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The Impact of Science Conference will be held on-location in Leiden -- the 2022 City of Science -- over 3 days and will focus on stimulating societal impact of science by building stronger, long-term structures for knowledge and data exchange, as well as Public-Private collaboration.
The need for science to tackle challenges our world faces is not a new phenomenon, but has increasingly grown on a global scale, with the world facing pandemics, environmental changes and societal struggles. Policymakers, businesses and other societal actors are increasingly aware of the value of scientific data and knowledge to support them in overcoming challenges, but in many cases the interaction between worlds is not structured or stable enough. For the 10th time in a row AESIS will be organising their annual conference on Societal Impact of Science, to bring together stakeholders in- and outside of the science eco-system to engage with each other on the most effective approaches for implementing policies, strategies, methods and tools to optimise societal impact of science and evaluate success.
This year the international conference will be hosted in Leiden, the Netherlands. For many years initiatives have existed and been developed to build a strong infrastructure of collaboration between scientific institutions and societal actors, between public and private organisations, with the purpose of increasing interaction and mutual benefits. Researchers and policy makers have recently started building a more permanent structure to create alliances for impact, meanwhile strong collaboration between industry and science has existed in the thematic clusters called Topsectors for years. The Research Council of the Netherlands has been greatly investing in the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) and the VSNU continues improving their evaluation of scientific relevance in their Strategy Evaluation Protocol. These are only a few of the examples of good-practices and expertise that convinced AESIS to invite everyone to the Netherlands for this conference.
This conference will feature highly regarded and internationally recognised experts who will be discussing the contribution of research to the quality of life and well-being. The conference expects over 350 participants from more than 30 countries, bringing together experts such as R&D evaluators, university managers, research councils, policy makers, funders, and other stakeholders of impact. The goal is sharing, evaluating, and discussing best practices around the world on: policy strategies for societal impact, creating (long-term) alliances between stakeholders; regional, national, and international instruments for evaluating and achieving impact; current issues on i.e. public engagement, evidence-based policy, interdisciplinary approaches, and, harmonising definitions and assumptions. We are very excited to be working with our colleagues in the Netherlands and else where in the world to create the most valuable programme and experience for all of you who would like to learn about and contribute to science transforming the world. And we very much look forward to meeting you there!
Wednesday 22 June 2022
Thursday 23 June 2022
Leiden University, Faculty of Law
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
2311 ES Leiden
Fletcher Wellness-Hotel Leiden
2333 CW Leiden
Golden Tulip Leiden Centre
2316 XB Leiden
Tour through Hortus Botanicus (22 June)
Hortus Botanicus Leiden
2311 GJ Leiden
Welcoming reception (22 June)
Hortus Botanicus Leiden
2311 GJ Leiden
Welcoming dinner (22 June)
Trattoria Italiana City Hall
2311 EJ Leiden
Boat Tour (23 June)
Bootjes & Broodjes
2312 GA Leiden
Conference dinner (23 June)
Stadscafé van der Werff
2312 BW Leiden
Closing reception (24 June)
Leiden University, Faculty of Law
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
2311 ES Leiden
22-24 June, 2022
The conference will be held in Leiden University , the Netherlands, the 2022 City of Science.
This conference is organised by the AESIS Network.
|Participation fee (non-members)||595|
|Participation fee (AESIS members)||525|
|Participation fee (Partner Network members)||525|
|1 day fee||245|
|Participants working and living in Low-Income Economies and Lower-Middle Income Economies||150|
|Students (including PhD)||375|
|Live stream the conference (no roundtables or social programme)||125|
On 22 June 2022, participants will have the opportunity to meet each other at the welcoming dinner between 18.30-21.00 CEST.
On 23 June 2022, participants are welcome to join the conference dinner from 18:00 CEST.
Each dinner costs €65,00 per person.
On 22 June 2022, participants to the conference are offered the possibility to visit the Hortus Botanicus of Leiden at €8,50 per person, which is the oldest botanical garden of the Netherlands.
On 22 June 2002, all participants are more than welcome at the Hortus Botanicus for the official welcoming reception (included).
On 23 June 2022, participants may sign up for a guided boat tour along the most beautiful highlights of the city of Leiden at €15,00 per person.
On 24 June 2022, at the end of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to engage during informal chats and drinks during the closing reception (included).
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 11th 2022. If you cancel between May 12th 2022 and June 2nd 2022, we will invoice €95 administration costs. Anytime on or after June 3rd 2022, you owe us the full amount.
The event is subject to changes due to coronavirus measures imposed at the time of the celebration, so the participants must adhere to the COVID regulations set if participating in-person, as well as any measures required by the event organisers.
