I am delighted to welcome you to Washington where, on October 17 & 18, the third edition of the conference series on the Societal Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities will take place. After the successful first editions of the conference, this year’s conference will address the societal impact of social sciences & humanities by engaging with government, industry and the public as a whole. Impact is a multidimensional and multifaceted concept necessitating a deeper understanding and much better articulation than what is done today. In the USA many reports have been published on this subject, with a slight focus on the Social Sciences. In many respects, especially for the Humanities it seems that the USA has something to learn from other parts of the world when it comes to measuring and stimulating this impact.
Governments and funders increasingly recognize and reward societal impacts; a new institute will even be established to substantiate this process – the center for Advancing Research and its Impact on Society (ARIS). But there’s still a long way to go when it comes to connecting societal needs to the development of research agendas. We are thankful that the Smithsonian offers us such an exceptional environment to discuss these important issues
This conference will bring together leading thinkers, practitioners, users and policymakers to define, debate and co-design the next chapter of our shared impact agenda.
I hope you’ll join us.
Chair of the conference
CEO, Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Washington DC, USA
17 – 18 October 2019
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Welcoming Video by US Congressman David Price
AESIS is proud to announce its third edition on "The Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities on Society," right next to Capitol Hill, in the National Museum of The American Indian, Washington DC. Motivated by science policy developments of recent years, the AESIS Network started in 2017 to organize the first international conference on Societal Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), and the signing of the Cardiff Statementon optimizing this impact. Building further on the positive outcome of the SSH 2018 conference in Copenhagen, continuation of the event was decided for the following purposes: to restate and champion the fundamental role that the social sciences and humanities play in society, and to call for an expanded role for the social sciences and humanities in tackling social and cultural problems through academic research.
Alan Leshner (CEO, Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) will be chairing the conference. The event aims to foster an international discussion on:
(1) How to define the social impact of social sciences and humanities;
(2) How to measure this impact;
(3) How engaging with government, industry and the public as a whole may stimulate the impact of social sciences and humanities.
The event will bring together experts working as:
Other stakeholders or impact
On Wednesday October 16, we will open the conference with the Social Programmme. The Social Programme is recommended for anyone interested in science policy systems and the rich history of the United States. On this day, we plan to meet at 13.15. We will start with a tour of the famous Library of Congress, which is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States, as well as the de facto national library. After this tour, we will move on to the U.S. Capitol Building for our second group tour. The U.S. Capitol Building is the home of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government.
After being inspired by all of the amazing architecture, history and culture, we will have a debate on the difference between the science policy systems of the US and the rest of the world. Afterwards, we will enjoy some drinks with a welcoming reception.
Signing up for the Social Programme can be done while registering for the conference.
Traveling from Washington's main airports to the conference location
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: The conference venue is merely 6 minutes away by car, and 15 minutes away by public transport. Please find a detailed description of the available means of transportation to and from this airport here.
Dulles National Airport: The conference venue is a little more than half an hour away by car, and a bit less than an hour away by public transport. A detailed description of the means of transportation to and from this airport is available here.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: The conference venue is 42 minutes away by car, and an hour and a half away by public transport. Please find a detailed description of the available means of transportation to and from this airport here.
Costs include two lunches, a networking reception, refreshments, and conference documentation.
Fee members of AESIS & partner networks
USD 425,- / EUR 380,-
USD 495,- / EUR 440,-
After the first day of the conference (17 October 2019), participants have the opportunity to attend the conference dinner. Location and time to be announced. The costs for this diner are EUR 75,- / USD 85,-.
On 16 October 2019, location and time to be announced. The costs for this are €35,- / USD 40,-.
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 or United States Dollar and personal or company cheques 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 5, 2019. If you cancel between September 5 and 26, 2019, we will invoice €95 administration costs. After September 26, 2019 you owe us the full amount.
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Alan I. Leshner is Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former Executive Publisher of the Science family of journals. Before this position, Dr. Leshner was Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. He also served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and in several roles at the National Science Foundation.
Before joining the government, Dr. Leshner was Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University. Dr. Leshner is an elected fellow of AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Public Administration, and many others. He is a member and served on the governing Council of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He served two terms on the National Science Board, appointed first by President Bush and then reappointed by President Obama. Dr. Leshner received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University and an A.B. in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. He has been awarded seven honorary Doctor of Science degrees.
Wiljan van den Akker
Wiljan van den Akker (1954) got his PhD in Modern Literature at Utrecht University in 1985 and was appointed full-professor of Modern Dutch Literature in 1987. He taught in Berlin (at the Freie Universität), Köln, Paris and Lille. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at UCBerkeley. From 1996 till 2003 he chaired the Board of the Dutch National Endowment for the Humanities (NWO) in The Hague and represented The Netherlands in the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation-ESF in Strassbourg. From 1993 till 2003 he was the Director of the Research Institute for History and Culture, after which he became Director of Research at the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He became Distinguished Faculty Professor of Poetry in 2003. From 2006 till 2014 he was Dean of Humanities at Utrecht University. From 2013 till 2019 he was Vice-Rector for Research for Utrecht University. Currently he is Head of Public Engagement for Utrecht University and Director of the Centre for Humanities. His field of research is Modern Western Poetry. He is also a published poet and novelist. Together with Jack Spaapen he published the LERU-Position Paper: “Productive Interactions: Societal Impact of Academic Research in the Knowledge Society” (2017).
