Understanding causalities, correlations and pre-conditions for the different dimensions of societal impact of science
5-7 June 2019 in Berlin, Germany
Many Science System Strategists stand on the verge of some steady but fascinating developments, influenced by changing regional, national and international contexts. The newly introduced Horizon Europe R&D Program stands for the aim of moving Europe forward on its way to becoming a worldwide innovation leader, by trying to incentivise academic-industry cooperation. Germany is developing the new High-Tech Strategy, aiming to translate ideas quickly into innovative products and services. In the UK practitioners are awaiting how the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) will take root, especially in relation to REF. In Australia recent political changes finally opened up the way for the first Engagement and Impact assessment, which took place in November of last year, and the USA is in full progress to develop several science impact research systems and institutions.
At the same time many countries have the aim to broadening the view from impact to the economy to societal impact at large. This fosters discussions on key performance indicators, how we can measure the impact on research and whether to focus on evaluation of quantifiable output or the hardly measureable impact. Finally, the expanding influence of open-access science publishing movements, such as Plan S, fuel discussions about the effects on research excellence and impact.
The political momentum and current research system in Germany are an excellent and indeed inspirational context to foster the worldwide debate on impact. At the same time, several international perspectives can offer valuable and critical evaluations to the current progress and obstacles in Germany. The AESIS Network and its partners are excited to welcome you at the ‘Impact of Science 2019’ conference in Berlin.
The AESIS Network has successfully organised the annual conference ‘Impact of Science’ six 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 Germany 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 Germany. Thus, the AESIS Network and its partners are excited to organise the ’Impact of Science 2019’ conference in Berlin.
The Impact of Science programme is being made possible with the help of our Local Advisory Committee Germany:
MinDir Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg
Volker Meyer Guckel
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Bayer AG, Germany
Max Planck Institute
After gaining First Class Honours in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (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.
David has been invited to visit many countries to advise on research assessment and funding, particularly with respect to research impact. He 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.
In 2015, he was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and he now chairs its Policy Working Group. From 2013 to 2017, he chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science, and led an independent government review of the role of metrics in the management of the research system, published in 2015 as The Metric Tide. He subsequently chaired an expert panel on Next Generation Metrics for the European Commission.
Previously, he worked as professor of science and democracy in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (2011-15); director of science policy at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science (2008-11); head of science and innovation at the think tank Demos (2001-08); senior research fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies (2006-08); senior policy adviser at Forum for the Future (1997-01); and special adviser to the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-01).
James contributes regularly to the media, and co-edits the Political Science blog on science policy, hosted by the Guardian from 2013-2018 and now at *Research. He is on the editorial advisory panel of the open access journal Palgrave Communications and on twitter @jameswilsdon
She serves on several advisory boards including for the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement Fellows Program, the Network for Advancing & Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science, Knowledge Translation Australia, the Missouri Science & Technology Policy Fellows Program, and the University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology. She also served as a jury member for the 2017 Swedish Impact Award and is a member of the Center for Advancing Informal Science Education’s Research and Practice task force
She received her MA and PHD in education from the University of California-Santa Barbara and BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Missouri.
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.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel studied Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen. In 1995, he received his PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. He worked at the Universities of Kassel, Cologne, Jena and Dortmund, as well as at the Center of Higher Education Development (CHE – Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung). Stefan Hornbostel served as Director of the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (IFQ) from 2005 to 2015. He was appointed Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences (Science Studies) in 2005. Since 2016, he is head of the research area “Research System and Science Dynamics” at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). He is a member of the advisory board of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), and member of the advisory board for the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-Quest), Oslo. His research interests lie in in the field of science studies, bibliometrics, and elite sociology.
During her graduate studies, Amy co-founded CRAM Science (now CurioCity) – an online STEM resource for high school students - and then went on to work in the Exhibits Department at Science World where she developed a suite of new public programs. She then served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation where she helped lead the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Program and the Ministry’s youth innovation outreach file before taking on her role at CIFAR in 2011. 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.
Pariser Platz 6,
10117 Berlin, Duitsland
6-7 June 2019
Pariser Platz 6,
10117 Berlin, Duitsland
This course is organised by the AESIS Network.
The registrations are opened on this website. Early bird tickets are available until February 28th (23.59 EST).
Costs include two lunches, a networking reception, refreshments, and conference documentation.
|Early bird: Fee members of AESIS & partner networks||500,00|
|Early bird: Fee Non-members||550,00|
|Fee members of AESIS & partner networks||550,00|
On 6 June 2019, location and time to be announced. The costs for this dinner are €65,-
On 5 June 2019, location and time to be announced. The costs for this are €30,-
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 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 April 25th 2019. If you cancel between April 25th and May 16th 2019, we will invoice €95 administration costs. After May 16th 2019, you owe us the full amount.
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