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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:
In its approaches the AESIS Network is convinced that societal impact:
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Pariser Platz 6
14.00 - 15.30
Excursion Humboldt University
Unter den Linden 6
15.30 – 17.00
Historical Sightseeing Cruise
Stern und Kreisschiffahrt
Friedrichstraße & Am Weidendamm
17.00 – 18.00
Sagrantino Wine Bar
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.
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.
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.
5-7 June 2019
Pariser Platz 6
This conference is organised by the AESIS Network.
The registrations are opened on this website. Early bird tickets are available until February 28th (23.59 EST).
Costs include two lunches, a networking reception, refreshments, and conference documentation.
|Fee members of AESIS & partner networks||550,-|
On 6 June 2019, location and time to be announced. The costs for this dinner are €65,-
On 5 June 2019, location and time to be announced. The costs for this are €30,-
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 April 25th 2019. If you cancel between April 25th and May 16th 2019, we will invoice €95 administration costs. After May 16th 2019, you owe us the full amount.
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Luc Soete has been Chairman of the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Expert (RISE) High Level Group for Commissioner Carlos Moedas from 2013 till 2017 and of the Economic and Social Impact of Research (RISE) Expert Group for the European Commission from 2017 till the end of 2018. Over the last two years he was also the coordinator of the so-called “Tour d’Europe”, an initiative of the Directorate for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. Before that he was Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University from 2012 till 2016 and Director of (UNU-)MERIT from 1988 till 2012. He has been a member of the Dutch Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI) from 2004 till 2015. He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Ghent, Liège and Sussex.
Currently Professor Soete is Honorary Professor of International Economic Relations at Maastricht University, a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and vice-president of the supervisory board of the Technical University of Delft.
Jonathan Adams is Director of the Institute for Scientific Information, a part of Clarivate Analytics. He is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Policy Institute, and was awarded an Honorary D.Sc. in 2017 by the University of Exeter, for his work in higher education and research policy.
Professor Adams was the lead founder of Evidence Ltd, Director of Research Evaluation for Thomson Reuters, and Chief Scientist at Digital Science & Research Ltd, a Holtzbrinck Group company and sister-company to Nature Publishing Group. He has carried out research evaluation for agencies and institutions in the UK, elsewhere in Europe, Brazil, Australia, China and India. Jonathan led the New Zealand government's 2008 review of research evaluation and was a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) indicators development groups for Excellence in Research for Australia (2009) and impact and engagement (2016). In 2004 he chaired the European Commission Monitoring Committee for the Evaluation of Framework Programme 6 (FP6); and, in 2006, he chaired the Monitoring Group of the European Research Fund for Coal & Steel. He has worked at King's College London (1979-1980), University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1980-1983), University of Leeds (1983-1989) and Imperial College London (1989-1992), was a member of the science policy staff of the UK Advisory Board for the Research Councils (1989-1992) and Leeds University's Director of Research Strategy (1993-1997).
Wiljan van den Akker (1954) got his PhD in Modern Literature at Utrecht University in 1985 and was appointed full-professor of Modern Dutch Literature in 1987. He taught in Berlin (at the Freie Universität), Köln, Paris and Lille. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at UCBerkeley. From 1996 till 2003 he chaired the Board of the Dutch National Endowment for the Humanities (NWO) in The Hague and represented The Netherlands in the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation-ESF in Strassbourg. From 1993 till 2003 he was the Director of the Research Institute for History and Culture, after which he became Director of Research at the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He became Distinguished Faculty Professor of Poetry in 2003. From 2006 till 2014 he was Dean of Humanities at Utrecht University. From 2013 till 2019 he was Vice-Rector for Research for Utrecht University. Currently he is Head of Public Engagement for Utrecht University and Director of the Centre for Humanities. His field of research is Modern Western Poetry. He is also a published poet and novelist. Together with Jack Spaapen he published the LERU-Position Paper: “Productive Interactions: Societal Impact of Academic Research in the Knowledge Society” (2017).
Susanne Baltes is the deputy head of Division Citizen-Centred-Government in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, working on projects to better incorporate citizens' perspective into the policymaking process as well as bringing the scientific community and policymaking closer together. Projects range from making tax forms easier to understand to improving hand hygiene in hospitals.
Ms. Baltes holds degrees in law, public administration and political science and has previously worked in both management consulting and academia.
She is a Professor and the Head of the Chemistry Division at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University in Cairo and is a member of the Egyptian National Committee for Pure and Applied Chemistry. She is an international project officer at the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), Egyptian Ministry of Scientific Research and has been a member of the Global Young Academy from 2013-2018. She has over 60 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and has been recognized with several national (like the Egyptian State Incentive Award in Chemistry, 2013), regional (like the LEWA Leadership Excellence for Women award, 2013) and international awards (like the Young Scientist Award at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, 2013) and was selected as an academic visitor and panelist at the Nobel Laureates meetings in Lindau, Germany, in 2012 and 2014, respectively. In 2016, she has been awarded the Next Einstein and the Fulbright fellowships as well as the L.A.B. fellowship of three organizations: Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, the European Forum in Alpbach and the Falling Walls in Berlin.
Larissa is the president of the Luxembourg Business Angel Network (www.LBAN.lu) as well as a member of the board of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN). She is also the director and co-founder of Equilibre (www.equilibre.lu), a Luxembourg-based think and action tank delivering research, advisory and advocacy for ‘gender complementarity’ at work.
She also lectures at Universities on the topics of Family Business, Gender in Entrepreneurship, Diversity Management and local incubators. She is also on the European speaker circuit on subject related to business angels, gender, impact investing, entrepreneurship and family business.
Frank Biermann is a research professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He is also the director of the GlobalGoals research programme on the steering effects of the Sustainable Development Goals, supported by a European Research Council 'Advanced Grant'. Biermann’s current research examines multilateral institutions, United Nations reform, global adaptation governance, climate engineering, the political role of science, global justice, and conceptual innovations such as the notion of the Anthropocene. Biermann pioneered the ‘earth system governance’ paradigm in global change research in 2005 and was the founder and first chair (2008-2018) of the Earth System Governance Project, a leading global transdisciplinary research network. He has authored, co-authored or edited 17 books and published 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in academic books. Recent books are Anthropocene Encounters: New Directions in Green Political Thinking (Cambridge UP 2019); Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation (MIT Press, 2017) and Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene (MIT Press, 2014). Biermann is also the editor-in-chief of the new peer-reviewed journal, Earth System Governance (Elsevier); co-editor of three book series with The MIT Press and Cambridge University Press; and member of numerous editorial boards. He is frequently invited to governmental commissions and panels and has spoken in the United Nations General Assembly, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee.
