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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 is introducing a new Model of Research Quality Assessment covering i.a. economic and societal impact of research and development, which is a crucial aspect of comprehensive reform of the science and higher education system introduced by the Law on Higher Education and Science.
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 annual conference ‘Impact of Science' has been successfully organised 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:
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 virtually welcome you at the ‘Impact of Science 2020’ online conference hosted from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.
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4-6 November 2020
Aleja Adama Mickiewicza 30
This conference is organised by the AESIS Network.
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Costs include virtual access to the conference.
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Due to the ongoing severity of the pandemic, the social programme is unfortunately cancelled.
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Anika Duut van Goor – General Manager
Born on 11 June 1977 in Koło. From 1984 to 1992 he attended Primary School in Goszczanów. Until the age of 15 he lived in Goszczanów in the then Sieradz Voivodeship (now Łódź Voivodeship). At the age of 15, he moved to Lublin. From 1992 to 1996 he attended Jan Zamoyski Secondary School in Lublin, where in 1996 he passed his matriculation examination. From 1996 to 2001, he studied law at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in Lublin. From 2001, as a PhD student at the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration (WPPKiA) at the Chair of Constitutional Law at the Catholic University of Lublin, he developed his scientific interests. In 2003 he was hired by the Department of Constitutional Law of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Catholic University of Lublin as an assistant. He also worked at the Kozminski University and the University of Economics in Radom. In 2006, he obtained a doctoral degree in law on the basis of the dissertation Principles of a State Governed by Law and Social Justice in the Systemic Practice of the Third Republic of Poland. In 2015, he obtained a postdoctoral degree in legal sciences on the basis of his achievements and the dissertation Economic Freedom - the First Pillar of Social Market Economy. He has cooperated with several law firms and legal advisers, providing legal services in the field of servicing local government units in the Lublin Voivodeship. Author of several dozen monographs and academic articles. From 1 October 2020, he was employed as professor at the Catholic University of Lublin. On 9 December 2015, he was appointed by Prime Minister Beata Szydło to the office of the Lublin Voivode. In 2016, he became a member of the team for the development of the Constitution for Business by the appointment of the Minister of Development Mateusz Morawiecki. In 2019, in the elections to the Lower House of Parliament of the Republic of Poland, he won a seat with 87,343 votes. In Parliament, he has sat on the committees of Economy and Development, Foreign Affairs, and Justice and Human Rights (of which he was Vice-Chairman). On 19 October 2020, he was nominated Minister of Education and Science by the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. He is married to Katarzyna and has two children, daughter Julia and son Mateusz. In his spare time he enjoys gardening and reading.
Jarosław Gowin is Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Technology, of Poland. He is responsible for the national economic policy - i.e. for entrepreneurship, industrial policy, innovation and technology, digital transformation, green economy and international economic relations. His tasks also include issues related to employment and prevention of unemployment; labour relations and labour conditions; remunerations and employee benefits; collective labour relations and disputes as well as trade unions and employer organisations. Another area includes construction, land use and land management, housing and tourism.
As a Minister, he manages, among others: Public Procurement Office, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Central Office of Measures, Office of Technical Inspection, Polish Space Agency, Future Industry Platform Foundation, Polish Tourist Organisation, National Real Estate Stock, General Office of Building Control. He is responsible for the Central Registration and Information on Business, containing a registry of over 2.5 million businesses.
Jarosław Gowin was born on 4 December 1961 in Krakow. Between 2011 and 2013 he was the Minister of Justice, responsible for the deregulation act. Between 2015 and 2020, he was the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Science and Higher Education. He has introduced the Constitution for Science, i.e. a great reform of higher education and science carried out on a basis of broad dialogue with the academic community, raises for academic staff and ground-breaking changes in training doctoral students; two acts on innovation, providing an impulse for R&D activity, as well as programmes facilitating dissemination of science for children and seniors. He started the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange) and the Łukasiewicz Research Network.
In the 1980s he was a member of the Independent Students’ Association and “Solidarity.” A Cambridge university scholarship holder.
In 2003, he founded the Tischner European University in Krakow, where he held the position of a rector until 2013.
Senator of the 6th term. A member of the Science and Education Committee and the Local Government and State Administration Committee.
He has been a member of the Polish Parliament since 2007. Chairman of the United Right Parliamentary Club in the Sejm of the 7th term. He held the following functions during his term in the parliament: the chairman of the Team for the Bioethics Convention, the chairman of the extraordinary Committee for reviewing the draft acts on the amendment of the Polish Constitution and a member of the National Security Council.
An author of numerous books, journalistic articles, reviews and memoirs. He spends his free time in the mountains and reading books. His favourite actors are Wilhelm Röpke, Friedrich August von Hayek and Adam Smith. He particularly enjoys baroque music.
Married, father of three.
Anna Budzanowska, PhD, is the co-founder of the National Congress of Science and the "Polonia Restituta. Decalogue for Poland on the Centenary of Independence" conference cycle. She was responsible for strategic projects at the Ministry and chairs the works of the team responsible for implementing higher education and science reform. She is a member of the Council of the Polish-American Fulbright Commission on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Anna Budzanowska holds a PhD in Humanities from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University. She also completed Postgraduate Managerial Studies conducted by the Gdansk Foundation for Management Development and the University of Gdansk, where she received an Executive MBA from the Gdansk Foundation for Management Development, the University of Gdansk and Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University. She combined her work in public administration with academic activities, gaining teaching experience at the Jagiellonian University, at the Ks. Józef Tischner European University and the University of Warsaw.
Her scientific interests focus on the study of political and legal doctrines and political systems, as well as public policies. She is a specialist in the field of political thought of the French political right and a scholarship holder of the French government. She actively participates in national and international scientific congresses and research groups and publishes her works in specialist scientific journals.
Albert is an experienced engineer, accomplished entrepreneur, innovative educator and a well-respected humanitarian worker. His research interests include robot-assisted search and rescue systems, critical infrastructure management, rural technologies for sustainable development, and emergency water and sanitation systems.
Albert was the first Hong Kong engineer to join Medecins Sans Frontiers’ field missions in 2000. He volunteered in South Sudan during the civil war, Uzbekistan during 911, Indonesia during the South Asia Tsunami, Pakistan during the Kashmir earthquake, and Sichuan during the Wenchuan earthquake. Albert has completed 13 months of field mission and served as board members and advisors for major international relief organizations, including MSF and Red Cross, for nearly 10 years. Throughout his career, Albert has travelled to over 100 cities in 25 countries and given over 300 talks to schools, professional bodies and the general public, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Mainland China.
Albert co-founded INSIGHT Robotics with 2 friends in 2009 and developed world’s most accurate wildfire detection robot to protect valuable natural resources. The Company now has over 50 staff from 12 nationalities based in 5 offices around the globe. In China alone, over 70 robots are currently operating in 5 provinces. IBM named INSIGHT Robotics as Global Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 for its cutting edge technology and social responsibility. In addition to a successful tech startup, Albert established a NGO in Guangzhou to empower university social activists to promote social innovation in China. The project was later supported by Rockefellers Foundation in 2004.
Albert is also an inspiring role model for the youth. In 2006, he solo-cycled 2000 km across the Qinghai-Tibet plateau to raise $200,000 for Medecins Sans Frontiers. Prior to the Sichuan Earthquake, Albert organized the first “Emergency Engineering” course in 2006 with HK Institution of Engineers to prepare young engineers for demanding emergency relief operations. Some of the participants later contributed to the relief work in Sichuan. “Advanced Emergency Engineering” was organized the following year. Albert is a highly regarded by engineers and humanitarian workers as the “latrine expert” in Hong Kong.
Albert is keen in promoting volunteerism and entrepreneurship to younger generations. He joined CEDARS, HKU in 2009 and shared his extensive NGO network and relief experience to support service-learning activities worldwide. Until 2015, his team supported over 18000 students serving more than 92000 people through 600 projects in 20 countries.
In 2017, Albert joined Lingnan University and developed Hong Kong’s first liberal arts entrepreneurship programme during the first 4 months in his new office. The Programme benefited over 900 students and community members during the first 6 months of operation. It has also established connection with Stanford d.school to offer design thinking workshops in Asia. The programme is now formally named as Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (LEI) by the President of the University.
