Societal Impact of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 2024

"The importance of Social Sciences & Humanities as central in solving global challenges was made even clearer"

"Science is not done in void - it is done by society, so should be done with society"

"Interesting, vibrant and vital"

"It has been humbling to stand & lean on the shoulders of giants. - boundary breaking and inspirational"

"Very insightful; gave me direction what to do & focus on for the next year"

Cape Town, South Africa

16 – 18 October 2024

In 2017 AESIS organised the very first international conference on Societal Impact of Social Science, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) in Cardiff, bringing together stakeholders such as research managers, administrators, evaluators, policy makers, funders, entrepreneurs, publishers, NGO’s, media and many more. This became the start of a series of annual conferences where attendees exchanged experiences and good practices in order to catalyse developments in strategies, policies, methods, tools and approaches that are being used to make sure that SSHA, in collaboration with societal stakeholders and other disciplines, can have the most positive and inclusive impact on wellbeing, culture, economy, environment, health, education, and all kinds of challenges that are being faced in the world. Fast forward 7 years later, having journeyed through Copenhagen, Washington, Toronto, Brussels, Stockholm, and Cardiff, we are thrilled to announce its premier in the global south in Cape Town, South Africa!

In the past years, the call to transform interdisciplinary research evidence into accessible, understandable, trusted and useable knowledge for societal stakeholders has grown in importance amidst persisting global challenges such as the pandemic, climate change, poverty, other inequities and more. The Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts (SSHA) disciplines are able to offer much value in addressing these challenges yet are often undervalued; therefore it is necessary to enhance supporting structures, policies and strategies, develop a more robust framework for assessing impact, foster coalitions with parties from business, government, and not-for-profits, and engage with the broader public in order to generate a profound impact of SSHA on society.

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Conference venue

Graduate School of Business Conference Centre

Located in V&A Waterfront

Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa