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.
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:
Additionally, you may enjoy the below activities as part of our informal programme:
Terms & costs
Conference Chairread more
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovationread more
Just turn on your laptop, get your coffee and follow the log in instructions - and you'll arrive virtually to Cape Town, South Africa and can enjoy the conference from the comfort of your (home)office.
23 - 25 June, 2021
In order to comply with the Covid-19 measures and keep the safety of our participants and speakers in mind, the conference will proceed online this year. The conference will be hosted from the newly built, environmentally friendly University of Cape Town Conference Centre. The conference centre is situated in the heart of Cape Town's most popular tourist attraction, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Online platform will be announced soon.
This conference is organised by the AESIS Network.
|Fee for Online participants||€160|
|Fee for Online participants from South Africa||€75 / R1300|
|Fee for Online participants from other African countries or LDC's||€50|
Will be announced shortly
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 May 12th 2021. If you cancel between May 12th 2021 and June 2nd 2021, we will invoice €95 administration costs. After June 2nd 2021, you owe us the full amount.
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Bonita Liu - Project Manager
Professor Cheryl de la Rey is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand since February 2019. Before this she was the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In total Cheryl has about twenty years’ experience as an executive in higher education having served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town, Executive Director of South Africa’s National Research Foundation and CEO of the Council on Higher Education. She has a PhD in Psychology and she has published many chapters, edited books and journal articles in Social Psychology. She has served on many international committees and is currently on the boards of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Cheryl de la Rey is an accomplished public speaker, has a reputation for visionary, strategic thinking as well as strong leadership ability.
Dr Nzimande was appointed as Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation on 30 May 2019. He was Minister of Transport from 27 February 2018 to 25 May 2019. Dr Bonginkosi Emmanuel "Blade" Nzimande was the Minister of Higher Education and Training in the Republic of South Africa from 26 May 2014 until 17 October 2017.
He is a General Secretary (GS) of the South African Communist Party (SACP); Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education; Deputy Chairperson of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party; and Chairperson of the Financial Sector Campaign Coalition.
Dr Nzimande has lectured at the University of Zululand in 1985, and was a lecturer in Industrial Psychology at the University of Natal in 1987.
He was a Council member at the University of South Africa; a member of the National Deployment Committee of the ANC; chairperson of the board of trustees at the Centre for Educational Policy Development; a council member at the University of Transkei; a council member at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and chairperson of the African National Congress Parliamentary Study Group on Education.
Dr Nzimande has published: Unsocial Science Indicator SA Vol. 11, No. 2; Schooling in the context of violence in SA: the challenges of change, edited by V Maphai, published by Harare SAPES Books; Schooling in the context of violence, Durban: Education Policy Unit; Civil Society and the role of the National Education Coordination Committee (NECC), Durban: Education Policy Unit; Civics are the National Democratic Revolution, Mayibuye No. 5; Political violence and the struggle for control in Pietermaritzburg, Journal of Southern African Studies Vol. 15. No. 3; and Civics and Civil Society: a reply to M Mayekiso, work in progress co-author with M. Sikhosana.
Dr Nzimande has also written a book titled Children of wars: the impact of violence on schooling in Natal Durban: Education Policy Unit.
Dr Rachel Adams is a Chief Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. Dr Adams has degrees in Jurisprudence (PhD, University of Cape Town), International Human Rights Law (MPhil, University of Cape Town) and English Literature and Philosophy (BA, Royal Holloway, University of London). Her research spans philosophy, gender, technology, law and race. Dr Adams was previously the Senior Researcher for Civil and Political Rights at the South African Human Rights Commission, and completed a post-doctorate at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. Dr Adams is an Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights, and the author of Transparency: New Trajectories in Law (Routledge, 2020). Her work on gender and AI has been cited in, amongst others, Nature, The Guardian, the New York Times and by the United Nations.
Medical physicist, assistant at the Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology. Formerly vice-CTO at the Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, senior research and development officer at the Innovation Management and Technology Transfer Center (WUT), animator at the Copernicus Science Center, President of the Association of Science Advocates, associating scientists and science popularizers, founder of polish chapter of March for Science, volunteer at the Atomic Forum Foundation. At every day work he deals with applications of ionizing radiation in medicine and 3D print, radiation measurements and radiological protection, collaborating, among others, with the Oncology Center-Institute and the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology.
In 2015, he participated in the project of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education "Transformation.doc", under which he took a three-week training at Ivey Business School in Canada. He is a finalist of the first Polish edition of the FameLab competition (2012), organized by the Copernicus Science Center, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the British Council. He awarded “Science Communicator of the Year” title for 2018 from Polish Press Agency Science in Poland (PAP Nauka w Polsce) and Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Kristiann Allen is a senior policy practitioner-turned-researcher, with specialisation in both ‘science for policy’ and ‘policy for science’ processes. She is Associate Director (Policy and International engagement) of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at the University of Auckland, and directs the secretariat of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), which is hosted by Koi Tū.
From 2013-2018, she served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor of New Zealand, following several years advising in the Canadian federal science system, particularly in the area of research ethics and policy. In 2019 she returned to Canada to undertake a year’s secondment to the office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada.
Kristiann’s research interests include science policy processes in small research systems, particularly how science policy discourses are created and embedded; as well as effective public policy making processes that can better engage science/policy/society interfaces for sustainable transitions. Most recently, she authored the United Nation’s Committee of Experts on Public Administration guidance note on Science Policy Interfaces.
An independent, international consultant with extensive experience in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and the institutionalization of Results-Based Management (RBM), working with governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region on developing national policies and M&E frameworks, in a range of sectors, including education; employment; micro, small and medium enterprise development; and public sector reform. Conducted, and led teams in the conduct of, impartial research, evaluation, and survey activities employing both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in Egypt and across the MENA region. Extensive experience in developing and delivery of interactive capacity building programmes in RBM and M&E for both governmental and non-governmental organizations, both in Egypt and in other countries.
Dr. Amato is a biological anthropologist studying the influence of gut microbes on host ecology and evolution. Her research examines how the gut microbiota impact nutrition, energetics, and health in humans and non-human 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. Dr. Amato obtained her A.B. in Biology from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed a postdoc at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. She is also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Graduate Program and sits on the Executive Committee of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. Dr. Amato is the President of the Midwest Primate Interest Group, an Associate Editor at Microbiome, an Editorial Board member at Folia Primatologica, and a Fellow for the CIFAR’s ‘Humans and the Microbiome’ Program.
Prof. Teketel Yohannes Anshebo obtained his BSc in 1984, MSc in 1989 and PhD in 1997 from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Since 1984, he has been serving at higher education institutes. His academic career started as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Chemistry of the then Bahir Dar Teachers College; which was the satellite College of Addis Ababa University. Prof, Teketel also has had various short and long-term training in management and leadership (e.g., Advanced Leadership Seminar (four weeks) in Haggai Institute, Hawaii, USA, Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) (two weeks), Osnabruck, Germany, a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management (one year) from the University of Melbourne in Australia and a Higher Diploma in Learning-Teaching in Higher Education (HDP), Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He also served as a Committee Member for the preparation of a strategic plan for the AAU using Balanced Scorecard for GTP I and GTP II periods.
Over the years Prof, Teketel had the opportunity of Advising 10 PhD students, 25 MSc students and giving out numerous undergraduate and postgraduate chemistry courses to his students. Currently, he also is advising five PhD students. With his research group and collaborators, he extensively studied electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, photovoltaic and photoelectrochemistry of organic conducting polymer materials. Prof, Teketel has also published and Co-Authored more than 60 scientific articles in highly reputable local and international journals. His research activities were also featured in various media outlets such as YouTube, the official website of the Materials Research Society and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) newsletter. Adding to that, Prof Teketel has been collaborating with prominent scientists from world-renowned Universities and Research Institutes; such as University of Linkoping in Sweden, Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria, Osaka University in Japan, University of Antwerp in Belgium, Rutgers University in the USA, the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Italy, Institute for Nanostructured Materials Studies, ISMN-CNR Bologna Division in Italy, and Institute of Chemistry, CAS, Beijing, China.
He has also acquired numerous research grants from various organizations. In addition to the long list of Fellowships, he managed to accomplish a series of Research Visits abroad and also has been actively participating in local and international conferences, workshops, schools and scientific meetings. Prof Teketel was a Junior and Regular Associate of ICTP, Associate Fellow of TWAS, Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences and Reviewer and Associate Editor of various local and international journals. He is also a Board Member of the African Materials Research Society, Founder and the mastermind behind the African Network for Solar Energy and the first Board Member of the Joint US-Africa Materials Institute. These networks have helped him establish and Manage a successful research group that is hosting his several PhD and postgraduate students.
Prof, Teketel has Organized major International Conferences in Ethiopia such as the African School on Nanoscience for Solar Energy (2010), Joint US-Africa Institute’s First Materials Research School (2012), the 7th Biannual Conference of African Materials Research Society (2013), Organic Photovoltaics and Biopolymer-Based Batteries and Supercapacitors for Solar Electricity Storage (2014), Ethiopian Regional Workshop on Solar Energy and Energy Storage Technologies (2018) and 5th African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications (ASESMA) (2018).
His leadership quality has shined through his service at Bahir Dar Teachers College, Ethiopia, as the Chairman of the Department of Chemistry over seven years; Director, Chair and Coordinator of the Materials Science Program at College of Natural Sciences (Addis Ababa University) for over five years; Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (central University position) for the College of Natural Sciences (AAU) for two and half years; Director for Research (central University position) at Addis Ababa University for over three years; Acting Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer (AAU) for six months, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University for three years. Currently he is servicing as an Executive Director of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.
Tateo Arimoto is a Visiting Professor and Deputy Director, Science,Technology and Innovation Policy Research Center at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and also Principal Fellow at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Vice Director General, International Institute for Advanced Studies.
He served as Director General of Science & Technology Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Education and Science and held the position of Executive Research Fellow at the Economic and Social Research Institute of the Cabinet office. He has played an active role in public policy making and implementation in the area of science, technology and innovation in Japan and is a major promoter of science of STI policy with multidisciplinary approach.