Photographs and/or videos may be taken at the conference. By attending this event, you acknowledge and agree that your likeness maybe included in photos and videos of the event and used by AESIS/partners or press in connection with communications about the conference or other AESIS communications and promotion. If you do not agree to this usage, please send us a written notification at least 3 days before the event.
Bonita Liu - Project Manager
Alex is Deputy Director of Commercialisation of Research for UK Research and Innovation.
Alongside the Director, Alex leads UKRI’s activities in the commercialisation of research, directing UKRI’s efforts to harness and exploit research to deliver impact for the UK society and economy.
In his role, Alex works across all UKRI councils (Innovate UK, Research England and Research Councils) to strengthen our focus on commercialisation and develops innovative models and approaches to address barriers to the successful translation and commercialisation of research.
Alex has a specific interest on new ventures creation and the use of data analytics to monitor and understand efficient paths to commercialisation.
Alex Chaix has a PhD in fundamental genetics from the University of Leicester. For the last 15 years, he has worked in helping transfer knowledge from the academic base to industry from the perspective of a University, public sector organisations and a Government Department.
Dr. Andrew Plume is Vice President of Research Evaluation at Elsevier, and Chair of the ICSR Advisory Board. He holds a PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Queensland (Australia) and conducted post-doctoral research at Imperial College London. Since 2004 he has specialized in the application of scientometric approaches to understand the dynamics of the world of research, from researchers and articles all the way up to system-wide studies.
Bianca Vienni Baptista, with a PhD in Cultural Studies, is a senior researcher and Group Leader of the Transdisciplinarity Lab, eth zURICH (Switzerland). She works in the field of Science, Technology and Society Studies, focusing in particular on the study of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge production processes. As a result, she is interested in methods and tools as well as concepts and theories as means of achieving transformative and developmental change to solve multidimensional social problems. She has focused her research on the specific conditions for inter- and trans-disciplinary research and on the production and social use of knowledge in different countries, including the role of universities and other institutions. Bianca is Principal Investigator of the project «Investigating interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity: intersections of practices, culture(s) and policy in collaborative knowledge production» (INTERSECTIONS), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF-PRIMA). The research group is part of an interdisciplinary academic community working in cultural studies of science.
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 chaired 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.
Claire Nauwelaers is an independent Policy Analyst and Governmental Adviser, specialised in evaluation of research and innovation policy, working in an international environment. She has 30 years of experience in this field and a wide network of contacts with experts, academics and policy-makers. She has been working as a policy analyst in the Regional Development Policy Division at OECD; as Research Director at UNU-MERIT, the University of Maastricht and United Nations University, and as researcher within two academic teams (the Interdisciplinary Centre in Regional Development, and the Interdisciplinary Centre Law-Economics) at the University of Louvain in Belgium.
She is working on policy development, analysis and evaluation in the areas of Research, Technological Development and Innovation in response to needs from the European Commission, national and regional authorities. She is specialized in systemic analyses of national and regional innovation systems and policies, in cluster policy design and assessment, and is currently one of the leading experts in Europe on Smart Specialisation Strategies. She is member of Scientific Steering Committees of several Research Networks, part of policy review teams, and is regularly invited as expert in High-Level Expert groups for the European Commission or Member States. She has published numerous books and articles on policy aspects of research, technology and innovation.
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.
Dr. Phipps is the administrative lead for all research programs and their impacts on local and global communities at York University (Toronto, Canada). He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, International Network of Research Management Societies and the EU based Knowledge Economy Network. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization and was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. He sits on knowledge mobilization committees around the world and is Network Director for Research Impact Canada.
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.
Daya Reddy is Professor Emeritus in applied mathematics at the University of Cape Town. He was a founder member of AIMS, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. He served a term as President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and as inaugural President of the International Science Council (ISC). He also chairs the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.
Eiríkur Smári Sigurðarson is a research specialist and the Director of Research at the School of Humanities, University of Iceland. Based on a background in ancient Greek philosophy and modern epistemology he has engaged with questions of research evaluations and societal impact of research with particular emphasis on the humanities, for example in his recent publication in Research Evaluation: Capacities, capabilities, and the societal impact of the humanities.
I completed my Master’s in Developmental Linguistics at UCL in 2007 and moved into a professional services role in a genetics lab at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London whilst also teaching Linguistics at Middlesex University. I continued my rise through various professional services roles including management of the Cardiovascular Division at KCL and their flagship 4-year PhD programme, while maintaining my teaching role delivering Academic Writing and study skills to a diverse student community at Birkbeck University. I then returned to UCL to run a £20M+ Neurodegeneration Centre which included another prestigious 4-year funded PhD programme. It was during this role when I was able to pull together the various threads of my career and start to explore more holistic support of Early Career Researchers (ECRs). In January 2020, I moved into UCL’s Doctoral School which supports more than 10,000 ECRs across the institution and am now Director. I have a particular passion for improving Research Culture and supporting ECRs into a variety of fulfilling roles which utilise their doctoral and research training skills to have a positive impact across all facets of society both within and beyond academia.
