a public policy scholar at the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. A leading authority on Brazil, Ted has published in monographs, edited works and a range of academic journals. In 2002, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations named him a commander of the Order of Rio Branco.

Ted’s recent research has focused on national and international innovation systems, with emphasis on the roles of universities, industry and government in promoting economic prosperity in the 21st century. He is Canadian co-chair of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation, and a member of the board of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Ted holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University.

Mark Hochman

Mark Hochman

Mark Hochman gained a PhD in science (geology) in 1991 and has been in research management for more than 25 years including a period of 20 years as Director of the Research and Innovation Services Office at the University of South Australia. He is a foundation member of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) and served on the ARMS Executive for six years, including a period as President in 2007/2008.

Mark is the Past-President of SRAI’s International Section and is an At-Large Board member of the Board of Directors. He is an SRAI Distinguished Faculty and was presented with the Hartford-Nicholsen Award in 2015. Mark is a co-chair of the SRAI Education and Professional Development Committee and is past chair of SRAI’s Governance Committee.

Mark currently works part-time employed through Central Queensland University building education and professional development programs for ARMS and consults in research management and strategy for the remainder of his time. As a consultant he has a particular interest in the impact of research and was the National Program Manager for a 2012 national pilot program in Australia examining the case study approach to assessing research impact. Mark also organized and co-lead a 2015 Study Tour to the UK on the topic of research impact – repeated for ARMS in 2017. He has worked with several Australian universities in Australia’s Engagement and Impact exercises in 2017.

Since 2011 Mark has also conducted research management reviews of Research Offices, research policies and strategies in 15 Australian universities.

In 2014 Mark was awarded the inaugural ARMS Janet-Dibb-Leigh Award for distinguished service to the Australasian research management community.

Rush Holt

Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became the 18th chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt leads the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society. Over his career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policymaker. From 1987 to 1998, Holt was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a Department of Energy national lab, which is the largest research facility of Princeton University and one of the largest alternative energy research facilities in the country. Holt served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. In Congress, Holt served as a member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. On Capitol Hill, Holt established a long track record of advocacy for federal investment in research and development, science education, and innovation. Holt served eight years on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, from 2007 to 2010, chaired the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, which worked to strengthen legislative oversight of the intelligence community. Holt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from New York University.

Chris James


Chris James a Senior Product Manager for Research Metrics at Elsevier, is responsible for developing and rolling out various research metrics across the Elsevier Research Intelligence product portfolio. He was part of the team that successfully launched CiteScore metrics in December 2016.

He joined Elsevier in Amsterdam in 2004, where he has held roles in the company’s sales and product marketing teams. Early on in his career, he was responsible for training Elsevier customers across Northern Europe on ScienceDirect and Scopus. More recently Chris had led the product marketing activities of SciVal, Elsevier’s flagship metrics tool to visualize and benchmark research performance. Prior to joining Elsevier, he worked at an engineering consultancy in the UK. Chris James holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Sunderland.

Pari Johnston

Pari Johnston

Pari Johnston is vice-president, policy and public affairs at Universities Canada, leading all federal policy and advocacy initiatives of the association. She is responsible for strategic oversight of Universities Canada’s government relations, communications, policy and research, and international relations to promote the role of higher education, research and innovation in Canada’s future, at home and abroad.

Ms. Johnston joined Universities Canada in 1997, and has played increasingly senior roles, including director of international relations, before building a new member relations program and leading the public affairs team.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Conversation Canada, a global platform for academic journalism recently launched in Canada.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree (French literature) from the University of Regina and a master’s in international affairs from Carleton University. Ms. Johnston is married to David Heath and has two young sons.

Martin Kirk


Martin Kirk

Martin Kirk is the Director of the Office of Research Services (ORS) and Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

He is the past president of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) and past co-chair of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS), a global association composed of the 15 national research management associations with over 20,000 members.

Martin was raised in Scotland and completed his first degree in chemistry at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and then went on to study/research for his PhD in applied chemistry (bitumen upgrading) at the University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta). He spent the next few years working in research interfacing with industry and ultimately ended up working for Imperial/Exxon. He returned to the University of Calgary and in 1999 moved into the VP (Research) portfolio as associate to the VPR and in 2000 became the director of Research Services. In 2005 he was promoted to associate VPR and was then recruited to UBC in Nov 2007.

Jean Lebel

Jean Lebel

Jean Lebel is one of Canada’s strongest voices on the interface between research, development and foreign policy and on agriculture, health, inclusive economies and technology and innovation. As president of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), an institution that invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world, Jean Lebel leads IDRC’s contributions to Canada’s international priorities. He is responsible for significant funding partnerships with foreign governments, philanthropic organisations, and the private sector.