He has been a co-chair person of the OECD study projects on “Scientific advice”, “Research funding system” and “Transdisciplinary research”. He is a member of the program committee of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), the special committee of Science Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and United Nations STI Forum for Sustainable Development Goals.
Ernest Aryeetey is the Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), a network of 16 of Africa’s flagship universities. He is a Professor of Economics and former Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana (2010-2016). He was also previously Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) (2003-2010) at University of Ghana and the first Director of the Africa Growth Initiative of Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
He has held academic appointments at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), Yale University and Swarthmore College in the U.S. at various points in time. Ernest Aryeetey is a member of the Governing Council of the United Nations University and was previously Chairman of the Advisory Board of UNU-World Institute for Development Economics Research (Helsinki). He is currently Board Chairman of Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited.
One of Ernest Aryeetey’s strategic priorities as Vice Chancellor at University of Ghana was to develop the University into a research-intensive institution that supports structural transformation in Africa.
Ahmed Bawa is the Chief Executive Officer of Universities South Africa. Until 2016, he was Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Durban University of Technology. He also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Durban Centre of the University of Natal (later to be the University of KwaZulu-Natal).
He is a theoretical particle physicist having obtained the PhD at Durham University.
At the City University of New York, he was faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Hunter College and a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center. He was appointed Associate Provost for Curriculum Development.
As the Program Officer for Higher Education in Africa with the Ford Foundation he led the Foundation’s African Higher Education Initiative. In this portfolio he worked in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and Palestine.
He serves on a number of advisory boards such as the South African Institute of Distance Education, the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research of South Africa and the Higher Education Support Programme of the Open Society Foundation.
His areas of interest include higher education and development, the social ownership of universities and science and society.
Haroon Bhorat is Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. His research interests cover labour economics, poverty and income distribution. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books on labour market and poverty issues in Africa. Haroon has published more than 200 academic journal articles, book chapters and working papers. In September 2019, Haroon was nominated to sit on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), established by President Ramaphosa to generate new ideas for economic growth, job creation and addressing poverty.
Haroon has his PhD in Economics through Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Cornell University research fellow. He holds the highly prestigious National Research Chair under the theme of Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa. In October 2020, he was elected as a Fellow of the UCT College of Fellows. The fellowship is awarded in recognition of original, distinguished academic work that merits special recognition. In 2018, he was appointed by UCT Vice-Chancellor Prof. Phakeng as the university’s “SDG academic focal point” to help guide UCT’s strategic approach to engagement with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. His commitments at UCT include lecturing Advanced Labour Economics (Hons), and supervision to Honours, Masters and PhD students.
Haroon is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution affiliated to the Global Economy and Development Program, and the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI); a Research Fellow at IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labour in Bonn; and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Human Sciences Council (HSRC). He sits on the editorial advisory board of the World Bank Economic Review, and is a Board Member of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). He previously sat on the HSRC Board.
Haroon consults with international organizations such as the ILO, the UNDP, the World Bank, Ratings Agencies and emerging market fund managers. He sits on the Advisory Board of the UNDP’s 2019 Human Development Report, was a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Board of the Commission on Global Poverty, as well as a member of the Program Committee of the 2017 International Economic Association (IEA) World Congress. He is a member on the Advisory Committee of the joint United Nations and World Bank Policy Study on the role of Development in the Prevention of Violent Conflict. He is also a member of the UN/WHO’s High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. Haroon previously served as a member of the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP), and was Head of Research for the UN’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Haroon has undertaken extensive work for several South African government departments – most notably the South African Department of Labour, the Presidency and the National Treasury. Haroon was appointed as an Advisor on the South African Parliament’s High Level Panel on Acceleration of Change and Transformation. He served as an economic advisor to two past Ministers of Finance including Min. Pravin Gordhan, and previous Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, formally serving on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel.
Katrine Weisteen Bjerde is Director of Research services strategy at Unit – The directorate for ICT and joint services for higher education and research. She is member of the National Advisory Board for research services (Fagutvalg for forskning) and Norway’s National Point of Reference towards the European Commission for Scientific Information. She was previously head of Cristin, the organisation responsible for the Norwegian research information system and for negotiating deals with scientific publishers to provide open access to scientific publications.
Nelius Boshoff is an Associate Professor and the Chairperson of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He works in the areas of research uptake and research impact, research collaboration, and bibliometric analyses of research in Africa. He has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Stellenbosch University, on the topic of knowledge utilisation in the South African wine industry. He also holds a Master’s degree (cum laude) in Research Psychology from the same university. He is also the academic co-ordinator of the postgraduate programme in Science and Technology Studies that is offered by CREST. Nelius is the author of several peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals and more than 80 research reports and contributions to research reports. Two recent studies of research impact appear in the journal Research Evaluation (“Conceptualizing the societal impact of research in terms of elements of logic models: A survey of researchers in sub-Saharan Africa” and “Creating research impact through the productive interactions of an individual: An example from South African research on maritime piracy”).
Professor Chris Brink served as Vice-Chancellor (President) of Newcastle University in the UK 2007-16, as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa 2002-07, and as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Wollongong in Australia from 1999-2001. Currently he serves on the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong, where he chairs the implementation of the sector-wide 2020 Research Assessment Exercise.
Chris Brink is known as a champion of the idea of a civic university. He is the author of The Soul of a University: Why excellence is not enough (Bristol University Press, 2018). During his tenure as Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University twice won the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award, as well as the Athena SWAN Silver Award for the advancement of gender equality. Newcastle upon Tyne awarded him the Freedom of the City.
As a mathematician Professor Brink held the prestigious A-rating of the National Research Foundation, which ranked him as one of South Africa’s leading scientists. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg and a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.
A forest engineer, with a Master and Doctorate in Forest and Wood Sciences from Colorado State University in the USA, born in Mozambique, and staff of Eduardo Mondlane University since graduation in Forest Engineering in 1981.
She has held senior positions in Mozambique such as Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of Eduardo Mondlane University and Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology.
She joined UNESCO in November 2009 as Director for Science Policy and Sustainable Development, in Paris, and currently she is the UNESCO Regional Director for Sciences in the Latin-America and Caribbean region.
Her areas of expertise range from forestry and sustainable management of Natural Resources to Higher Education, Science and Technology policies and programmes as part of public policies for sustainable development. She has chaired several commissions and task teams in particular in Higher Education and STI for Sustainable Development.
She co-chaired the Scientific Organizing Committee for Planet Under Pressure Conference in London, a major conference for the preparation of Rio+20, and she has been a member of several international Boards such as African Foresters Forum Governing Board, UNU Governing Board, CHET Board, Stockholm Environmental Institute Governing Board, Bioversity Governing Board among others.
Currently she is the co-chair of the Organizing Committee for the 3rd Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean (CILAC 2021).
Igor Campillo has a PhD in Physics from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), and a Master in Journalism and Science Communication from the Spanish Open University. He worked as assistant professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology of the UPV / EHU, as international projects manager in Gamesa Energy, as researcher and project manager at LABEIN-Tecnalia, as projects and outreach manager in the Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center - nanoGUNE, as manager of the nanoBasque Strategy in the Basque Business Development Agency - SPRI, and as director of the Technological Institute of the University of Deusto - DeustoTech.
He is co-author of more than 70 international scientific publications indexed in the Web of Knowledge and co-author of 3 patents extended to several countries (Europe, USA and China). He has been secretary general of the public conferences Atom by Atom, Passion for Knowledge and Quantum13 held in Donostia-San Sebastián in 2009, 2010 and 2013, respectively.
Igor Campillo is currently executive director of Euskampus Fundazioa, created by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Tecnalia Corporation and the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC). Euskampus Fundazioa is a catalyzer for interdisciplinary and multi-agent collaboration in higher education, research and innovation in the Basque and Nouvelle Aquitaine territories, and internationally. He has been recently acknowledged as one of the Spanning Boundaries Champions for university-industry-society cooperation by the UIIN.
PhD in Socioloy (Coimbra), graduation and post-graduation in History and Development Studies. Researcher at Centre of African Studies, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique, since 1980. Department of Development Studies and Gender Coordinator since 2015.
CODESRIA President (2018). Co-founder Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust, WLSA (1988) and WLSA Mozambique (1990). WLSA Mozambique Board President since 2015. Fórum Mulher Board President, 1993- 2000; 2006-2015. Coordinator 14º Women’s Word Congress, September 2022, Maputo.
Wide range of publication, authored or co – authored: A Ciência ao Serviço do Desenvolvimento? Experiências de países africanos falantes de língua oficial portuguesa. Organised with Teresa Cruz e Silva. CODESRIA, Dakar (2015); “‘Peace on Earth, War at Home’. Feminism and Women's organizations in Mozambique” (2004), PROMEDIA, Maputo, reedited in Brazil, UFPE, Recife (2014); Women's Economic Empowerment, Associative Movement and Access to Local Development Funds (2010), with Amélia Neves de Souto, Josina Nhantumbo and Augusta Maíta, Kapicua, Maputo; African Women's Movements. Changing Political Landscapes (2009), edited by Aili Mari Tripp, with Joy Kwesiga and Alice Mungwa, Cambridge University Press, New York.
Areas of interest: Women Human Rights, Social Movements, Women and Feminist Movements, Democracy and Participatory Democracy, Solidaire Economy.
I have studied, worked and developed passion and interest and networks in science, technology and innovation policy, and higher education policy research. I hold a PhD in Higher Education Studies and an MPhil in Science and Technology Studies. I worked as a researcher at the former University of Durban-Westville (now part of the University of KwaZulu Natal) and University of the Western Cape. Academic outputs include edited book entitled innovation policy at the intersection: global and local experiences” (2020). Also presented at local and international academic conferences.
I am serving as an Acting Head of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), which is a statutory advisory body to the South African government on STI issues. Some of my policy contributions include providing leadership to the following initiatives: the review of the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology, development of the high-level framework for the development of new STI decadal plan, the 2030 National Foresight Exercise on STI, the development of Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the National System of Innovation (NSI) and review of the National Research and Development Strategy and Ten-Year Innovation Plan, which is underway.
I am also representative of South Africa in various multilateral forums and think tanks.