Dr. Andrew Plume is Senior Director of Research Evaluation at Elsevier, President of the International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) and Chair of the ICSR Advisory Board (www.icsr.net). He holds a PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Queensland (Australia) and conducted post-doctoral research at Imperial College London. Since 2004 he has specialized in the aplication of scientometric approaches to understand the dynamics of the world of research, from researchers and articles all the way up to system-wide studies.
Antonia Caro Gonzalez, Head of the International Research Project Office, is experienced in managing complex interdisciplinary research collaborations and community engagement with multi-stakeholder counterparts (academic, government, private sector and civil society). Over 20 years of experience in research internationalisation backs her as senior counsellor for the Rector team in research strategic planning.
At present, she is responsible for the Internationalisation, Social Impact and Interdisciplinary Platforms plans aligned with the Deusto 2022 Strategic Plan. Among her main tasks, she closely monitors the key EU initiatives keeping contacts with relevant players at international level developing the research interdisciplinary platforms strategy and intersectoral collaborations.
She has participated in over 100 EU-funded proposals since 1999 and has personally led and/or actively contributed to the elaboration and implementation of several of them.
Elected member of the Board of Directors for the Covenant on Demographic Change, of the Board of Directors of the European School of Social Innovation, and member of the GaragErasmus Ethics, Disciplinary and Private Relations Committee. She has recently been appointed full member of the Managing Committee of the Cost Action “International Interdisciplinary Network on Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environments” (NET4AGE-FRIENDLY).
She is the ideator and leader of the development and implementation of the 6i model (Caro-Gonzalez, 2019, 2020), a flexible multi-layered, purpose-driven institutional intervention process. Its main aim is to strategically integrate six dimensions that traditionally suffer from a piecemeal approach: (1) internationalisation, (2) interdisciplinarity, (3) intersectorality, (4) impact, (5) innovation, and (6) inclusion. The strategy developed during the last twelve years, aligned with the RIS3 strategy of the Basque Country and with the Europe 2020 and Global Challenges vehicle the collaborative endeavours between disciplines and with over 1200 stakeholders outside the academia, working on real projects and showing a great impact of research actions.
Barend van der Meulen is a full professor of Institutional Aspects of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente. He has over 25 years of experience in policy studies on higher education and science. His research is on the dynamics of higher education and science policy and related policy instruments. Recent research includes projects on the Future of Universities, academic careers and the organization of challenge-driven research. Barend van der Meulen's publications have examined various aspects of the Dutch university system, the 'Europeanization' of science, research evaluation, the role of forecasts and prognoses, and higher education 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, and member of the advisory board of AESIS. He has advised the Parliament and international governments on issues of higher education and science policy. He was an 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.
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.
Professor Błażej Skoczeń (born 1960, full professor 2008) had been working at the Cracow University of Technology (CUT) since 1984. In 1992 he became an intern at the Vienna University of Technology and later on, in 1993, at the Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan. In 1994, he took an EU founded internship at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva). During the period 1995-2005 he became an associate and then full-time employee of CERN, where he headed one of the teams working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In 2006, he worked at IFMA Clermont-Ferrand (France) as visiting professor. Professor Skoczeń is heading Centre for Particle Accelerators Design at CUT since 2007. During 2009-2017 he acted as head of Institute, and since 2012 he became member of the Senate of CUT. Since 2007 he is member, and since 2016 vice-chairman of the Committee on Mechanics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS). During 2013-2019 he became member of the Committee of Evaluation of Scientific Units in Poland (from 2017 he acted as chairman of the Commission of Exact and Engineering Sciences), and in 2019 he was appointed chairman of the Science Evaluation Commission at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. During 2016-2020 he participated as a foreign expert in the evaluation of scientific units in France (HCÉRES, Paris). He is member of editorial boards of two JCR scientific journals. In 2017 he was appointed member of General Assembly and Board of Directors of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM, Udine, Italy). In January 2020 he became corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Professor Błażej Skoczeń participated in many scientific projects worldwide, and headed several research projects in Poland. He is the author of more than 150 publications, reports and scientific studies, including three individual monographs. His research is focused on the constitutive modelling of materials for extremely low temperatures and applications in superconducting particle accelerators.
Carl Johan Sundberg is a licensed physician and professor at Karolinska Institutet where his research is focused on human genetics, genomics and epigenetics in relation to physical activity in patients and in healthy individuals. Another main research area concerns AI/ML-based computerized history taking, i.e. the patient interacts with a tablet or a computer and provides information about symptoms and other elements of history. Carl Johan is the head of the Department of Learning, informatics, management and ethics, where he founded the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship, which is focused on research and education within innovation, management, entrepreneurship and intellectual property.
In 2005, he received a Certificate of Commendation for Communication in the Life Sciences from European Molecular Biology Organisation and the European Commission's Descartes Communication Prize for Excellence in Science Communication. Carl Johan serves as Treasurer of Euroscience and was the initiator of Euroscience Open Forum, a large (~4500 participants) biennial international general science meeting on science, technology, business and science communication. Carl Johan has authored several text-books in biology for 12-19 year-olds and several popular science books on the biology of exercise.
Carl Johan served as search committee chairperson for the recruitment of a new president for Karolinska Institutet during 2016. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. For ten years, he worked as investment director at a 60 M€ life science venture fund. Carl Johan has served as member or chairman of numerous academic boards, e.g. president Swedish Society for Sports Medicine, member of the International Olympic Committee´s Medical Commission, Inspektor (guardian) for the Medical Student’s association), chair of Research!Sweden – an independent advocacy foundation for medical research and innovation. His current and previous life science company board directorships include Cobra Biologics AB, Saniona AB, Karolinska Development AB, NsGene AS, Feelgood AB, Cellectricon AB, Global Genomics AB, Angiogenetics AB and Alfta Rehab AB.
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Dr. Caroline Nevejan is a researcher and designer who has been involved with the emerging network society and digital culture since the 1980's. Nevejan is a regular presenter at national and international fora. She is an advisor to national and European policy makers.
As of April 2017 dr. Caroline Nevejan has been appointed Chief Science Officer of the city of Amsterdam (https://www.amsterdam.nl/bestuur-organisatie/volg-beleid/amsterdam-innovatie/cso-amsterdam/caroline-nevejan/). The Chief Science Officer orchestrates research between the municipality of Amsterdam and the different scientific, academic and artistic universities in the city. With a small team she makes sure that civil servants and researchers can find each other and invent different new ways of working together. Nevejan is also a research fellow with the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (http://aissr.uva.nl) where she supervises 5 PhD candidates.
From September 2016 to September 2017 dr. Nevejan is a research fellow with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions where she is principal investigator of the City Rhythm study, which identifies and analyses rhythms in physical neighborhoods and in the data about these neighborhoods in 6 cities of the Netherlands (Den Haag, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Zaanstad, Zoetermeer en Helmond). (https://tudelft.openresearch.net/page/15339/city-rhythm)
Before dr. Nevejan was associate professor with the Participatory Systems Initiative at Delft University of Technology (www.participatorysystems.nl). This relatively new group is part of the section Systems Engineering in the department of Multi Actor Systems at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. Nevejan's interdisciplinary research focuses on witnessed presence as a fundamental communication structure that defines how trust is built or breaks down. To this end she developed the YUTPA framework, which supports the analyses and design of trust in social, organisational and business contexts (www.being-here.net). Methodologically Nevejan focuses on artistic research and research though design.
Between 2004 and 2006 Caroline Nevejan was connected to the Amsterdam School for Communication Research of the University of Amsterdam (ASCOR) realizing the dissertation "Presence and the design of Trust" with Professor Cees Hamelink and Professor Sally Wyatt (www.nevejan.org/dissertation). Originally she studied social sciences with a focus on the methodology of research in the communications domain.
From March 2016 to September 2017 Caroline Nevejan is chair of the Centre of Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was curator of the Logan symposium in 2014 and 2016 (www.tcij.org). The Logan Symposium aims to build alliances against surveillance, secrecy and censorship and brings together an impressive network of investigative journalists and technological hacktivists. From the summer of 2015 to the spring of 2017 Caroline Nevejan is member of the supervisory board of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. This institute, archive and museum presents and inspires Dutch architecture and (new media) design (www.hetnieuweinstituut.nl). Between 2007 and 2014 Caroline Nevejan was crown member of the Dutch Council for Culture and the Arts (www.cultuur.nl) and member of the supervisory board of the Foundation for Democracy and Media (www.stdem.org)
In 1999 Caroline Nevejan joined the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, the University for professional education of Amsterdam. With teachers, students and other co-workers she directed the educational design process of this large institution. Doing consultancy, hosting networks, doing research and making sites and creating special events OrO functions as a catalyst in organizational and educational process. (www.teacherslab.hva.nl, www.q-conference.hva.nl). Between 2001 and 2005 Nevejan was director of research and development of the University of Professional Education of Amsterdam (NL). This research group (OrO) had the task to work with teachers and students to design and to redesign learning environments in the fast changing world of higher education. (www.oro.hva).