Lidia Borrell-Damian has worked for the European University Association since 2006 and has served as Director for Research and Innovation (R&I) since January 2014. She is responsible for the strategy and implementation of work aimed to supporting and enhancing the role of universities as major research and innovation organisations at the European level. Her responsibilities include the coordination of policy input based on the evidence and practice provided by EUA individual members and the National Rectors’ Conferences. Additionally, she is in charge of R&I policy input in collaboration with other major pan-European university networks and relevant stakeholders in the sector.
Her areas of work and activities cover a wide range of current EU priorities, namely the Framework Programme (Horizon 2020 and its successor Horizon Europe); the European Research Area; research infrastructures; research integrity; university-business cooperation; Regional Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3); Digital Agenda and Open Science.
Lidia Borrell-Damian holds a Doctorate in Chemistry (Chemical Engineering Specialty; Solar Energy) from the University of Barcelona. Prior to joining EUA, she was Director of Research at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona from 2003-2005. She has also worked in the private sector in a chemical company in Spain as the R&D Deputy Director from 2001-2003. Previously she was a researcher and an Assistant Professor at the University of Barcelona from 1990-1998; a Visiting Scholar at North Carolina State University (USA), 1997-1998; and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at The University of Western Ontario (Canada), 1999-2000.
Joeri Both is head of the department of Research Support at the University Library of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. His team works on research data management, research intelligence, Open Access, innovation in research support and Systematic Literature Search. The team strives to free up as much time as possible for researchers by supporting them in all their efforts and to decrease administrative burden. We have previously presented on our goal to incorporate societal attention of research into the award system of universities and launched a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) tool for research excellence and societal attention within the AURORA network (see: https://aurora-network.global/project/sdg-analysis-bibliometrics-relevance/). The tool gives insight in questions of output in relation to the SDGs, the excellence of that research, and what the societal impact of that research is. We are currently working on an upgrade of the tool, focusing on increasing recall and precision of the scientific output relevant to the SDGs.
Joeri studied biomedical sciences at the Applied Univeristy of Rotterdam and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and proceeded to obtain a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, studying chromosomal amplifications in human osteosarcoma. Since 2017 he heads the department of Research Support at the Vrije Universiteit.
Amy is passionate about fostering conversation and the exchange of ideas at the frontiers of research and practice and brings over 10 years of experience in outreach to her role as Senior Director, Knowledge Mobilization at CIFAR. In this position, Amy connects global thought leaders in the public and private sectors to the knowledge and ideas emerging from CIFAR’s research programs through curated dialogues and on-line resources.
During her graduate studies, Amy co-founded CRAM Science (now CurioCity) – an online STEM resource for high school students - and then went on to work in the Exhibits Department at Science World where she developed a suite of new public programs. She then served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation where she helped lead the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Program and the Ministry’s youth innovation outreach file before taking on her role at CIFAR in 2011. Amy holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in Experimental Oncology from Western University.
Sarah Coombs (Calgary, 1978) studied theology (1998) and religious studies (2002) before achieving her Masters in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, Canada (2004) where she specialised in the services and support of academic libraries. She currently is employed as a Research Support Advisor at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. She is also a PhD candidate at the Centre for Science and Technology (CWTS) at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Her research involves examining how the societal impact of applied sciences can be evaluated and how this evaluation can be implemented in practice.
Sarah has represented the Applied Sciences as an active member of many Dutch and international initiatives including the National Plan for Open Science and FOBID as well as being the former co-chair of both the Dutch National Copyright Network for Universities of Applied Sciences and the Liber workgroup on Innovative Metrics. She is currently focused on the development and implementation of a Dutch national platform for Applied Sciences. The aim of this platform is to increase the accessibility, findability, and impact of research output created by Universities of Applied Sciences.
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.
Dr Lucy Davies is Product Manager for Vertigo Ventures, global experts in impact measurement and reporting. With a PhD in Computational Neuroscience, as well expertise in health services research and supporting creative practice, she believes passionately in the power of research to transform and effect meaningful change for the better. As an impact expert and champion, she has worked both as a research facilitator and impact officer within the Higher Education sector and now supports researchers and research managers alike, across the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and the Netherlands, to plan, track and report impact through VV-Impact Tracker, Vertigo Venture’s innovative impact reporting software.
Baerbel has a MA in General Pedagogy, Sociology and Psychology from the University of Passau, Germany and a MA in Applied Social and Market Research from the University of Westminster, UK.
Baerbel joined THE in 2016 as Lead Rankings Analyst and since then she has led a team developing the THE Europe Teaching Rankings and has now an active role in developing the THE University Impact Rankings. In her previous engagement with QS, Baerbel has also been a vital part of the development and execution of global and regional university rankings as well as a variety of other spin-off projects for nearly a decade. She has been a keystone in building and evolving of reputation surveys in addition to rankings related data and knowledge management. Baerbel has delivered rankings workshops across the world and regularly speaks to university leaders about how to maximize data outputs in terms of quantity and quality.
Since 2017, Benedikt Fecher has headed the “Learning, Knowledge, Innovation” research programme at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. The programme addresses issues at the interfaces of science and digitisation and education and digitisation. Benedikt is also co-editor of the blog journal Elephant in the Lab, which critically examines the scientific system. He is also a member of the editorial board of Publications, an open access journal. In his research, Benedikt deals with questions concerning the governance of science and innovation, in particular with the topics of impact and third mission, open science/open access and research infrastructures.
Roland A. Fischer, Prof. Dr. rer. nat., Dr. phil. h.c., holds the Chair of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and is Director of the TUM Catalysis Research Centre. Previously he was Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Ruhr-University Bochum (1997-2015) and Heidelberg University (1996-1997). He has been elected Vice President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in 2016. He is member of the Award Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Chemical Industry Fund and was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences. His research interest focuses on functional molecular materials for advanced applications in energy conversion, catalysis, gas storage and separation, chemical sensing, photonics and microelectronics. To illustrate, metal-rich complexes, atomic precise clusters, nanoparticles and nanocomposites can substitute rare noble metals for important catalytic transformation of small molecules. In addition, the combinatorial building-block principle of coordination network compounds such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) yields ample opportunities for the manipulation and design of the chemistry of coordination space in pores and channels accessible to guest molecules. The goal is to integrate chemical and physical multifunctionality in photo-active, electrical conductive, catalytic and stimuli-responsive MOFs. Currently, he is steering the DFG Priority Program 1928 “Coordination Networks: Building Blocks for Functional Systems”.