Prior to assuming the presidency of IDRC, Lebel served as vice-president of the Program and Partnership Branch, overseeing all IDRC programming. Before joining IDRC, he worked in both the academic and private sectors. Lebel has worked in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, where he conducted ground-breaking work in agriculture and in ecosystem approaches to human-health.

Lebel has served on boards of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, the Centre for Global Pluralism,‎ the International Economic Forum of the Americas, and the World Economic Forum’s Stewardship Board on Economic Progress. He was also a mentor with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2016-2017).

Lebel holds a PhD in environmental sciences from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and an MScA in occupational health sciences from McGill University.

Guy Levesque


Guy Levesque

As Vice-President of Programs and Performance Guy Levesque is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of the organization’s research infrastructure funding programs. He also provides leadership and strategic advice for developing policies relevant to these programs. Additionally, he champions our commitment to accountability and organizational excellence through the rigorous assessment and analysis of the outcomes and impacts of CFI investments in research infrastructure.

Since 1998, Mr. Levesque has worked in the area of research and innovation funding. Between 2010 and 2015, he served as CFI’s Director of Programs, during which time he was responsible for translating plans and policies into funding programs and directing and managing their delivery to the community, while ensuring their effective delivery and alignment with our various stakeholder communities. He also ensured that our core program processes were offered at the highest internationally recognized standard.

He previously held the position of Manager of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Prairies Regional Office from 2007 to 2010, with the responsibility of developing strategies to facilitate partnerships between universities, colleges, industry, and other government agencies involved in science and innovation.

From 2005 to 2007, he was Strategic Advisor (Institutional Awards) to the Vice-President (Research) at the University of Manitoba where he participated in the development of large-scale research initiatives.

He first joined the CFI in 2002 as Coordinator, Institutional Relations, after spending four years at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Mr. Levesque started his career as a high school science teacher in Mississauga, Ont. in 1992.

He received a B.Sc. (Geology) in 1989, an M.Sc. (Geology) in 1994 and a B.Ed. in 1992, all from the University of Ottawa.

Barend van der Meulen

Barend vd Meulen

Barend van der Meulen is Head of Science at the Rathenau Instituut and endowed professor Evidence for Science Policy at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University. He has over 25 year experience in science policy, and science policy studies. His research is on the dynamics of science and science policy, and on the policy instruments used for science policy. Recent research includes projects on the Future of Universities, academic careers and the organisation of challenge driven research. Barend van der Meulen's publications have examined diverse aspects of the Dutch science system, the 'Europeanization' of science, research evaluation, the role of forecasts and prognoses, and research funding.

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.

Gabriel Miller

Gabriel Miller

Gabriel Miller is the current Executive Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is an experienced not-for-profit leader who has built an extensive track record in member relations, advocacy, stakeholder engagement and public policy development over his 16-year career.

Prior to joining the Federation, he served in a series of senior roles with the Canadian Cancer Society, culminating as Vice-President of Public Issues, Policy and Cancer Information. Miller has extensive experience building public dialogue on complex issues such as end-of-life and palliative care, directed successful national campaigns, and been a leader in highly effective coalitions, including one that led to the federal ban on asbestos announced in 2016. He is an experienced media spokesperson who has appeared in major national television news broadcast organizations and leading Canadian newspapers.

Previously, Miller was the Government and Media Relations Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which represents big city mayors and municipal governments across the country.

Miller holds a B.A in Philosophy from Queen’s University, and has served as a member of several not-for-profit boards as well as on the Government of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee Advisory Committee.

Wendy Naus


Wendy Naus

Wendy Naus became the fourth Executive Director of COSSA in 2014 following a decade of lobbying for the federal research and policy interests of scientific societies and U.S. universities. Over her career, she has worked to shape legislation, programs, and regulations important to the research community and has advocated for increased research funding across federal agencies.

In her role at COSSA, Wendy serves as the lead advocate for federal funding and policy that positively impact social and behavioral science research across the federal government, representing the breadth of the social science research enterprise. She is also responsible for the day to day operations of COSSA and member engagement. A native of Buffalo, New York, Wendy holds a B.A. in political science and urban studies from Canisius College, graduating magna cum laude from the All-College Honors Program.

Sean Newell

Sean Newell

Sean has worked in the software industry for over 25 years, having started out as an engineering graduate from Cambridge University. Originally a software developer, Sean made the transition to operational management and has directed companies and teams, both small and large around the world. Though born in the UK, Sean has lived and worked in a variety of countries most recently returning from Australia to the UK to manage GE’s European technical service delivery unit.