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.
She founded RTDI in 2008 as an SME devoted to integral management of R&I projects, to support SMEs, research institutions and technology centres in ideating and developing technology projects, and effectively taking results towards society and industries. She mainly focuses into generating strong project concepts, increasing their innovation potential, seeking for financial support, and defining exploitation paths (i.e.: identifying good market fits and competitive advantages, leveraging dissemination and engaging stakeholders, defining IP strategies, and optimizing business models). RTDI has promoted and managed +320 R&I projects in a wide range of topics, for a total value around 200 million Euros, most of them funded by the European Commission.
She has also been evaluator and advisor for national and European authorities (i.e.: AEVAL – the old National Agency for the Evaluation of public policies, Fundación Gadea Ciencia, and the EC) around programmes related to promoting innovation, digitalisation and regional specialization strategies. In these activities, she has focused in the implementation of evidence-based analysis and decision mechanisms and processes (i.e.: in relation to programmes’ impact, technology foresight and the evaluation of multi-actor approaches).
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.
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
Gowri Gopalakrishna is an epidemiologist and mixed methods methodologist with many years of public and private public health and policy experience. Some of her more notable contributions include her role in the control and containment of the SARS outbreak in Singapore in 2003. She has been featured in the Dutch media for her SARS experience and later, was part of an independent group of multi-disciplinary national experts reviewing the Dutch national covid policy response between 2020-2021. She was also featured in various media on emerging issues around impact of speed science, open science and research integrity during the covid pandemic. In the last 3 years, she has been lead investigator to the Dutch National Survey on Research Integrity, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive studies on research integrity. She is currently Chair of the Equity Coordinating Committee of the International Federation of Biosafety Associations and Editorial Board member of BMC Medical Research Methodology.
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.
Igor Campillo is the executive director of Euskampus Fundazioa, and leads the Impact Task Force of the European University Network to promote equitable quality of life, sustainability and global engagement through Higher education ransformation, ENLIGHT. ENLIGHT is a European University formed by nine comprehensive, research-intensive universities from nine European countries.
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.
Igor Campillo 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 recently acknowledged as one of the Spanning Boundaries Champions for university-industry-society cooperation by the UIIN.
Inge Hutter is Rector of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), and Professor of Participatory and Qualitative Research in Population and Development, since August 2015. Before joining ISS, she was Professor of Demography, Vice Dean and Dean Research at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. Since April 2021, she is Academic Lead Erasmian Values and Culture (in leadership) in the EUR Strategy 2024 Creating Positive Societal Impact.
She conducted research on population and health (reproductive and sexual health, nutrition, ageing) and development in India, Cameroon and Malawi. She is highly experienced in conducting fieldwork in the Global South. She has supervised related PhD research in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, and the Northern Netherlands.
She adopts a participatory approach to research, i.e. involving societal stakeholders from the very beginning of a research project, thus ensuring that research not only leads to scientific publications but also to policies and actions and is relevant for society.
She is an expert in qualitative research; together with Monique Hennink (Emory University, Atlanta) and Ajay Bailey (Utrecht University) she wrote the book Qualitative Research Methods with Sage (2011, 2020) which is widely used within several academic disciplines all over the world. The second edition added two chapters on participatory qualitative research.
James Wilsdon is Digital Science Professor of Research Policy at the University of Sheffield and Director of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI), an international consortium working to advance transformative research on research systems, cultures and decision-making. Over a 25-year career, in addition to posts at the universities of Sheffield, Sussex and Lancaster, James has worked in think tanks and as director of science policy for the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy. Previously, he chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science, and led an independent government review of responsible uses of research metrics, published in 2015 as The Metric Tide. He was co-founder—and from 2015-2021, vice-chair—of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA). In 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences. He serves on the editorial board of the OA journal Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, and tweets @jameswilsdon.
Prof.dr. Jet (Mariëtte) Bussemaker is Full Professor of Policy, Science and Societal Impact, especially in Healthcare at the Public Health and Primary Care (PHEG) department of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and at the Institute of Governance of the Department of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University. Her research concentrates on the interaction of science based knowledge and the (re)formulation of knowledge within policy processes and vice versa. She focuses on complex policy problems and the interrelation between value-based assumptions about behavior of stakeholders (citizens, policymakers, institutions), numerous policy-instruments, implementation of policies and their societal outcomes. She is co-leader of the Population Health Governance Program, part of the Leyden University Science Program on Population Health. She is also chair of the local The Hague collaboration program ‘Gezond en Gelukkig Den Haag’ (healthy and Happy The Hague): the Municipality, care-providers - from general practitioners, nursing homes, welfare organizations and hospitals – and health insurances work together with resident groups and knowledge institutions on prevention and improvement of health and wellbeing.