Floortje Flippo has been with Elsevier for more than 13 years and worked in various sales related roles supporting customers in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. In the recent 5 years she has been part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence organization and has had a specific focus on corporate research management questions and solutions. Floortje has a background in marketing and economics, before working at Elsevier she worked at the graduate school of InHolland University of Applied Sciences, a healthcare management consultancy firm and the Projectmanagementbureau of the city of Amsterdam.
Sarah Foxen is a Knowledge Exchange Manager in UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit, a small team based in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), which coordinates the flow of information and expertise between UK Parliament and the research community. Sarah’s role includes training and supporting academics and those working in Higher Education to engage with Parliament, and working with parliamentary colleagues to increase uptake of research. She also manages an ongoing academic fellowship programme. Sarah leads UK Parliament’s work with Research England and its input into the development of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework and Knowledge Exchange Framework. Sarah coordinates the increasing collaborative work that UK Parliament is doing with the devolved administrations (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) to share best practice around academic engagement. Sarah is involved in POST’s international work programme, and leads a knowledge exchange programme around legislative science advice, working with partners in the UK, Spain and Mexico. Sarah has a PhD in sociolinguistics from the University of Exeter (UK) and a background in education.
As Head of Science & Research at Stifterverband, Andrea Frank is responsible, among other things, for the Transfer Audit - a strategy consulting service that the Stifterverband has conducted at 40 universities and universities of applied sciences. She is also co-author of the “Gründungsradar”, a survey which compares Higher Education Institutions’ commitment for entrepreneurship education and activities.
Between 2000 and 2006 she worked for the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) as project manager and head of unit. Prior to joining HRK she was a lecturer for the Robert Bosch Foundation at the University of Pécs, Hungary. She has a background in Regional Science North America, Politics and Sociology (University of Bonn and Mount Holyoke College, USA) and completed an Executive Master of Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
* Photo credit: D. Ausserhofer, Stifterverband
Sascha Friesike is Professor of Digital Innovation Design at the Berlin University of the Arts and Director of the Weizenbaum Institute for Networked Society. He is also an associate researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Friesike is an industrial engineer and holds a doctorate in innovation management from the University of St.Gallen. He spent a year of his doctorate in Stanford, USA. He then helped to establish the Humboldt Institute in Berlin, where he was Head of Research until 2016. He was Professor of Business Administration at the University of Würzburg from 2014 to 2016 and Assistant Professor of Digital Innovation at the VU University in Amsterdam from 2017 to 2019. His research focuses on the role digital plays when something new is created. He examines the role of digitalization in academic research or looks at how creative people remix existing concepts to create something new.
Deputy Head of the Competence Center Policy – Industry – Innovation Coordinator of Business Unit Innovation Indicators
Business training in wholesale and import/export trade. Studied social science at the University of Mannheim. Ph.D. in economics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since October 2000 employed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe. Rainer Frietsch is deputy head of the Competence Center Policy - Industry - Innovation and he is Coordinator of the Business Unit Innovation Indicators. Since 2008 Rainer Frietsch is Visiting Professor at the Institutes of Science and Development (CASISD; formerly known as Institute of Policy and Management) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. In 2011 (reappointment in 2017) he was appointed as a member of the German Expert Group of the Sino-German Platform for Innovation by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since 2017 Rainer Frietsch is visiting researcher at the Beijing Research Center for Science of Science (BRCSS) of the Beijing Academy of Science and Technology (BJAST).
Dr. Victoria Galán-Muros is an active professional with a broad international expertise in university-business cooperation, and higher education management, policy and innovation.
A Higher Education Policy Analyst at the OECD until May 2019, Victoria previously worked as a consultant, academic, researcher and facilitator in those topics. As a senior consultant, associated at Technopolis Group UK and Apprimo UG, Victoria worked with universities and governments in 20+ countries along with the European Commission. She was the scientific and policy manager of the two largest studies of university-business cooperation in Europe, for the European Commission (DG EAC). Victoria has delivered professional workshops in 16 countries, co-authored over 40 consulting reports and participated in 14 government-funded projects.
As an academic and researcher, she has been involved in 11 universities of 8 countries, including Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands), University of Adelaide (Australia), Muenster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Munich Business School (Germany), University of Granada (Spain), Nelson Mandela University (South Africa). Victoria has co-authored 40+ publications, published in recognised journals, presented her research at international conferences as well as given 50+ speeches as keynote/invited speaker in 20+ countries. Additionally, she is the Director of Policy Affairs in the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN).
Victoria holds two 4-year undergraduate degrees at Universidad de Granada in Business Management and also in Market Research, she holds a MSc in Social Research Methods at London School of Economics and a PhD in University-Business Cooperation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Matthias Gottwald is Head of R&D Policy and Networking at Bayer AG since 2007, being responsible for the interaction with the political environment on R&D related issues, consortia management and publicly funded activities.
He studied at Georg-August University in Goettingen, where he gained a diploma in biology and a PhD in microbiology. Since 1986 he worked with Schering AG and Bayer AG in several management positions in R&D. Since 2007 he was actively involved in the planning and implementation of the Innovative Medicines Initiative IMI and supports the initiative since then as chair of the IMI Operations Group of the EFPIA. He is also member of the Executive Board of the IMI projects PARADIGM and EFOEUPATI.
Born in 1965, married, three children. Studied law. 1996-1999: Senate Chancellery, Berlin. 1999-2005: Planning group of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. 2001-2005: Chair of the planning group. From 2005: Federal Chancellery; Head of Staff for Policy Planning, Basic Issues and Special Tasks until 2010. 2010 to January 2014: Director at the Federal Chancellery for the areas: families, senior citizens, women and youth; education and research; affairs of the New Länder; demographic change; churches and religious communities. Since February 2014: Director-General Policy issues and strategies; coordination at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
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.
Dietmar Harhoff is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich. His research focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and industrial economics.
He graduated with a Diploma degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund. As a McCloy Scholar he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Harvard University. His doctoral training at the MIT Sloan School of Management focused on economics and management of innovation.
Dietmar Harhoff has served in advisory functions to private and public organizations. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Federal Ministry of Economics. From 2008 to 2013, he was a member of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy (EAGCP). From 2012 to 2015, he chaired the Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) at the European Patent Office. From 2007 to 2019, he was the Chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) of the German Federal Government. Since March 2019, he has been chair of the Commission for the establishment of the new German Agency for Disruptive Innovation (Agentur für Sprunginnovationen) by appointment of the German Federal Minister of Education and Research and the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Dietmar Harhoff is elected member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW).
Vera works closely with organisations to enable strategic decision-making driven by data gathered using the Researchfish Impact & Evaluation Hub. With a background in mathematical modelling and data analysis, Vera joined the Research Fish team from a leading mathematical consultancy company, where she led business development in a strategic area of research management and directed research networks on the interface of funders, academia and industry.
