Impact of Science 2021

Online, hosted from Cape Town, South Africa

23 – 25 June 2021

Impact of Science 2021 South Africa, online conference hosted from Cape Town

A 3-day online conference on the transformative nature and role of science in society

AESIS is proud to announce our annual Impact of Science conference in 2021, focusing this year on The Transformative Power of Research. It is during these troubling times that we are grateful for our strong and international scientific community while it increasingly battles the questionings of its credibility and legitimacy. The crisis has extended the need for inclusive economic development, and effective assessment of what works and what doesn’t. Of course many border-crossing challenges such as climate change and inequality persisted in the past year as well, and are in need of solutions. For that reason, we see an even greater need to bring you all together to discuss how to evaluate and increase impact of science on our global society.

With these goals in mind there is no better place to host the conference from than South Africa. Rapidly developing, working on a national impact agenda and ways to shorten the research impact cycle, the National Research Council, universities, and many other stakeholders have been gaining skills and knowledge about how to use science for tackling problems such as the triple challenge. Initiatives for collaboration between the academic world, government, industry and society sprout from the ground, but there is still much to do. Therefore South Africa is the ideal host for our conference on the transformative power of research that will accelerate the solutions that science and society need.

This conference is featuring highly regarded and internationally recognized experts who will be discussing the contribution of  their research to the quality of life and well-being. The conference expects over 300 participants from more than 30 countries. The entire event will be offered in a hybrid format to ensure that those who cannot participate in-person may do so remotely, and that those who wish to attend on-site may do so with safety measures in place.

Some of the themes that will be discussed:

  • Advancing a research impact agenda for inclusive development
  • Models, approaches for the development of a research impact agenda
  • National impact evaluation frameworks, citizen-based monitoring of impact, demonstrating effectiveness of impact on the SDG’s, The role of AI and Big Data
  • Promoting coherence about impact within the science eco-system
  • Collaboration & engagement for impact of science
  • The road towards evidence- informed policy making

 

More Information can be found here in the Conference Programme

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Confirmed speakers

Cheryl de la Rey

Cheryl de la Rey

Conference Chair

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David Sweeney

David Sweeney

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Ger Hanley

Ger Hanley

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Ismail Serageldin

Ismail Serageldin

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Riitta Maijala

Riitta Maijala

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Ernest Aryeetey

Ernest Aryeetey

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Małgorzata Popławska

Małgorzata Popławska

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Dariusz Aksamit

Dariusz Aksamit

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