In 1994 Nevejan co-founded the Society for Old and New Media. The Waag Society, as it is known today, is an independent media lab and a knowledge center with a specific interest in the future of the public domain. Among many projects that Caroline Nevejan initiated at the Waag are The Reading Table for Old and New Media, which won the Rotterdam Design Prize 1997, Demi Dubbel, a curriculum game for 10 year olds, Internet in the Sky, a research project with Europe Online about the future of the internet, and Brandon, the first virtual piece of art acquired by the Guggenheim museum in New York. Working on these and similar projects she developed a cultural perspective on education. (www.waag.org)
Since 1988 she has been thoroughly involved in designing digital culture. For 11 years Nevejan was a staff member of Paradiso, the musical venue of long-standing international reputation. There she organized international conferences, which addressed a variety of issues regarding the developing network society. These events (Galactic Hacker Party, Seropositive Ball, Next 5 Minutes on tactical media, Press Now and more) have resulted in networks that are still expanding today. (www.paradiso.nl). Between 1993 and 2005, Caroline Nevejan was deeply connected to the Doors of Perception Foundation, which orchestrated an impressive network of designers, philosophers, large multinational technology companies, artists, start ups, activists and more, who were all concerned with the emerging network society. (www.doorsofperception.com). Between 1995 and 2009 Caroline Nevejan was research associate and lab director at Performing Arts Labs (UK). Here she focused on new potential of digital culture for the performing arts. (www.pallabs.org).
Christine Weidenslaufer is a Chilean lawyer, with 13 years of experience as an analyst and researcher, specialized in Common law, at the Library of National Congress (BCN) in Santiago, Chile. As legal advisor to senators, deputies and congressional committees, she has actively participated in the legislative discussion of bills on a wide array of issues.
In the last few years, Christine has developed an interest and oriented her work on understanding how S&T knowledge can improve the legislative process, integrating evidence-based information. With her colleague scientific journalist Raimundo Roberts, they have promoted the participation of BCN as an associate member of the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network (EPTA) and other organizations, such as the International Science Advice to Government (INGSA) and global Technology Assessment (globalTA).
Christine obtained her law degree at Universidad de Valparaiso (Chile), holds an LL.M. in Comparative and International Law from at Mary's University, in San Antonio, Texas (USA) and an LL.M. in Advanced Legislative Studies from the University of London (UK). For more information, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bcn.cl .
Claire Donovan is Professor of Higher Education, and Deputy Head (Research and Enterprise) in the School of Education, Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences, Institute of Lifecourse Development, University of Greenwich, London. Prior to joining Greenwich, Claire was a Reader at Brunel University London (2010-20) and she held research and teaching positions in the Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University (2003-2010); Nuffield College, Oxford University (2001-03); and The Open University (1999-2001).
Professor Donovan has pioneered cross-disciplinary research on research evaluation and policy, including assessing the wider impacts of research on society, and the governance of the humanities, arts, and social sciences within science systems. In 2006, Australia's Chief Scientist appointed her Chair of the Australian Government's Technical Working Group on Research Impact, tasked with recommending the optimum methodology for assessing the wider economic, social, environmental and cultural impact of university research. She championed the use of case studies and narratives alongside robust impact indicators. The work of this group influenced the design of the 'impact' component of the UK's 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Claire has given policy advice to government research funding agencies in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the USA.
Claire has been an invited Visiting Fellow at several universities including: Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University; Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge University;
Oxford University Department of Education; Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Department of Government, London School of Economics; Science, Technology and Society Cluster, National University of Singapore; and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. She was an Elected Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford University (2003-05), was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2013, and has been a Board Member of the Campaign for Social Science since 2015.
Medical physicist, assistant at the Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology. Formerly vice-CTO at the Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, senior research and development officer at the Innovation Management and Technology Transfer Center (WUT), animator at the Copernicus Science Center, President of the Association of Science Advocates, associating scientists and science popularizers, founder of polish chapter of March for Science, volunteer at the Atomic Forum Foundation. At every day work he deals with applications of ionizing radiation in medicine and 3D print, radiation measurements and radiological protection, collaborating, among others, with the Oncology Center-Institute and the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology.
In 2015, he participated in the project of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education "Transformation.doc", under which he took a three-week training at Ivey Business School in Canada. He is a finalist of the first Polish edition of the FameLab competition (2012), organized by the Copernicus Science Center, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the British Council. He awarded “Science Communicator of the Year” title for 2018 from Polish Press Agency Science in Poland (PAP Nauka w Polsce) and Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
David Budtz Pedersen (b. 1980) is Professor of Impact Studies and Director of the Humanomics Research Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. His research focuses on science communication, impact assessment, science and innovation policy with a special interest in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He regularly acts as a policy adviser for international funding agencies, universities and knowledge-intensive companies. He holds PhD, MA and BA degrees in philosophy of science and science policy studies from University of Copenhagen and University of Vienna. He is a former Visiting Scholar at New York University. Alongside his research, David Budtz Pedersen has an international public presence with outreach activities in science policy, speaking frequently on the topics of Open Science, Responsible Impact Assessment and Evidence-Informed Policy-Making. More recently, David was Director of the Science Policy Programme during Denmark’s presidency of the largest interdisciplinary conference in Europe, Euroscience Open Forum 2014. In 2018, he was appointed member of the Danish Governments’ Commission on Rewards and Reputation in Research.
Dr. Phipps received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and undertook post-doctoral studies in HIV research at the University Health Network (Toronto). After leaving the lab he built a career managing academic research holding successively senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships). In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). Dr. Phipps is the Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University where he manages all research grants and contracts including knowledge and technology transfer.
In this capacity he leads York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of university research. Dr. Phipps has been named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. In 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in knowledge mobilization. In 2013 he was one of three national finalists for the Impact Award – Connections category from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He was also awarded the 2015 Research Management Excellence Award (Canadian Association of Research Administrators) and 2015 President’s Award for Innovation in Knowledge Mobilization (Institute for Knowledge Mobilization). In 2015 he was named the Gordon and Jean Southam Fellow from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In 2017 Research Impact Canada received the Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators. He is the Knowledge Translation Lead for Kids Brain Health Network of Centres of Excellence and is the Network Director for Research Impact Canada, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including 12 universities investing in strategies to maximize the impact of research.
After gaining First Class Honors in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a statistician consultant before developing mathematical models or plant growth. His work on the computer aspects of this led into broader applications of IT in education and research, and was Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University of London, before moving into university leadership as Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004. In this role he was responsible for research strategy and for developing Royal Holloway's research-led commercial and consultancy activities.
He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director (Research, Innovation and Skills) and led the development and implementation of the first Research Excellence Framework including the new impact agenda element. He was responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university/business relations.
In May 2017 he was appointed the first Executive Chair of Research England, a new council established as part of UK Research and Innovation, alongside the seven disciplinary Research Councils and the UK Innovation Agency. Research England is biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange. In UKRI he has particular responsibilities for Place (Regional Funding), Commercialisation and Open Science
David has been invited to visit many countries to advise on research assessment and funding, particularly with respect to research impact. He is also co-chair of the Implementation Task Force for Plan S, the international initiative on full and immediate open access to research publications.
David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012, was Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
Derk Loorbach is director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker in and outside Europe.
Dr. Diana Hicks is Professor in the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology specializing in metrics for science and technology policy. She was the first author on the Leiden Manifesto for research metrics published in Nature, which has been translated into 25 languages and won the 2016 Ziman award of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) for collaborative promotion of public interaction with science and technology. Her work has informed policy makers in the U.S., Europe and Japan. She has advised the OECD, Flanders, the Czech Republic, and Sweden on national research evaluation systems. She chaired the School of Public Policy for 10 years and currently co-chairs the international Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy and was an editor of Research Evaluation 2015-19. Prof. Hicks has also taught at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; SPRU, University of Sussex, and worked at NISTEP in Tokyo. She earned her D.Phil and M.Sc. from SPRU, University of Sussex. In 2018 she was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “distinguished contributions to the evaluation of national and international research and development enterprises, and for outstanding leadership in science and technology policy education.”