Tamika Heiden, PhD, is the founder and head visionary of the Research Impact Academy. Tamika has worked in health research and research coordination for over 15 years and is passionate about making a difference through the translation of research into practice. Tamika’s background in knowledge translation and research impact, along with her dedication to improving social outcomes from research, led her to develop the Research Impact Academy (formerly Knowledge Translation Australia). Tamika’s goal, and purpose is to ensure that research is relevant and accessible to the people who need it. Tamika has well-developed networks, both nationally and internationally, and has trained widely in the fields of translation and impact.
Coming from an applied science background Tamika’s purpose was to do research to make a difference. Tamika was first introduced to the science behind research impact whilst she was working in Aboriginal Health. The idea of research belonging to the community it would serve and of that community being involved with the research from conception through to delivery aligned with her personal philosophy, that knowledge should be shared.
Through her experience Tamika has won coveted awards in translation from SickKids Hospital and in innovation from the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum. Tamika is regularly invited to present on impact, run workshops for researchers, and assist in strategic planning.
In 2016, Tamika founded and hosted the annual online Research Impact Summit. Tamika's passion for translation for impact, along with the summit success, led to her becoming known as the “Australian powerhouse of Research Impact. With a 4000 strong audience representing 47 countries, Tamika has interviewed and built a network of more than seventy experts in the fields of stakeholder engagement, translation and implementation, and research impact.
Florian Hoos is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at “Technische Universität Berlin” (TUB) since March 2017. Before joining TUB, he worked for six years as an Assistant Professor (2011-2017) and the Scientific Director (2015-2017) of the Master in Sustainability and Social Innovation at HEC Paris where he still serves as an Affiliate Professor. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at MIT Sloan School (2014-2015), worked as a strategic consultant, and created a social venture in the Ivory Coast. He earned his Ph.D. from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2010, and holds a M.Sc. (Diplom-Kaufmann) in business administration from the University of Giessen (Germany).
Florian was listed as one of the 40 best Business School Professors under 40 in the world by Poets & Quants in 2014 and won the Best Professor Award of HEC Paris (“Prix Vernimmen”) in the same year. He co-developed one of the first French Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) about changemaking and social entrepreneurship on courser which reached more than 100,000 people, and teaches different topics (entrepreneurship, sustainable business development, leadership and ethics) at various institutions. He is also a certified radical collaboration trainer and certified in theme-centered interaction. He is an active researcher with publications in leading international scientific journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics and Accounting and Business Research. He also serves on the editorial board of the leading academic journal Academy of Management Learning & Education.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel studied Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen. In 1995, he received his PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. He worked at the Universities of Kassel, Cologne, Jena and Dortmund, as well as at the Center of Higher Education Development (CHE – Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung). Stefan Hornbostel served as Director of the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (IFQ) from 2005 to 2015. He was appointed Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences (Science Studies) in 2005. Since 2016, he is head of the research area “Research System and Science Dynamics” at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). He is a member of the advisory board of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), and member of the advisory board for the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-Quest), Oslo. His research interests lie in in the field of science studies, bibliometrics, and elite sociology.
As a Branch Manager at the Australian Research Council (ARC), Ms Sarah Howard leads the ongoing implementation of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) program, and the development and implementation of a new national assessment of engagement and impact of Australian university research. Ms Howard also oversees the management of the longitudinal datasets for these evaluation programs and the provision of policy advice on research evaluation and the state of the Australian university research landscape more broadly.
Ms Howard’s career in the Australian Public Service has included a number of roles at the ARC, in the areas of research evaluation, research policy and research funding, through the National Competitive Grants Scheme, as well as previous roles in the Department of Industry. Ms Howard has maintained strong links with the research sector throughout her career, as a researcher and as Associate Director at the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Chonnettia Jones is Director of Insight and Analysis at Wellcome Trust, a private charitable foundation dedicated to improving health through research, innovation, policy and engagement with society. With an annual charitable spend of £1 billion, Wellcome supports more than 14,000 people in 100 countries.
As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Chonnettia provides strategic leadership to maximize the impact of the achievements and opportunities that arise from Wellcome's funded research and strategic initiatives. Before taking up this role, she managed the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of major science initiatives funded by Wellcome. She also serves as a non-executive director on the Board for the Anthony Nolan Foundation and as a member of the EMBO Publications Advisory Board. Prior to joining Wellcome, Chonnettia managed a collaborative scientific research program at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Chonnettia has more than twenty years of experience in science research, strategy and evaluation. She trained as a geneticist and developmental biologist, studied neurobiology as a Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Fellow at Emory University, and lectured at American universities.
Hans de Jonge is advisor for open science policies at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the major research council in the Netherlands. Hans is responsible for the open access and open data policies of NWO and is also engaged in activities to review reward structures to incentivise open research practices. Hans represents NWO in the National Platform Open Science in the Netherlands and was member of the group tasked with the development of the implementation guidelines of Plan S. Hans joined NWO in 2018. Previously he worked as program manager at the academic affairs unit of Utrecht University and at the Dutch Association of Universities (VSNU) where he headed the research policy unit. Hans is a historian by training and specialised in the history of science.
Christian Kastrop is since 1st January 2018 Director of the Program Europe’s Future at the Bertelsmann Foundation, Berlin and Gütersloh. From 2014-2017 he served as Deputy Chief Economist, G20 Representative Finance Track and Director General of the OECD's Department of Policy Studies in Paris. Prior to that, working in the German Federal Finance Ministry he was inter alia Deputy Director General of the Economics, the European and the International Department. Between 2007 and 2010, he was President of the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) of the Council of European Finance and Economic Ministers (ECOFIN) and the Eurogroup in Brussels. Christian studied economics, psychology and philosophy at the University of Cologne and Harvard University, Mass., receiving his PhD in economics from the University of Cologne. He is Professor for Public Finance at the Economics Department of the Free University Berlin, Senior Fellow of the Hertie School of Governance Berlin, and Policy Fellow of the Institute of Public Finance at the University of Cologne.
Dr. Yasunori Kikuchi is an Associate Professor in the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), one of the three University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study. He is also the Director of the Presidential Endowed Chair for "Platinum Society" situated under the Organization for Interdisciplinary Research Project at the University of Tokyo.