John Crowley is Chief of Section for Research, Policy and Foresight in the UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Science. Since joining UNESCO in 2003, he has also been a programme specialist in social science (2003-05) and head of the communication, information and publications unit (2005-07), chief of section for ethics of science and technology (2008-11) and team leader for global environmental change (2011-14). Before joining UNESCO, he worked as an economist in the oil industry (1988-95) and as a research fellow at the French National Political Science Foundation (1995-2002). From 2002 to 2015, he was editor of the UNESCO-published International Social Science Journal. He is the author of Sans épines, la rose. Tony Blair : un modèle pour l’Europe ? (Paris: La Découverte, 1999) and editor of Tony Blair, le nouveau travaillisme et la troisième voie (Paris: La Documentation française, 1999), Pacifications, réconciliations (special issue of the journal Cultures & Conflits, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2001), and Rethinking Human Security (Paris/Oxford: UNESCO / Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, with Moufida Goucha). He has published a further 100 academic articles and book chapters, mainly on political theory and comparative politics.
Dr. Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (hon) LLD (hon) is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Founder of the Diversity Institute, Ryerson University. She is the co-author of the bestseller, Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic and former VP of Research and Innovation and more than 200 articles on aspects of diversity, inclusion and innovation. The Diversity Institute has 75 research staff, 100 research associates from around the world and 200 industry partners focused on dimensions of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, future skills, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Projects include DiversityLeads, which has tracked the representation of women in leadership roles and a host of projects focused specifically on women in technology. The Diversity Institute has also pioneered innovative projects such as the Advanced Digital and Professional Training program (ADaPT), the Women Entrepreneurship Hub and the Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub. She also leads the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and a program of research for the Future Skills Centre as well as the new Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network (IIE-Net). For more than a decade she has been challenging conventional wisdom about technology adoption and the “skills gap”, and examining how we can leverage inclusive innovation to address it. But she does more than talk, Cukier has forged new pathways to employment, particularly for women and underrepresented groups by leveraging technology for psychographic testing; employer centered outcomes-based work integrated learning; advanced job and skills matching; adaptive and just-in-time training.
Beverley is the Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations of the National Research Foundation of South Africa, driving policy and strategy development and implementation in the areas of advancement of research, public communication and engagement with science, transformation and gender; as well as corporate communications and stakeholder engagement. The NRF is the premier research and science support agency in South Africa and promotes South Africa’s research interests across the country and internationally.
She has more than a decade of executive leadership experience, having been the previous Executive Director of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) from 2003-2012. She has well established international networks and has represented the NRF in various international portfolios and platforms.
She is a member of The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA), the NRF Board, the Advisory Board of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and the recently joined as a member of the Board of The Conversation Africa (TCA). She also served as an immediate past member of the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) Advisory Board, Cape Town Science Centre Board and the Scienza Science Centre of the University of Pretoria Board.
She obtained a BSc (Microbiology and Plant Pathology), B.Ed and MEd from the then University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal) and a doctorate degree (Education Policy and Management) from the University of Pretoria.
PhD candidate in Development Studies (University of Johannesburg); Master of Public Health (Wits); BSc Occupational Therapy (Wits): Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation (Cum Laude, Stellenbosch University); Diploma in Disability and Developmental Studies (University of London, UK)
Ms Dayal works as the director of research in the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation within the Presidency of South Africa since 2012. She is currently a PhD candidate in Development Studies, has a Master’s degree in Public Health (2009) and is a qualified Occupational Therapist serving the public health sector from 1993 to 2007. Research projects in the area of democracy and governance; poverty alleviation; public health; gender and disability gained during her employment at the Human Sciences Research Council from 2007 to 2014 has grounded her in the Social Sciences. In 2012, she was seconded to the Presidency to manage the high-level Twenty-Year Review for the Presidency. She has developed various strategies in knowledge intermediary functions to bridge between researchers and policy-makers in the process of knowledge production. She introduced evidence synthesis methodology in the public sector and has further developed processes, systems and secured knowledge infrastructure to build public sector capacity. Using a coproduction model to collaborate with the national research system, she has built an Evidence Mapping facility in 5 national priority areas. This has enabled a responsive knowledge-brokering service to meet the demand for quality evidence. She serves on several advisory and reference groups: SDG Knowledge Hub (University of Pretoria); Africa Center for Evidence (University of Johannesburg); Water Research Commission – SDG 6; COVID-END (McMaster University, Canada), and previously on the UN Evaluation Group, assessing institutional at Gender mainstreaming. She strives towards bringing together the two worlds of research and policy in transforming society, pursuing developmental objectives and achieving social justice.
Brito Cruz is the Senior Vice-President, Research Networks, at Elsevier. He has been a Professor at the Physics Institute, Unicamp, Brazil, directed the Physics Institute at Unicamp, was the Vice-President for Research at Unicamp, President of the São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP, and the Rector of Unicamp. From 2005 to 2020 he has been the Science Director at the São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP, in São Paulo, Brazil. Brito Cruz is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the TWAS, and a Fellow of the AAAS and of the American Physical Society. He received the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France), the Order of the Scientific Merit (Brazil) and the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Esther De Smet is Senior Research Policy Advisor at the Research Department of Ghent University with a penchant for knowledge management and communication. She has been co-ordinating the university’s strategy on societal impact of research since 2013. She is also project lead on the institutional research information system (GISMO). Her passion is creating a stimulating and nurturing research environment at Ghent and putting her university’s research on the local and global map. Esther invests a lot of time and energy into her personal network of researchers and other partners in research communication and developing her own skills. She leads workshops on communication strategy, impact, digital presence and social media. Twitter is her medium of choice: she is the proud curator of @ResearchUGent since 2012 making her a frontrunner in harnessing social media in Flemish research communication.
Professor Tracey Dickson (BSc, PhD) is a member of the University of Tasmania’s “Tasmanian Societal Impact” project team, that has been developed in collaboration with Elsevier. Professor Dickson is the Associate Dean Research Performance for the College of Health and Medicine, and as such is responsible for strategic research leadership across its seven units - the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Psychological Sciences and Pharmacy and Pharmacology. She has held the previous role of Deputy Director at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. In addition to her leadership roles within the broader University, Professor Dickson continues to lead an ambitious and productive research team. She is a neuroscientist with a national and international reputation in determining the cellular mechanisms underlying Motor Neuron Disease and Parkinson’s disease, and is currently funded through both the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC). Professor Dickson has held a number of prestigious fellowships through the NHMRC and has held numerous roles on national grant review panels. She is a current board member for Motor Neuron Disease Australia.
David Dooghe has been working as a Scientist Integrator at TNO, unit Strategy and Policy, since 2020. TNO is an independent research organization whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. The TNO unit Strategy and Policy supports strategic decision making in a range of economic, societal, and innovation issues and technologies. The unit focuses on enhancing strategic decision-making on sustainability and spatial development through a combination of studies and process management. Studies concern the interaction between knowledge, people and the environment.
Dooghe studied Architecture at the Sint Lucas School of Science and Art, Ghent and Urbanism at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and did a Socrates exchange Regional- and City Planning at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus. He is currently also working on his PhD in Urban Development at Antwerp University on the topic: since the 2000, how did crises influence the urban development of European second tier cities?
Dr Sarah Foxen is Knowledge Exchange Lead in POST, UK Parliament. Sarah heads up Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU): the team which enables and supports knowledge exchange between Parliament and the research community. Sarah and the Unit work with colleagues across Parliament, and universities and organisations across the UK, to increase and diversify the research that is available to and used by Parliament. The KEU pioneers and champions innovative activities to enable more inclusive researcher engagement with policy. This activity has included the rapid generation of a database of over 5000 experts in COVID-19 and its impacts, to ensure Parliament’s access to diverse expertise and insights on areas relating to the pandemic. Sarah and the team also provide insights and collaborate with various stakeholders in higher education to ensure that policy engagement and impact are increasingly recognised and rewarded. As part of this, Sarah leads the UK Parliament’s engagement and input into the UK’s Research Excellence Framework and Knowledge Exchange Framework. Sarah regularly advises on knowledge exchange and science advice both nationally and internationally, and has previously led multinational capacity building projects in these areas. Sarah has a PhD in European Sociolinguistics from the University of Exeter and a background in education.
Francesco Gardumi is senior researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, division of Energy Systems. His research focuses on the development and application of open source systems models that are suitable for integrated climate-land use-energy-water planning in developing countries. In collaboration with his team and with UNDESA, UNECE and GIZ, he carries out numerous capacity development programs in developing countries for transferring the ownership of the tools and mainstreaming their use in the planning process.
Francesco was Project Manager of Horizon 2020 modelling project REEEM (www.reeem.org), dealing with the role of technologies in EU energy transition pathways to 2050. Within REEEM, his research interest embraced the creation of integrated modelling frameworks and design of scenarios for assessing the economic, social and environmental impact of EU decarbonisation pathways.
Francesco graduated PhD in Energy and Nuclear Science and Technology at Politecnico di Milano in 2016. The PhD research focussed on the integration of different perspectives in the energy planning process, from short-term technology-focused perspective to long-term system-wide perspective.
Juliet trained at Oxford University and moved to Aotearoa in 1993 where her career has included roles in both Crown Research Institutes and universities. Juliet’s research background is broad and interdisciplinary, with particular interests in fundamental and applied protein science. She has held an Industry and Outreach Fellowship with Callaghan Innovation, founded a start-up company, chaired the Marsden Council, served on the Board of Directors of Plant and Food Research, and is currently on the Board of Te Papa.
Since Juliet’s appointment in 2018 as the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia, she has worked from a base of four founding principles: rigour, inclusivity, transparency, and accessibility. She has supported the science and science advisor community to provide advice to the PM, ministers, and the public on a wide range of topics, including advice on the Christchurch mosque shootings, the response to the Whakaari | White Island eruption, the Cannabis referendum and the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, the Office released a major report, Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand, which created a vision for a new relationship with plastic.
