The AESIS Network is proud to announce that its next edition on ‘The Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities on Society’ will be taking place in Ottawa, Canada. For this edition, we are aiming to foster a discussion on how one can assess and stimulate impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) through an interdisciplinary approach. In order to generate a profound impact of SSH on society, we believe collaborations with parties from business, government and not-for-profits, and engaging with the broader public are all vital aspects in this process.
We start the event with an attempt to both map and assess the impact of SSH; what does impact mean in the context of different segments of society, and through which indicators can you measure it? Then, we will identify different opportunities of collaborations with societal stakeholders, and discuss how co-creations of knowledge with other scientific disciplines may play a role in stimulating impact. Subsequently, we will engage in interactive discussions on which skills can enable one to optimise impact for the sake of the public as a whole and close with some targeted recommendations for the Canadian science policy system and beyond drawn from the conclusions of the meeting.
The interdisciplinary momentum and focus on addressing nation and global societal challenges in Canada’s research eco-system make it an excellent and indeed inspirational context to foster the worldwide debate on impact while international perspectives offer valuable and critical evaluations to the current progress and obstacles in Canada. The AESIS Network and its partners are excited to welcome you to the ‘Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities 2020’ conference in Ottawa.
Terms & costs Register
14-16 October 2020
This conference is organised by the AESIS Network.
Costs include two lunches, a networking reception, coffee and tea, refreshments, and conference documentation.
|Conference fee Members of AESIS & partner networks||€ 150,00 (CAN $235)|
|Conference fee Non-members||€ 195,00 (CAN $300)|
|Early Bird Members (before May 31, 2020)||€ 125,00 (CAN $195)|
|Early Bird Non-members (before May 31, 2020)||€ 165,00 (CAN $255)|
Payment of the participation fee should happen before the conference starts. You will receive an invoice together with the confirmation. Payments have to be made in Euro (EUR) or Canadian Dollars (CAD) at your discretion and free of all bank and other charges. Please note that the exact price in Canadian Dollars may vary depending on conversion rates. Personal or company checks are not accepted. All amounts are excluding VAT, if applicable.
If you are unable to attend the conference it is permitted to allow someone else to participate in your stead, if the name of the replacement is communicated before the start of the conference to the organisers. Cancellation without cost is possible until September 2nd 2020. If you cancel between September 3rd 2020 and Septermber 23rd 2020, we will invoice €95 administration costs. After September 23rd 2020, you owe us the full amount.
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Amy Cook is the Senior Director of Knowledge Mobilization at CIFAR, bringing over ten years of experience in fostering conversation and the exchange of ideas at the frontiers of research and practice. In this position, Amy connects global thought leaders across academia, industry, government, civil society, and healthcare to the knowledge and ideas emerging from CIFAR’s research programs. She also convenes such experts around issues related to the implications of AI on society as part of CIFAR’s AI & Society program. Amy holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in Experimental Oncology from Western University.
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Dr. Wendy Cukier is one of Canada’s leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes, and diversity and inclusion. She co-authored the bestseller “Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park” and has done pioneering work on innovation, inclusion and work-integrated learning. She is the Founder of Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute and leads a number of large partnership-based projects aimed at promoting the economic inclusion of underrepresented groups including women, racialized minorities, Indigenous, LGBTQ and persons with disabilities. Wendy developed multiple action-research projects including the ADaPT (Advanced Digital and Professional Training) program which bridges the employment gap for recent graduates and underrepresented groups through skills development and work placement. In collaboration with the Brookfield Institute and Ted Rogers School of Management, Wendy leads the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, funded by the Government of Canada which brings together key stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem to support diverse women entrepreneurs by drawing on evidence-based best practices. She was an integral part of the bid for the new $365 million Ryerson-led Future Skills Centre, funded by the Government of Canada and is spearheading several research projects on behalf of FSC including the recent SkillsNext series with the Public Policy Forum. Wendy has written more than 200 papers on technology, innovation and management and has received many awards for her work advancing diversity and inclusion, including the Meritorious Service Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. She has been recognized with the Harry Jerome Diversity Award, the Bob Marley Award, the Canada-Pakistan Business Council’s Female Professional of the Year, the 2019 Metropolis Research Award, and most recently the 2019 CATA Alliance Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has been named a YWCA Woman of Distinction, a Woman of Influence and one of the "100 Alumni who shaped the Century" by the University of Toronto. Wendy holds a PhD, an MBA, an MA, and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.