Emanuel Kulczycki – the head of Scholarly Communication Research Group and a policy advisor to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. In 2018–2020, the chair of the European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (ENRESSH),
In his research, he focuses on research evaluation, scholarly communication, academic publishing, and Open Science. His recent papers were published in ‘Nature’, ‘Research Evaluation’, ‘Journal of Informetrics’, and ‘Scientometrics’. More information: emanuelkulczycki.com
Frans van Gemerden (The Netherlands, 1976) graduated from the Royal Military Academy in 2001, after which he joined the Force Protection branch of the Royal Netherlands Air Force as a commissioned officer. He has held various operational and staff positions and was deployed to Kyrgyzstan for Operation Enduring Freedom and to Afghanistan for the International Security Assistance Force. Staff positions included the operational planning department of the Ministry of Defence. He joined the Netherlands organization for applied scientific research (TNO) in 2012 as a business development manager. In 2015 he was appointed as the manager of the TNO department that focuses on the protection against chemical and biological warfare agents. Frans van Gemerden currently works for TNO’s strategy department. He is responsible for supporting the Executive Board and management of the unit Defence, Safety & Security in establishing the TNO strategy and strategic decision making, including the (quantifiable) impact of the organization on society and contribution to sustainable development goals.
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.
Dr Hamish McAlpine is Head of Data and Evidence at Research England (part of UK Research and Innovation – UKRI). UKRI is a public body that distributes over £7Bn per year to universities and businesses to support research and the creation of economic and societal benefit through knowledge exchange.
At Research England, Hamish leads on the development of metrics informing the forthcoming Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), which will measure the performance of English Universities’ knowledge exchange activities. He is also involved in administration of the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), which distributes £250m per year to English Universities.
Prior to joining Research England in 2017, Hamish worked at the Universities of Bath and Bristol in various roles at the interface between academia, the UK Catapult network and industry. Hamish has a background in knowledge management and holds a MEng(hons) in Manufacturing Engineering and a doctorate from the University of Bath. In his spare time upcycles bits of old aircraft into furniture.
Dr Henric Rhedin is former President and Vice President Policy of ASTP and works for Gothenburg University in Sweden. He has long experience from the university sector as a researcher in Theoretical High Energy Physics as well as in utilization. In addition to this he has substantial experience from leading positions in industry, as well as technology transfer.
His industrial experience covers both large companies, small companies and spin off's from universities in various technology sectors. Henric has been a board member of several companies and organizations over the last 10 years.
He has worked in technology transfer at Chalmers University and Gothenburg University and holds extensive national and international networks in technology transfer, industry and academia.
He has initiated the Swedish Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer Support and have in the past been a part of ASTP professional development committee for several years.
Dr. Ingeborg Meijer is a senior researcher in research policy and evaluation with a focus on biomedicine and healthcare R&I. Her main goal is to make sure that society is able to use research. Working in industry, health research policy, consultancy of European policies, she realized that in academia there is still a lot to gain at the science/society interface. Through crossing disciplinary boundaries and collaboration with policy, funders, charities, patient organizations and European R&I partners, she aims to improve mutual understanding and sharing of responsibility. Her latest contributions are in European projects on Responsible Research and Innovation (MoRRI, NewHoRRIzon, SUPER_MoRRI) and Open Science (Open Science Monitor). Furthermore, in the R-Quest project (funded by the Norwegian Research Council), she pursues reconciliation between notions of research quality and impact to society.
Professor Jakob Edler is Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI from October 2018. He is also Professor of Innovation Policy and Strategy at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), which he led from 2011 to September 2018.
Before joining MIoIR in January 2007, he worked in the Department for Innovation Systems and Policy at Fraunhofer ISI, first as a researcher (1999-2004), then as the Department’s Deputy Head (2004-2006) and finally its Head (2006).
His research interests lie in the analysis and conceptualization of governance and policy in science and innovation. His work concerns the impact of science and innovation policy and he is currently leading an EU funded project to analyze evaluation practice in science and innovation policy (SIPER). He is also working on the impact of science on society, and on policy in particular in the context of a research center that is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (OSIRIS) from 2017 to 2025 and led by the University of Oslo. One major focus of his work in recent years has been on demand-side innovation policy and the public procurement of innovation. He has also worked on theoretical issues of the governance of socio-technical systems and the governance of responsible research and innovation. More recently, he began working on the role of intangibles for innovation and competitiveness and policy interventions to support their development and use. Another, long-standing area of interest is understanding the dynamics and drivers of the internationalization of research and innovation activities and related governance and policy issues. His publication profile can be found here.
Jakob Edler has advised numerous public bodies at all political levels. His research has been funded by the UK Research Council, the EU and other international organizations (such as OECD, WIPO), and numerous national and regional bodies in many European countries. In 2014, his work on the public procurement of innovation in a Manchester-based team was rated outstanding by the English Research Evaluation Framework.
In 2014, he was elected a member of the German National Academy for Science and Engineering (Acatech). He is a member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technological Development, a member of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and a member of the Innovation Caucus of Innovate UK and ESRC. He has been President of the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation” (Eu-SPRI Forum) since June 2016.
Jakob Edler was awarded his PhD in Political Science by the University of Mannheim (with distinction), having previously completed two separate Masters degrees at the University of Mannheim (Business Administration/Management and Political Science/Economic History), including one year at Dartmouth College, USA. He did an internship at the European Commission during his PhD.
Janusz Marek Bujnicki is Professor of Biology, and head of a research group in the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. Bujnicki’s research combines bioinformatics, structural biology, and synthetic biology, and currently focuses on RNA structure determination and design. His previous scientific achievements include the development of methods for computational modeling of protein and RNA 3D structures, discovery and characterization of enzymes involved in RNA metabolism, and engineering of proteins with new functions. He is an author of >300 publications, cited ~9.000 times.
Bujnicki is a member of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (until May 2020) and represents Poland in the European Science Advisors Forum (ESAF). He is the chairman of the University Council of the University of Warsaw, a member of the Committee fort he Evaluation of Science (KEN), and a scientific advisor in the Polish Technology Development Centre (PORT). He is an executive editor of Nucleic Acids Research. He was a chairman (two terms) of the Science Policy Committee (KPN), an advisory body of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and he contributed as an expert tot he planning of the ongoing reform of the system of science and higher education in Poland.
Bujnicki has received EMBO/HHMI Young Investigator Programme award, ERC Starting Grant, awards of the Polish National Science Center, Ministry of Science, and the Prime Minister, and was decorated with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of Poland. He has been elected as a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and Academia Europaea. He has graduated from the Ledership Academy for Poland. For his activitiers in science and policy, he has been awarded the André Mischke Prize 2019 by the Young Academy of Europe.
Prof. Jarosław Górniak PhD
Professor in social sciences, specializing in the field of social research methods, methodology of evaluation and analysis of public policy, statistical data analysis, sociology of economy, education and organization. Since 2012 the dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University. The founder, head (2008-2015) and then the chairman of the Council of the Centre of Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Since 2001 the head of the Department of Sociology of Economy, Education and Social Research Methods. In the recent years he supervised a number of social research projects, including the extensive Study of Human Capital in Poland, which has been widely recognized for both findings and methodological proficiency and will be continued in its modified second edition until 2023. He cooperated as an expert with the UNDP, the World Bank and the European Commission. He has supervised a number of projects commissioned by Polish authorities and government agencies, among others, the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Regional Development and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. He has been a member of multiple advisory bodies and councils. He was the member of the Scientific Policy Committee at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2014-2016) and the chairman of the Council of the National Congress of Science, the advisory body to design the seminal reform of the system of higher education and science in Poland (2016-2018).
Professor Jerzy Lis has worked for AGH UST since 1978. At the university, he has gone through all the steps of a career ladder – from a teaching assistant to a full professor. He was the head of the Department of Technology of Ceramics and Refractories (2002-2012). He was twice the Dean of the Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics (2002-2005 and 2012-2016). In the years 2005-2012, he was the AGH UST Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Development, and in the years 2016-2020 – AGH UST Vice-Rector for Cooperation.