Next to her position as Professor, she is President of the Council for Healthcare and Society, a national advisory council for Parliament and the government. Furthermore, she is co-President of the Centre for Ethical Issues and Healthcare, member of the Council for Medical Science of the KNAW, member of the Advisory Board of NWO, and member of the Board of Trustees for the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
Before, Bussemaker was Minister of Education, Science and Healthcare in de Rutte II Government (2012-2017). In that position, she took the initiative for the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA). Previously, she was a member of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam and Principle of the University of Applied Science (2010-2012), as well as a Crown-appointed Member of Social Economic Council. From 2007-2010 she serves as the State Secretary for Public Health, Welfare and Sport in Balkenende IV.
She holds a PhD in Political and Social-Cultural Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, and has been a visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She is a prolific writer who published several books and articles, both academic as for the general public.
Joana Magalhães is a Senior Researcher and Project Coordination Manager of the NEWSERA EU-SwafS-19 project, at Science for Change. NEWSERA is integrating citizen science in science communication as a tool to open up science and innovation to society, promote science literacy and tackle misinformation. The project is applying and analyzing bottom-up approaches to co-design innovative strategies with 38 Citizen Science projects to improve their science communication practices and impact towards quadruple helix stakeholders and data journalists. JM holds a European PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, obtained as a Marie Curie Fellow. During the last decade she held different Postdoctoral positions in the field of tissue engineering and osteoarthritis, whilst developing PPI and STEAM4health communication strategies from a gender perspective (1st Ex Aequo Award. Science Communication. Television. Science on Stage 2017; Honorable Mention Women in Science. SCI-DOC EU Science TV and New Media Festival 2018; Finalist MEDEA Awards 2017). She is a Board Member of the Spanish Association of Women in Science and Technology at the Galician Node (AMIT).
Kathryn is the Executive Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates, a Canadian‐based publicly funded provincial research and innovation organization. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). A co‐founder of the International School on Research Impact Assessment and was Director of the School when it was hosted in Banff in 2014. She is the Co-Director of the AESIS International course on “Integrating Societal Impact in a Research Strategy”.
She has over 25 years of strategic evaluation experience in health care, research and innovation. Her expertise is in developing performance management and impact strategies and implementing assessment frameworks for complex systems across a diversity of organizations. She and her team successfully implemented the CAHS (2009) health research impact framework and was instrumental in its application nationally and internationally. Kathryn is a social scientist, bridge builder and advisor on numerous boards and expert committees that focus on research and innovation. She is invited to present both nationally and internationally.
Kim Huijpen is programme manager for the Dutch national programme on Recognition & Rewards of academics. The aim of this programme is to realise a fundamental change in the recognition and rewards system for academia and academics. As a programme manager, Kim Huijpen is responsible for national coordination between all parties involved. Before becoming a programme manager, Kim Huijpen worked as a senior policy advisor at Universities of The Netherlands. Her responsibilities included research evaluations, open science, the PhD system and research integrity. She was project lead for the development of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, the position paper Room for Everyone’s Talent and the Strategy Evaluation Protocol 2021 – 2027.
Kristian Krieger is working as a policy analyst at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His work focuses on building institutional capacity for evidence-informed policymaking in particular at the national level. He holds a PhD in comparative politics from King’s College London.
Laurens Hessels is a senior researcher at the Rathenau Instituut and a professor by special appointment of the societal value of science at Leiden University. Hessels’ research focuses on the best way for researchers to work with practitioners (co-creation) so that their research is of maximum benefit to society. He also investigates how research and innovation can help tackle major societal problems. In addition, he contributes to the development of methods for improving the evaluation of the societal value of research. Laurens completed his PhD in 2010 at Utrecht University with a study into how university researchers deal with the practical applications of their work. He has also worked as a researcher with KWR Watercycle Research Institute and as a policy advisor at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Lara Ummels is working as Knowlegde Broker for the partnership “Leiden City of Knowledge” / Leiden City of Science. This is a partnership agreement, since 2017, between the City of Leiden, Leiden University, Leiden University of Applied Sciences, Leiden University Medical Center, and Naturalis Biodiversity Center. The mission of the parnership is to take joint resposibility for the development of prosperity and social growth within the society of Leiden.