Lara O'Donnell


Lara ODonnell

Lara is a Senior Director, Research at CIFAR and works intimately with CIFAR research programs and activities.

Trained as a molecular biologist, for her PhD Lara investigated how cells use their cellular machinery to position and equally segregate their DNA during division. Her postdoctoral work used high-throughput genomic screening to uncover how human cells sense and repair DNA lesions.

Prior to joining CIFAR, Lara was the Director of the Accelerate and Elevate programs at Mitacs. She also actively curates for the interaction repository, BioGRID. Lara received her BSc at McMaster University and the University of Leeds. She obtained her PhD at McGill University and her postdoctoral training at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Mikael Östling


Mikael Ostpling

Mikael Östling received his MSc degree in engineering physics and the PhD degree from Uppsala University, Sweden in 1980 and 1983 respectively He has been with the faculty of EE of KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden since 1984 where he holds a position as professor in solid state electronics. Since 2017 is the deputy president of KTH. He is responsible for strategic collaborations and the research infrastructure. He was the dean of the School of Information and Communication Technology, KTH, 2004 – 2012. Östling was a senior visiting Fulbright Scholar 1993-94 with the Center for Integrated Systems at Stanford University, and a visiting professor with the University of Florida, Gainesville. In 2005 he co-founded the company TranSiC. He has been frequently engaged as expert reviewer for the framework programs in EU and for the European Research Council. In 2009 he received the first ERC award for advanced investigator grant. His research interests are semiconductor devices and nanofabrication technology. Östling was an editor of the IEEE Electron Device Letters 2005-2014 and an editor-in-chief of the IEEE Journal of Electron Devices Society since 2016. Östling is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Gilles Patry


Patry Gilles

On October 1, 2017, Dr. Gilles G. Patry was appointed Executive Director of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities. Following a long and distinguished career as a consultant, a researcher, and a university administrator, Dr. Patry brings to the U15 a wealth of experience from the private, public and academic sectors.

Dr. Patry holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in environmental engineering. He was an environmental engineering consultant (1971-78) before becoming professor of civil engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal (1978-83) and then at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. (1983-93). Dr. Patry’s research program at McMaster led him to develop an innovative modelling concept for the simulation of wastewater treatment plant dynamics, and ultimately, to launch a Hamilton-based consulting company, Hydromantis, Inc.

Returning to the University of Ottawa as Dean of Engineering in 1993, Dr. Patry became Vice-President (Academic) in 1997 and President and Vice-Chancellor between 2001 and 2008. He is now Professor and President Emeriti at the University of Ottawa. In 2010, Dr. Patry was appointed President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a position he held until July 2017.

Dr. Patry is a Member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo (2008), McMaster University (2009), the University of Lyon (INSA-LYON) (2016) and Western University (2017). He was named Executive of the Year in 2004 by the Regroupement des gens d’affaires of the National Capital Region. In 2009, he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie.

David Phipps

David Phipps

Dr. Phipps received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and undertook post-doctoral studies in HIV research at the University Health Network (Toronto).  After leaving the lab he built a career managing academic research holding successively senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships).  In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).  Dr. Phipps is the Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University where he manages all research grants and contracts including knowledge and technology transfer.

In this capacity he leads York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research.  Dr. Phipps has been named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. In 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in knowledge mobilization.  In 2013 he was one of three national finalists for the Impact Award – Connections category from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He was also awarded the 2015 Research Management Excellence Award (Canadian Association of Research Administrators) and 2015 President’s Award for Innovation in Knowledge Mobilization (Institute for Knowledge Mobilization). In 2015 he was named the Gordon and Jean Southam Fellow from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In 2017 Research Impact Canada received the Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators.

He is the Knowledge Translation Lead for Kids Brain Health Network of Centres of Excellence and is the Network Director for Research Impact Canada, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including 12 universities investing in strategies to maximize the impact of research.

B. Mario Pinto

Dr. Pinto received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Queen’s University. He served as Professor, Chair of Chemistry and Vice-President Research at Simon Fraser University (SFU), President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and Vice-Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada. Dr. Pinto has received numerous awards recognizing the quality and impact of his research, including Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada. He has also established a track record for developing exciting new models of innovation. Successes include: VentureLabs®; Venture Connection®; Zone Start-Ups India, a joint venture between Ryerson University, SFU and the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute; and a partnership between SFU and the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. in hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Dr. Pinto joined the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as its President in November 2014. At NSERC, he augmented the agency’s dual expertise as an investor in discovery-based research and a broker of successful R&D partnerships with technology-driven enterprises to de-risk promising research. A seamless discovery-innovation bidirectional continuum has resulted. He led efforts to develop a new strategic plan, NSERC 2020. He launched an extensive consultation process for the plan to engage Canada’s diverse research ecosystem and to manage change both within NSERC and the external community. In doing so, Dr. Pinto has taken steps to ensure that NSERC is working effectively as a convenor of stakeholder interests in the natural sciences and engineering.