Amanda Anderson is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English and Humanities and Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University. She serves on the advisory board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and is a former director and honorary senior fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory (an international summer humanities institute at Cornell University). A specialist in British and American literature as well as disciplinary formations and modes of academic argument, her books include Psyche and Ethos: Moral Life after Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2018), Bleak Liberalism (University of Chicago Press, 2016), The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory (Princeton University Press, 2006), and Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siècle (ed., with Joseph Valente, Princeton, 2002). She delivered the Clarendon Lectures in English Literature at Oxford University in 2015 and her other awards and honors include the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin.
Jenny Björkman is assoc. professor in History and director of collaboration at Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish foundation for social sciences and humanities. Since 2008 she has led the foundation's work with research communication and collaboration. Together with Johan Östling et al she wrote Kunskapens nya rörelser (2016) about the dissemination of knowledge in humanities and social sciences in our time in Sweden. She is also main editor of the yearbook of the Foundation. The book of 2019 is about new trends in Sweden (Det nya Sverige 2019). She has facilitated several book projects within the foundation, planned seminars and conferences and created new forms av research communication, for example events when researcher present their research in collaboration with standup-comedians.
Jenny Björkman got her PhD in history at Uppsala university in 2001 and has since done research about the Swedish welfare state and its modern history. Among other things she was one of the writers to the bold book-project of a new Swedish history, Sveriges historia, in eight parts. She wrote parts of the seventh book Sveriges historia 1920-1965, 2012. Part of this research is also published in Scandinavian Journal of History “The Right to a Nice Home: housing inspection in 1930s Stockholm” (2012).
Norman M. Bradburn, the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, serves on the faculties of the Harris School, the Department of Psychology, the Graduate School of Business, and the College. A social psychologist, Bradburn has been at the forefront in developing theory and practice in the field of sample survey research. He has focused on psychological well-being and assessing quality of life, particularly through the use of large-scale sample surveys; non-sampling errors in sample surveys; and research on cognitive processes in responses to sample surveys. He is currently the co-PI of the Humanities Indicators project at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A forest engineer, with a Master and Doctorate in Forest and Wood Sciences from Colorado State University in the USA, born in Mozambique, and staff of Eduardo Mondlane University since graduation in Forest Engineering in 1981.
She has held senior positions in Mozambique such as Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of Eduardo Mondlane University and Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology.
She joined UNESCO in November 2009 as Director for Science Policy and Sustainable Development, in Paris, and currently she is the UNESCO Regional Director for Sciences in the Latin-America and Caribbean region.
Her areas of expertise range from forestry and sustainable management of Natural Resources to Higher Education, Science and Technology policies and programmes as part of public policies for sustainable development. She has chaired several commissions and task teams in particular in Higher Education and STI for Sustainable Development.
She co-chaired the Scientific Organizing Committee for Planet Under Pressure Conference in London, a major conference for the preparation of Rio+20, and she has been a member of several international Boards such as African Foresters Forum Governing Board, UNU Governing Board, CHET Board, Stockholm Environmental Institute Governing Board, Bioversity Governing Board among others.
Currently she is the co-chair of the Organizing Committee for the 3rd Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean (CILAC 2020).
Martin van der Broek
Martin is responsible for the IMPACT program ‘Creating value from data’ at Tilburg University.
Tilburg University is a Social Sciences and Humanities University with a longstanding tradition of creating impact on society. Impact firmly embedded in the strategy of the university. An example of a program in which societal partners and Tilburg Schools collaborate is the Zero Hunger Lab. Martin is currently developing Pathways to Impact, a methodology to describe and assess the way Tilburg University aims to create impact.
Previously Martin has been working as a senior economic policy advisor for the city of Den Bosch, as a managing consultant for European regional affairs and as an extraneous research scientist at the Delft University of Technology (School for Public Administration). He has a longstanding interest and experience in of regional development projects and programs in co creation with government, education and the private sector. And was also responsible for the writing of European programs (eg. Interreg border region Belgium – the Netherlands) and the evaluation of several European funded programs.
David Budtz Pedersen
David Budtz Pedersen (b. 1980) is Professor of Impact Studies and Science Communication, and Director of the Humanomics Research Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. His research focuses on science communication, impact assessment, science and higher education policy, and the role of Humanities and Social Sciences. He regularly acts as science policy adviser to European and global 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 the Department of Philosophy, New York University.
David is the recipient and co-recipient of competitive grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research, The Velux Foundation, The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, The European Commission Horizon 2020, The Obel Family Foundation, and the Swedish Research Council. David Budtz has about 150 entries on his list of publications ranging from research papers, research monographs, edited volumes, policy reports, op-ed columns and newspaper articles.
Alongside his research, David 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.
David regularly works as a policy adviser. He entered the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science in 2005, working in technological foresight and science policy until 2012. In 2007, he became a member of the European Commission’s Programme Committee for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities, dealing with analysis and priority-setting in SSH research. In 2012, he supported the Danish Presidency of the European Union in the area of Responsible Research and Innovation, co-organising the conference “Science in Dialogue”. 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.
Eva Caldera is the Associate Secretary/Chief Operating Officer of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She oversees the Society's operations and collaborates with staff, leaders, and members to shape programs, member engagement, advocacy and outreach that advance the organization’s mission: to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.