The research areas developed by professor Jerzy Lis encompass materials engineering and chemical technology with the focus on ceramic materials. His academic and scientific output, published in Poland and abroad, is connected especially with developing the techniques of producing special-purpose ceramic materials by means of the SHS method, research into and developing the methods of producing new ceramic materials of plastic properties, research into the mechanisms of ceramic sintering, research on and the development of new, layered, ballistic-resistant ceramic materials for the construction of ceramic shields, and work on developing the technologies of obtaining new ceramic materials. The professor is an author and co-author of over 400 published papers, four books and monographs, and about 150 presentations at Polish and international science conferences. The international activity of professor Jerzy Lis covers collaboration with leading science centres in the field of materials engineering and ceramics around the world. The professor is an active member of the management boards of Polish scientific organisations.
The engineering activity of professor Jerzy Lis mainly concerns work for the Polish ceramic industry. The professor is a co-author of 25 patents and patent applications, including ones implemented in industry. He has been the head of 13 research projects carried out by the State Committee for Scientific Research, the National Centre for Research and Development, and the National Science Centre, as well as development projects commissioned by industry. He was the president of the AGH UST’s innovative company – INNOAGH. Currently, he is the president of the INNOAGH supervisory board, and vice-president of the supervisory board of the Krakow Technology Park.
Dr. Kang received his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Manchester.
He has published academic papers and practical reports in the area of science, technology and innovation policy. His research has focused on S&T international cooperation and R&D evaluation.
Before Dr. Kang joined Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) from 2005, he was as a senior researcher at Korea Institute of Materials and Science (KIMS). He has worked for R&D evaluation center, innovation foundation division and international cooperation division and so on in KISTEP.
He was also seconded to Presidential Advisory Council on Education, Science and Technology (PACEST) as a researcher and member in the specialized S&T committee from 2008 to 2010.
Currently he is working as a seconded research fellow in the KERC (Korea-EU Research Centre), which is located in Brussels to improve the relation between EU and Korea in the Science, Technology Innovation area from the end of 2019 for 2 years.
Jo Bury is managing director of VIB, the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology. VIB is a life science research institute where 80 research groups (1.600 scientists and technicians) study the molecular mechanisms of growth and development of different organisms (human beings, plants, micro-organisms) in normal (health) vs abnormal (disease, stress) conditions. The focus is strategic basic research with potential applications (in the long term) in molecular medicine and sustainable agriculture. VIB is a multisite institution, integrated within the campuses of the universities of Ghent, Leuven, Brussels, Antwerp and Hasselt, based on a joint venture agreement of VIB with these 5 partner universities. Through the performance of its scientists, VIB has become a center of excellence in life science research in Europe.
Through its technology transfer activities VIB promotes the translation of its research results into products for the benefit of the consumer and the patient and contributes to new economic activity. This activity results in research collaboration and licence agreements with industry worldwide, based on knowledge, technology and intellectual property, produced at VIB. In addition VIB actively develops technology platforms as a basis for starting up new biotech companies in the close proximity of its research departments. VIB start-up companies include Ablynx, Devgen, CropDesign, Multiplicom, … These companies employ about 1.000 employees in Flanders. Moreover, due to an innovative biotech ecosystem, foreign biotech companies are attracted to the biotech cluster in Flanders (e.g. Biocartis, Argenix). VIB provides science-based information about different aspects of life sciences and its biotechnology applications to a wide audience in Flanders.
Jo Bury has a Master’s degree in Pharmacy and is PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (University of Gent). He obtained an MBA degree at the Vlerick School for Management in Gent. After performing scientific research in the field of atherosclerosis during several years (PhD and postdoc), he has made a career in science policy. He previously held the post of Operational Director of VLAB (Flanders’ Action Programme on Biotechnology) and science advisor at federal and regional granting bodies (IWONL and IWT).
Outside VIB Jo Bury has been a board member of different life science-related companies and research endeavours, such as Seghers Genetics and Nutrition NV, Vitamex NV, Oystershell NV and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratories (Singapore); he was also chairman of the Review Committee of the Horizon Programme of the NGI (the Netherlands’ Genomics Initiative). Moreover he was SAB member of Genome Quebec (Canada) and board member of Hercules. Now he is a board member and chair of NERF (Centre for neuro-electronic research Flanders), board member of EU-Life and board member of FWO. In addition he has become member of the GIGA Board of Counselors and member of the scientific advisory board of IIMCB (Budapest), HCEMM (Warschau) and the MDC (Berlin).
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Julie Bayley is Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln, leading the development and implementation of the institution’s impact strategy. Julie combines an academic and research management role, collaborating nationally and internationally on implementation focused research, with a key focus on developing impact literacy across the research environment.
Julie is the Director of Qualifications for the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA), and a longstanding member of ARMA’s Professional Development Committee. She is also a member of the Research Administration As A Profession (RAAAP) task force and recently co-chair of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Impact and Stakeholder Engagement (RISE) working group.
Julie undertakes extensive consultancy across the university sector (UK and beyond) and has received a range of commissions to support universities and funders enhance their impact strategy and governance. Julie has also been appointed as Emerald’s Impact Literacy Advisor to support their ‘Real World Impact’ programme, and works particularly with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to strengthen impact governance and the impact of public and patient involvement.
Alongside her impact work, Julie is a HCPC registered Chartered Health Psychologist, with a PhD in Health Psychology and Impact. She has been an applied researcher in behaviour change interventions since 2003, with research ranging from theory-based sexual health interventions through to current activities as Impact co-investigator on the EPSRC ‘ASPIRE’ project exploring equality and diversity in STEM subjects. Julie is also a patient advocate for improvements to vascular health care.
You can find Julie on Twitter (@JulieEBayley) or visit her blog (juliebayleyblog.wordpress.com)
Justyna Bandola-Gill is a Research Fellow working at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Justyna works at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies and Public Policy. Her research explores the interactions between research and policy, especially the ways in which knowledge is organised, governed and mobilised across different settings in order to achieve political goals. In particular, she explores different epistemic infrastructures, evaluation and valuation practices and interfaces between science and policy. She has recently published a co-authored book Impact Agenda: Controversies, Consequences and Challenges (Polity Press). Justyna is an Associate Director of SKAPE – Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy at the University of Edinburgh.
Kim Holmberg, PhD, is a senior researcher at the Research Unit for the Sociology of Education (RUSE) at the University of Turku, Finland, an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Wolverhampton and he holds the Title of Docent in Informetrics at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Recently Holmberg was an invited expert in the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) – Open Science: Altmetrics and Rewards under the European Commission Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (2016-2018). The MLE adviced EU member states on how to advance Open Science and renew research evaluation. In his current project, funded by the Academy of Finland for four years, Holmberg is investigating the applicability of altmetrics for research assessment. Holmberg is an expert in informetrics, altmetrics, social network analysis, and social media analysis and practices. Of these topics he has published widely in international journals, conference proceedings and edited books. With close to 200 keynote lectures and other invited talks and lectures, Holmberg has been a frequently invited speaker at international and national conferences and other events. He has also been frequently asked to comment on different aspects of social media in the media in Finland.
Kim Huijpen is programme manager for the Dutch programme on recognition and rewards of academics. The aim of this programme is to realise a fundamental change in the recognition and rewards system for academia and academics. This change should lead to more diversity in career paths and assessments of academic performance, increasingly focused on quality, content and creativity.
Before becoming a programme manager, Kim Huijpen worked as a senior policy advisor at the VSNU. Her responsibilities included research evaluations, open science, the PhD system and research integrity. She was project lead for the development of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, the position paper Room for Everyone’s Talent and the Strategy Evaluation Protocol 2021 – 2027 (SEP 2021 - 2027). The main goal of the new SEP is to facilitate continuous dialogue on research quality, societal relevance and viability in the context of research quality assurance. This goal is accomplished by assessing a research unit in light of its own aims and strategy.
Kim Huijpen studied Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, in which she holds a Research Master degree. Before joining the VSNU, Kim worked in various positions at the Delft University of Technology. As a policy officer for the Executive Board, she was involved with international university rankings and served as a secretary for the university-wide integrity programme.