Dr. Pinto champions global connectivity to increase the power of the line of sight by embracing diverse perspectives. He is also a champion of gender equity and inclusion of the two-spirit community in research and innovation. He was elected Chair of the Global Research Council in May 2017 and Co-chair of the Canada-India Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee in October 2017.

Moura Quayle

Moura is the founding Director pro tem of UBC’s new School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Previously she was the Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, the Director of the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and is a Professor in the Sauder School of Business. Moura’s interests lie in rethinking, refining and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business and civil society. Her teaching and research focus is the Sauder and an emerging Policy Studio at Liu Institute, that help students and organizations learn to use design processes and tools. She has been Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, B.C. Commissioner of Pacific Coast Collaborative, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and Associate VP, Academic Programs at UBC Okanagan. Moura received an honorary doctorate from the University of Guelph in 2004 and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley in 2009. She currently serves as Chair of Genome Canada and of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). Her book, Designed Leadership, was published by Columbia University Press In July 2017.

Rémi Quirion

Professor Rémi Quirion is the inaugural Chief Scientist of Quebec since July 1st, 2011. A McGill Full Professor, Psychiatry and outgoing Scientific Director at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. He served as Vice-Dean, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, as well as Senior University Advisor (Health Sciences Research) in addition to being the CIHR Executive Director, for Alzheimer's Diseases, from 2009 to 2011.

Under his leadership, the Douglas Research Centre became a premier research facility in Canada in the fields of neurosciences and mental health. Prof. Quirion promoted the development of neurosciences and clinical research in Neurology and Psychiatry as well as social and evaluation aspects of research in mental health and addiction. His research interests include: a) understanding the relationships between key phenotypes of the Alzheimer's brain and b) molecular and pharmacological features of neuropeptide receptors focusing on NPY and CGRP, and their role in memory, pain and drug dependence, and in animal models of schizophrenia. He trained over 20 PhD students and 50 PDF. In addition to being on the Advisory Board of over 15 journals in Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Neurosciences, he has published 5 books, more than 650 scientific papers and articles, and over 25,000 citations and h index of 78.

Prof. Quirion was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) until March 2009. He received many awards and recognitions as: the Médaille de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec”; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; “Chevalier” of the “Ordre national du Québec”;“Wilder-Penfield Award”; the Dr. Mary V. Seeman Award and was appointed Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2007 Prof. Quirion became a Member of the Order of Canada (O.C.).

Alice Rajewsky

Alice Rajewsky graduated in Russian Philology, East European History and Law from the Universities of Cologne and Bonn. In 1999 she received her doctoral degree from Oxford University. In 2000 she moved into research management and joined the German Research Foundation (DFG), where in 2003 she became Programme Director for International Cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS. From 2006 to 2008 she was seconded to the European Commission (DG RTD) as National Expert, working for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. In 2008 she became Director of the DFG’s Russia Office in Moscow. In 2009 she joined the European Research Council Executive Agency in Brussels as Research Programme Officer. Since 2015 she works as Head of Sector for Humanities in the Social Sciences and Humanities Unit of the Scientific Management Department.

Susan Renoe

Susan Renoe

Susan Renoe is executive director of The Connector (formerly the Broader Impacts Network) at the University of Missouri (MU) and principal investigator for the NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts. She received her BA and MA in Anthropology from MU and a MA and PhD in Education from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Her dissertation focused on the teaching and learning of archaeology in the collegiate setting, and she spent time teaching courses on archaeology to third and fourth graders through the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s summer Xplorations program. Before beginning her work with The Connector, she served as Assistant Director of the MU Office of Undergraduate Research and served as program coordinator for the Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) Program, which provides laboratory experiences for underrepresented groups in the life sciences.

André Roos

André Roos studied Chemistry at Utrecht University, where he graduated in Heterogeneous Catalysis. This granted him the opportunity to add an application and a business perspective to his studies. André found his first job working as a consultant for the VNCI, the Dutch Chemical Industries Association, advising member SME’s on, for instance, European research opportunities and sustainability issues.