Immediately before joining Phi Beta Kappa in 2017, she served in the Obama Administration at the National Endowment for the Humanities, as Assistant Chairman for Partnership and Strategic Initiatives. She was a core member of the NEH senior leadership team for nearly eight years, and she was responsible for the agency’s signature initiatives promoting the public humanities, as well as US-based and international partnerships for the support of humanities scholarship and outreach.
Caldera earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Harvard College, then earned a JD degree from Harvard Law School. She practiced law in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, then went on to become a Research Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she combined teaching, research, and practice focused on medical ethics.
Rich is the Chair of AUTM and the Executive Director of MSU Technologies, the technology transfer office at Michigan State University, the nation’s pioneer land grant university, leading an office of 20 professionals who manage the university’s diverse intellectual property portfolio. Rich has been in university technology transfer since 2008. Prior to joining MSU, Rich served as the Director of Technology Transfer for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Rich spent the first two decades of his career in the specialty chemicals industry working in a variety of technology management, engineering, and product development roles for BASF and Johnson Polymer, including assignments in Europe as the European Technical Director, and Asia as the Global Product Development Manager. He won his company’s highest inventor award three times, developing polymer technology that achieved more than $1 billion in sales over the life of the patents.
Kimberly manages the William T. Grant Foundation’s Institutional Challenge Grant program and our focus area of improving the use of research evidence. She also supports grantees in their work and leads efforts to better understand the use of research by policymakers and practitioners in child welfare. She is a key member of the senior program team, which sets our research agenda and annual priorities.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2011, Kimberly worked as a research scientist with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, where she directed an evaluation of the Healthy Families New York intervention, a home visitation service for children at risk for abuse and neglect. In that capacity, she bridged research—in this case, a rigorous evaluation—with the needs of practitioners and policymakers working to improve the health and well-being of at-risk youth. Her research from this work and earlier studies investigated links between neighborhoods, families, community-based interventions, and youth development.
Kimberly earned her Ph.D. in community psychology from New York University and her B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University.
Maryrose Flanigan is the executive director of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), where she oversees a network of 43 U.S. research universities which are committed to advancing arts-based and interdisciplinary research, practice, and teaching in higher education. She serves on a presidential advisory group for a just-announced arts initiative at a2ru's headquarters at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the staff at a2ru, she served in various roles at the National Endowment for the Arts: as division coordinator for Literature and Arts Education, as a specialist for the creative writing and translation fellowships; and served as program manager for national programs Poetry Out Loud and the NEA Big Read. She has also served as associate editor for Office of Communications and Public Affairs (OCPA) at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); and associate director for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Maryrose has an M.F.A. in poetry from American University.
Drew Gitomer, the current and inaugural holder of the DeMarzo Chair in Education at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, studies the assessment and evaluation of teaching. His research examines policy-related issues in teaching and teacher education and considers a range of constructs that are related to teaching quality—teacher knowledge, teacher beliefs, student achievement, and quality of classroom interactions. From work in student performance assessment and portfolios, the scope of Gitomer’s research has focused on the design and validation of assessments that support the improvement of instruction.
Prior to joining Rutgers GSE, Gitomer was a distinguished researcher and Senior Vice-President of Research and Development at Educational Testing Service, where he led the Understanding Teaching Quality Center. Since joining Rutgers GSE in 2011, he has implemented a plan of research, teaching, and professional leadership that has made a lasting impact on scholarship at the GSE. He has also contributed to the dialogue on teacher evaluation research and practice across the country. Gitomer has written and edited several highly regarded publications, including the AERA Handbook of Research on Teaching (5th edition) and, most recently, a William T. Grant Foundation monograph entitled, Studying the Use of Research Evidence: A Review of Methods.
Ursula Gobel was appointed associate vice-president, future challenges, at SSHRC in April 2014. As a member of SSHRC’s senior management team, Ursula leads the development and implementation of strategies to identify and address future societal challenges for Canada in a global context, overseeing strategic foresight, stakeholder engagement, knowledge mobilization and partnership development functions, nationally and internationally. Ursula joined SSHRC in 2007 as director of communications. In that role, she oversaw the development and implementation of strategic communications for SSHRC, as well as for several international programs, including the Canada Research Chairs, and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, on behalf of Canada’s three federal research granting agencies. Ursula brings extensive experience in leadership and management across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including responsibility for marketing and communications at the National Gallery of Canada. In addition to her role as Vice-Chair of the Board for the Institute for Public Administration of Canada’s National Capital Region Chapter, Ursula has held board positions and volunteer roles with several national and regional organizations, including the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation, and the United Way. Ursula holds executive leadership training from Queen’s University, and as well as business and economics diplomas from Algonquin College and John Abbott College.
Daniel L. Goroff is Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a private philanthropy that supports breakthroughs in science, technology, and economics. He is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Economics at Harvey Mudd College, having also served there as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Before that, as a faculty member for over twenty years at Harvard University, he won the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award for courses not only on mathematics, but also on decision theory, economics, physics, as well as history of science. His degrees include a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton, an M.Phil. in Economics from Cambridge, and a B.A.-M.A. in Mathematics from Harvard. A Trustee of Smith College, Daniel Goroff has twice worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, most recently as Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.