Graduate of History Department at University of Pedagogy in Krakow, Poland; doctorate at National Louis University in Chicago, IL, USA; post-diploma certificates in “Legal and Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance” and “Modern Concepts of Management”, Master of Business Administration in Public Management (Cracow School of Business). For several years a faculty member at Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu – National Louis University in Nowy Sacz, Poland and Vice Rector and Dean of School of Political Science there. In the years 2008-2017 Vice President for Strategy and Development at Nowy Sacz Waterworks – responsible for one of the biggest in Poland infrastructural projects in the water and waste water sector (extension of the pipeline system, reconstruction of a water plant). Director of Malopolska School of Public Administration at the University of Economics in Krakow (2016-2020). Currently Associate Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Director of Assets and Development at Cracow University of Economics, expert and consultant in the area of city development, public strategic management, city public services, and circular economy cooperating closely with Open Eyes Economy Summit, the City of Nowy Sacz, the City of Jaslo, Polish Waterworks Chamber of Commerce; expert in international projects supporting decentralization reform in Ukraine.
As Founder and CEO of Vertigo Ventures (VV), Laura Tucker leads the strategy and growth of the company. Laura founded VV in 2009 and led the development of the company’s flagship product, VV-Impact Tracker, which is now used by leading international research institutions globally, to identify, measure and report the impact of their research. Laura regularly contributes to the global impact agenda though co-writing official impact papers and speaking at conferences worldwide. For example, previously, UK's HEFCE commissioned VV to publish a 'Collecting Impact Evidence' best practice guide, and in 2018, Laura has presented at the EARMA and NCURA conferences in Brussels and Washington respectively, as well as at Times Higher Education (THE) Summits around the world.
Maria de Kleijn is a principal at management consultancy firm Kearney, based in Amsterdam. She advises clients how to use advanced analytics to improve business performance and uses big data & analytics in consulting assignments to solve complex data-driven problems.
Maria holds a master’s degree in applied physics from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Oxford University. Sher has spent her professional career over 20 years applying big data analytics, machine learning and AI, in industry and consultancy roles. Until earlier this year, she worked for information analytics firm Elsevier, running their boutique research performance consultancy business. In that role she advised universities, governments and funders on research strategies, outcomes and impact.
Maria lives with her husband Martin and their kids Lisa (11) and Ruben (9) in Haarlem. In her spare time she will be outdoors running in the dunes, or cooking for and dining with friends and family.
Dr Marion Boland is the Head of Research Policy at Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), a statutory body in the Republic of Ireland with responsibility for funding oriented basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a strategic focus.
Marion manages a diverse portfolio of policy related areas, including Open Science, Data management, DORA, Research Integrity, State aid, Grant Terms & Conditions and SFI’s Gender Strategy.
Prior to this, Marion was Head of Post Award, having joined SFI as a Scientific Programme Manager in May 2009. In this role Marion had a specific interest in Research Impact, and led in the development of a framework to capture data and narrative in support of impact arising from SFI’s portfolio of awards.
Marion holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Cancer Research/University of London, and was a career scientist prior to joining SFI. She held positions at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Alberta and University of Cambridge before joining the Centre for Cancer research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University Belfast in 2001 as a lecturer in Molecular Oncology. Between 2005 and 2006 Marion worked with a company in London as part of team managing the financial public relations of companies in the Life Sciences and Biotechnology sector.
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Dr. Martin Szomszor Director at the Institute for Scientific Information. In his previous role as Chief Data Scientist at Digital Science, Martin applied his extensive knowledge of machine learning, data integration, and visualisation techniques to solving various research evaluation questions and supported the development of new metrics on interdisciplinarity and collaboration. He founded the Global Research Identifier Database (GRID) and was named a 2015 top-50 UK Information Age data leader for his work in creating the REF2015 impact case studies database for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
He was previously Deputy Head of Centre at the City eHealth Research Centre (2009-2011) where he led research on the use of social media for epidemic intelligence and was Chair of the 4th International Conference on Electronic Healthcare for the 21st Century. Martin was also a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton (2006-2009) where he worked on various Linked Data, Semantic Web, and Social Network analyses projects. Martin has a BSc and PhD in Computer Science.
Martina Kadunc is a Team leader for impact monitoring at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation. Martina coordinates monitoring and evaluation of the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation: Horizon 2020 and the future Horizon Europe. Her work is focused on applying new methods to track societal and climate impacts. She co-authored Impact Pathways: Tracking and communicating the impact of the European Framework Programme for research and innovation (Ffteval Journal). An economist by training she holds a Diploma from University of Ljubljana and a Master’s degree from Columbia University New York.
Max Dumoulin, Vice President Institutional Offerings, Elsevier, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Max is responsible for the effective positioning of Elsevier’s new products and services towards academic institutions. Lately he has been involved in the development and implementation of the transformational agreement with the Dutch universities and national funder.
Max has extensive experience in product development, marketing, sales and communications. He holds an MSc. in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam.
Małgorzata Popławska (CGMA) – an economist, a specialist in regional development, member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in London. She holds a degree in Foreign Trade, she completed post-graduate studies in Accounting and Finance at the Cracow University of Economics. She also holds a degree in German Studies at the Jagiellonian University.
She has extensive experience and has been highly successful in supporting entrepreneurs and regional investments in the Region of Małopolska. She worked as a manager in the section of Financial Reporting in a department of the investment bank UBS.
In 2016-2019 she was the Vice-President of the Management Board of Krakow Technology Park. Since February 2019 she has been the President of the Małopolska Agency for Regional Development.
Miłosz Rojek holds PhD in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics. He is Head of Analyses and Strategy Unit at 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 Ministry of Science and Higher Education as a Counsellor to the Minister. 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.
Dr Molapo Qhobela is Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation. He is a seasoned executive leader with extensive policy and administration experience that has seen him head up the development of a significant number of policy and strategy documents, which have shaped the nature and operations of South African universities as well as the education system in general. He has exceptional knowledge of the African Higher Education System, and has established well-seeded international relationships and networks with funders and government entities over the years.
His prior appointments include: Vice-Principal: Institutional Development at the University of South Africa; Deputy Director-General at the Department of Science and Technology; Deputy Director-General and Acting Director-General of the Department of Higher Education and Training.
Dr Qhobela obtained his PhD (Plant Pathology) from Kansas State University and a BSc (Botany and Zoology) from the University of Zimbabwe.
Natacha Wilson is the Founder of Cambridge Insights, a Leadership and Innovation consultancy designed to help researchers, entrepreneurs, and transformational leaders maximise their positive impact on the economy, society and the environment. Natacha works with research intensive organisations and transformational businesses, providing leadership and impact workshops, coaching and consultancy services.
Her experience spans across sectors and involved leading international projects and managing teams in the innovation and commercial sectors as well as working for the University of Cambridge at the Business School and the Centre for Personal and Professional Development where she led numerous development and research projects.
Natacha believes that the research cluster and its members, have a crucial role in solving the challenges we are currently faced with. She is passionate about supporting researchers develop their creative and entrepreneurial skills whilst creating a kinder, sustainable world. For more information visit cambridgeinsights or contact Natacha directly (email@example.com).
A classical philologist, Neven Jovanović completed a traditional MA thesis in philology (University of Zagreb, 1998, preparing a critical edition of an unedited XV century Neo-Latin text: Nicholas of Modruš, De consolatione) and a PhD thesis supported by digital methods (University of Zagreb, 2005, a digital stylistic analysis of a large XVI century Neo-Latin work, the Evangelistarium by Marko Marulić). His main research interests are European Neo-Latin literature, especially Croatian, and digital philology. He teaches Latin literature and some Greek courses. His digital work centers on scholarly editions and analyses of Latin texts and textual corpora. He is the main editor of the digital collection Croatiae auctores Latini (CroALa, from 2009 on; currently 569 documents, 5.2 million words), which publishes open-source texts of Croatian Latin writers from IX to XX century. From 2008 he is also one of the editors of the Colloquia Maruliana yearbook, dedicated to exploring Dalmatian and Croatian Renaissance Humanism. He was a member of the Review Panel for Philology, Croatian Science Foundation, from 2016 to 2019. Currently he serves as a member of the University Senate, University of Zagreb, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Alpheios Project, the open-source software for studying the world's classical languages and literatures, and as one of the organizers of the IANLS Summer School: Digital Humanities and Neo-Latin Studies (Bonn, 14-17 April 2021).
Oliver leads Oxford Humanities Division’s engagements with the UK and international heritage community. He co-ordinates, supports and brokers projects between the University of Oxford and external partners through enabling individual researchers, research groups, students and professional services to develop mutually-beneficial collaborations. Oliver is co-lead of the Oxford University Heritage Network (www.heritagenetwork.ox.ac.uk).
Oliver is a historian by training, and received his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford. He teaches architectural and cultural history with a focus on the long eighteenth century.