Rick is Professor of Organizational Analysis at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. For seven years he was the University’s Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise where he led the development of SPARK, the world’s first social science park (www.cardiff.ac.uk/social-science-research-park). He also led the formation of Y Lab: the public services innovation lab for Wales at Cardiff University in partnership with Nesta (https://ylab.wales). His main areas of research expertise are innovation, organization, employment relations, and Japanese management and he has published widely on these. Rick is a Board member of the Campaign for Social Science and of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the British Academy of Management and the Learned Society of Wales.
Dr. Robert DiRaddo is the Director General of the NRC's Medical Devices Research Centre. He is a research pioneer in industrial process modelling and interactive medical VR (virtual reality). Prior to taking on the DG role, his focus was on digital health care, the development of science-based interactive exercises for patients and digitally-augmented sensors for patient monitoring.
Dr. DiRaddo joined the NRC in 1991. He initially led the organization to international renowned leadership in process modelling research for plastics blow moulding and thermoforming. He then led cutting-edge research in physics-based simulation for surgical training, which went on to be commercialized by CAE Healthcare. Prior to working with the NRC, Dr. DiRaddo was employed in the plastics and chemical industry.
Dr. DiRaddo received his Ph.D. in Engineering from McGill University. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of British Columbia and the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Dr. DiRaddo is the recipient of numerous professional awards including the Government of Canada Public Service Award and 4 NRC Outstanding Achievement Awards. He has worked on hundreds of collaborative research projects with industry and academia and has coauthored upwards of 200 scientific manuscripts.
Pearl Dykstra was appointed chair of Empirical Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2009. Previously, she had a chair in Kinship Demography at Utrecht University and was a senior scientist at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague. Between 2015 and 2019 she served as Director of Research of the Department of Public Administration and Sociology. Her publications focus on intergenerational solidarity, aging societies, family change, aging and the life course, and late-life well-being. She received an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant in 2012 for the research project “Families in context”, which focuses on the ways in which policy, economic, and cultural contexts structure interdependence in families. She is the Scientific Director of ODISSEI, Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations. In 2016 she joined the board of the Social Sciences and Humanities division of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She is an elected member and previous Vice-President of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, elected member of Academia Europaea, and elected member of the Governing Board of the International Science Council. In 2015 she was appointed as member of the group of European Commission Chief Scientific Advisors, and currently serves as its Deputy Chair.
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Chris joined Oxford University Innovations in 2018 as a Licensing and Ventures Manager in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
Chris graduated from the University of Oxford after having read Modern History, he then went onto study Politics and Government at the London School of Economics. After graduation, Chris worked at Accenture, covering projects across; Public Sector, Energy, Digital and Communications as well as their Clean Tech growth area (in partnership with the World Economic Forum) and Institute for High Performance. Chris left Accenture to work for FutureLearn, an Edtech start-up (or MOOC platform) founded by the Open University. At FutureLearn, Chris led the market research and helped develop FutureLearn’s strategy, partnerships and business models across B2C/B2B and public education initiatives.
Kate Geddie is Senior Director of Research at CIFAR where she supports the development and evolution of CIFAR's research portfolio and works directly with many of the research programs. She is also responsible for CIFAR’s performance monitoring and evaluation activities, and has a particular interest in assessing the long-term collaborations and interdisciplinary nature of CIFAR’s work.
Kate holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lausanne and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Prior to joining CIFAR, she directed public policy research and analysis on wide range of issues related to higher education, research and innovation in Canada and Europe. She has worked for the European University Association in Brussels, Universities Canada (AUCC) in Ottawa, and her research has been funded by SSHRC, the European Commission, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Kathryn is the Executive Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates, a Canadian‐based publicly funded provincial research and innovation organization. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). A co‐founder of the International School on Research Impact Assessment and was Director of the School when it was hosted in Banff in 2014. She is the Co-Director of the AESIS International course on “Integrating Societal Impact in a Research Strategy”.
She has over 25 years of strategic evaluation experience in health care, research and innovation. Her expertise is in developing performance management and impact strategies and implementing assessment frameworks for complex systems across a diversity of organizations. She and her team successfully implemented the CAHS (2009) health research impact framework and was instrumental in its application nationally and internationally. Kathryn is a social scientist, bridge builder and advisor on numerous boards and expert committees that focus on research and innovation. She is invited to present both nationally and internationally.
Vera works closely with organisations to enable strategic decision-making driven by data gathered using the Researchfish Impact & Evaluation Hub. With a background in mathematical modelling and data analysis, Vera joined the Research Fish team from a leading mathematical consultancy company, where she led business development in a strategic area of research management and directed research networks on the interface of funders, academia and industry.
Jeff has over 30 years of experience in government science, technology and innovation policy in the US and Canada. His US experience includes the National Science Foundation, the National Academies and the Naval Research Laboratory.