Avi Green (Executive Director) leads the staff of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN), a national organization made up of university social scientists dedicated to increasing the use of research to inform public policy and strengthen democracy. SSN’s website, www.scholars.org, hosts a directory of over 1,400 member researchers, over 1,000 briefs ready for use by policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists, and SSN’s popular podcast, No Jargon.
As a matchmaker and trainer, Green helps researchers build relationships with civic leaders and policymakers on both sides of the aisle. As a communications strategist, Green has helped scholars use traditional and new media to open doors to new collaborations. As a developer of leaders, Avi is helping create equitable communities dedicated to promoting civic engagement, inclusive and thoughtful deliberation, and the use of research, science, and evidence to inform policy through 35 SSN chapters in 26 states. Outside SSN, Green has run successful efforts for bipartisan redistricting laws, taught yoga, delivered commentaries on National Public Radio, run marathons, and served as a teaching assistant for pre-K and 7th grade. He holds a BA from Columbia University and an MPP from Harvard.
Jim Grossman is Executive Director of the American Historical Association. He was previously Vice President for Research and Education at the Newberry Library, and has taught at University of Chicago and University of California, San Diego. The author of Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration (1989) and A Chance to Make Good: African-Americans, 1900-1929 (1997), Grossman was coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Chicago (2005; online, 2006) and coeditor of the series "Historical Studies of Urban America" (50 vols, 1992-2015 ). His articles and short essays have focused on various aspects of American urban history, African American history, ethnicity, higher education, and the place of history in public culture. Short pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time, Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere.
Land of Hope received awards from the Gustavus Myers Center for Human Rights and the Illinois State Historical Society. A Chance to Make Good won awards from the New York Public Library and the National Council for the Social Studies. Grossman was chosen in 2005 as one of seven "Chicagoans of the Year" by Chicago Magazine. Grossman’s consulting experience includes the BBC, Smithsonian, and various theater companies, foundations, film makers, museums, and libraries. He serves on the boards of the National Humanities Alliance (President) and American Council of Learned Societies.
Sara Guyer is Kellett Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she directed the Center for the Humanities from 2008-2018. She currently serves as the President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, an international network of over 270 humanities institutions. Recent projects include the development of annual workshops for early career scholars on the African continent; new models for graduate training in the public humanities; and Global Humanities Institutes, a program for collaborative, interdisciplinary research with current working groups focused on Democracy; Translation; Labor Migration; and Global Mental Health. She directs the 2020 World Humanities Report, in partnership with the International Council for Philosophy and the Social Sciences and UNESCO. Her research focuses on romanticism and its legacies, theories of testimony, and philosophy and literature. She is the author of Romanticism After Auschwitz (Stanford, 2007) and Reading with John Clare: Biopoetics, Romanticism, Homelessness (Fordham UP, 2015) and has edited special issues of the journals Diacritics, Romantic Circles, and South Atlantic Quarterly. She co-edits the book series Lit Z (Fordham University Press).
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 20 languages and which 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 is an editor of Research Evaluation. 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.”
Rolf Hvidtfeldt is postdoctoral fellow at the Humanomics Research Centre at Aalborg University in Denmark. He holds BA and MA degrees in philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Southern Denmark. His research interests include philosophy of science in general with special focus on interdisciplinarity, the humanities, psychiatry, psychology, and everything related to methodology and the evaluation hereof.
His further (and even more special) interests include philosophy of language and concepts, taxonomy, categorisation, definition, idealisation, modelling, music, scientific representation, and diagnostics.
Currently he is working on the ReAct project where his central task is to develop a comprehensive taxonomy of so-called micro-impacts with the aim of mapping the various ways in which research (in a broad sense) affects society at large. Rolf Hvidtfeldt has recently published the monograph The Structure of Interdisciplinary Science in which he develops a framework for examining epistemic aspects of interdisciplinary collaborations.
Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Under his leadership, the office has produced dozens of research reports, hosted periodic research events and webinars, led strategic plan development for the agency, and established research and data partnerships with the U.S Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. His office also conducts program evaluations and performance measurement for the Arts Endowment. Working with his team, Iyengar has created and pursued a long-term research agenda (based partly on an arts “system map” his office helped to design), founded a national data repository for the arts, and launched two awards programs for arts researchers. He chairs a federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. Some of the Arts Endowment’s most recent research publications include Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait, and U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary Reading: 2002-2017. He contributes a monthly research post (titled “Taking Note”) to the NEA’s official blog. Iyengar and his team have partnered with organizations such as the Brookings Institution, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes to Health to study the arts in relation to such topics as economic development and health and well-being. Prior to joining the NEA as research director, Iyengar worked as a reporter, managing editor, and senior editor for a host of news publications covering the biomedical research, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. He writes poems and book reviews. Iyengar has a BA in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Maia Jachimowicz is the Vice President for Evidence-Based Policy Implementation for Results for America. Maia previously served as Director of Policy in the Office of the Mayor for the City of Philadelphia, where she directed the research, design and execution of public policy across a range of issues including workforce development, violence prevention and impact investing. Maia’s experience with the City of Philadelphia spanned nearly eight years, during which she also served as Assistant Finance Director and Assistant Budget Director for the Office of Budget and Program Evaluation. Prior to that, she served as a researcher in education policy at Princeton University and in immigration policy at the Migration Policy Institute.
