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

In the past year the world has become more visibly depending on science than ever before. At the same time the credibility and legitimacy of science and the international scientific community have faced increasing battles under the troubling times of the past year. This crisis has shown light on the extended need for inclusive economic development, and effective assessment of what works and what doesn’t, on top of ever growing issues such as climate change, poverty or inequality. Thus, this year’s Impact of Science conference will focus on The Transformative Power of Research and brings together science impact professionals 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, and 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 recognised experts who will be discussing the contribution of  their research to the quality of life and well-being. The conference expects over 350 participants from more than 30 countries. The entire event will be online, hosted from South Africa to ensure that everyone has access to the conference, regardless of the obstacles the pandemic has cost to meet in person.

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

The AESIS Network has successfully organised the annual conference ‘Impact of Science’ eight 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. We are very excited to be working with our colleagues in South Africa and else where in the world to create the most valuable programme and experience for all of you who would like to learn about and contribute to science transforming the world. And we very much look forward to meeting you there!

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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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Zeblon Vilakazi

Zeblon Vilakazi

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Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura

Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura

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Tateo Arimoto

Tateo Arimoto

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Juliet Gerrard

Juliet Gerrard

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David Goldston

David Goldston

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Chris Brink

Chris Brink

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Lidia Brito

Lidia Brito

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Mlungisi Cele

Mlungisi Cele

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Esther De Smet

Esther De Smet

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Paul Manners

Paul Manners

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Heidi Kinnunen

Heidi Kinnunen

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Crain Soudien

Crain Soudien

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Sarah Morton

Sarah Morton

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Simon Kerridge

Simon Kerridge

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Rasigan Maharajh

Rasigan Maharajh

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Hok Bun KU

Hok Bun KU

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Jenny Hasenfuss

Jenny Hasenfuss

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Wendy Larner

Wendy Larner

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Derk Loorbach

Derk Loorbach

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Haroon Bhorat

Haroon Bhorat

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Albert Ko

Albert Ko

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Johann Mouton

Johann Mouton

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Wendy Cukier

Wendy Cukier

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Daya Reddy

Daya Reddy

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David Priilaid

David Priilaid

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Harsha Dayal

Harsha Dayal

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Diana Sanchez-Betancourt

Diana Sanchez-Betancourt

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Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams

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Marta Wroblewska

Marta Wroblewska

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Isabel Casimiro

Isabel Casimiro

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Ashraf Bakr Al-Shareef

Ashraf Bakr Al-Shareef

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Eric Jensen

Eric Jensen

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Mahama Ouedraogo

Mahama Ouedraogo

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Pauline Tay

Pauline Tay

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Heidi van Rooyen

Heidi van Rooyen

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Kristiann Allen

Kristiann Allen

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Buyinza Mukadasi

Buyinza Mukadasi

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Roseann Runte

Roseann Runte

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Emma Salgard Cunha

Emma Salgard Cunha

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Magnus Gulbrandsen

Magnus Gulbrandsen

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Sibylle Studer

Sibylle Studer

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Ian Wright

Ian Wright

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Igor Campillo

Igor Campillo

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Lauren Rickards

Lauren Rickards

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Alice Rajewsky

Alice Rajewsky

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Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

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Yuko Harayama

Yuko Harayama

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Alan Paic

Alan Paic

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Sioux McKenna

Sioux McKenna

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Francesco Gardumi

Francesco Gardumi

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Sue Harrison

Sue Harrison

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Barend van der Meulen

Barend van der Meulen

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