Krakow, Poland

16, 17, 18 June 2020

Impact of Science

Annual Impact of Science conference

Science funders and research programme designers are constantly challenged to maintain an effective and efficient science funding system, while justifying the investments in scientific research towards politics. The pressure increases on governmental and non-governmental science funding organisations to demonstrate the economical and societal returns on their investments in science.

All around the world, experts are improving the process of measuring and communicating the impact of science on society. For example, Poland has recently launched a new REF-like pilot of a Model of Research Quality Assessment, which is part of the Law on Higher Education and Science and a comprehensive reform of the science and higher education system.

Research with societal impact involves different stakeholders from researchers, policymakers, research councils, local municipalities and beyond, and therefore also different causal logics, different expectations for impact and different timelines for social impacts to occur, as well as different scale effects. There is a need for societal impact measurement and advancement, but therefore we need to co-develop effective systems to adapt existing national or regional frameworks and guide coordinated actions involving academic and non-academic actors in government, industry and society as a whole.


The AESIS Network has successfully organised the annual conference ‘Impact of Science’ seven 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-informed 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, leaving ample institutional flexibility;
  • will be optimised by aligning perspectives from all stakeholders of impact, including (but not limited to): research management, funders, scientometricians & societal partners.

The political momentum and current research eco-system in Poland are an excellent and inspirational context to foster the worldwide debate on impact. At the same time, several international perspectives can offer valuable and critical evaluations to the current progress and obstacles in Poland. The AESIS Network and its partners are excited to welcome you at the ‘Impact of Science 2020’ conference at AGH University in Krakow.

 

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Confirmed speakers

Beverley Damonse

Beverley Damonse

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Koenraad Debackere

Koenraad Debackere

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Barend van der Meulen

Barend van der Meulen

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Toby Smith

Toby Smith

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David Sweeney

David Sweeney

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