Maia earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and her Master in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Ron Kassimir is vice president of programs at the Social Science Research Council, providing strategic planning for and fostering coherence across the Council’s programs while also supporting the development of new program initiatives. He also provides leadership for the Religion and the Public Sphere program, works closely on the Council’s Africa-focused activities, and is managing editor of the SSRC’s digital forum Items. From 1996 to 2005, Kassimir was first a program officer and then a program director at the Council, where he managed the Africa Program and, from 2000 to 2005, the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program. In 2005, Kassimir became associate dean at the New School for Social Research and associate professor in the Department of Politics, and in 2007 he moved to the New School’s Office of the Provost, where he worked for six years as associate provost for research and special projects. From 2011 to 2013, he cochaired the university committee that produced an institutional self-study as part of the New School’s reaccreditation process. He returned to the Council in 2013 as senior adviser, and then executive program director. Kassimir earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 1996. He has published on religion, civil society, higher education, and globalization in Africa, as well as on youth activism and civic engagement. He is coeditor of Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa: Global-Local Networks of Power (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing, 2005), and Youth, Globalization, and the Law (Stanford University Press, 2007).
Stephen Kidd is executive director of the National Humanities Alliance. Before joining NHA, he was director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Smithsonian Institution's "Museum without Walls." As director, he oversaw the development of major, research-based exhibitions including, among others, Crisis and Creativity: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt (2012), Colombia: the Nature of Culture (2011), and Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties (2010). Prior to his work at the Smithsonian, he served on the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the George Washington University.
Christoph is a co-founder and managing partner of Görgen & Köller GmbH (G&K), a science consultancy company based in Germany. He especially supports research institutions and SMEs which intend to create impact of their research results in society and industry. He has developed and applied innovation evaluation and management methodologies as well as innovation processes which find widespread use by his clients. Christoph has conducted various projects in the field of innovation management and knowledge & technology transfer with major research facilities from Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Leibniz Association, and universities. He is currently engaged in projects focusing on the impact of humanities and social sciences in Germany and Europe. Christoph is frequently invited as an expert or speaker to workshops and symposia for innovation management and knowledge transfer, especially on the topic of knowledge transfer from humanities’ & social sciences’ research. Furthermore, he belongs to several pools of experts and evaluators on knowledge transfer from research organisations, also focusing on the transfer from humanities and social sciences at EC, and at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He is member of the advisory board of the Austrian project “Knowledge Transfer Centres” where he is in charge of improving the knowledge transfer coming from SSHA. He is also member of the advisory boards of the Finnish project “iScout” and of the EC-funded project “ACCOMPLISSH”. Christoph is member of ASTP-Proton (EUR), AUTM (USA), ISPIM (EUR) and TII (EUR). He recently established and leads a special interest group on social sciences and humanities valorisation at ASTP-Proton. Christoph is carrying a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Marketing.
Síle Lane is head of international campaigns and policy at Sense about Science, an independent charity that challenges the misrepresentation of evidence in public life.
Síle leads Sense about Science’s campaigns including AllTrials, a global campaign for the registration and reporting of all clinical trials and Ask for Evidence, a public campaign to help people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies. Síle works to promote transparency in policymaking processes. She also oversees the organisation’s Brussels office, which calls for EU citizens, researchers and the European parliament to scrutinise and share evidence behind European policymaking and to show elected officials that evidence matters to the public.
A sought-after chair, panellist and engaging public speaker, Síle appears regularly on TV and radio as well as writing for the Guardian, the BMJ and New Scientist among other publications and delivered the keynote talk at TEDx Madrid in 2016. Síle is a member of the advisory boards for the Campbell Collaboration UK & Ireland and the Centre for Ethics in Public Life . Prior to joining Sense about Science in 2009, Síle was a post-doctoral researcher at Imperial College London working on stem cells and regenerative medicine.
Sandra Lapointe is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University. She obtained her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Leeds (UK) in 2000. A Commonwealth alumna, Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation and Research Affiliate at the Bertrand Russell Research Centre, 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 many books the most recent of which include Logic from Kant to Russell (Routledge 2018), Philosophy of Mind in the 19th Century (Routledge 2018) and Innovations in the History of Analytical Philosophy (with Chris Pincock, Palgrave 2017) and many dozen articles on related topics. 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 and a Director on the Board of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is Project Director for The Collaborative (www.yourcollaborative.org), a partnered initiative with the mission to foster better collaborative culture around social science and humanities education, skills and impact.
Adam Seth Levine is an Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and the President and Co-Founder of research4impact. His current research focuses on how to build successful new relationships between people who have diverse forms of knowledge, such as researchers and practitioners. The insights from this research inform the work of research4impact, a nonprofit that accelerates social impact by building relationships between researchers and practitioners who are working to understand and solve pressing social problems.