Dr. Kikuchi received his Ph.D. degree in Process Systems Engineering from the Department of Chemical System Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 2009. His research interests are in systems design and assessments in sustainability science where sophisticated technology assessments are conducted on technoeconomic, socioeconomic, and sociotechnical aspects with municipalities and regional industries. Through various adjunct positions such as the Academic Guest at ETH Zurich (2011), Visiting Scholar at International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research in Kyushu University (2013-2016), Visiting Associate Professor at Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences in Chiba University (2013-2017), and Adjunct Researcher at National Institute for Materials Science (2016-2018), he received the Award for Outstanding Young Researcher from the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan and a similar award from the Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan.
Ir. Maria de Kleijn-Lloyd MBA is Senior Vice President Analytical Services for Elsevier. In this role she is responsible for bespoke analytical services to universities, funding bodies and governments worldwide, advising them on research performance, international collaboration, gender in research and research impact. Prior to joining Elsevier, Maria has worked for McKinsey and Company, for the Dutch government, and in the power and gas sector, in various analytical roles to combining big data to inform decisions. Maria holds a master’s degree with distinction in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology, and an MBA with distinction from Oxford University.
Kalle Korhonen, PhD, is Director of Research Funding at Kone Foundation, Helsinki, since 2012. Kone Foundation, one of the three largest private research funders in Finland, focuses on humanities, social sciences, and environmental science. At the foundation, Korhonen’s first role was to direct the Language Programme (2012–2016). He is currently supervising the impact evaluation of the programme. Korhonen is also Board Member of the Finnish Association of Foundations and Trusts, and in this role he has been an active participant in launching a peer learning programme of impact evaluation between foundations.
As regards Korhonen’s research background, he is a specialist of Greek-Latin bilingualism, language contact and epigraphic culture of the Roman period. He has also been involved in cross-disciplinary initiatives between historical linguistics and biology, and is promoting open science in humanities ever since finishing his PhD in 2003.
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Dr. Gesche Krause is a social scientist, who is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Advance Sustainability Studies (IASS) and works at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). She completed her PhD in Philosophy at the Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University, Sweden, on Natural Resource Management. Next to working for several years with various companies in the private sector, she led the social-ecological science research at the Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, focusing on North Brazilian mangrove management aspects as well as on ornamental trade dynamics in Indonesia. In 2013 she affiliated with the AWI where her current research centers around the development of methods to capture and link natural science findings to societal processes.
Additionally, she has been working for the WBGU, the German Advisory Council on Global Change, the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the EU. For the latter, she acted in 2017 as expert on the topic Food from the Oceans, in support of the European Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) via SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies). Furthermore, she chairs the International Commission of the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) expert working group on social and economic dimensions of aquaculture (WGSEDA) and the working group in the EU-COST Action Oceans Past Platform (OPP) focussing on the historic dimension of marine resource use and aquaculture. Since 2016, she is part of the executive board of the global Oceans Past Initiative (OPI).
Henning Kroll studied economic geography and economics. As senior researcher in Fraunhofer ISI's Competence Center 'Policy – Industry – Innovation', he has coordinated projects in the areas of innovation research, innovation and technology policy, regional development as well as innovation indicators for more than 12 years. His recent work focuses on socio-economic impacts of research infrastructures, strategic regional innovation policies, as well as European policies for industrial modernisation. Currently, he coordinates Fraunhofer ISI's contribution to the H2020 Project 'Charting Impact Pathways of Investment in Research Infrastructures'. Dr Kroll teaches economic geography at the Leibniz University of Hannover and has acted as an independent consultant to the European Commission and the GIZ on matters of strategic regional policy, science-industry relations and research policy.
Rainer Lange is head of the research policy department at the head office of the German Council of Sciences and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) in Cologne. He is a biologist and holds a doctoral de-gree in philosophy. After a period of research and teaching in philosophy of science at the University of Marburg, he joined the Wissenschaftsrat’s head office in 2000. He was project manager for the first pilot studies of the Wissenschaftsrat for a national research rating, and helped implementing the na-tional roadmap for research infrastructures. As head of the research policy division, he supports the Wissenschaftsrat in preparing reports and recommendations on the future of the German research and higher education system. Current interests include the role of science in society, research data, data science, and artificial intelligence.
Based in Silicon Valley, Dr. Burton Lee wears numerous hats that span industry, academia, government, science research, technology and ST&I policy. As a member of the Stanford Engineering faculty (Mechanical Engineering Design Group), he lectures on ‘European Innovation & Entrepreneurship’ for over 10 years, supported by European governments. Lee is today considered one of Silicon Valley’s leading experts on the European and US science and innovation ecosystems.
Dr. Lee concurrently serves as a senior innovation and science advisor to European governments, regions, companies, accelerators and universities. Recent Visiting Professor|Scientist and client engagements include TU Graz, Ruhr Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund, Technion (Israel), German National Chamber of Commerce (DIHK), IHK München, German Accelerator, Stavanger Region, Statoil, UniCredit Bank, Science Foundation Ireland, Gdansk Metropolitan Authority, MidJutland Region (DK), the NSF, NIH and NASA.
In 2017, Upper Austria (OberÖsterreich) engaged Dr. Lee to assist with developing a new AI Roadmap and Strategy for the region. During 2014, Dr. Lee was invited by the European Commission to assess the Horizon2020 ICT Work Programme and offer recommendations for improvements. In 2010, Prime Minister Brian Cowen appointed Dr. Lee to Ireland’s National Innovation Taskforce. Burton also served as a S&T Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, Computer Science & Telecommunications Board, in Washington DC. He completed his PhD in Artificial Intelligence (Stanford, 2002) supported by Daimler Research Labs.
Entrepreneur 1996 to present:
Lemmens Medien GmbH, Education, Science, Technology, Bonn
Edutron GmbH, Software Development, Berlin
KBHF GmbH, Material Research & Handling Facility for Fusion Energy, at KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Campus North
Atlantik Trading – the business think- and do-tank, LLC, Washington, D.C.
Higher Education and Research:
Director Liaison Office North America University of Freiburg & Eucor – The European Campus, New York 2016-2018 and consultant North Amerika for University of Bremen 2016 to present, University of Ulm 2015-2017.
Lecturer „Governance & Management” for Non-Profit Institutions especially in Education, Higher Education, Science and Humanities; current lecturer with the Universities Ulm, Bern and Potsdam (prior to this group: U Saarland, U Speyer, TU Berlin, U Hildesheim).
Former positions and further international experience:
Education, Tech and Science Journalist (1983-88); Editor Klett-Raabe Bonn (1989-1991); Trainee Publishing Management Klett Bonn-Stuttgart (1992-93); CEO Klett-Raabe Vienna (1994-95); entrepreneur since 1996; Lemmens Medien GmbH London (2000-06) and same position New York (2013-2018.
