Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities 2020

Online, hosted from Ottawa, Canada

14 – 16 October 2020

There might not be a more timely moment to discuss the societal impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) than this fall. The global COVID-19 pandemic has posed and is still posing societal challenges that call for (interdisciplinary) research evidence that can be transformed into practical knowledge for a variety of societal stakeholders. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly apparent that SSH research has an important role to play in identifying, assessing and meeting objectives that touch upon matters such as accountability, equity and inclusiveness. In all, it seems that in these unique times, “change’’ is the new key word. We and our partners feel that in order to create a positive connotation to this word, it is of the utmost importance to assess, facilitate, and enhance the impact of SSH on society.

The AESIS Network is proud to announce that its next edition on ‘The Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities on Society’, hosted from Ottawa, Canada, and broadcasted online to a global audience. 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 momentum of a great need for interdisciplinary research 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 discussion on impact. At the same time, several international perspectives can offer valuable and critical evaluations to the current progress and obstacles in Canada. The AESIS Network and its partners are excited to (virtually) welcome you to the ‘Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities 2020’ conference.

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Confirmed speakers

Frédéric Bouchard

Frédéric Bouchard

Chair

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Emile Aarts

Emile Aarts

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Thomas Alslev Christensen

Thomas Alslev Christensen

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Bartłomiej Banaszak

Bartłomiej Banaszak

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Brian Belcher

Brian Belcher

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Larissa Best

Larissa Best

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Lidia Brito

Lidia Brito

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Tracey Brown

Tracey Brown

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David Budtz Pedersen

David Budtz Pedersen

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Michael Carmichael

Michael Carmichael

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Dominique Charron

Dominique Charron

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Nushi Choudhury

Nushi Choudhury

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Amy Cook

Amy Cook

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Sheila Cote-Meek

Sheila Cote-Meek

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Jennifer Crosbie

Jennifer Crosbie

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Wendy Cukier

Wendy Cukier

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Rick Delbridge

Rick Delbridge

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Aïsha Dioury

Aïsha Dioury

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Wim van den Doel

Wim van den Doel

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Pearl Dykstra

Pearl Dykstra

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Johannes Dyring

Johannes Dyring

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Monica Ell-Kanayuk

Monica Ell-Kanayuk

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Rutger Engels

Rutger Engels

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Chris Fellingham

Chris Fellingham

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Bronwyn Fredericks

Bronwyn Fredericks

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Chelsea Gabel

Chelsea Gabel

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Kate Geddie

Kate Geddie

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Ursula Gobel

Ursula Gobel

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Nicole Goodman

Nicole Goodman

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Kathryn Graham

Kathryn Graham

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Jim Grossman

Jim Grossman

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Mehrdad Hariri

Mehrdad Hariri

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Vera Hazelwood

Vera Hazelwood

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Ted Hewitt

Ted Hewitt

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Kamilla Karoli

Kamilla Karoli

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Jeff Kinder

Jeff Kinder

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Christian Kobsda

Christian Kobsda

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Thomas König

Thomas König

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Sandra Lapointe

Sandra Lapointe

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Vincent Larivière

Vincent Larivière

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Steven Liss

Steven Liss

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Robert Luke

Robert Luke

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Arthur Lupia

Arthur Lupia

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Patrick MacGuire

Patrick MacGuire

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Stefanie Molthagen-Schnöring

Stefanie Molthagen-Schnöring

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Julia Moore

Julia Moore

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Susan Morris

Susan Morris

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Wendy Naus

Wendy Naus

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Zenda Ofir

Zenda Ofir

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Jeffrey Ollinger

Jeffrey Ollinger

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Kim Patten

Kim Patten

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David Phipps

David Phipps

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Mikkel Rasmussen

Mikkel Rasmussen

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Tony Roche

Tony Roche

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Claire Samson

Claire Samson

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Kara Scally-Irvine

Kara Scally-Irvine

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Mihiri Seneviratne

Mihiri Seneviratne

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Malinda Smith

Malinda Smith

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Toby Smith

Toby Smith

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Crain Soudien

Crain Soudien

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Trevor Stuthridge

Trevor Stuthridge

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David Sweeney

David Sweeney

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Vivian Tseng

Vivian Tseng

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Carolyn Watters

Carolyn Watters

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Christine Weidenslaufer

Christine Weidenslaufer

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Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson

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Locations

Ottawa, Canada

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