Ed is a cultural anthropologist who has served Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) since 2013. The AAA is world’s largest academic and professional society for the discipline. Under his leadership, the Association supports the global exchange of scholarship through a robust publication portfolio and meetings, promotes professional development for a diverse range of careers in the academy and beyond, and increases the public’s awareness of anthropological contributions to understanding the human condition. Prior to joining AAA’s staff, Ed had a long career with the Battelle Seattle Research Center, conducting research and public policy analysis on a variety of energy, public health, and social policy issues concerning disadvantaged communities. He has been affiliated with the University of Washington since 1986, and he has been a visiting professor of Applied Anthropology and Comparative Economics at Università Carlo Cattaneo Castellanza, VA, Italy, a Senior Fellow of the Fulbright Commission, and has served on the faculty of the CDC-sponsored Summer Evaluation Institute. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Consortium of Social Science Associations, and is also a member of the Board of the National Humanities Alliance. He has served on the executive boards of the AAA, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, and the Jack Straw Media Arts Foundation. He earned his PhD and MA from Arizona State University and his BA from Carleton College.
Dr. Arthur Lupia is Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation and the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. In his role st NSF, he heads the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate and participates in development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies that advance the agency’s mission and serve the nation. Prior to his arrival at NSF, he served as chairman of the board for the Center for Open Science and the chair of the National Academies Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Lupia’s research examines processes, principles, and factors that guide decision-making and learning across various audiences and populations. His work clarifies how people make decisions when they lack information or face adverse circumstances. Lupia draws from mathematics, statistics, neuroscience, and other scientific and philosophical disciplines to explore civic competence, information processing, and strategic communication. His work on science communication has influenced scholarly practice, public policy, and classroom teaching around the world. Lupia has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and received the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Rochester and a PhD at the California Institute of Technology.
Mark Mann leads OUI’s commercialisation activity from the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions at Oxford University and has done so for the last three years. The team has been working to grow OUI's support in those divisions and now has over 80 projects. The team has developed new business models to deliver the impact including franchising, lean spinouts and social enterprise. Before working in this area he commercialised Engineering and Software projects from the Sciences at Oxford having had a background as a researcher in both at the BBC and the University of Cambridge.
Eric Moran is the Associate Vice President of Research at SAGE Publishing where he oversees the Social Science and STM journals strategy as well as the global peer review group. He joined SAGE in 1998 and has worked in a number of roles in the journals division before becoming Associate Vice President in 2018. He has been heavily involved in open science and led the launch of SAGE Open, the first broad-spectrum open access journal dedicated specifically to the social and behavioral sciences. He has spoken as an industry expert at academic and librarian conferences globally.
SAGE was founded in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. An independent company, SAGE publishes more than 1,000 journals and over 800 new books each year.
Sean is the CEO of the Cambridge-based software company Research Fish whose platform-based SaaS is used by funders, universities and charities across the globe to track scientific research and evidence impact. Sean studied engineering at Cambridge University and over the past 25 years has worked in the software industry. He has directed companies and teams, both large and small around the world. Research Fish was acquired by US-based Interfolio in Summer 2019.
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.
Mary Ellen O'Connell
Mary Ellen O’Connell is the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (National Academies). She previously served as DBASSE deputy executive director, with primary responsibility for internal management and operational oversight. O’Connell has also served as the acting director of the DBASSE Board on Environmental Change and Society, where she developed and oversaw projects on the social cost of carbon and characterizing risk in the context of climate change. As deputy director of the DBASSE Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and Board on Human-Systems Integration, she oversaw projects ranging from pilot fatigue to human factors in home health care to intelligence analysis. O’Connell began her tenure at the National Academies as a senior program officer primarily with the Board on Children, Youth and Families, where she led studies on topics such as prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders; ethical considerations for research; strategies for reducing underage drinking; measuring children’s health; and international education programs. Before joining the National Academies, O’Connell developed a variety of policy and program initiatives for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, focused primarily on the evaluation and coordination of homelessness programs, and developing state-level indicator systems. At the Department of Housing and Urban Development, she co-led an initiative to develop homeless management information systems and a national conference focused on research to practice. As the Director of Field Services for the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, she managed statewide homeless services, including developing a program to provide substance abuse services for homeless women and their children. Early in her career, she was selected as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy, based at York University in the United Kingdom. O’Connell received a B.A. in psychology with distinction from Cornell University and a Master in the Management of Human Services from the Heller Graduate School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
David W. Oxtoby is the President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He is President Emeritus of Pomona College and he was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education prior to becoming President of the American Academy. As the ninth president of Pomona College, serving from 2003–2017, he has been recognized as a leader in American higher education, at the forefront in advancing environmental sustainability, increasing college access, cultivating creativity, and pursuing academic excellence in the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts environment. Previously he served as Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences and the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Oxtoby has been the recipient of several fellowships, including from the Guggenheim and National Science foundations. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Chemical Society. He was an Overseer of Harvard University from 2008–2014 and is a member of the Ojai Music Festival Board. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Oxtoby received honorary degrees from Occidental College (2005) and Lingnan University in Hong Kong (2009). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012.
An internationally recognized scholar, curator, and museum administrator, Penney was appointed as the first Associate Director of the newly organized Museum Scholarship Group at NMAI in April of 2011 after a long career at The Detroit Institute of Arts. Penney joined the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1980 as curator of Native American Art, was promoted to Chief Curator in 1996 and ultimately served as Vice President of Exhibitions and Collections Strategies from 2003 to 2011. Penney earned his doctorate in art history and archaeology from Columbia University in 1988.