University degrees: Political Science and Law (MA, Dr)
Gabi Lombardo PhD is the Director of the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (www.eassh.eu), the largest advocacy and science policy organization for social sciences and humanities in Europe. She is an expert in both higher education and global research policy, and has extensive high-level experience operating at the interface of strategy, science policy, research support and funding. Gabi holds a senior level experience in strategic and ‘foresight’ planning in elite higher education institutions, international research funders and associations as she worked with the London School of Economics (LSE) the European Research Council (ERC) and Science Europe (SE).
As Director of EASSH, Gabi advocates for social sciences and humanities research in science policy design and discussions at the national, European and international levels. She advocates also for the need of a strong evidence-based approach to policy-making, and the inclusion of researchers in science policy development for strategic and broad-based research funding. Gabi is regularly invited to participate in science policy fora in Brussels and across Europe and has recently published about ethics in social sciences research. In November 2018, Gabi received the Young Academy of Europe Annual Prize.
Andy is the founder and Director of Firetail, a strategy consulting firm based in London that works around the world with organisations dedicated to social progress.
He has spent his career working with people trying to make a positive difference to society. He has worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations, the International Science Council, Malaria No More, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Privacy International, Comic Relief, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Anthony Nolan, among many others. His specialisms include strategy development, purpose-driven business models, public engagement, impact measurement and strategic evaluation.
As well as running Firetail, he is Vice President of the board of the New Humanitarian, an independent NGO dedicated to putting quality, independent journalism at the service of the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises. He is also on the board of the think tank Compass, and works as an advisor to start-ups and social ventures.
He was previously Head of Strategy at Cancer Research UK, and spent the early part of his career in strategy consulting and policy. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Dario is an expert in mentoring entrepreneurs and startups to scale up their business through international acceleration programs, and in helping researchers to exploit their research results and bridge the gap to market. He currently works for META Group, an international investment group, where he manages several international projects focused on fostering the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, acts as advisor for the European Commission, and he was in charge of the overall coordination of the Social Challenges Innovation Platform. Previoulsy, he was involved into The Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative, an end-to-end international acceleration and investor matching platform for high-tech startups, focused on 5 key clusters: ICT & Mobile, Cleantech, Biotech & Healthcare, Nanotech & Materials, and Social Ventures.
Dario holds a Master Degree in Innovation Management from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and is completing a PhD at the University of Pisa, focusing on development of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Southern Europe.
Barend van der Meulen is Head of Science at the Rathenau Instituut and endowed professor Evidence for Science Policy at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University. He has over 25 year experience in science policy, and science policy studies. His research is on the dynamics of science and science policy, and on the policy instruments used for science policy. Recent research includes projects on the Future of Universities, academic careers and the organisation of challenge driven research. Barend van der Meulen's publications have examined diverse aspects of the Dutch science system, the 'Europeanization' of science, research evaluation, the role of forecasts and prognoses, 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, member of the Board of the Graduate School WTMC, and member of the advisory board of AESIS. He was 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.
Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel studied English Philology, Chemistry and Philosophy at the Universities of Kiel, Belfast, and New York. From 1989 until 1993 he taught American Culture and Literature at the University of Kiel where he completed his Ph.D. in American Studies in 1992. He then joined the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Scholarship Foundation), where in 1995 he became Head of the Press and Communication office. From 1997 until 1999 he served on Federal President Roman Herzog's staff concentrating on international, cultural and educational issues. In 1999 he joined the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany) as Senior Manager for programmes focussing on Higher Education Reform as well as Change Management in Science and Research. In 2005 he was promoted to Head of the Programmes and Funding Department and Deputy Secretary General. Dr. Meyer-Guckel is a governing board member in various foundations, Chairman of the Leuphana University’s Board of Trustees, member of the Board of Trustees of the Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, member of the steering committee of the German National Expert Forum on the Digital Future of Higher Education and member of the Global Learning Council.
Apollonia Miola is senior Scientist at the EC Joint Research Centre - Sustainable Resources Directorate. She leads the JRC research activity in the field of Sustainable Development Goals.
Her main task is the provision of scientific support and policy advices to European Commission in the field of climate change, development economics, policy coherence and the Sustainable Development Goals.
She is an economist and before joining the EU Commission she was a senior researcher and lecturer of Applied environmental economics (MSc in Economics and Management of the Environment) at the “Luigi Bocconi” University of Milan.
She is author of many reports and peer reviewed papers in the field of climate change and sustainable development.
Dr. Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura is a founder and senior advisor at Policy Innovations and former director for Stockholm Environment Institute Africa Centre which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has over fifteen years of experience in Natural Resources Management, International Development, Strategic Governance and Policy Analysis. She joined SEI in 2018. Her research interests include global development policy issues especially those related to climate change, land, agriculture and other natural resources governance.
Evelyn has extensive experience in policy analysis, applied research, teaching, program and project management. Her experience in environmental management relates principally to Africa, where she has worked in over 15 countries. She has published on a wide variety of subjects including; land rights, natural resource tenure, climate change and gender.
Dr. Namubiru-Mwaura holds a joint Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University, Bloomington, with majors in environmental policy, political theory and methods, and public policy. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Development (with distinction) from the Australian National University, and a BSc (Honors) in Forestry from Makerere University, Uganda.
She has over seventeen years of experience in providing strategy leadership and policy and has led and coordinated several international programs and projects focusing on sustainable development, gender, natural resource governance, environmental conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation through appointments with the Stockholm Environment Institute, theWorld Bank, GEF, UNDP, International Forestry Resources and Institutions, Makerere University, AGRA and the African Academy of Sciences.
She has won several other awards including the Elinor Ostrom-Johan Skytte Fellowship, the International Foundation for Science award for field research, the Compton Foundation Peace & Security Fellowship and the Australian Sponsored Training Scholarship. Evelyn is the 2018/2019 Great Lakes Regional and Country Winner in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities Sector of CEO Global's Most Influential Women in Business and Government. She is the current Vice President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) and Chairperson of the External Advisory Board, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI).
Prof. Zenda Ofir is a full-time independent evaluator from South Africa. With a PhD in (Ecological) Chemistry, she managed national research grant funding programmes in a South African science council and served as Director Research for the University of Pretoria before turning to evaluation. Since 2000 she has worked across the world on the interface of science, evaluation and development, with a special focus on Africa and Asia, and on the Global South in general. She often evaluates research quality and impact from national to global level and was one of the lead developers of the Research Quality Plus (RQ+) approach to evaluating science for development.