Oliver has published widely on Gothic Revival architecture, landscape gardening, patriotism, and the country house. His most recent peer-reviewed journal article explores the politics of horse racing in the early 1760s Britain.
Oliver has worked as a Consultant for a range of different organisations, from the Mount Stuart Trust in Scotland, numerous television production companies, tourism providers and the investment management firm, Quilter Cheviot. Oliver is an Associate of Thompson Harrison and is part of the teaching faculty at the Said Business School for Oxford Cultural Leaders and the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.
He is a Council Member of the Oxfordshire Record Society; Heritage Officer for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS); Governor of Compton Verney House Trust; and sits on the Education and Publications Committee of The Gardens Trust and Arts Council England’s Designation Panel. Oliver is chair of The Heritage Alliance’s Digital, Learning & Skills Advocacy Group.
Paul Manners is Associate Professor in Public Engagement at the University of the West of England, and a founding Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). The NCCPE was established in 2008 to support universities to embed innovative approaches to involving the public in their work.
Paul oversees the NCCPE’s coordination of a range of culture change and capacity building projects. He has a particular interest in approaches to supporting organisational change, partnership working, impact assessment and innovation in engagement. He is a member of a number of advisory groups, including the Sciencewise Steering Group. He is regularly called on to provide expert advice or facilitation by policy makers and funders, and to lead high level strategic conversations within universities, working with senior management teams to help them assess their options and to develop appropriate plans for change.
Paul has a Master’s in Education, and a long track record designing and delivering engagement and culture change projects for organisations including the BBC, where he worked for 18 years. He trained as a secondary English teacher and after teaching in London for five years, joined the BBC at the Open University as a producer of educational television and multimedia, where he worked for 12 years. His credits include the long running BBC2 series, ‘Rough Science’. He then joined BBC Learning as an executive producer, responsible for a number of broadcast-led public engagement campaigns, including the People’s War project, gathering tens of thousands personal reminiscences about WWII into an online archive; and projects with the Natural History Unit, to inspire public involvement with nature. He is chair of the National Trust’s advisory group on Collections and Interpretation.
Paul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciencs at Leiden University. He has a Masters in biochemistry (Free University of Amsterdam, 1977) and a PhD in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999). He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN on research careers and evaluation of individual researchers. Paul was coordinator of the Dutch STS Graduate School Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC) together with Annemiek Nelis (2001-2005). From 2014 until 2019 he was chair of the WTMC board. In 1999, he helped create Onderzoek Nederland, a leading professional journal on Dutch science policy (part of Research Professional) and has since published in the journal.
He has published on the history of the Science Citation Index, on and in scientometrics, and on the way the criteria of scientific quality and relevance have been changed by the use of performance indicators. His PhD thesis is titled "The Citation Culture" (1999). He has also studied the role of information and information technologies in the creation of new scientific and scholarly knowledge. In this area, he was appointed as leader of 2 research programmes by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: Networked Research and Digital Information (Nerdi) (2000 - 2005) and The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (VKS) (2005 - 2010). The experiences and insights gained in the VKS were condensed in Virtual Knowledge. Experimenting in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a collection edited in collaboration with Anne Beaulieu, Andrea Scharnhorst and Sally Wyatt (MIT Press 2013).
Philippe Larrue is currently working as policy analyst at the Directorate for Science Technology and Innovation (DSTI). He is project manager of the OECD project on mission-oriented innovation policies. He was project manager of the Innovation Policy Reviews of Malaysia, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Norway and Portugal, and contributed to several others. He was also co-editor of the OECD STI Outlook 2018
He joined OECD in 2011 as internal evaluator. He has led and implemented several evaluations of OECD committees and horizontal initiatives and contributed to revise the methodology.
Prior to joining OECD, he was Director of the French office of Technopolis Group, a leading consulting and evaluation company in the area of research, innovation and economic development policy. He has developed, led and contributed to 50+ projects in a wide variety of contexts (including for international organisations such as UNESCO, EC, OIF) and sectors (research, innovation, education, international cooperation, audiovisual, development aid, social programmes,…).
He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux.
Przemysław Korytkowski is associate professor of computer science of West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland. His research focuses on modeling of stochastic discrete-event systems, colorimetry and research evaluation. He holds DSc, PhD and MSc degrees in computer science from West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin and Technical University of Szczecin. He was a visiting scholar at École des MINES de Saint‐Étienne, France and Stanford University, USA. From 2015 to 2019 he was appointed a member of the Committee for Scientific Units Evaluation and in 2019 he was appointed a member of the Committee for Science Evaluation both at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
He supervised several R&D projects in collaboration with Polish and international companies representing various industries: information technologies, automotive, machineries, sanitary and printing. He was principal investigator in a pilot of the Societal Impact Assessment for the Polish Research Evaluation Exercise in 2022.
Prof. Dr. Rainer Walz is Deputy of the Institute and Head of the Competence Center Sustainability and Infrastructure Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe. He studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Freiburg and at Brock University, Canada. PhD and "habilitation" in economics. In 1992, he received the Friedrich-August-von-Hayek Price from the University of Freiburg. In 1991, Prof. Dr. Walz joined the Fraunhofer ISI. Prior employment includes the University of Wisconsin and the Enquête Commission "Protecting the Earth's Atmosphere" of the German Bundestag. He is adjunct professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and guest professor at the Institute for Policy and Management of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Vice-President, professor Riitta Maijala, DVM, PhD, holds the speciality degree in infectious animal diseases. She leads the preparation, execution and development of research funding, research infrastructures and international co-operation at the Academy of Finland. Previously she led the Thematic research funding division including also Strategic research funding, seeking to find concrete solutions to grand challenges.
Before joining the Academy of Finland in 2015 Maijala led the Science Policy Section of the Department of Higher Education and Science Policy in the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. She was in charge of drafting and implementing strategies of science, research and innovation policies and use of scientific knowledge.
In 2013-2016 Maijala was the Vice Chair of the Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee and since 2016 she has chaired the Committee. She is the ESFRI-delegate and chaired in 2017-2020 the Nordic Cooperation Committee for Research Infrastructure. Currently she is member of the Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IAC) of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and member of the Evaluation Committee for the INFRASTRUCTUR scheme of Norway.
Before joining the Academy, she has been Director of the Risk Assessment Directorate in the European Food Safety Authority in Italy, Head of Animal Health and Welfare Unit of the Finnish Food Safety Authority as well as professor and researcher in the Finnish Veterinary and Food Research Institute and in the University of Helsinki. Her research focus is in food safety, risk analysis and environmental health control. She has also contributed to the European development e.g. as member of the Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Related to Public Health of the European Commission and as vice chair of the Scientific Panel of Biological Hazards of the European Food Safety Authority in provision of scientific advice for the EC, EP and MSs.
Sam Cole is the Head of REF Futures (Policy and Delivery) at the University of Warwick focused on the development of policy and systems to support a more integrated approach to research evaluation, policy, impact, public engagement with research and the development of research partnerships. Sam is currently focused on the delivery of the University’s REF 2021 submission and was previously REF Manager for REF 2014 at the University of Warwick, which came seventh in the UK, securing well over £250m in recurrent research funding.
Previously, Sam was Assistant Registrar in the Strategic Planning & Analytics Office at Warwick working on rankings and performance metrics, dashboard development, strategy renewal and submissions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Prior to his association with Warwick Sam worked as a Research and Communications Officer with Queen Mary, University of London and help multiple teaching roles as British Council English Language teacher in Beijing. Sam also took a career break from research management in 2017, training as a journalist with the Press Association in London, working variously as a financial journalist, a freelance political reporter for DeHavilland and as a radio producer for the BBC, before returning to Warwick.
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, findabililty, and impact of research output created by Universities of Applied Sciences.
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.
Director of Research Services, University of Kent, UK.
Simon has been a research manager and administrator for over 25 years, the past eight leading the research office at Kent where he is responsible for all aspects of the research support including pre-award, post-award, information, strategy, assessment and governance.
He has a passion for research management and administration (RMA) as a profession and leads the INORMS (International Network of Research Management Societies) RAAAP (Research Administration as a Profession) Task Force that is collecting longitudinal data about the profession. Simon is an EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators) Board member and chair of the Awards Committee. Previously he was on the ARMA (the UK Association of Research Managers and Administrators) Board for 15 years, and is the immediate past chair. He is also a member of the NCURA (US National Council of University Research Administrators) Select Committee on Global Affairs (SCGA), and is a Professional Development track chair for the SRAi (US Society of Research Administrators, International) 2020 conference in Boston. Simon is also an expert advisor to the EU funded foRMAtion project.