In Canada, Jeff has worked at Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA). In 2014, he supported the Knox Panel on Government Science and Technology. Most recently, he led the Federal S&T Secretariat supporting the Minister of Science, the Deputy Minister Champion for Federal Science and related initiatives, including the Federal S&T Infrastructure Initiative (now Laboratories Canada). Jeff is currently on interchange with the Institute on Governance.
At the University of Ottawa, Jeff is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) and Adjunct at the Telfer School of Management. Jeff is a board member of the Canadian Science Policy Centre and a member of the Advisory Council of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellows program.
He is co-editor with Paul Dufour of A Lantern on the Bow: A History of the Science Council of Canada and its Contributions to the Science and Innovation Policy Debate (Invenire, 2018). He holds a PhD in public policy, a Master’s in science, technology and public policy, and a BS in physics.
Sandra Lapointe is Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University and Research Affiliate at the Bertrand Russell Research Centre. She obtained her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Leeds (UK) in 2000. A Commonwealth alumna, Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation, her scholarly work focuses on the history of the philosophical study of logic, mind and language in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is the author and editor of 12 books and several dozens of articles and book chapters. She is a Founding Associate Editor and current Editor for Special Issues for the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. She is a past President of the Canadian Philosophical Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and a Research Affiliate of the Future Skills Centre. She is Project Director for The/La Collaborative (www.yourcollaborative.org), a partnered initiative with the mission to foster better collaborative culture around social science and humanities education, talent and impact.
Steven N. Liss is Ryerson’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and a professor of Chemistry and Biology in the Faculty of Science. His recent return to Ryerson, April 2017, follows a decade of distinguished service at the University of Guelph and at Queen’s University, where he served as Vice-Principal (Research) and a professor of Environmental Studies and Chemical Engineering.
For his contributions to Canada’s research and innovation ecosystem, Steven was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
He has also held positions on a number of boards and councils and he has played an important leadership role nationally in the advancement of support for digital infrastructure as the founding co-chair of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure (LCDI) and a founding board member and Corporate Officer of Compute Ontario.
Dr. Julia E. Moore is the Senior Director for the Center for Implementation and an internationally-recognized expert on applied implementation science training. She has delivered dozens of workshops and keynotes to over 2000 professionals. Dr. Moore has supported over 100 knowledge translation/implementation projects locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally with organizations such as Health Canada, World Health Organization, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Healthcare, and the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) at Pennsylvania State University. Through the Center for Implementation she trains and supports organizations and professionals to use evidence-based implementation to improve the adoption, implementation, sustainability, spread, and scale up of interventions to improve outcomes and create impact. Dr. Moore has a PhD from Penn State, where she was trained as an implementation scientist, researching the best ways to implement evidence-based programs. She is most widely known for her online courses, including the free mini-course, Inspiring Change: Creating impact with evidence-based implementation (https://thecenterforimplementation.com/courses).
Wendy Naus became the fourth Executive Director of COSSA in 2014 following a decade of lobbying for the federal research and policy interests of scientific societies and U.S. universities. Over her career, she has worked to shape legislation, programs, and regulations important to the research community and has advocated for increased research funding across federal agencies. In her role at COSSA, Wendy serves as the lead advocate for federal funding and policy that positively impact social and behavioral science research across the federal government, representing the breadth of the social science research enterprise. She is also responsible for the day to day operations of COSSA and member engagement. A native of Buffalo, New York, Wendy holds a B.A. in political science and urban studies from Canisius College, graduating magna cum laude from the All-College Honors Program.
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.
Professor Crain Soudien is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a former deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town, where he remains an emeritus professor in Education and African Studies. His publications in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture include four books, four edited collections and over 200 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters, including a 2017 publication entitled Nelson Mandela: Comparative Perspectives of his Significance for Education.
He is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organisations and is chairperson of the Independent Examinations Board, former chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, a former president of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and has served as the chair of three Ministerial Committees of Enquiry, including the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education and the Ministerial Committee to Evaluate Textbooks for Discrimination.
He is a fellow of a number of local and international academies and serves on the boards of a number of cultural, heritage, education and civil society structures.
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.
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Dr. Tim Wilson is the Associate Vice-President of Research Programs at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), where he is responsible for overseeing the Agency’s grants and scholarships programs.
Prior to coming to SSHRC, Tim held a number of executive positions at the Government of Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat and the Public Service Commission. In addition to his career in the Public Service, Tim also teaches English Literature part-time at the University of Ottawa, specializing in Renaissance Literature and Literary Theory.