David Goldston became Director of the MIT Washington Office in May, 2017. In that role, he directs MIT’s federal relations and helps develop policy projects on campus. For the eight prior years, he was the Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental group, where he helped shape NRDC’s federal political strategy, policies and communications. He came to NRDC after spending more than 20 years on Capitol Hill in Washington, working primarily on science policy and environmental policy. He was Chief of Staff of the House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006. Since retiring from government, he has taught courses on science policy at Princeton, Harvard and Georgetown. From 2007 through November 2009, he wrote a monthly column for Nature on science policy titled “Party of One.” Goldston also was the project director for the Bipartisan Policy Center report “Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy,” which was released in August 2009. He authored a chapter in The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (Stanford University Press, 2011). He has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences and is currently a member of its advisory committees for its Climate Communications Initiative and for its Societal Experts Action Network. He holds a B.A. (1978) from Cornell University and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prof Lesley Green is the founding director of Environmental Humanities South, an accredited research centre attached to the University of Cape Town, where she is Professor of Anthropology. A former Fulbright Scholar at the Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Mandela Fellow at Harvard, and Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, her research focuses on understanding and strengthening justice-based environmental governance in Southern Africa. She is currently a Cheney Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds, hosted by the Global Food and Environment Institute, where her task is to build stronger social science engagement with earth and life sciences, so that environmental governance can be improved. She is the editor of Contested Ecologies: Dialogues in the South on Nature and Knowledge (HSRC, 2013), co-author of Knowing the Day, Knowing the World (Arizona, 2013), author of Rock | Water | Life: Ecology and Humanities for a Decolonising South Africa (Duke University Press / Wits University Press, 2020), and lead developer of the public-facing, research-based website, Water Stories (waterstories.co.za, 2020)
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. For seven years he was in the board of the University of Oslo’s Technology Transfer Office Inven2.
Ger Hanley is founder of Write Fund, a new start-up consultancy firm (formerly Ger Hanley Consultancy). Helping both researchers and industry to realise their research goals by assisting them to gain the funding they require; utilising her well-developed national and international networks and through her knowledge of the funding ecosystem to do so. Ger is formerly of University College Dublin (UCD) Ireland, where she worked for 12 years in research management. Prior to UCD, Ger worked in research management in another prominent Irish university, Trinity College Dublin. During her time working for universities, Ger has gained vast experience in pre and post funding award but her passion lies in research exploitation, impact, communication and outreach. Ger's experience includes media and social media with in-depth knowledge of using analytics to visualise and translate how research has impacted both the scientific and citizen communities.
Coming from an IT background, Ger has predominately managed and consulted in the area of engineering (biosystems, food, ICT, mechanical and circular economy/bioeconomy) and has an innate understanding as to how to ‘sell’ research both to the funders and industry.
With qualifications in Business, Project Management and Information Systems, and a thirst for knowledge, Ger has been able to help her clients gain full marks for impact in recent proposals.
Dr. Yuko Harayama is an Executive Director principally charged with international affairs at RIKEN. Prior to joining RIKEN, she spent five years at the Cabinet Office of Japan as an Executive Member of the Council for Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, two years at the OECD as the Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, and ten years at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University as a Professor of Management Science and Technology. She is a Legion D’Honneur recipient (Chevalier) and was awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. She holds a Ph.D. in education sciences and a Ph.D.in economics, both from the University of Geneva.
Jenny Hasenfuss is a knowledge exchange professional with experience of supporting research engagement and research impact. With more than ten years' experience in the UK Higher Education Sector she is passionate about the importance of dialogue and trust in creating great research partnerships in order to make a positive difference to society. Currently she works with the CAPE partnership to enable greater understanding and cooperation between universities, regional and local authorities and national government and seeks to ensure the project activity reflects the diversity of England’s communities. Previously she led public and patient engagement activities of the NIHR BTRU Organ Donation and Transplantation between University of Cambridge and Newcastle University. Before that she coordinated the cross-disciplinary research Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal which involved working with policy makers, community and voluntary sector and businesses to develop impactful challenge-based research in partnership. As part of the European Horizon 2020 project ACCOMPLISSH www.accomplissh.eu she examined collaborative multi agency working in the Quadruple Helix framework across 12 countries and how this can support impactful research. Recently she co-developed a co-creation toolkit in collaboration with Carnegie Trust UK, Newcastle University and a range of external partners to support effective knowledge exchange and impact.
Professor Hoppers is a scholar and policy specialist on International Development, education, North-South questions, disarmament, peace, and human security. She is a UNESCO expert in basic education, lifelong learning, information systems and on Science and Society; an expert in disarmament at the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs; an expert to the World Economic Forum on benefit sharing and value addition protocols; and the World Intellectual Property Organisation on traditional knowledge and community intellectual property rights.
She got a Masters and PhD in International Education from Stockholm University, Sweden; was a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Orebro University (Sweden), and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. In South Africa, Professor Hoppers was awarded Professor Extraordinarius in 2019 at University of South Africa (Pretoria). She held a South African Research Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa (2008-2018) a National Chair set up by the Department of Science and Technology. Prior to that, she was a technical adviser on Indigenous Knowledge Systems to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (South Africa) and led the Task Team to draft the national policy on Indigenous Knowledge Systems. She was a Distinguished Professional at the Human Sciences Research Council; an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria; a visiting Professor at Stockholm University (Sweden) where she led the Systems Research Collaboration (Sweden and South Africa), bringing together policy makers and professionals in the academia in the two countries. She was formerly a member of the International Faculty of the United Nations International Leadership Academy (Amman-Jordan); and more recently, Prof Hoppers was appointed to the Faculty in the Master of Arts in Indigenous Science and Peace program at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica (2021).
As part of the Vertigo Ventures (VV) Client Success team, Emily is responsible for accelerating the company’s global growth, with a particular focus on higher education and research institutions in the EMEA region.
In addition to the development of new and existing territories, she supports the client base across the full VV impact ecosystem, a family of solutions that covers a user’s entire impact journey from education through to capture and cross-sector collaboration. Emily leads and develops the training programme for the ImpactTracker SaaS (software-as-a-service) offering that enables users worldwide to capture, understand, analyse and demonstrate the impact of their activities.
As a core part of her role, Emily collaborates closely with clients through ImpactTracker to help align their work to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via the product’s proprietary impact taxonomy. She also works with the product teams to ensure the platform continues to support clients in working towards frameworks such as the KEF and REF in the UK.
Emily’s commitment to sustainability stretches back to university, where sustainable development played a key role during her degree. She has also undertaken practical research projects in Uganda, helping to sustainably manage and develop national parks through creating partnerships and relationships between communities and the natural environment.
Dr. Eric A. Jensen is a Senior Research Fellow at the registered scientific and educational charity, The Institute for Methods Innovation (methodsinnovation.org), and works part-time as Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Specialising in evidence-based science communication (sciencecomm.science), Jensen has 20 years’ experience in science communication research, evaluation and practice. He has worked as a consultant and trainer for many research institutions, including the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Science Museum Group, European Space Agency, CERN, Science Foundation Ireland, Australian Research Data Commons, National Research Foundation (SAASTA) and UNESCO. Jensen’s track record of 100+ papers includes journals such as Nature, PNAS, PLOSONE and Public Understanding of Science. His recent research has focused on socially responsible science, science festival and public engagement event evaluation, diversity of science communication audiences and the long-term impact of public engagement and informal learning activities. Jensen’s most recently published books are Science Communication: An Introduction (World Scientific) and Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE). His training courses are featured at methodsforchange.org. His PhD in sociology is from the University of Cambridge
Dr Marina Joubert is a science communication researcher at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She promotes pro-active involvement of researchers in open dialogue between science and society, and the development of evidence-based science communication practice. Her research interests focus on how scientists respond to increasing demands for public engagement, and how scientists can be supported to be more successful when they reach out to communities, youth, policymakers and other audiences. In addition to research, her job involves academic teaching and short training courses. Follow her on Twitter @marinajoubert
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Director of Research Policy & Support, University of Kent, UK.
Simon has been a research manager and administrator for over 25 years, the past nine leading the research office at Kent where he has had responsibility for all aspects of the research support including pre-award, post-award, information, strategy, assessment and governance. He is now head of profession for research management and administration at Kent.
He has a passion for research management and administration (RMA) as a profession and leads the INORMS (International Network of Research Management Societies) RAAAP (Research Administration as a Profession) Task Force that is collecting longitudinal data about the profession. He holds many other national and international affiliations, with acronyms that he would be happy to explain, including:
Simon was an author of Metric Tide report and holds a professional doctorate in Electronic Research Administration.
A single university course on Popularization of Science changed PhD student Heidi Kinnunen’s life in 1997. Heidi realized that scientific endeavors are important only if the information is transferred to the society. She completed her PhD thesis about agricultural ecology in 1999, but was still intrigued by knowledge transfer processes. Heidi worked several years at the University of Helsinki’s Natural History Museum promoting its research in the media, managing HR and finances, and negotiating corporate sponsors for her employer.
In her present post as a senior advisor at University of Helsinki’s Research Services and as the deputy head of the Business Collaborations Heidi has been building close relationships between the academia and industry. In 2018 she and her coworkers published a paper about academic consultancy practices in universities and suggested that higher education institutions should pay attention to researchers’ incentives in industry collaborations.
Heidi has provided academia –industry co-operation trainings for staff of several universities e.g. Jagiellonnian University and University of Dubai. In 2019, she produced a video course for her own university in order to guide scientists for finding industrial research partners and negotiate agreements. In addition, Heidi can be seen in University of Glasgow’s MOOC Research Impact, Making a Difference by FutureLearn, where she explains how innovations hubs work.
In addition to her work at the University of Helsinki, Heidi is the CEO of Finnwards Oy, a company advising international talents in organizing their life abroad. Heidi’s interest in foreign workers’ input to their host countries’ economy binds her two posts together on intellectual level.
Erika Kraemer-Mbula is a professor of economics at the College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, where she heads the DST/NRF/Newton Fund trilateral chair in transformative innovation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and sustainable development. She holds a master’s degree in science and technology policy from the Science and Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex), and a doctorate in development studies from the University of Oxford. She specialises in science, technology, and innovation policy analysis and innovation systems in connection to equitable and sustainable development. Kraemer-Mbula is a member of various international research networks, such as the Open African Innovation Research (OpenAIR), and the Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics). She is visiting professor at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. One of recent publications: Kraemer-Mbula, E., Tijssen, R., Wallace, M. L., & McClean, R. (2020). Transforming research excellence: new ideas from the Global South.
