Impact of Science 2020

Krakow, Poland

4 – 6 November 2020

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 pilot of a Model of Research Quality Assessment inspired by the REF, 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.

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 of Science and Technology in Krakow.

 

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Partners

Confirmed speakers

David Sweeney

David Sweeney

Conference Chair

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David Budtz Pedersen

David Budtz Pedersen

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Justyna Bandola-Gill

Justyna Bandola-Gill

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Anna Budzanowska

Anna Budzanowska

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Janusz Bujnicki

Janusz Bujnicki

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Samuel Cole

Samuel Cole

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Oliver Cox

Oliver Cox

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Aleksander Dańda

Aleksander Dańda

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Locations

Conference venue

5 and 6 November 2020
AGH University of Science and Technology

Building B-8
Aleja Adama Mickiewicza 30
30-059 Krakow Poland

Conference dinner November 5

18.30-22.00
Restaurant Hawełka

PAŁAC CZECZOTKA
ul. św. Anny 2 / ul. Wiślna 1
31-008 Kraków

Social Programme November 4

12.00-17.00
Wieliczka Salt Mine (option 1)

Ul. Daniłowicza 10,
32-020 Wieliczka
Krakow, Poland

14.00-17.00
Bus & Walking Tour Krakow (option 2)

Meeting point TBD

17.00-18.30
Welcoming Reception

Building A-0
Aleja Adama Mickiewicza 30
30-059 Krakow Poland

Traveling to the conference location