Lara completed a law degree at Leiden University, and has been working in management positions in various municipalities, including Leiden municipality.
Leonie van Drooge is a senior project manager at CWTS. Her expertise is the governance, organization and evaluation of research. Her interest includes societal impact of research and mission oriented research. For over a decade Leonie has worked on projects with and for research performing organisations, such as universities, public knowledge institutes and research infrastructures and research funding organisations, including charities. She has published academic articles, policy reports and weblogs, and organized workshops and courses.
As Senior Consultant I am supporting clients to develop their project idea to tangible project proposals eligible for EU funding programs including Horizon2020, MarieCurie, COST, Interreg, ESF, EFRO and national funding programs (NWO, SIA). With over 15 years of experience in EU funding programs for municipalities, my strength is to build partner consortia including both corporate, public and knowledge partners. Holding a PhD in public administration and policy, I aim to combine innovative research with valorisation and policy recommendations. My specialization is gender, social inclusion, sustainability and energy transition.
I am currently a senior consultant at Nehem B.V. (part of the PNO Group). The Nehem team is specialized in working together with universities and universities of applied sciences. We offer in innovation and funding strategies for research, education, and valorisation. The Nehem team consists of high-level specialists with a longstanding track record who understand the world of research, education, and valorisation and who connect universities with businesses. This includes cooperation with business community for the purpose of joint participation in large research consortia, entrepreneurship education, facilitating start-ups and strengthening business development within faculties and universities. Within this team I mostly work for our University and University of Applied Science customers. I am responsible for the development of new projects, and the (European) application writing process.
Marieke van Haaren (1965) has education as the common thread in her work; after having held communication positions at the Ministry of OCW, the Education Inspectorate and a municipality, she has now been working at Leiden University for 17 years, in various positions.
Besides her broad experience in communication, Marieke has specialised in coordination and organisation of education within the university, especially in the field of education for talented pupils and students. Between 2010 and 2019, as Coordinator of the Honours College (HC), she was responsible for the coordination of the university-wide activities in the Honours College: the development of the Honours College, the communication and recruitment and the support of faculties in the organisation of the HC. She worked closely together with the seven faculties. The last 3 years Marieke was also chairperson of the national network of university Honours programmes, and co-chairperson of the joint network of the Honours programmes of universities of applied sciences.
Marta Natalia Wróblewska is an interdisciplinary social scientist working on issues of academic discourse and academic identity, particularly in evaluative contexts. She has studied research impact evaluation in the UK, Norway and Poland. Her doctorate in Applied Linguistics (Warwick University, UK) looked at the “Making of the Impact Agenda” in the UK, using concepts of genre, discourse and governmentality. As a member of a Cost Action ENRESSH (European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities), Marta is dedicated to finding meaningful approaches to research evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
She is currently employed as Assistant Professor at SWPS University in Warsaw, Poland.
Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics and Founding Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre at the University of Sheffield. He is Vice-Chair of the Political Studies Association of the UK, has served on the board of the ESRC, on the board of the Academy of Social Sciences, and currently sits on the Higher Education Policy Committee of the British Academy. His research focuses on governance, public policy and knowledge mobilisation and his responsibilities. During 2018-2020 Prof. Flinders led a national review on research leadership capacity in the social sciences entitled, Fit for the Future, that paid particular attention to broader issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. He has written or edited 14 books and has published over 150 research articles. These include Multi-Level Governance (Oxford University Press, 2004), Walking Without Order (Oxford University Press, 2009), The Oxford Handbook of British Politics (Oxford University Press, 2009), Democratic Drift (Oxford University Press, 2009), Defending Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Anti-Politics, Depoliticization and Governance (Oxford University Press, 2017). He is a former winner of the Harrison Prize (2002), the Richard Rose Prize (2004), the W. J. M. MacKenzie Prize (2009) and the Sam Aaronovitch Memorial Prize (2012). In addition to his academic work, Prof Flinders has written and presented a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and has served as a special adviser in both the House of Lords and House of Commons. He has worked closely with the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, NESTA, ARMA, Vitae, Institute for Government and has held fellowships in several Whitehall departments. In 2018 he was awarded the ESRC’s ‘Overall Impact Champion’ Award and in 2020 was elected Chair of the Universities Policy Engagement Network.
Margaret Gold is the Citizen Science Lead within the Open Science Programme at Leiden University, and Coordinator of the Citizen Science Lab, which is a project incubator and knowledge hub that brings together scientists, policy makers, citizens, and other stakeholders in participatory research projects that address scientific questions and urgent societal issues. During the European City of Science Leiden 2022, the CS Lab is co-creating new citizen science initiatives together with residents and societal partners, for example to explore issues around light pollution in the lead up to Seeing Stars Leiden.