Kenneth Prewitt, since 2001, at Columbia University, the Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs (SIPA) and Special Advisor to the President. For 15 years, he was on the faculty of U. Chicago, and, for shorter stints, on the faculty of Stanford, Washington U., Makerere University, U. of Nairobi, and the New School for Social Research, where he was also Dean. For two decades he held non-university positions: Director of the Census Bureau, President of the Social Science Research Council, and Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation. Active in many professional associations, he recently chaired the Advisory Board of the Division on Social & Behavioral Sciences of the National Academies of Science, where he led the panel producing Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy. He is presently President of the American Academy of Political & Social Science. Most recent book: What is Your Race? The Census and Our Flawed Effort to Classify Americans (Princeton, 2013), and currently struggling with a question that should be easy, but is turning out not so: “what story line best captures and communicates the social science contribution to society in the 21st century?
Dr. Susan Renoe is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Extension & Engagement at the University of Missouri, a joint position between the Office of Research and the Office of Extension & Engagement. In her role, Susan works to strengthen the university’s impact on the state of Missouri. She is also Executive Director of the National Science Foundation-funded (NSF) Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society, and Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts. Previously, Susan served as Executive Director of The Connector (formerly the Broader Impacts Network) for six years.
She serves on several advisory boards including for the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement Fellows Program, the Network for Advancing & Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science, Knowledge Translation Australia, the Missouri Science & Technology Policy Fellows Program, and the University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology. She also served as a jury member for the 2017 Swedish Impact Award and is a member of the Center for Advancing Informal Science Education’s Research and Practice task force.
She received her MA and PHD in education from the University of California-Santa Barbara and BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Missouri.
Sarah de Rijcke
Sarah de Rijcke is Full Professor in Science, Technology and Innovation studies and Scientific Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University. Sarah specializes in social studies of research evaluation, and has published widely on the topic of the relations between quality control mechanisms and knowledge production in different fields. She is co-author of the Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics (Nature, April 2015), and of The Metric Tide literature review (HEFCE, 2015). Sarah developed a strong international public academic presence with outreach activities in science policy, speaking frequently on the topic of research evaluation and metrics uses. She also recurrently acts as expert advisor on European working groups and projects (e.g. validation workshops for policy initiatives by the European Commission, where she acts as expert on Research Evaluation). Sarah is an elected member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) and the of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). Together with her co-authors, she won the 2016 EASST ZIMAN award for the Leiden Manifesto. In 2017, Sarah received a competitive grant from ZonMw in their program on Fostering Responsible Research Practices. In November 2017, she received a Special Recognition Award from the World Cultural Council for combining excellent research with public engagement. In 2018, she received a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, with a project on how evaluation shapes science (FLUIDKNOWLEDGE, 2019-2024). De Rijcke held a number of visiting professorships. Most recently, she was Fellow at the TU Munich Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS). Last year, De Rijcke was appointed as TUM Ambassador for the year 2018-2019. She is Editorial Board member of Science, Technology & Human Values (ST&HV), Science and Technology Studies, and Interdisciplinary Science Reviews.
Dr Wolfgang Rohe was appointed as Executive Director of Stiftung Mercator in 2014 and heads the Science and Humanities Division. Since 2008 he has been responsible for Science and Humanities. He previously held various positions at two of the most influential science organizations in Germany. From 1992 to 2002, he worked with the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) in Bonn, initially in the Department for Collaborative Research Centers and then as Head of the strategic planning unit. In 2002, he moved to the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) where he served as Head of the Research Policy Department and since 2005 also as Vice Secretary General. Wolfgang Rohe holds a Ph.D. in German philology.
Tom Rudin is the Director of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine —a position he assumed in mid-August 2014. Prior to joining the Academies, Mr. Rudin served as senior vice president for career readiness and senior vice president for advocacy, government relations and development at the College Board from 2006-2014. He was also vice president for government relations from 2004-2006 and executive director of grants planning and management from 1996-2004 at the College Board. Before joining the College Board, Mr. Rudin was a policy analyst at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
In 1991, Mr. Rudin taught courses in U.S. public policy, human rights, and organizational management as a visiting instructor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In the early 1980s, he directed the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Science and Technology for North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., where he was involved in several new state initiatives, such as the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, and he holds master’s degrees in public administration and in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Daniel Sarewitz is Professor of Science and Society, and co-director and co-founder of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO), at Arizona State University. He is interested in relationships among knowledge, technology, uncertainty, disagreement, policy, and social outcomes. He is editor-in-chief of the magazine Issues in Science and Technology, and was a regular columnist for Nature from 2009-2017. “Saving Science,” his analysis of the multiple challenges facing the scientific enterprise, appeared in The New Atlantis in August 2016. Among his recent activities is a project on harmonies between science and religion that he ran in collaboration with the writer Lee Gutkind. From 1989-1993 he worked on R&D policy issues for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He has a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Cornell (1986).
Marc Sedam, Associate Vice Provost for Innovation and New Ventures and Managing Director of UNHInnovation, joined UNH in November 2010 with an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation. In addition to his position with UNH, Marc was the founding director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center and serves as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, New Hampshire’s only translational research funding program. Marc is currently the PI of UNH’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site and is the Chair-Elect of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and served on the AUTM Board of Directors between 2015-2016 as the Vice President for Professional Development, a role responsible for AUTM’s education and training activities.