Albert is an experienced engineer, accomplished entrepreneur, innovative educator and a well-respected humanitarian worker. His research interests include robot-assisted search and rescue systems, emergency engineering, appropriate technologies for humanitarian relief, and emergency water and sanitation systems.
Albert was the first Hong Kong engineer to join Medecins Sans Frontiers’ field missions in 2000. He volunteered in South Sudan during the civil war, Uzbekistan during 911, Indonesia during the South Asia Tsunami, Pakistan during the Kashmir earthquake, and Sichuan during the Wenchuan earthquake. Albert has also served as board members and advisors for major international relief organizations, including MSF and Red Cross. Throughout his career, Albert has travelled to over 100 cities in 25 countries.
Albert co-founded INSIGHT Robotics with 2 friends in 2009 and developed world’s most accurate wildfire detection robot to protect valuable natural resources. The Company now has over 50 staff from 12 nationalities based in 5 offices around the globe. IBM named INSIGHT Robotics as Global Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 for its cutting-edge technology and social contributions.
In 2006, he solo-cycled 2000 km alone across the Qinghai-Tibet plateau to raise $200,000 for Medecins Sans Frontiers. Prior to the Sichuan Earthquake, Albert organized the first “Emergency Engineering” course in 2006 with HK Institution of Engineers to prepare young engineers for demanding emergency relief operations work. Some of the participants later contributed to the relief work in Sichuan. “Advanced Emergency Engineering” was organized the following year.
Albert is keen in promoting volunteerism and global citizenship to younger generations. He joined CEDARS in 2009 and shared his extensive NGO network and relief experience to support Service-Learning activities in HKU. To date his team has supported over 18000 students serving more than 92000 people through 600 projects worldwide.
In 2017, Albert joined Lingnan University and developed Hong Kong’s first liberal arts entrepreneurship programme during the first 4 months in his new office. The Programme is now benefiting over 2500 students and community members every year. Albert teaches “Policy and Technology for Rural Sustainability” and “Humanitarian Entrepreneurship for Global Grand Challenges”. His courses, that emphasize team teaching and interdisciplinary learning, aims to stimulate students to apply design and innovation methods for solving social and humanitarian problems. In less than 12 months, Albert established research and teaching partnership with world-class universities - d.school at Stanford, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, D-Lab at MIT and Lehigh University.
Dr. Reiner Kruecken was appointed Deputy Director, Research of TRIUMF in June 2018 after serving as Head of the Science Division from February 2011 and as Deputy Director since August 2015. Dr. Kruecken also holds an appointment as Professor of Physics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Kruecken has been a member of numerous national and international review panels, advisory committees, and editorial boards.
Kruecken is an internationally recognized expert in nuclear physics with a broad research interest in the structure and dynamics of atomic nucei, the origin of the heavy chemical elements in the universe, neutrinoless double beta decay and applications of nuclear physics methods and technologies towards health and societal benefits.
Before joining TRIUMF and UBC in 2011 he held the chair for Experimental Physics of Hadrons and Nuclei at the Technical University Munich, Germany. Kruecken received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Cologne in 1995. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he moved to Yale University in 1997 where he was an Assistant Professor at the Physics Department and the A.W. Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory until he moved to Munich in 2002.
Dr. Hok Bun KU got his PhD from the department of anthropology and sociology at SOAS, University of London. He is associate professor, panel chair of sociology, program leader of Doctor in Social Work in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also honorable professor at the China Youth University for Political Sciences. He is the director of the Peking U-PolyU Social Work Research Center and China Research and Development Network. He is chief editor of China Journal of Social Work and associate editor of Action Research.
He was Fulbright Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and Senior Research Fellow at Durham University in UK. He has been an honorable professor at the Minzu University of China, Yunnan University, Sun Yat-sen University in China, and Shandong Youth University for Political Sciences. He has also been visiting scholar at the Central China Agriculture University and Taiwan National Central University, York University in Toronto.
Dr. Ku heavily engages in practice and action research in China. He endeavors to advocate the participatory research methodology. He has been involved in China’s rural development for about 20 years and has written extensively on topics related to rural development, cultural politics, participatory design, social exclusion and marginality, and social work education.
Professor Wendy Larner is Provost at Victoria University of Wellington and President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. She completed a BSocSci at Waikato (1983), MA (First Class Hons) at Canterbury (1989), and her PhD as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada (1997). She has held academic positions at the University of Waikato (NZ), University of Auckland (NZ), and University of Bristol (UK). She has also been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (US), Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary University, London (UK), and a Guest Professor at the University of Frankfurt (Germany).
Wendy’s research is in the interdisciplinary fields of globalisation, governance and gender. She has published over 80 refereed articles and book chapters, nine monographs, edited collections and special issues, and delivered over 100 invited lectures/keynote addresses across four continents. She has served as a panelist for the NZ Performance Based Research Fund, UK Research Excellence Framework, and German Universities Excellence Initiative. In 2019/20, Wendy served as a member of the National Review Panel for the NZ Performance Based Research Fund and she is currently a Main Panel member for the UK Research Excellence Framework.
Wendy is a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), a Fellow of the New Zealand Geographical Society, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Medal, and New Zealand’s Women of Influence Award for Innovation and Science.
Derk Loorbach is director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker in and outside Europe.
Professor Rasigan Maharajh is an activist scholar and served as the national coordinator of Science and Technology Policy Transition Project for South Africa between 1995 and 1997. Following his deployment as Head of Policy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, he is currently the founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation based at Tshwane University of Technology since 2004. Besides this designation, he is concurrently Professor Extraordinary of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology of Stellenbosch University, the Node Head of the DSI/NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, and a Ministerial Representative to the Council of Rhodes University. Professor Maharajh holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Research Policy Institute of Lund University and is also an alumnus of the University of Natal and Harvard Business School. His research focuses on the political economy of knowledge, science, technology, and innovation.
Paul Manners is Associate Professor in Public Engagement at the University of the West of England, and a founding Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). The NCCPE was established in 2008 to support universities to embed innovative approaches to involving the public in their work.
Paul oversees the NCCPE’s coordination of a range of culture change and capacity building projects. He has a particular interest in approaches to supporting organisational change, partnership working, impact assessment and innovation in engagement. He is a member of a number of advisory groups, including the Sciencewise Steering Group. He is regularly called on to provide expert advice or facilitation by policy makers and funders, and to lead high level strategic conversations within universities, working with senior management teams to help them assess their options and to develop appropriate plans for change.
Paul has a Master’s in Education, and a long track record designing and delivering engagement and culture change projects for organisations including the BBC, where he worked for 18 years. He trained as a secondary English teacher and after teaching in London for five years, joined the BBC at the Open University as a producer of educational television and multimedia, where he worked for 12 years. His credits include the long running BBC2 series, ‘Rough Science’. He then joined BBC Learning as an executive producer, responsible for a number of broadcast-led public engagement campaigns, including the People’s War project, gathering tens of thousands personal reminiscences about WWII into an online archive; and projects with the Natural History Unit, to inspire public involvement with nature. He is chair of the National Trust’s advisory group on Collections and Interpretation.
Dr Phethiwe Matutu is the Group Executive: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships of the NRF. She has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and spent 16 years in academia at various institutions including Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University and UCT. She worked at the Department of Science and Technology for nine years, where she was as Chief Director: Human Capital and Science Promotion (HC&SP), overseeing human capital development (HCD) related entities, the drafting of legislation, guiding documents and the implementation of HCD & SP programmes. At the National Research Foundation Dr Matutu has led the development of key Planning documents for the organisation including: the NRF Vision 2030 and its five year implementation plan, Strategy 2025, and Strategic Partnerships Strategy. She is leading the development of the ‘NRF Framework to Advance the Societal and Knowledge Impact of Research’. Under her leadership the NRF she has seen the online register of grants integrated in the business intelligence (BI) systems, leading to the soaring of the numbers of the NRF BI systems users.
Dr Matutu has served as a member of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC-SA); was a Ministerial appointee in the Council of Walter Sisulu University, Ministerial Task Team responsible for drafting the Implementation Plan of the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training; is a member of the Department of Higher Education and Training Creative Outputs Reviews Panel, and Advisory Board of National Graduate Academy of Mathematics and Statistics.
Sioux McKenna’s research projects focus on who gets access to knowledge in the academy and whose knowledge is valued. She is also interested in how the norms and values of disciplines emerge as literacy practices. She has a growing focus on postgraduate studies and the nature of research environments. She is the project manager of a number of international research projects funded by NUFFIC and the EU (Erasmus +). Sioux has benefitted enormously from such collaborations but has also become increasingly aware of how global disparities of power play out in the structuring of such collaborations bringing a need for mutual criticality and kindness.
Barend van der Meulen is a full professor of Institutional Aspects of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente. He has over 25 years of experience in policy studies on higher education and science. His research is on the dynamics of higher education and science policy and related policy instruments. Recent research includes projects on the Future of Universities, academic careers and the organization of challenge-driven research. Barend van der Meulen's publications have examined various aspects of the Dutch university system, the 'Europeanization' of science, research evaluation, the role of forecasts and prognoses, and higher education 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, and member of the advisory board of AESIS. He has advised the Parliament and international governments on issues of higher education and science policy. He was an 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.
I am a data scientist within the National Research Foundation (NRF) and manage the unit that is responsible for a variety of information and analysis projects which includes a number of Business Intelligence systems. I am heading up the development of the Research and Development Information Platform, which will be evolved to be a comprehensive R&D data hub, a single point of entry to obtain and disseminate R&D data and analysis within the South African National System of Innovation. It will include data from the NRF, higher education institutions and science councils. I have exposure to the development of impact strategies and am part of the team developing the NRF’s Impact Framework. Impact assessment methodologies are key to our framework.
I hold an BCom degree from the University of Pretoria and also have completed a Management Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School as well as a Leadership Development Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria).
