Words of Welcome
Dear speakers, coordinators, trainers, guests and participants,
We are delighted to welcome you to the AESIS’s 11th annual conference on Societal Impact of Science. After touring various cities in different parts of the world, AESIS has now brought the conference to Halifax/Kjipuktuk and we are very excited for the three days of exciting discussions, networking, and fun!
The conference features experts from within and outside the science ecosystem discussing and connecting science to society. The conference has been designed to delve deeper into certain topics such as ‘Demonstrating and evaluating the societal impact of science’ or ‘Collaboration between science and society for greater impact’ but discussions during this conference will also very much focus on the Canadian scientific landscape by keeping EDIA in the centre of all discussions.
The world is advancing faster than ever. This poses a challenge and makes it all the more important to have meaningful discussions and focus on ways we can apply all the new scientific discoveries and research to make our world a better place to live in. By means of this conference, we hope to get a step closer to learning and finding out ways to connect science and society – to make it easier for those out of academia to be able to make an impact, apply and relate to these new discoveries and impact stories.
There is a lot that still needs to be done. To make an impact, all the various societal stakeholders need to understand each other, relate to one another, and work together. We believe that this conference may bring us all one step closer to each other in making an impact. We are glad to have you all be a part of this.
Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, PhD (she/her/elle)
Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, PhD (she/her)
"The nexus of impact scholarship practice."
"A remarkably stimulating interdisciplinary conference, two thumbs up!"
"An impact delight."
"A friendly, inspiring and nourishing experience with very interesting experts from all around the world."
The Societal Impact of Science Conference will be held on-location in Halifax, Canada over 3 days and will focus on stimulating societal impact of science by building stronger, long-term structures for knowledge and data exchange, as well as Public-Private collaboration.
The need for science to tackle challenges our world faces is not a new phenomenon, but has increasingly grown on a global scale, with the world facing pandemics, environmental changes and societal struggles. Policymakers, businesses and other societal actors are increasingly aware of the value of scientific data and knowledge to support them in overcoming challenges, but in many cases the interaction between worlds is not structured or stable enough. For the 11th time in a row AESIS will be organising their annual conference on Societal Impact of Science, to bring together stakeholders in- and outside of the science eco-system to engage with each other on the most effective approaches for implementing policies, strategies, methods and tools to optimise societal impact of science and evaluate success.
In 2023, the international conference will be hosted in Halifax, Canada. This conference will feature highly regarded and internationally recognised experts who will be discussing the contribution of research to the quality of life and well-being. The conference expects over 250 participants from more than 30 countries, bringing together experts such as R&D evaluators, university managers, research councils, policy makers, funders, and other stakeholders of impact. The goal is sharing, evaluating, and discussing best practices around the world on: policy strategies for societal impact, creating (long-term) alliances between stakeholders; regional, national, and international instruments for evaluating and achieving impact; current issues on i.e. public engagement, evidence-based policy, interdisciplinary approaches, and harmonising definitions and assumptions. We are very excited to be working with our colleagues in Canada and elsewhere in the world to create the most valuable programme and experience for all of you who would like to learn about and contribute to science transforming the world.
Selection of topics that we tackle:
Dalhousie University - McCain Building
Halifax, Nova Scotia
To make it easier for you as our participant in this conference; we have created a document that gives you some suggestions of accommodation in Halifax. If you require any more assistance please do not hesitate to contact Niranut (email@example.com) who is the contact person regarding hotels and accommodation.
Campus Room Reservation
To make a reservation to stay on campus, please visit this website: stay.dal.ca. As a participant of the 'Societal Impact of Science' conference you can book a campus room by using the promo code: AESIS23.
If you require any assistance, please contact the Dalhousie University directly by phone: +1 (888)271-9222 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of their associates would be happy to help.