Berlin, Germany

5, 6, 7 June 2019

Impact of Science

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

This conference has already taken place. Please find the photos of the conference here

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Many Science System Strategists stand on the verge of some steady but fascinating developments, influenced by changing regional, national and international contexts. The newly introduced Horizon Europe R&D Program stands for the aim of moving Europe forward on its way to becoming a worldwide innovation leader, by trying to incentivise academic-industry cooperation. Germany is developing the new High-Tech Strategy, aiming to translate ideas quickly into innovative products and services. In the UK practitioners are awaiting how the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) will take root, especially in relation to REF. In Australia recent political changes finally opened up the way for the first Engagement and Impact assessment, which took place in November of last year, and the USA is in full progress to develop several science impact research systems and institutions.

At the same time many countries have the aim to broadening the view from impact to the economy to societal impact at large. This fosters discussions on key performance indicators, how we can measure the impact on research and whether to focus on evaluation of quantifiable output or the hardly measureable impact. Finally, the expanding influence of open-access science publishing movements, such as Plan S, fuel discussions about the effects on research excellence and impact.

The AESIS Network has successfully organised the annual conference ‘Impact of Science’ six times, bringing together experts such as R&D evaluators, university managers, research councils, policy makers, funders, and other stakeholders of impact. The goal is sharing, evaluating and discussing best practices around the world on:

  • Policy strategies for societal impact;
  • Creating (long-term) alliances between stakeholders;
  • Regional, national and international instruments for evaluating and achieving impact;
  • Current issues on i.e. public engagement, evidence-based policy, interdisciplinary approaches and harmonising definitions and assumptions.

In its approaches the AESIS Network is convinced that societal impact:

  • can only be robust based on a well-balanced insight on how the impact of science on society can be measured;
  • should investigate the impact of the humanities, the social sciences and the hard sciences in one comparable approach for accountability;
  • should include both the societal impact of scientific research and university education;
  • The political momentum and current research eco-system in Germany are an excellent and indeed inspirational context to foster the worldwide debates on impact. At the same time, several international perspectives can offer valuable and critical evaluations to the current progress and obstacles in Germany. Thus, the AESIS Network and its partners are excited to organise the ’Impact of Science 2019’ conference in Berlin.
Terms & costs

Partners

Confirmed speakers

Luc Soete

Luc Soete

Conference chair

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Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams

Speaker

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Wiljan van den Akker

Wiljan van den Akker

Speaker

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Susanne Baltes

Susanne Baltes

Speaker

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Ghada Bassioni

Ghada Bassioni

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Larissa Best

Larissa Best

Speaker

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Frank Biermann

Frank Biermann

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Lidia Borrell-Damian

Lidia Borrell-Damian

Speaker

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Locations

Conference Venue

Allianz Forum

Pariser Platz 6
10117 Berlin
Germany

Social programme (Wednesday June 5th)

14.00 - 15.30
Excursion Humboldt University

Humboldt University
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

15.30 – 17.00
Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Stern und Kreisschiffahrt
Friedrichstraße & Am Weidendamm
10117 Berlin

17.00 – 18.00
Reception

Sagrantino Wine Bar
Behrenstraße 47
10117 Berlin

Conference Dinner (Thursday June 6th)

Ballhaus Berlin

Chaueestraße 102
10115 Berlin
Germany

Traveling to the conference location

By public transportation
To make use of public transport to reach the conference venue, please use one of the buses located right outside Terminal A and B. The TXL JetExpressBus takes you in approximately 30 minutes to Brandenburger Tor, next to the conference venue. Other buses going from Tegel Airport to the city centre are X9 JetExpressBus, 128 Bus, and 109 Bus. A ticket costs € 2,80.

By taxi
When you want to use a taxi for your transportation to the conference venue, you have to walk to the inner ring of Terminal A at Gates 6–9 and outside Terminal C and E. During rush hour, service staff will be available at the taxi ranks outside the terminals. These will be recognisable by the 'Taxi Service' on their uniforms. Please make sure you only use clearly marked taxis parked at the designated ranks. The average fare to downtown Berlin is approximately € 28. Taxis can also be booked in advance. Fares might vary and not every taxi has the possibility to pay by card, therefore ensure you have enough Euros in cash with you.

By public transportation
To make use of public transport to reach the conference venue, there are several options. Schönefeld Airport has a railway station, which is just a five-minute walk from the airport via a covered walkway. S-Bahn (urban raillway) trains S9 and S45 run every 10 minutes and the Airport Express trains RE7 and RB14 run twice every hour. These trains take you in approximately 30 minutes to Berlin Hauptbanhof and 25 minutes Alexanderplatz in the center of Berlin. There are several options to take the bus (including X7, 163S, 164S, 171U, N7 and N60) to the city centre, which can be found at the railway station and/or in front of Terminal A. Both railway transport and buses do not connect directly to the 'Brandenburger Tor' station, next to the conference venue. A short walk or transfer is required to reach the conference venue. A ticket for the train or bus costs € 3,40.

By taxi
When you want to use a taxi for your transportation to the conference venue, the taxi ranks can be found on the approach to Schönefeld Airport, right outside Terminal A. Please make sure you only use clearly marked taxis parked at the designated ranks. The average fare to downtown Berlin is approximately € 45 and take 30-40 minutes to the city centre. Taxis can also be booked in advance. Fares might vary and not every taxi has the possibility to pay by card, therefore ensure you have enough Euros in cash with you.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof connects (inter)national trains with public transport in Berlin. From here you can take the S-bahn (Subway), U-bahn (Underground), bus or local train. The U-bahn 55 and TXL JetExpressBus connect directly with the 'Brandenburger Tor' station, next to the conference venue.

From Berlin Hauptbahnhof it also possible to walk to the conference venue. This is approximately 1.5 km. See the route underneath.