During my career at the NRF I have served as the Grant Director responsible for the roll-out and management of the South African Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence programmes. My skills and experience have allowed me to understand the South African National System of Innovation and to interpret the data generated within the system, providing me with the ability to develop systems that can provide valuable information to support strategy development and implementation
Sarah has been working on evidence to action for 19 years. She is internationally recognised for developing innovative approaches to ensure decision-makers have access to the best evidence for taking organisations, policies, and practices forward. Sarah pioneered a participatory approach using contribution analysis to understand impact, and this is the basis of her company Matter of Focus. She cut her KE teeth at the pioneering Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, broadened understanding of the interaction between research, policy and practice through research and practice work with UNICEF, What Work Scotland and others, and worked alongside organisations to use evidence for improving services for the families and communities they serve (with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Starcatchers, The Scottish Book Trust, Shelter Scotland and others).
Sarah developed a research impact assessment framework based on contribution analysis and has used it to carry out 7 independent impact assessments, including 14 case studies, of research centres and initiatives across 8 countries around the world.
Sarah’s background is in social sciences and participation with a degree in Sociology, Masters in Community Education and Social Policy by Research, and a PhD in Social Policy- looking at research impact and how it can be assessed. Prior to KE work she held networking, policy development and research roles in the voluntary sector and spent ten years tutoring adult learners in community settings and with the Open University. She worked in Knowledge exchange at the University of Edinburgh from 2001-2017.
Sarah has 2 grownup children and can be found swimming in the sea all year round, gardening and making music in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Professor Johann Mouton is professor in the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University, and director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and STI Policy. He is on the editorial board of 5 international journals including the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Science and Public Policy, Science, Technology and Society and Minerva. He has authored or co-authored 10 monographs including Understanding social research (1996), The practice of social research (2002, with E Babbie) and How to succeed in your Masters and doctoral studies (2001). He has also edited or co-edited 9 books, published 90 articles in peer reviewed journals and chapters in books, written more than 100 contract and technical reports and given more than 200 papers at national and international conferences and seminars. He has presented more than 60 workshops on research methodology and post-graduate supervision and supervised 82 doctoral and master’s students over the past twenty years. He has received two prizes from the Academy for Science and Arts in South Africa including one for his contribution to the promotion of research methodology in South Africa. In 2012 he was elected to the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
His main research interests are the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, higher education knowledge production, sociology of science, scientometrics and science policy studies.
Buyinza Mukadasi is a Professor and Director of Research and Graduate Training, Makerere University where he is in charge of institutional research and graduate training in the University. He holds a PhD qualification in Forest Management from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. He has over 20 years’ experience of University research and teaching in the field of Forestry and Natural Resource Economics. He has supervised over 100 graduate students at Master’s and Doctorate levels in addition to mentoring many of them. He is a member of many professional bodies. He has directed more than 20 institutional research projects as a principal investigator, Co-Principal investigator or a collaborator on many multi-institutional grant projects. He has managed many institutional high volume research programmes and initiatives including the the train training partnership programmes funded by the Swedish government, the Norwegian Development Agency and Norwegian Government, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Welcome Trust, European Union, among others. He has built a very strong international network of collaborations in research administration and he is a member of the Society for Research Administration International. His research interests are in the fields of forest economics, ecosystem health and community livelihoods where he has published widely. He has authored 4 books, more than 100 publications in International Referred journals. He the immediate former Chairperson of the Board of Management of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa; served as the Chairperson, Board of Directors of the National Forestry Authority since 2007 - 2014.
Dr Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura has 20 years of experience in international development with a special focus on Policy Analysis, Strategic Planning, Climate Change, Forestry, Gender, Agriculture Development and Land Tenure and Property Rights. She has worked with the public sector, private sector and international non-profits in various capacities as Team Leader, Consultant, Coordinator, Manager and Executive Director. She is currently a Senior International Consultant supporting several UN Agencies on Environment, Land Tenure, Climate Change, Gender, Strategy and Policy. Until February 2019, Evelyn was the Regional Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute for Africa, where she managed operations for the Centre across Africa and staff of 20 professionals working across 23 countries to improve continental approaches for achieving environmental and sustainable development.
Evelyn holds a joint PhD in Public Policy from Indiana University, Bloomington, with majors in environmental policy, political theory and methods, and public policy. In addition, she holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Development (with distinction) from the Australian National University and a BSc (Honors) in Forestry from Makerere University, Uganda. Evelyn is the 2018/2019 Great Lakes Regional and Country Winner of CEO Global's Most Influential Women in Business and Government.
Fulufhelo Nelwamondo is the CEO of the National Research Foundation of South Africa. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, with specialisation in Computational Intelligence from the University of the Witwatersrand. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and was the youngest South African to receive the prestigious Harvard-South Africa Fellowship. Fulufhelo is a registered Professional Engineer, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), a senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), amongst others.
Prior to his current role, he held executive positions at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and has served in several Boards, Councils, Ministerial Task Teams and Advisory committees. Fulufhelo is passionate about the Fourth Industrial Revolution, particularly in the potential impact its research and technologies can bring in the advancement of humankind, thereby addressing the social ills of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
He has been a recipient of many awards, for his contribution to Science, Engineering and Technology. In 2017, he was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver, the highest civilian honour bestowed by the President of the Republic of South Africa. Fulufhelo has worked in areas of advanced modelling, information security, data science, and artificial intelligence, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg’s Institute of Intelligent Systems
Mahama Ouedraogo holds a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He served as acting Director of the Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development and Executive Secretary of the African Union Scientific Technical and Research commission before heading the science and Technology division at the AUC. He is currently the director of the department Human resources science and Technology (HRST), of the African Union Commission. In these capacities he oversees the implementation of various African Union decisions on Science and technology, including the Science Technology and Innovation strategy for Africa (STISA-2024), the continental education strategy, and the flagship programs such as the Pan African University, the Pan African virtual University and the outer space project. For the past 6 years he has been contributing towards the African Space Policy and Strategy which were adopted by the African Head of States and Government in January 2016, and the current focus is on the development of the governance for the effective implementation of this continental space policy. Under his purview is the African Observatory for Science Technology and Innovation based in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
Dr. Alan Paic is Senior Policy Analyst in the Science and Technology Policy (STP) Division, within the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Dr. Paic is in charge of various aspects of science and innovation policy, notably open access to data for science, technology and innovation, Innovation Policy Reviews for non-member countries, and international cooperation in research and innovation for sustainable development. Alan also acts as observer in the Global Partnership for Artificial intelligence. Prior to this position, Alan has worked as a strategy consultant in the private sector, and as a particle physicist at CERN. Alan holds a Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of Neuchatel, and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.
Patricia Paskov is an Impact Evaluation Analyst at the World Bank’s Bureaucracy Lab, which promotes the use of evidence and technology in public administration. Patricia co-manages EU Measuring and Evaluating Determinants of Public Administration Productivity, a cross-country initiative that seeks to empirically understand the personnel determinants of, and mechanisms influencing, public administration productivity across five EU Member States. Patricia completed her Masters degree in Economics at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and her undergraduate degree in Applied Economics at The University of Wisconsin. Previously, she worked with the World Bank’s Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit; Africa Gender Innovation Lab; Innovations for Poverty Action Peru; and an IGC-funded initiative aimed to decrease corruption and increase productivity of public sector personnel in Paraguay.
Dr Angus Paterson is the Managing Director of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. Angus completed a PhD in Ichthyology in 1998 during which he also undertook a three year major in Management. After his PhD he spent six years in the environmental consulting sector where he was promoted to Operational Director of Coastal & Environmental Services one of the larger independent environmental consultancies in South Africa. During this period he worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2006 Dr Paterson returned to the science fold to manage and establish the Coastal Node of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). His tenure at SAEON resulted in one of the most comprehensive long term environmental monitoring sites in the southern hemisphere being established. During his time at SAEON Angus also restructured the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) and established the ACEP Phuhlisa transformation programme. In 2010 Angus was promoted to Managing Director of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity as sister facility to SAEON. Angus is currently directing SAIAB, ACEP and ACEP Phuhlisa and plays an active role in policy development at the National Research Foundation through the Impact and Research Agenda working groups.
Dr Lino Paula, Social Sciences and Humanities Unit, European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA). Dr Paula is Head of Sector Social Sciences at the scientific department of the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA). In this capacity he is responsible for contributing to the management and execution of calls for proposals, evaluations, selection and monitoring of projects in the framework of the Excellence programme of Horizon2020.
Before joining the ERCEA, he was team leader and policy officer at the Research & Innovation Directorate-General (DG RTD) of the European Commission. His responsibilities involved EU policies in the area of Bioeconomy, the activities of the Science with and for Society programme and the activities of the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) programme.
He previously held positions at various Universities in the Netherlands and at the Rathenau Institute (Dutch national institute for technology assessment) and worked on many international projects and studies pertaining to the governance of the life sciences, in particular focusing on bioethics and public/stakeholder engagement in policy. He holds degrees in Chemistry (M.Sc., Leiden University), Ethics (M.A., Sheffield University) and Science and Technology Studies (Ph.D., Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).
Willie Pearson, Jr. is Professor, School of History and Sociology (HSOC), Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining HSOC as Chair in July 2001, he was Wake Forest University Professor of Sociology and Adjunct in Medical Education, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Board, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; currently, he serves on the Advisory Committee, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Pearson has served on advisory boards and committees at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Graduate Records Examination Board (GRE), and the National Research Council/National Academies. He is the author and co-author of eight books and monographs. The most recent is Social Justice and Education for 21st Century: Research from South Africa and the United States (Co-Editor, V. Reddy, 2021).
Mamokgethi (Kgethi) Phakeng began her term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on 1 July 2018. She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a highly regarded B1 NRF-rated scientist with over 60 research papers and five edited volumes published. In July 2019 the University of Bristol conferred on her an Honorary Doctorate in Science in recognition of her leadership role in mathematics education in South Africa. She has won numerous awards for her research and community work, including the Order of the Baobab (Silver) conferred on her by the President of South Africa in April 2016. Kgethi is founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation (www.adopt-a-learner.com), a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.
Associate-Professor David Priilaid is the head of the Section for Applied Management in the School of Management Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Priilaid convenes the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship – an action learning programme now in its 27th year of operation, with over 1000 alumni. At UCT’s Graduate School of Business, he teaches on the Hospitality Leadership Programme and the Post Graduate Diploma in Wine Business Management.