Prior to UNH, Sedam was the Chief Operating Officer of Qualyst, Inc., the global leader in the study of pharmaceutically relevant drug transport interactions (acquired in 2017 by BioreclamationIVT). Sedam has a B.S. in biochemistry from The University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a focus on entrepreneurship and new ventures. Additionally, he is a well-known lecturer on the topics of university innovation and start-up formation.
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 Jack Spaapen is an independent expert on research and innovation policy, in particular regarding questions about the societal impact of research. He is a retired senior policy advisor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is very active at the national and European level in projects that focus on the arts, humanities and social sciences. He is the vice chair of the COST action ENRESSH, a large European project that works on promoting ASSH research and the evaluation of its impact on society. He is one of the senior partners of the recently started H2020 project SHAPE-ID that targets the interdisciplinary integration of ASSH research into STEM projects. He chaired FP7 SIAMPI project on productive interactions between science and society (2009-2012), and co-chaired another EU project on Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI (2014). He co-designed the Dutch national evaluation protocol for publicly funded research (Standard Evaluation Protocol - SEP), and the assessment framework for the humanities research in the Netherlands (QRiH). He held positions as a researcher and lecturer in two departments at the University of Amsterdam (Science and Technology Dynamics and the Institute for Development Research), as a research fellow in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and in the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Between 1993 and 2005 he co-owned a consultancy firm on science and technology policy and evaluation (sci-Quest).
After gaining First Class Honours in Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a consultant statistician before developing mathematical models of plant growth. His work on the computational aspects of this led into broader applications of IT in education and research, and he 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.
Vivian leads the William T. Grant Foundation’s grantmaking programs and its initiatives to connect research, policy, and practice to improve child and youth outcomes. In 2009, she launched the Foundation’s initiative on the use of research evidence in policy and practice. That program has generated over 50 funded studies and informed the grantmaking programs of private and public funders across the country. She has been instrumental in the growing field of research-practice partnerships, including supporting the creation of field-defining resources and the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships.
Vivian has longstanding interests in racial equity in higher education and philanthropy. Under her leadership, the Foundation has strengthened its internal diversity, equity, and inclusion work, increased its grantmaking and capacity support to underrepresented researchers, and developed a program to support stronger mentoring relationships for graduate students of color.
Vivian regularly writes and speaks to international and domestic audiences on evidence-informed policy and practice. Her studies of racial, cultural, and immigration influences on child development have been published in Child Development and her research on improving social settings and promoting social change have appeared in the American Journal of Community Psychology. She received her Ph.D. from NYU and her B.A. from UCLA. She serves on the Boards of the Forum for Youth Investment, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. She was previously on the faculty in Psychology and Asian American studies at CSUN.
James Wilsdon is Professor of Research Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He is also vice-chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), which was set up in 2014 to share good practice and build capacity for evidence-informed decision making, and now has over 4000 members from 80+ countries.
In 2015, he was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and he now chairs its Policy Working Group. From 2013 to 2017, he chaired the UK’s Campaign for Social Science, and led an independent government review of the role of metrics in the management of the research system, published in 2015 as The Metric Tide. He subsequently chaired an expert panel on Next Generation Metrics for the European Commission.
Previously, he worked as professor of science and democracy in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (2011-15); director of science policy at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science (2008-11); head of science and innovation at the think tank Demos (2001-08); senior research fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies (2006-08); senior policy adviser at Forum for the Future (1997-01); and special adviser to the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-01).
James contributes regularly to the media, and co-edits the Political Science blog on science policy, hosted by the Guardian from 2013-2018 and now at *Research. He is on the editorial advisory panel of the open access journal Palgrave Communications and on twitter @jameswilsdon
Dr. Tim Wilson is the Executive Director of Research Grants and Partnerships at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), where he is responsible for overseeing the Agency’s granting 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.
Kathleen Woodward, Lockwood Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, has served as Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington since 2000. The primary mission of the Simpson Center is to support crossdisciplinary and collaborative inquiry in the humanities at the leading edge of change, with recent and current projects focusing on critical medical humanities, indigenous knowledges, the Anthropocene, and capitalism and race. Woodward has received institutional grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC+U) and a past president of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, an international organization of over 250 members. She holds a PhD in Literature from the University of California at San Diego and a BA in Economics from Smith College. She is the author of Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of Emotions (2009), Aging and Its Discontents: Freud and Other Fictions (1991), and At Last, the Real Distinguished Thing: The Late Poems of Eliot, Pound, Stevens, and Williams (1980). She is presently working on risk in the context of globalization and population aging.
Jane Zavisca is Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at the University of Arizona (UA). SBS is one of the largest divisions at UA, housing many social science, humanities, and interdisciplinary programs. Dean Zavisca directs research development initiatives in SBS and advises on college priorities and policies in relation to research. She works with units across the university to connect SBS researchers with scholarly, governmental, and public communities. In collaboration with SBS deans for academic affairs, faculty affairs and community engagement, she guides articulation of the significance and impact of SBS scholarship. She advocates for robust and respectful collaboration between social and behavioral sciences and other STEM fields through convergence research, and led a workshop on this topic for the 2019 Summit of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts.
Dr. Zavisca has an MA in Statistics from Columbia University, a PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Statistics and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute of the National Institute for Statistical Sciences. She is an expert on housing, inequality, and politics in the post-Soviet region whose work has been support by the National Science Foundation, the Minerva Research Initiative of the Department of Defense, and the Social Science Research Council.