Margaret is also the Citizen Science Programme Manager for the National Programme Open Science (NPOS), where she is contributing to the development of the national strategy for Open Science and the establishment of Citizen Science Nederland, the Dutch national network for citizen science practitioners.
Her primary research focus is on Citizen Observatories and the impacts they have on monitoring the UN SDGs, national and municipal policy formation, environmental planning, social innovation, and behaviour change.
Max is responsible for the effective positioning of Elsevier’s new products and services towards academic institutions. Lately he has been involved in the development and implementation of the transformational agreement with the Dutch universities and national funder. Max has extensive experience in product development, marketing, sales and communications. He holds an MSc. in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam.
Prof Dr Michael Smith is an Emeritus Professor of Medical Science. He has been Dean of Research at the University of Leeds; Deputy and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Teesside and Sheffield Hallam University; Chairman at the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and Managing Partner at Harper Keeley LLP. His fifty years experience in research and innovation has focused both on the development of new ideas and their subsequent implementation and impact. He provides expertise in leadership and management in Research, Innovation, Technology Transfer and Commercialisation of research, working with the University sector, large corporations and SMEs. He has held a number of patents and formed over twenty companies, about half in the medical technology or bioscience sector; more recently he has become actively involved in the rural and natural environment sector. He has extensive experience working as a Non-Executive Director in large organisations and SMEs, and also with Government departments, serving on many National and International Committees.
Having gained experience with PPP’s at the Dutch Research Council and others, Michiel Roelse was appointed Operational Director for the PPP Topsector Horticulture and Starting Materials almost ten years ago. Trained as a manager Michiel has extensive experience with, and knowledge of business practices and approaches related to PPP management, consortium building, corporate governance, innovation and performance management, legal, audit, and financial control. He benefits from a strong understanding and knowledge of management, disbursement and control of public funds. His priorities are operational effectiveness in managing the diverse portfolio of research projects under the Topsector and solidifying and enhancing the collaboration with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders. He initiated the Topsector Horticulture’s extensive reserach impact programme.
The career of Van Meeteren started off as a Physiotherapist in a long-stay care facility for the elderly. Subsequently Van Meeteren earned his PhD as a Neuroscientist from the Rudolf Magnus Institute for Neurosciences of the Utrecht University. After 18 years of innovation and scientific validation of prevention, care and cure concepts and educational MSc-models out of the University Medical Centre Utrecht, he became Director of Innovation “Healthy for Live” at TNO, with board memberships of amongst others the National Platform Sports and Physical Activity, Body@Work, the Center for Care Technology Research, etcetera. Van Meeteren was also Professor at Maastricht University. At present, he fulfills his main role as Executive Director and Secretary General of the Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH), known under the name Health~Holland. Furthermore, Van Meeteren is Professor of Perioperative Health at Erasmus Medical Center
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.
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).
Passionate about the role of science in society and civic engagement, Dr Pen-Yuan Hsing started MammalWeb, a growing citizen science project for ecological monitoring across five European countries, and is a strong advocate for free culture and open science. Pen created an online course on open science, edited a guide to reproducible code for scientists, contributed to the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, and was among the first to receive official certification from the Creative Commons organisation on open licenses. Pen has been invited to speak on open science at meetings from North America, Europe, to Asia, and contributes to numerous international standards related to open science.
After being a reviewer for, and advisory board member of, EU-funded research projects, Pen is currently part of the Horizon 2020 project Open!Next, studying how communities work together on open source hardware projects. Pen also serves as an elected community council member for the Gathering for Open Science Hardware, a network of citizen scientists, academics, and grassroots researchers across six continents implementing 100% open source hardware and software in scientific research.
In the future, Pen hopes to work with you to creatively expand the circle of liberty for knowledge and innovation.
Dr. Rajesh Tandon
Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)
Dr. Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He is Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a global centre for participatory research & training. He is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2012. The UNESCO Chair grows out of and supports UNESCO’s global lead to play ‘a key role in assisting countries to build knowledge societies’. Dr. Tandon also heads the Forum for Indian Development Corporation (FIDC) as its Chairperson. He is Chairperson of the Committee to carry out appraisal of the UGC scheme under 'Unnat Bharat Abhiyan' and Member of Expert Group for Development of Educational Framework for Global Citizenship in Higher Education Institutions, constituted by the University Grants Commission.
Engineering in Electronics from IIT, Kanpur, MBA from IIM Calcutta and PhD in Management from Case Western Reserve University, USA, Dr. Tandon left his teaching job at IIM Calcutta to support & champion the cause of building organisations and capacities of the marginalised through their knowledge, learning and empowerment. A pioneer of participatory research, Dr. Tandon has given new meaning to academic research by redefining the relationship between the researcher and the researched. He has been contributing to the emergence of several local, national and international initiatives to promote authentic and participatory development of societies.