Zenda is a former President of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), former Vice-President of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and former Board Member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She is currently Vice-President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), steering committee member of the South-to-South Evaluation (S2SE) initiative and a Lead Steward in the SDG Transformations Forum. She has a widely read blog on Evaluation for Development and has served on the advisory bodies of a range of international organisations well as on the editorial boards of two international evaluation journals. She was visiting professor at the University of Hiroshima and presented for several years the Aid Effectiveness module at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo. Since 2014 she has the title of Honorary Professor in the School for Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In 2019 she spent four months as Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.
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Mikael Östling received his MSc and the PhD degrees from Uppsala University, Sweden. He holds a position as professor in solid state electronics at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is deputy president of KTH and currently department head of electronics. He was the dean of the School of Information and Communication Technology, KTH, between 2004–12. Östling was a senior visiting Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, and a visiting professor with the University of Florida, Gainesville. In 2005 he co-founded the company TranSiC, acquired in full by Fairchild Semiconductor 2011. He was awarded the first ERC grant for advanced investigators. His research interests are nanoscaled Si and Ge device technologies and emerging 2D materials, as well as device technology for wide bandgap semiconductors for high power / high temperature applications. He has supervised 40 PhD theses work and co-authored 500+ scientific papers published in international journals and conferences. Mikael Östling was an editor of the IEEE Electron Device Letters 2005-2014 and appointed vice president of EDS 2014-15. He is editor in chief of the IEEE J-EDS since 2016. Mikael is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Marion Poetz is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and Scientific Director of the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center (OIS Center) in Vienna. She gained her PhD from WU Vienna and has been a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management, Bocconi University and ETH Zurich. Inspired by phenomena linked to open innovation, crowdsourcing and similar topics, her research is concerned with strategy, leadership, organization and problem solving in open and collaborative forms of generating research and innovation and capturing value from doing so. As a principle investigator in several large-scale research projects, she currently manages research groups around these topics in both Denmark and Austria. Marion’s work has been published in leading international journals such as Management Science, the Journal of Product Innovation Management or Harvard Business Review, featured in media such as Forbes or Inc. Magazine, and received numerous awards. Marion has been an academic advisor and consultant to organizations from various industries including national and international firms and policy-making institutions. She has been involved in developing the Open Innovation in Science (OIS) Initiative of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and acts as the academic director of the Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS). Marion is affiliated with the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID), the Academy of Management (AOM) and has been selected as a member of the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
As of January, 1, 2017 Martin Raditsch the CEO of Innovectis GmbH, the knowledge transfer company and 100% subsidiary of Goethe University Frankfurt. Martin is a life scientist and executive leader with 20 years experience in international business development, licensing and technology transfer in the pharma, med-tech, biotech and material sciences sector and ranging from industry to the public research sector.
Martin is a graduate of Heidelberg University and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. He is certified as RTTP (registered technology transfer professional) by the global “Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals” (ATTP).
Following his Ph.D., Martin was Laboratory Leader in the pharmaceutical R&D division of BASF AG. After positions in international product marketing of the corporation and plant biotech project management, he became Head of Technology Management Applied Technologies and was responsible for the applied technology portfolio of the plant biotech entity with activities based in the US, Canada, Sweden and Germany.
In 2001 Martin joined EMBL Enterprise Management Technology Transfer GmbH (EMBLEM) a fully owned subsidiary of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)) as Head of Business Development responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property developed in the EMBL-world including several spin off projects. As of 2004 he served as Deputy Managing Director of EMBLEM.
In 2011 Martin took on the position as Managing Director at InnovationLab GmbH in Heidelberg. InnovationLab is the joined R&D and transfer institute of University of Heidelberg, University of Mannheim, BASF, Merck, Heidelberger Printing Press and SAP.
Martin was involved in the funding process off 16 start-ups and is co-founder of the European Institute for Pharma Logistics (EIPL). He serves currently as board member and president of ASTP-Proton, as advisory board member of the BioRN Network, and as Advisory Board member of BioMed X GmbH.
Dr. Marina Ranga is senior researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain and Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the University of Warsaw, Poland. Prior to that, she held academic positions at Stanford University (2009-2015) and in Europe, at Newcastle University Business School, Groningen University, University of Warsaw and Sussex University (2005-2011). Her main areas of expertise include: National and regional innovation ecosystems; Regional innovation and smart specialization; The Entrepreneurial University, University-Industry cooperation, Technology transfer and research commercialization; Gender in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. In these areas, she developed an extensive research portfolio and publication record, including over 60 book chapters, articles in top-tier journals, research and consultancy reports. Since 2003 Dr. Ranga has conducted extensive consultancy on innovation and technology for the European Commission, several UN bodies, as well as national and regional government innovation agencies. Among others, she chaired the EC DG RTD's Advisory Group on H2020 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” (2014-2016) and currently serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities and of the Scientific Board of the University-Industry Innovation Network. She has been an evaluator for several H2020 funding schemes (Marie Curie Fellowships, Twinning) and for national innovation agencies in the Netherlands, Poland, and Hungary. She has a PhD and a MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, Sussex University, and a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
Since 2007 at the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development as Senior Project Manager. Main areas of work: Third mission and transfer at universities, HE development, development of higher education systems and universities of applied sciences.
She managed various projects in this field.
Since 2018 Member of the Executive Committee and since 2019 Managing Director of EAIR - The European Higher education society.
Dr Wolfgang Rohe was appointed as Executive Director of Stiftung Mercator in 2014 and heads the Science and Humanities Division. Since 2008 he has been responsible for Science and Humanities. He previously held various positions at two of the most influential science organizations in Germany. From 1992 to 2002, he worked with the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) in Bonn, initially in the Department for Collaborative Research Centers and then as Head of the strategic planning unit. In 2002, he moved to the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) where he served as Head of the Research Policy Department and since 2005 also as Vice Secretary General. Wolfgang Rohe holds a Ph.D. in German philology.
Miłosz Rojek holds PhD in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics. He is Counsellor to the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland. As the Education Department Director at the Polish Financial Supervision Authority he was responsible for the projects devoted to strengthening financial literacy and disseminating supervisory practices and arrangements among financial sector stakeholders (2009-2011). In 2012 he became Secretary of the Regulatory Impact Assessment Team at the Ministry of Justice where he worked on regulations affecting the business environment (i.a. deregulation of professions, one-stop shop for business registration). In 2016 he joined the Strategy and Analysis Unit at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, where he has been working of designing and implementation of the comprehensive reform of the science and higher education system, including the new model of the research quality assessment.
Professor in the Plasma and Materials Processing group, Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology
Since his appointment in 2011 at DIFFER he focuses on the physics and chemistry of plasma-surface interaction under extreme nuclear fusion conditions, and of direct and indirect conversion of solar energy into fuels and chemicals. He has authored and co-authored over 450 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the co-inventor of > 20 patents. He is a fellow of AVS, IUPAC and IOP and serves on numerous scientific committees of international conferences.
