Understanding causalities, correlations and pre-conditions for the different dimensions of societal impact of science

5-7 June 2019 in Berlin, Germany

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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.

>Programme IoS

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

Jakob Edler
MinDir Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg
Volker Meyer Guckel
Katrin Rehak-Nitsche
Matthias Gottwald
Wolfgang Rohe
Wilhelm Krull
Dietmar Harhoff
Stephan Hornbostel


Fraunhofer Institute
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Bayer AG, Germany
Mercator Foundation
Volkswagen Stiftung
Max Planck Institute
Humboldt University



David Sweeney

David Sweeney David Sweeney is Executive Chair Designate of Research England, the Council which will be responsible for university research and knowledge exchange within the forthcoming body UK Research & Innovation. He is currently also Director (Research and Knowledge Exchange) for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), where he is responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university-business relations.

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.

James Wilsdon

James Wilsdon James Wilsdon is Professor of Research Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He is also vice-chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), which was set up in 2014 to share good practice and build capacity for evidence-informed decision making, and now has over 4000 members from 80+ countries.

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

Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg

Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg Born in 1965, married, three children. Studied law. 1996-1999: Senate Chancellery, Berlin. 1999-2005: Planning group of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. 2001-2005: Chair of the planning group. From 2005: Federal Chancellery; Head of Staff for Policy Planning, Basic Issues and Special Tasks until 2010. 2010 to January 2014: Director at the Federal Chancellery for the areas: families, senior citizens, women and youth; education and research; affairs of the New Länder; demographic change; churches and religious communities. Since February 2014: Director-General Policy Issues; Strategy; Digital Transformation at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Henrike Hartmann

Henrike Hartmann Henrike Hartmann is a member of the executive management at the Volkswagen Foundation and head of funding. Previously, she has been in charge of various funding activities in the life sciences, in funding of junior scholars and structural development of the higher education system. Henrike Hartmann studied pharmacy at the University of Freiburg, and did her PhD in Pharmacology in Heidelberg and Mannheim. She gained her postdoctoral experience at the University of Gainesville, Florida, the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston and the University of Frankfurt. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. She is also a member of the university Council of the University of Konstanz, of the board of trustees of the University of Frankfurt and a member of the administrative Council of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach.

Wolfgang Rohe

Wolfgang Rohe Dr Wolfgang Rohe was appointed as Executive Director of Stiftung Mercator in 2014 and heads the Science and Humanities Division. Since 2008 he has been responsible for Science and Humanities. He previously held various positions at two of the most influential science organizations in Germany. From 1992 to 2002, he worked with the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) in Bonn, initially in the Department for Collaborative Research Centers and then as Head of the strategic planning unit. In 2002, he moved to the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) where he served as Head of the Research Policy Department and since 2005 also as Vice Secretary General. Wolfgang Rohe holds a Ph.D. in German philology.

Susan Renoe

Susan Renoe Dr. Susan Renoe is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Extension & Engagement at the University of Missouri, a joint position between the Office of Research and the Office of Extension & Engagement. In her role, Susan works to strengthen the university’s impact on the state of Missouri. She is also Executive Director of the National Science Foundation-funded (NSF) Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society, and Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts. Previously, Susan served as Executive Director of The Connector (formerly the Broader Impacts Network) for six years.

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.

Barend van der Meulen

Barend van der 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.

Stefan Hornbostel

Stefan Hornbostel
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.

Amy Cook

Amy Cook Amy is passionate about fostering conversation and the exchange of ideas at the frontiers of research and practice and brings over 10 years of experience in outreach to her role as Senior Director, Knowledge Mobilization at CIFAR. In this position, Amy connects global thought leaders in the public and private sectors to the knowledge and ideas emerging from CIFAR’s research programs through curated dialogues and on-line resources.

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.

Paul Wouters

Paul WoutersPaul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has a Masters in biochemistry (Free University of Amsterdam, 1977) and a PhD in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999). He wrote his PhD thesis on "The Citation Culture" (1999). He has worked as science journalist and editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper ("De Waarheid"). He published on the history of the Science Citation Index, on and in scientometrics. He was appointed as leader of two research programs by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: Networked Research and Digital Information (Nerdi) (2000 - 2005) and The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (VKS) (2005 - 2010). He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN. Paul was coordinator of the Dutch STS Graduate School Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC) together with Annemiek Nelis (2001-2005). From 2014 until 2019 he was chair of the WTMC board. In 1999, he helped create Onderzoek Nederland, a leading professional journal on Dutch science policy (part of Research Professional). A member of the editorial board of Social Studies of Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, and Cybermetrics. He also sits on various advisory boards of international programs and projects. He is member of the program board of the ZonMW program to promote responsible research behaviour. He is also member of the international advisory board of the AESIS Network.

Anne-Sophie Stevance

Anne-Sophie Stevance Anne‐Sophie is managing international science‐policy activities related to the Sustainable Developments Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Biodiversity (IPBES). Within these processes, she coordinates inputs from the international scientific community and supports stronger interface between scientists and policy‐makers, in particular through the Science and Technology Major Group at the United Nations. Anne-Sophie has been leading at ISC the completion of policy-oriented reports on the SDGs. Following a 2015 Review of the SDG targets and a report on SDG interactions in 2017, she is currently involved with INGSA, IIASA and SEI in applying a framework for describing interactions to the national level in different country contexts to support the coherent implementation of the SDGs. Anne-Sophie is also currently coordinating the external review of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Vilius Stančiauska

Vilius Stančiauska Vilius Stanciauskas is a Director for Research & Policy Advice at PPMI. He holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Bristol. Vilius has been primarily involved in the evaluation and impact assessment of the EU’s research and innovation policy, and has carried out multiple evaluations and studies in the areas of health research, researcher careers and mobility, as well as cross-cutting economic analyses and assessments of EU Added Value in FP7 and H2020. Currently Vilius leads three projects involving big data techniques which look into the performance of the EU’s research and innovation system, including the Data4Impact project which is developing novel indicators for the improved monitoring of research activities in the health domain. Another project is a large-scale study launched by DG RTD which aims to track the medium and long-term results and impacts of FP7 Cooperation. Methodologically, Vilius is interested in the potential of unstructured data for social science research and the related techniques such as machine learning, neural networks, topic modelling and entity recognition in text data.

Rainer Lange

Rainer Lange Rainer Lange is head of the research policy department at the head office of the German Council of Sciences and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) in Cologne. He is a biologist and holds a doctoral de-gree in philosophy. After a period of research and teaching in philosophy of science at the University of Marburg, he joined the Wissenschaftsrat’s head office in 2000. He was project manager for the first pilot studies of the Wissenschaftsrat for a national research rating, and helped implementing the na-tional roadmap for research infrastructures. As head of the research policy division, he supports the Wissenschaftsrat in preparing reports and recommendations on the future of the German research and higher education system. Current interests include the role of science in society, research data, data science, and artificial intelligence.

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Chonnettia Jones

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Conference Venue
Allianz Forum
Pariser Platz 6,
10117 Berlin, Duitsland

6-7 June 2019

Allianz Forum
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
Fee Non-members 595,00

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,-

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