After this he worked for the Dutch Agency which is responsible for research and innovation subsidies, as well as information and advice about EU RTD funding. He participated in a EU network called Innovation Relay Centres, which focussed on EU tech transfer for SME’s. He was responsible for setting up Special Interest Groups, matchmaking events and licensing agreements and left as deputy head of the unit.

His next challenge was in industry as a technical product manager, translating business requirements into the appropriate technical requirements. He worked on several projects enabling the ADSL roll out in The Netherland for the national incumbent.

Further on building his career, André took up a position at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, where he stayed for fifteen years. He was the account manager for Philips, program manager for RTD and the innovation collaboration between The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, strengthened the National Innovation platform under the coordination of the Prime Minister, was program manager of a national program for procurement of innovation, and set up an investment fund for early stage finance. Finally, he was responsible for the national valorisation program including entrepreneurship education in all educational levels.

This last experience made him appreciate entrepreneurship education and student startups so much that he realised these initiatives in universities of applied sciences. André is now the director of the Saxion Entrepreneurship Centre. Saxion has over 27.500 students East Netherlands. André is also a member of the management team of Novel-T, stimulating the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem of the region East Netherlands in cooperation with the Twente University. Finally, André is also member of several boards such as the Health Valley initiative and the East Netherlands Early Stage Investment Fund for Medical Technologies.

Cassidy Sugimoto

Cassidy Sugimoto

Sugimoto researches within the domain of scholarly communication and scientometrics. She examines the ways in which knowledge is produced, disseminated, and rewarded. She has co-edited four volumes and has published 70 journal articles on this topic. Her work has been presented at numerous conferences and has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Sloan Foundation, among other agencies. Sugimoto is actively involved in teaching and service and has been rewarded in these areas with an Indiana University Trustees Teaching award (2014) and a national service award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (2009). She is currently President of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics. Sugimoto has an undergraduate degree in music performance, an M.S. in library science, and a Ph.D. in information and library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

David Sweeney

David Sweeney

David Sweeney chairs the Research England Council and provides leadership and oversight of Research England’s strategy and functions.

Previously Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, David was appointed as Executive Chair designate of Research England in early 2017, and took a lead role in shaping the new Council and leading the transition of responsibilities from HEFCE into Research England.

After gaining First Class Honours in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two 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. He was responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university/business relations.
David has been invited to visit many countries to advise on research assessment and funding, particularly with respect to research impact.

David 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.

Christine Trauttmansdorff

Christine Trauttmansdorff

Christine Trauttmansdorff is VP, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships at CICan, the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, polytechnics and cégeps. CICan’s members work with industry to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities.

Christine leads CICan’s advocacy and policy work in areas of interest to the federal government. Prior to joining CICan in 2015, Christine spent nine years at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) where she was responsible for planning, policy, governance and statistics. Earlier in her career, she worked at the House of Commons in roles that included research, committees, communications and a major IT project to manage the production of the parliamentary publications. Christine has an MA in Public Administration and a BA in English.

Crystal Tremblay

Crystal Tremblay

Crystal Tremblay is a social geographer and community-based scholar with interest in the areas of environmental sustainability, participatory resource governance and critical pedagogy. She specializes in using participatory video and arts-based methods for creative citizen engagement and the co-creation of knowledge leading to environmental and social equity. In her capacity as Special Advisor on Community Engaged Scholarship, she provides leadership and research in support of UVic's comunity engagment portfolio. She has published widely on topics related to community university research partnerships, training in community-based research, social innovation and participatory governance in water and waste governance. Crystal is an associate with the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, and has co-lead research projects in Canada and internationally on communuty university engagement, impact and policy.

Paul Wouters

Paul Wouters

Paul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University. He has a Masters in biochemistry (Free University of Amsterdam, 1977) and a Ph.D. in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999). In between these degrees he has worked as science journalist and as editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper ("De Waarheid"). He has published on the history of the Science Citation Index, on and in scientometrics, and on the way the criteria of scientific quality and relevance have been changed by the use of performance indicators. He has also studied the role of information and information technologies in the creation of new scientific and scholarly knowledge. In this area, he was appointed as leader of two research programs by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN on research careers and evaluation of individual researchers. Paul was coordinator of the Dutch STS Graduate School Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC) together with Annemiek Nelis (2001-2005). Currently he is chair of the WTMC board. In 1999, he helped create Onderzoek Nederland, a leading professional journal on Dutch science policy (part of Research Professional). He is a member of the editorial board of Social Studies of Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, and Cybermetrics, was member of the Council of the Society for the Social Studies of Science from 2006 to 2008. Currently, he is involved in, among others, the PRINTEGER project on integrity in science, the Center for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies at NIFU in Oslo.

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.

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