Dr. Tandon has taught courses on participatory research & democratic governance in South Africa, UK, Canada, Italy, USA, Colombia, Malaysia, Philippines and Cambodia, in addition to several universities in India. He has written more than 100 books, articles and training manuals on participatory research, social responsibility of higher education, civil society & local governance.
Dr. Tandon has served on numerous Expert Committees of Govt. of India, UGC, UN, Commonwealth and World Bank. In 2015, the Indian Adult Education Association (IAEA) awarded Dr. Tandon the Nehru Literacy Award. For his distinguished work on gender issues, the Government of India honoured him with the prestigious Award in ‘Social Justice’ in March 2007. The University of Victoria, Canada, awarded Dr. Tandon the degree of Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) in June 2008. He is the first Indian to be inducted to the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame (class of 2011). He is also the first Indian scholar to be inducted in Academy of Engagement Scholarship in 2019
Richard Harding is a specialist in EU Cohesion Policy, with well over 25 years’ professional experience in this field. Early on in his career, Richard spent 8 years in the European Commission (EC) DG Regio in Brussels (1991-1999) overseeing implementation of major EU Structural Funds programmes in industrial transition regions in ‘old’ Member States. He later gained practitioner experience ‘new’ Member States, mainly Romania and Croatia (1999-present) under a wide variety of Technical Assistance and capacity building projects. Recently, he has been mainly involved in Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) development and implementation – specifically preparation for the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy phase. Together with Claire Nauwelaers, he worked as Project Manager for the EC-DG Regio Pilot Action ‘Regions in Industrial Transition’ (2018-2020), as well as the Policy Support Framework (PSF) review of Romania’s Research and Innovation (R&I), for EC-DG Research (2021-2022). Again with Claire Nauwelaers, he is currently completing the second of two assignments for EC-Joint Research Centre (JRC), looking at EU regional good practice in Innovation-led Green Transition and its societal implications.
With a PhD in Work Psychology from the University of Porto, Rita has 18 years of experience as Funding Advisor for Research & Innovation, having worked with public and private Research Performing Organizations, such as Universities, Research Centres, non-for-profit Associations and SMEs. She is specialized in pre-award, strategic alignment and impact for various European research funding programs. Rita is a Board Member of EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators).
She is also a certified trainer in Responsible Research and Innovation, as well as in Ethics & Research Integrity.
Robert-Jan Smits is the President of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Prior to this, he was the Director-General of Research and Innovation at the European Commission (2010-2018).
In this capacity he was the architect of Horizon 2020, the 80 billion EU Research and Innovation program. Smits has also been instrumental in shaping the successor program Horizon Europe (budget: 95 billion).
In his last year in Brussels, Robert-Jan Smits worked as Open Access Envoy of the European Commission and developed concrete policy proposals aimed to ensure that all publicly funded academic publications are widely available and accessible through Open Access.
Smits has received several recognitions and awards for his contribution to European science and innovation. He holds an honorary degree from Edinburgh University and is an honorary member of Academia Europaea.
Sarah Bowman is Director of Strategic Engagement and Impact Assessment, Office of the Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin, where she leads the Research Impact Unit and guides two Research Impact Officers, one within Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts & Humanities Research Institute, and another in the School of Medicine. Sarah is co-author of the Engaged Research Framework, Planning for Impact Framework, Researcher Impact Framework, and Engaged Research Report: Society & Higher Education Working Together to Address Grand Societal Challenges. Between 2017 - 2020, Sarah served as Programme Director for the Health Research Board-Irish Research Council IGNITE Office at Trinity College, which advances public and patient involvement in health research. Sarah has twenty years of experience as a public engagement specialist, guiding teams and ensuring programme work plans and products advance initiatives. She has assisted teams in Ireland, the United States, and Canada in securing more than €350M for research and translational activities within the past 10 years. Working with more than 1,200 communities, Sarah has managed a wide range of community engagement, citizen science, and impact assessment projects, including the Blue Zones Made to Move Program impact case studies. She has delivered award-winning outreach and educational campaigns, reaching more than 5 million members of the public. She serves on the Steering Committee for Campus Engage with the Irish Universities Association, and recently managed the Campus Engage online course, Engaged Research & Innovation for Societal Impact, which embeds 31 trained engaged research facilitators within research-hosting organisations in Ireland.