In 2008 he has won the European William Crookes Plasma Prize. In 2009 he was awarded the first FOM Valorisation Prize for his achievements in transferring scientific knowledge to industry. Since 2013 he is a member of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2014 he was awarded the Plasma Prize of the AVS Plasma Science and Technology Division for his career achievements.
Toby Smith has served at AAU since January 2003. As Vice President for Policy, he oversees AAU’s policy projects, initiatives and activities including the AAU Undergraduate STEM education and PhD education initiatives. He is responsible for matters relating to science and innovation policy and broader impacts of science.
He shares responsibility for matters concerning research costs and compliance issues including facilities and administrative costs, export controls, scientific openness and security, technology transfer and regulatory reform. He also staffs the Senior Research Officers constituent group.
Prior to joining AAU in January 2003, Toby worked as a federal relations representative in the Washington D.C. Offices of the University of Michigan (1999-2002) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992-1999). He began his Washington career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Congressman Bob Traxler (D-Michigan).
Toby has written and spoken widely on science policy and funding issues. He is the co-author a book on national science policy published in 2008 by the University of Michigan Press titled, Beyond Sputnik – U.S. Science Policy in the 21stCentury. He is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board to the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI). He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Toby holds a master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree from the University of Michigan.
Vilius Stanciauskas is a Director for Research & Policy Advice at PPMI. He holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Bristol. Vilius has been primarily involved in the evaluation and impact assessment of the EU’s research and innovation policy, and has carried out multiple evaluations and studies in the areas of health research, researcher careers and mobility, as well as cross-cutting economic analyses and assessments of EU Added Value in FP7 and H2020. Currently Vilius leads three projects involving big data techniques which look into the performance of the EU’s research and innovation system, including the Data4Impact project which is developing novel indicators for the improved monitoring of research activities in the health domain. Another project is a large-scale study launched by DG RTD which aims to track the medium and long-term results and impacts of FP7 Cooperation. Methodologically, Vilius is interested in the potential of unstructured data for social science research and the related techniques such as machine learning, neural networks, topic modelling and entity recognition in text data.
Anne‐Sophie is managing international science‐policy activities related to the Sustainable Developments Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Biodiversity (IPBES). Within these processes, she coordinates inputs from the international scientific community and supports stronger interface between scientists and policy‐makers, in particular through the Science and Technology Major Group at the United Nations. Anne-Sophie has been leading at ISC the completion of policy-oriented reports on the SDGs. Following a 2015 Review of the SDG targets and a report on SDG interactions in 2017, she is currently involved with INGSA, IIASA and SEI in applying a framework for describing interactions to the national level in different country contexts to support the coherent implementation of the SDGs. Anne-Sophie is also currently coordinating the external review of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
After gaining First Class Honours in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a consultant statistician before developing mathematical models of plant growth. His work on the computational aspects of this led into broader applications of IT in education and research, and he 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.
Bettina Uhrig has been involved in international projects, networks and associations since the early 1990s. She has been a member of EARMA, the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators, for the last 13 years, since 2017 she has been a member of EARMA’s Policy & Representation Committee. She has been engaged in European Framework Programmes for Research (and Innovation) from 1997 onwards and has been working with different types of stakeholders for many years. Since 2007, she has been working as Senior Adviser and Project Manager at the Norwegian Social Research Institute (NOVA) in Oslo, now part of Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). Since May 2017, Bettina Uhrig has been involved as Impact Manager in the Horizon 2020 project ‘DARE – Dialogue About Radicalisation and Equality’.
James Wilsdon is Professor of Research Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He is also vice-chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), which was set up in 2014 to share good practice and build capacity for evidence-informed decision making, and now has over 4000 members from 80+ countries.
In 2015, he was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and he now chairs its Policy Working Group. From 2013 to 2017, he chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science, and led an independent government review of the role of metrics in the management of the research system, published in 2015 as The Metric Tide. He subsequently chaired an expert panel on Next Generation Metrics for the European Commission.
Previously, he worked as professor of science and democracy in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (2011-15); director of science policy at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science (2008-11); head of science and innovation at the think tank Demos (2001-08); senior research fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies (2006-08); senior policy adviser at Forum for the Future (1997-01); and special adviser to the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-01).
James contributes regularly to the media, and co-edits the Political Science blog on science policy, hosted by the Guardian from 2013-2018 and now at *Research. He is on the editorial advisory panel of the open access journal Palgrave Communications and on twitter @jameswilsdon
Birge Wolf is an agricultural scientist with interdisciplinary focus and is additional trained in the design of participative processes. Since several years she works at the University of Kassel in the issue of acknowledgement of societal contributions of agricultural research. Currently she coordinates the project SynSICRIS. This project aims to improve monitoring for societal contributions of research like productive interactions and applicability of results and outputs via extending the open source research information system DSpace-CRIS. SynSICRIS stands for “Synergies for societal impact in current research information systems” and intend to develop Synergies for the assessment of societal contributions of research with funding procedures, research and knowledge exchange.
Professor Dr. Birgitta Wolff is President of Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main since 2015. After studying at Witten/Herdecke University and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, she received her PhD as a business economist in 1994. From 2000 to 2014 she held the Chair in Business Economics and International Management at Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg where she also served as Dean of the Department of Economics and Management. Research fellowships and guest professorships took her to Harvard, Georgetown, and Stanford Universities as well as to Eastern Europe, Brazil and China. Wolff has published widely in the fields of human resource, international management and business organisation, among others, and received several awards. In 2010, she left the university to become Minister of Education and Culture in Saxony-Anhalt. Between 2011 and 2013, Wolff served as the Minister of Science and Economy in Saxony-Anhalt. She advised as member of the High Tech Forum the German government on issues of innovation and technology. Furthermore, she is serving on several boards in academe, business and media, including the Board of Directors of the Second German Television (ZDF), and the Board of Trustees of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Since December 2018 she is Member of the Executive Board of the HRK (German Rectors’ Conference) and Vice President for Research, Cooperation and Early Career Researchers.
Paul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has a Masters in biochemistry (Free University of Amsterdam, 1977) and a PhD in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999). He wrote his PhD thesis on "The Citation Culture" (1999). He has worked as science journalist and editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper ("De Waarheid"). He published on the history of the Science Citation Index, on and in scientometrics. He was appointed as leader of two research programs 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). He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN. 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). A member of the editorial board of Social Studies of Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, and Cybermetrics. He also sits on various advisory boards of international programs and projects. He is member of the program board of the ZonMW program to promote responsible research behaviour. He is also member of the international advisory board of the AESIS Network.