He is the author of Creativity Explained - from Music and Art to Innovation in Business (2018), a book which calls for the integration of artistic practices within commerce and entrepreneurship.
He has published mostly in the fields of entrepreneurial strategy and consumer behavior within the wine and food management space. Recent papers have featured in Food Quality and Preference, the British Food Journal, the International Journal of Wine Business Research and the Journal of Hospitality and Tourist Management.
His PhD focussed on non-linear pricing techniques in the valuation of South African wine brands.
Daya Reddy completed bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in engineering at the Universities of Cape Town and Cambridge, respectively. He currently holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics at the University of Cape Town. He was a founder member in 2003 of AIMS, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, which is now a pan-African network with centres in five African countries. He is actively involved in bodies that work towards strengthening the scientific enterprise and at the science-society-policy nexus. He served terms as President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and as co-chair of the policy arm of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP). Daya Reddy is currently President of the International Science Council, the largest representative non-governmental scientific organization globally, which catalyses international scientific collaboration and convenes scientific and policy expertise, advice and influence on issues of major concern to science and society. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. Daya Reddy is a recipient of the Award for Research Distinction of the South African Mathematical Society, the Order of Mapungubwe, awarded by the President of South Africa for distinguished contributions to science, and of the Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Lauren Rickards is a Professor in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. A geographer by training with degrees from the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford, she leads the Climate Change Transformations research program in the Centre for Urban Research and a cross-university interdisciplinary platform on Urban Futures. Lauren is also a co-director of the Climate Change Exchange and a lead author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and conducts a range of research into the social complexities of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. This includes research on the relationships between climate change, sustainable development, research and universities. With Wendy Steele, she is the author of a forthcoming book with Palgrave Macmillan The Sustainable Development Goals and Higher Education: A Transformative Agenda? and an influential report on how we need to rethink research impact for the climate change era, Research Impact as Ethos.
Roseann O'Reilly Runte is the President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She has led a number of universities in Canada and the U.S. and has played a role in the economic development of the regions in which they were located. A member of the board of a number of businesses including the National Bank of Canada, LifeNet and Jean Coutu, she has also served as President of the Canadian Commission for UNECO, of the Foundation for International Training and as a member of the executive of the Club of Rome and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has been a member of the Virginia Industrial National Development Authority, the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding Integration Center, the Ontario Québec Private Sector Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board for SunGard SGT. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
Dr Emma Salgård Cunha is Project Lead for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) at Cambridge Enterprise. Emma works to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the Cambridge humanities research community. She leads initiatives to enable AHSS researchers to create societal benefit through commercialisation, including by supporting early-stage social enterprises and mission-led ventures.
Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Emma was College Lecturer at Keble College, Oxford and at Middlebury College’s Oxford-based Humanities Programme. She has previously held roles in outreach and public engagement at the University of Cambridge, and also worked as a consultant with the Higher Education Access Network, an EdTech social enterprise.
A literary historian by training, Emma holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and continues to publish actively in the field. Her monograph John Wesley, Practical Divinity and the Defence of Literature was published in 2019. She is a Trustee of the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies and co-founder of the Cambridge Good Death project.
Diana Sanchez Betancourt is a Chief Researcher at the HSRC. She did her Masters at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies Uppsala University in Sweden. She is an International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) World Social Science Fellow on sustainable urbanisation since 2012, and is a co-founder of the citizen-based urban movement Open Streets Cape Town.
Her career started working for the Colombian Government (her home country) monitoring multi-stakeholder collaborative mechanisms to assist populations at risk in conflict areas. Some of her recent work includes; thematic leader of the citizen engagement governance work stream for National Treasury piloting mechanisms to improve community engagement and service delivery in South African cities; Implementing a collaborative (municipality & community) Community Scorecard Process with the City of Cape Town to improve the provision of Water and Electricity; ethnographic field work coordinator for the Safer and Inclusive Cities programme on social Cohesion and safety (comparative project South Africa - Brazil) and thematic coordinator for two inter-continental learning alliances (on Citizen Oversight and Human Rights) for the UK funded Evidence and Lessons from Latin America Programme- ELLA.
ISMAIL SERAGELDIN, is the Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria, and the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt, which he established from 2001-2017. Previously he held many international positions including VP of the World Bank (1993–2000). He serves on many academic, research, scientific, cultural and international committees.
He has published over 100 books and monographs and over 500 papers on many topics. A graduate of Cairo University, he holds a PhD from Harvard University, and has been a professor at the College de France. He has received 40 (forty) honorary doctorates.
He received many awards including: Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun (2008); Knight of the French Legion of Honor (2008); and is Commander of the Order of Arts & Letters of France (2011); and the Public Welfare Medal of the US National Academy of Sciences, (2011); as well as many other awards.
Tobin (Toby) Smith oversees matters related to science and innovation policy, broader impacts of science, and AAU’s international activities. He shares responsibility for matters concerning research costs and other regulatory and compliance issues, including facilities and administrative costs, export controls, scientific openness and security, public access to research results, and technology transfer. He also staffs the AAU Senior Research Officers (SRO) constituent group.
Toby previously worked as a federal relations representative for the University of Michigan and for MIT. He began his career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Congressman Bob Traxler (D-MI).
Toby serves on the Advisory Board of the International Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS); is a member of the Council of Experts for the NSF sponsored Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS); and is co-chair of Engaging Scientists in Engineers in Policy (ESEP), an ad hoc alliance of organizations focused on helping scientists and engineers to effectively engage in the policy making process at all levels of government.
Toby writes and speaks widely on issues of science policy. He is the co-author of a 2008 book on national science policy titled, Beyond Sputnik – U.S. Science Policy in the 21st Century. He is active in AAAS where he is honorific fellow and officer of the Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering section (Section X). He also serves as a member of the AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPP).
Toby holds a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies (BGS) from the University of Michigan.
Robert-Jan Smits is the President of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Prior to this, he was from 2018-2019 the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission, based at the European political Strategy Centre (EPSC) of the European Commission. In this capacity, he has proposed concrete policy recommendations (plan S) to ensure that all publicly funded scientific publications are available in Open Access.
Before this, he was from 2010-2018 the Director- General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission. In this capacity he was responsible for defining and implementing the EU policy and programmes in the field of research and innovation (average annual budget 8 billion euro). Mr Smits was one of the main architects and negotiators of Horizon 2020, the 80 billion EU programme for science and innovation (2014-2020). He also played a key role in the design of Horizon Europe, the successor programme (2021- 2027) with a 100 billion euro budget. Mr Smits has been instrumental in the development of several policy initiatives in the field of European science and innovation such as: the European Research Council (ERC), the European Roadmap for large scale facilities, Public-Private Partnerships in research, the Innovation Union, the European Research Area (ERA) and Open Science.
Mr. Smits has received several recognitions and awards for his contribution to European science and innovation, including an honorary degree from Edinburgh University (2016), a life-time achievements award from EuroScience (2016), the Academy Medal from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017), the Excellence in Global Science award in South-Africa (2017), the Medal of Honour from KU Leuven (2018), and the Gold Medal from Academia Europaea (2018). He was in “Nature’s 10: Ten people who mattered this year (2018) “ and is a recipient of the Spark Innovator award (2019). Mr. Smits is an honorary member of Academia Europaea and of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen.
Himla Soodyall is the Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). She is a Research Professor in Human Genetics at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and was Principal Medical Scientist at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) previously. Soodyal has done ground-breaking genetic research into the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa in which her studies have identified some of the oldest DNA found in living people today, adding weight to the theory that modern humans evolved in the area now known as southern Africa.
Professor Crain Soudien is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a former deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town, where he remains an emeritus professor in Education and African Studies. His publications in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture include four books, four edited collections and over 200 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters, including a 2017 publication entitled Nelson Mandela: Comparative Perspectives of his Significance for Education.
He is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organisations and is chairperson of the Independent Examinations Board, former chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, a former president of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and has served as the chair of three Ministerial Committees of Enquiry, including the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education and the Ministerial Committee to Evaluate Textbooks for Discrimination.
He is a fellow of a number of local and international academies and serves on the boards of a number of cultural, heritage, education and civil society structures.
Sibylle Studer is Head of Project Methods at the Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net) of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and part of the TdLab team at ETH Zurich.
She is responsible for the td-net web portal for co-producing knowledge that contains tools & methods to jointly develop ways to impact, amongst others. In the realm of the SHAPE-ID project, she is involved in developing a toolkit on inter- and transdisciplinary research, with a special focus on the integration of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. As co-initiator of the emerging ITD-Alliance Working Group on Toolkits & Methods, she aims to globally link communities that develop and apply tools and methods for collaborative modes of boundary crossing research and practice.
Sibylle Studer studied Social Anthropology, Management&Economics und International Relations at the University of Zurich with field visits in Togo and Bolivia. After having completed her PhD in Nonprofit Management at the Center for Philanthropy of the University of Basel, she was involved in transdisciplinary research for the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER CREST) and worked in interdisciplinary teams at Interface Policy studies Research Consulting. She has been involved in research, evaluation, consulting, continuous education and teaching projects.
Dr Trevor Stuthridge joined AgResearch as Research Director in May 2019, where he leads its overall science engine with a focus on science and innovation strategy; building a culture of innovation excellence; bringing together national/international collaborations; and implementing transformative scientific & infrastructural projects that meet the rapidly changing future science needs of the New Zealand and global agricultural sectors. He has served as Chair/Director for >10 Boards and as strategic advisor for 12 industry/academic research consortia since 2010. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia and University of Toronto.
After gaining First Class Honors in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a statistician consultant before developing mathematical models or plant growth. His work on the computer aspects of this led into broader applications of IT in education and research, and 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.
In May 2017 he was appointed the first Executive Chair of Research England, a new council established as part of UK Research and Innovation, alongside the seven disciplinary Research Councils and the UK Innovation Agency. Research England is biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange. In UKRI he has particular responsibilities for Place (Regional Funding), Commercialisation and Open Science
David has been invited to visit many countries to advise on research assessment and funding, particularly with respect to research impact. He is also co-chair of the Implementation Task Force for Plan S, the international initiative on full and immediate open access to research publications.