He has presented, trained, and consulted widely on many aspects of RMA around the world including in Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. Simon holds a holds a professional doctorate in Electronic Research Administration, is an adjunct lecturer on the Johns Hopkins University international masters’ program in Research Administration, and an editor of the Journal of Research Management and Administration.
Steven Hill is Director of Research at Research England, a council of UK Research and Innovation. At Research England Steven is responsible for research funding and assessment, open research, public engagement and impact. He is the chair of the steering group for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. Steven transferred into Research England from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Previously Steven was Head of the Strategy Unit at Research Councils UK, and had several roles in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, working on evidence-based policy making. Earlier in his career Steven was a university lecturer at the University of Oxford where his research focused on plant biology.
Stig Slipersæter is special adviser to the Chief Executive of the Research Council of Norway (RCN). His responsibilities in RCN encompasses RCN's dialogue with ministries, the council's boards and efforts related to establishing firmer knowledge of RCN's contribution to research results and impact on society. He is educated within sociology of science at the University of Oslo and has served in the administration of the university. He has also for many years been a researcher at the Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU). At NIFU he was involved in developing the national system of statistics and indicators, as well as in several EU funded international comparative studies of European higher education institutions and the European research landscape.
Sven Stafström is Director General of the Swedish Research Council. He has a long background in academic leadership. He has served as acting Dean at Linköping Institute of Technology, Director of the National Supercomputer Centre and Head of the Department of Science and Technology at Linköping University. In 2010 he became Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences. Since 2014 he is Director General of the Swedish Research Council. Stafström is a governing board member of Science Europe and the Swedish delegate in the European Science Advisors Forum (ESAF).
Stafström received his PhD in theoretical physics from Linköping University in 1985. In 2000 he became professor in Computational Physics at the same university. His main research interest relates to charge transport in carbon based materials for applications in photo-voltaic devices and light emitting diodes.
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Dr Thulani Dlamini
Dr Thulani Dlamini is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR). He was appointed in this position in February 2017.
He joined the CSIR in 2005 as the head of the National Laser Centre and in 2008, he was appointed in the position of Group Executive: Research and Development, a position he held until 2011 when he left the CSIR to join Sasol. At Sasol, he was the Executive Manager: Research and Development and later became Vice-President for Strategic Research and Technology.
Dr Dlamini holds a PhD in chemistry, focusing on Catalysis, from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Master’s in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa. He holds five patents in the field of Fischer-Tropsch Technology.
He is a member of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, National Advisory Council on Innovation and the South African Academy of Science.
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.
Dr. Victoria Galan-Muros is a leading consultant and policy advisor who has worked in the interface between universities, business and policy makers for over a decade in 30+ countries and co-authored 50+ consulting reports for the European Commission, the OECD, governments and universities.
Victoria is also a recognised researcher in higher education management and university-business cooperation, with over 40 publications. She has been invited to lecture at 12 universities in 4 continents and to deliver professional workshops internationally.
Previously a policy analyst at the OECD and a senior consultant at Technopolis Group UK and the research director at the Global Institute on Innovation Districts (GIID). Victoria is currently the co-founder of the Innovative Futures Institute (IFI), a research-based consulting firm that advises and actively supports organizations and governments in their innovation efforts, and the director for Policy Affairs at the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), a leading organisation that drives innovation and entrepreneurship through university-industry interaction.
Victoria co-created the UBC Ecosystem Framework and was the scientific and policy manager of the initiative ‘State of University-Business Collaboration in Europe’ for the European Commission. Victoria has been invited to speak at events in over 30 countries on university-business cooperation, the future of universities, entrepreneurial universities and innovative cities/regions.
Victoria has 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.
Vilius Stanciauskas (MSc in Economics, 10 years of overall work experience) is Technote‘s CEO and a Director for Research & Policy Advice at PPMI. At Technote, Vilius is leading the development of a technology data platform and other related products. At PPMI, Vilius has been involved in PPMI's portfolio of activities in the area of the EU‘s R&I policy, and particularly projects that fall under the remit of DG RTD. Vilius‘s primary interest is in data science (web scraping, machine translation, machine learning, entity recognition and extraction, semantic data integration, etc.), as well as novel data sources and indicators for the tracking of impact pathways in R&I.
Wilfred Mijnhardt is Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Wilfred brings 25 years of experience in research policy development and institutional advancement. He is passionate for universities, business schools, responsible research, excellence and impact. As Executive Director Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) (till 2014), Wilfred has been a pioneer in academic development & the impact support organization within the institute to strengthen the quality, productivity, viability, social and academic impact of research and the academic career-paths of researchers. In his current role, his energy focusses on the strategic transition of RSM and EUR towards an impact driven mind-set. Internationally he is an active member in networks like RRBM, AACSB, EFMD and EUA. Mr. Mijnhardt holds a bachelor degree in Economics, a master’s degree in Public Administration (both from Erasmus University) a postgraduate diploma in Management of Change. He is as presenter at conferences and participates in the annual joint Development Programme for Directors of Research, a joint initiative between the Chartered Association of Business Schools (Chartered ABS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM).
Zbigniew Marciniak was born in 1952 in Warsaw. He is a mathematician, specializing in algebra. He is a professor in the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Warsaw. In 1976 he graduated at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics of the University of Warsaw. In 1982 he received a PhD in mathematics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. Professor Marciniak has worked at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics of the University of Warsaw since 1976. From 1996 through 1999 he was the vice dean and from 2000 through 2005 – the dean of the Institute. In the years 2005-2007 he held the post of the President of the State Accreditation Committee. In the years 2007-2010 he was the chairman of the Commission of Didactics in the Committee of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2007-2009 he held the post of Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Education, where he was responsible for defining main principles in the education curriculum reform and the quality of teaching. In 2010-2012 he held the post of Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. At present he is the President of the National Council of Science and Higher Education. Professor Zbigniew Marciniak has been a member of the Mathematics Expert Group of the OECD PISA project, continuously since 2002. He has been appointed the Chair of the MEG for the PISA 2015 cycle. He is also the lead math expert in the OECD PISA-D project – a version of PISA for developing countries. He is a co-chair of the group for the PISA 2021 cycle. In 2013-2017 he has been a member of CERI – the Steering Committee for Education Research in OECD. In 2013-14 he served as an expert at the Brookings Institute, in the “Millions Learning” project. Professor Zbigniew Marciniak is the author of more than 30 scientific publi-cations in the field of algebra. He is a member of editorial committees of periodicals: “Delta” and “Algebra and Discrete Mathematics”.
For his contribution to supporting mathematically-talented students he was honoured the Silver Cross of Merit and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. Married, two children.
As Director of the international Network for Advancing and Evaluating Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) Anika Duut van Goor manages a platform for stakeholders in academia, government, industry and civil society to exchange experiences and best practices on demonstrating and optimising the impact of world-class science on economy, culture and well-being. She develops conferences, courses and expert-meetings on several aspects within this spectrum, such as impact assessment, research strategy, science policy and many more. She also frequently performs as speaker on mapping stakeholders in the science impact eco-system and learning skills for project management and engagement with non-academic players.
Anika received her Research Master’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Leiden University, the Netherlands, where she continued working on research projects and teaching programmes for two years. Her project management skills were gained through her work at Médecins du Monde, TEDx and the filmindustry. With a Musical Theatre degree from AMDA - New York in her back pocket Anika still manages to write and perform whenever she is not busy trying to help increase the utilisation of scientific knowledge and data for the wellbeing of people and the world they live in.
Joji Carino (Ibaloi-Igorot, from the Cordillera region of the Philippines) is an active advocate for Indigenous peoples’ human rights at the community, national and international levels. She is currently a Senior Policy Advisor of Forest Peoples Programme (UK), and co-lead author of Local Biodiversity Outlooks, a complementary report to Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Her work has covered cultural and biological diversity, and international standards on forests and biodiversity, water and energy, extractive industries, and food and agriculture. She currently focuses on community-based mapping and monitoring as tools for local governance; tracking implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and holding governments and corporations accountable for compliance with human rights, environmental and social obligations. She has served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board (UNSAB) and as Commissioner on the World Commission on Dams. She is a current member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and a member of UNESCO’s Advisory Committee on Open Science.