Sean Newell is CEO of Interfolio UK the company behind the Researchfish platform which is used by more than 100,000 PIs worldwide and tracks over 4 million research outputs. Following an international career that took him to the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland and Denmark managing business operations for a variety of organisations Sean joined the company in 2015 and grew the business from start-up phase through to acquisition by Interfolio Inc in 2019. He currently leads the operational and commercial activities for Researchfish and has built a strong services and consultancy delivery team based around the core technology platform. He has established strong links with research funders, research organisations and institutions around the world to help them track and understand the impact of their research. He is also the author of the recent book “Research Impact: The Interconnectivity of Stuff”
After 20 years as a health and social researcher working at Consumers International, the Australian Rural Health Research Institute, the Hunter Research Foundation and the University of South Australia, Shanthi completed a PhD and made a major career change. In 2016, she commenced a post-doctoral position at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), looking at applying a Framework to Assess the Impact of Health and Medical Research (FAIT) to two funded Centres for Research Excellence in Indigenous Primary Healthcare and Stroke Rehabilitation. Since 2016, the application of FAIT has grown exponentially and Shanthi has been leading its application to other Centres of Research Excellence, research projects (in Australia and internationally), programs and collaborations, and to many research funding schemes.
Shanthi is currently the Research Impact Specialist at HMRI and a Conjoint Academic at the University of Newcastle, providing leadership in the field of research impact through contributing to scholarship, building resources, capability and capacity in impact planning and assessment and refining and improving the application of the FAIT model to different contexts. Since 2017 she has built research impact capacity amongst over 1,700 academic and clinician researchers, policymakers and consumer representatives. This experience has given her exposure to the many challenges of encouraging and measuring impact and justifying the value of research investment. Shanthi has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the Impact Working Group at the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), the peak body for MRIs in Australia with a vision to influence the inclusion of impact in funding allocation policy and empower researchers to optimise the translation and impact of their research for the benefit of society.
Stephen Curry is a Professor of Structural Biology in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College where he also serves as Imperial’s first Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. As a researcher he has worked for over three decades on molecular aspects of protein-drug interactions and on the replication of RNA viruses. His transition into the Assistant Provost role in 2017 was the culmination of a burgeoning interest in the social and culture of science. Stephen has written regularly on his Reciprocal Space blog and at the Guardian, covering a wide range of topics including open access, research assessment and science policy.
An active campaigner, Stephen was a founder member of Science is Vital and from 2012-18 he served on the board of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, organizations that make the case for public investment in R&D. He was a member of the UK government-convened group which in 2015 produced the Metric Tide report on the use of metrics in research assessment. He is currently chair of the steering group of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) which is actively promoting reform of research assessment worldwide.
Steven Hill is Director of Research at Research England. Steven was formerly Head of Research Policy at HEFCE, and leads on all aspects of research policy and funding.
Steven is responsible for research funding, including quality-related funding (QR), general capital funding and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. He also leads Research England’s research assessment and policy work, and is the chair of the steering group for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Policy responsibilities include research integrity, public engagement and open research, and Steven contributes to debates and discussions at home and overseas on the enhancement and assessment of research impact. His team also includes Research England’s analysis function.
Steven has a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in plant biology from the University of Edinburgh. After a number of research posts, he was appointed to a lectureship in plant science at the University of Oxford, where he taught and researched for 8 years. He then shifted career tracks into the world of policy-making, with two roles at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, focussing on bringing science and research into policy-making. Subsequently, he was appointed Head of the Strategy Unit at Research Councils UK, and then took up the post of Head of Research Policy at HEFCE in 2013.
Thorsten Michaelis studied agricultural sciences in Giessen with a focus on economics and social sciences of agriculture. In the project SynSICRIS he works at the University of Kassel coordinating in the areas research management, participation processes, research funding and knowledge transfer. Thorsten was previously active in research management on organic farming for a funding body and in the establishment of a network for agricultural, food and environmental research in Germany. Other areas of work include communication, extension, moderation, cooperatives, cooperation and ecological management extension.
Wija Oortwijn is Associate Professor at Leiden University Medical Centre (Public Health and Primary Care), as well as senior scientific researcher in the field of global health at Radboud university medical centre. She has a degree in Health Sciences from Maastricht University, and a PhD in Medicine from Free University Amsterdam. She has 30 years of relevant professional experience in health research and policy analysis around the globe. Her work focused on the evaluation of policies, technologies, projects, programmes, measuring the impact of health research, as well as designing and implementing deliberative processes for legitimate health benefit package design. Next to her research positions, she is President of the international society for health technology assessment (HTAi), co-chair of an International Task Force on deliberative processes for HTA, co-leading an international working group on uncertainty in HTA-related decision-making, and is associate editor of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.
Dr. Yuko Harayama is a former 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.