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.
Pauline is Chief Operating Officer at Celligenics Pte. Ltd., responsible for managing key operations of the company, ranging from research and product development, to corporate and business development.
Simultaneously, she serves as Chairperson of the Singapore Business Federation SME Council’s Subcommittee for Technology, Innovation and Productivity.
Prior to this, Dr. Tay helmed the Innovation and Enterprise Directorate at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, as Senior Deputy Director, formulating and implementing strategies and programmes to catalyse innovation and enterprise development through technology. The Directorate’s scope included designing policies and schemes to catalyse innovation and facilitate the translation of research into impactful outcomes. Initiatives range from support of early innovation coming out of universities, formation and growth of hi-tech startups, facilitation of research collaboration and technology adoption by industry, and talent development programmes. Since assuming the role, Dr. Tay spearheaded many key signature milestones in the Singapore tech ecosystem, e.g. founded SWITCH (the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology), ESVFIII corporate venture funds with LLEs, Industry-Alignment Fund (e.g. Corp Labs, Tech Consortia, NMRC-IIT/CTG), deep tech accelerators and venture-builders (e.g. SGInnovate, NRF-Temasek investment vehicle Xora), National BioAccelerator Initiative, Central Gap Funding, National Lean Launchpad, Singapore Biodesign, DxD Hub, NAMIC, etc. Dr. Tay also managed Political Office Holders’ (e.g. Permanent Secretaries, Ministers and Deputy Prime Minister) international engagement with tech ecosystems and luminaries. She worked across multiple stakeholders in public and private sector to develop and implement programmes and was a key Foreign Affairs liaison for innovation, science and technology matters.
Before this, Dr. Tay headed the Healthcare cluster at Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) for 4 years, providing technology scouting services and advice to the industry. With a PhD in Stem Cell Biology, 8 years of collective R&D experience at a stem cell start-up, Osaka School of Medicine and the A*STAR Institute of Medical Biology, Dr. Tay has an extensive network with local and overseas research, technology and enterprise communities. Before that, she started her career as a training consultant at the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB), followed by another 3 years of research administration at the National Science and Technology Board which became the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
Prof. Nelson Torto is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology in Botswana. He is the former Executive Director of The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) and the former Chancellor of ABM University College in Botswana. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI). He was also the the Founding Director of the Centre for Scientific Research Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation (CesriKi) at the University of Botswana. He has had an illustrious academic and research career and has graduated 19 PhDs during his tenure at the University of Botswana and Rhodes University in South Africa. Professor Torto has given keynote, plenary and colloquia address as an invited guest all over the world. He has had several advisory responsibilities globally, including for Falling Walls, Grand Challenges Africa, Science Granting Council Initiative, Swedish foundation for international cooperation in research and higher education, Wellcome, African Union Commission, Next Einstein Forum, World Meteorological Organization. He has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Lund University in Sweden, MSc Analytical Chemistry from the University of Botswana, and a BSc Chemistry from the Chemistry School of Hons of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in the United Kingdom. He is a recipient of several awards, including the American Chemical Society Young Separation Science Award and is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the Botswana Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.
As Founder and CEO of Vertigo Ventures (VV), Laura Tucker leads the strategy and growth of the company. Laura founded VV in 2009 and led the development of the company’s flagship product, VV-Impact Tracker, which is now used by leading international research institutions globally, to identify, measure and report the impact of their research. Laura regularly contributes to the global impact agenda though co-writing official impact papers and speaking at conferences worldwide. For example, previously, UK's HEFCE commissioned VV to publish a 'Collecting Impact Evidence' best practice guide, and in 2018, Laura has presented at the EARMA and NCURA conferences in Brussels and Washington respectively, as well as at Times Higher Education (THE) Summits around the world.
Professor Heidi van Rooyen is the Group Executive of the Impact Centre at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. She is also currently the acting Deputy CEO for Research at the HSRC. Her 28-year professional career spans government, higher education, and the science council environments. Heidi is a social scientist and clinical psychologist holding an honorary professorship from the University of the Witwatersrand, a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and its Standing Committee on Health, and one of a few social-behavioural scientists recently appointed to the Revised Ministerial Advisory Committee to advise the South African Government on Covid-19. She is an internationally recognised and accomplished scholar with a NRF B rating and sits on various leading groups tasked with addressing key regional and global HIV prevention and development issues. Her research work has addressed HIV risks and vulnerabilities as well as the broader contexts and inequalities that shape this risk, the influence of sexual orientation and gender identity as social determinants of health, and issues of race and identity.
Prof Zeblon Zenzele Vilakazi is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand. He joined Wits University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Postgraduate Affairs in 2014. His previous appointments include Group Executive for Research and Development at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) in 2011, while also serving as the Director of iThemba LABS – a position he has held since January 2007. He also holds an Honorary Professorship in the Department of Physics at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Vilakazi has served as a chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Standing Advisory Committee on Nuclear Applications from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the Programme Advisory Committee for Nuclear Physics at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Russia and a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Working Group for Nuclear Physics. In 2010, he was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. He has more than 300 refereed articles in Nuclear and High Energy Physics and is a regular invitee for talks and presentations at leading international conferences and seminars.
Garry is the Chairman of Nga Uri o te Ngahere Trust, and Founder / National coordinator of te Kohimarama – a whenua Māori network operating in 4 regions across Aotearoa / NZ comprising around 185,000 ha of Māori owned land. He is of Ngaitai [Tainui] / Tuhoe decent.
Garry specialises in Mātauranga Māori and is a member of the MBIE College of Assessors. As a Research Director he has over 35 years’ experience working with indigenous communities, both in Aotearoa and internationally, and in te Taiao / ethno ecological research within the science community. He specialises in the use and application Rongoa Māori, in Eco-system restoration and protection and nutraceutical product development. The Trust co-owns Trinity Bioactive Ltd
Garry leads a Green House Gas emission / Climate Change research programme in Aotearoa which is leading rural Māori community research on Global warming impacts. He has led multiple Crown funded research programmes, building capacity and capability across CRI and Universities who engage in trans-cultural research delivery. In recent years has focus has begun shifting to Mana Rangatahi programmes, building succession planning and science careers for Māori youth, linked directly to CRI.
Paul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciencs at Leiden University. He has a Masters in biochemistry (Free University of Amsterdam, 1977) and a PhD in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999). 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). 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) and has since published in the journal.
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. His PhD thesis is titled "The Citation Culture" (1999). 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 2 research programmes 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). The experiences and insights gained in the VKS were condensed in Virtual Knowledge. Experimenting in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a collection edited in collaboration with Anne Beaulieu, Andrea Scharnhorst and Sally Wyatt (MIT Press 2013).
Professor Ian Wright is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at University of Canterbury. Ian has a significant research career, coupled with extensive experience in research and technological leadership and executive management, having previously worked at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand. His research has included study on submarine arc volcanism, submarine hydrothermal venting, carbon capture and storage, and seafloor methane emissions. At NIWA he was the Centre Leader for Coasts and Oceans, and then spent eight years at the UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC) / University of Southampton. At NOC, he was the Director of Science and Technology, and a member of the UK Natural Environment Research Council Science and Innovation Board. At NOC he led groups across all facets of marine science, including global scaled ocean modelling, underwater autonomous vehicle development, and chemical micro-sensor development, and satellite oceanography. Many facets of this research engaged with innovation and commercialisation with UK and European business including satellite observing, operational oceanography, environmental monitoring, and emerging carbon storage operators.
Since 2016 Professor Wright is responsible for research and innovation at the University of Canterbury, and sits on a number of New Zealand National Science Challenges governance groups, and on the boards of Brain Research New Zealand, Medical Technologies, Bio-Protection and QuakeCORE Centres of Research Excellence, the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation, and New Zealand Brain Research Institute. At UC is involved with a number of nascent innovation and commercialisation projects transferring research into New Zealand business.
Marta Natalia Wróblewska is Chief Expert at the National Centre for Research and Development in Poland. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Warwick. She has conducted studies on research impact evaluation in the UK, Norway and Poland. She is interested in the mutual relationship between discourse and policy-making. Her latest publication is Wróblewska, M.N. Research impact evaluation and academic discourse. Humanit Soc Sci Commun 8,58 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-021-00727-8
Dr. Adrian Tiplady is the Deputy Managing Director: Strategy & Partnerships for the South African Astronomy Observatory, which is responsible for the implementation of South Africa's strategic investments in radio astronomy. He was principally involved in the preparation of Africa's successful bid to host the multi-national Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, and over the last decade has been involved in the establishment of the SKA Observatory, the inter-governmental treaty organisation responsible for the construction and operation of the SKA telescope. He has a broad range of experience, which also includes the establishment of a protected radio astronomy reserve in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, and has current research interests that include the development of a 'license to operate' for research infrastructure.
I took up the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Cape Town in 2019. My specific portfolio includes research, innovation, postgraduate studies and internationalisation with a strong focus on embedding social responsiveness into research. I also contributes to the executive function in a cross-cutting way.
I have a long, varied track record in management and leadership in the academic arena, built up through a 30 year academic career. The management and leadership roles started with my headship of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town some 20 years back, through serving as Deputy Dean: Postgraduate and Research for 6 years. My research and teaching career extends over some 30 years. I was a founding member of three interdisciplinary research groupings at UCT: the Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research, the Minerals to Metals initiative for sustainable development of minerals resources and Future Water, an interdisciplinary research institute and has served as director of two of these. I have been a long-time champion of interdisciplinary research capacity at UCT and continue very much in this role, as well as facilitating the role of soft-funded researchers and building fit-for-purpose research support systems. My contribution to innovation and translation of research has been demonstrated through her leadership role in the nurturing of South Africa’s regional innovation centres in biotechnology, serving on the Technology Innovation Agency and in the implementation plans for SA’s bioeconomy strategy. Further, throughout my career, my work has focused on developing a well-functioning relationship between academia and industry.
My current front-of-mind focus is the realisation of UCT's Vision 2030 focused on "unleashing human potential for a fair and just society" focusing on knowledge creation, translation and impact in, for and from Africa.