Societal Impact of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 2023

Words of Welcome

Dear speakers, coordinators, trainers, guests, and participants,

We are delighted to welcome you to the 7th International Societal Impact of Social Science, Humanities and Arts Conference. After hosting this conference in Copenhagen, Washington, Toronto, Brussels, and Stockholm, AESIS has brought it back to Cardiff, where it all began in 2017. On behalf of Cardiff University, our organising team and AESIS, we are excited to welcome you to SBARC|SPARK, the world’s first Social Science Research Park, for three days of exciting discussions, networking, and fun!

As a community, we are navigating complex global challenges, from an acceleration in extreme weather events to international food shortages and unprecedented health care crises. In response, research conducted in all disciplines, including the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, underpins our efforts to design and implement solutions that improve our collective wellbeing and benefit society.

To make an impact, societal stakeholders need to understand each other and to collaborate in greater scale and depth. The conference is designed to delve into a range of topics that focus on generating concrete and measurable societal impact. Together, we are raising important questions about how we use evidence, data, and experiential knowledge to co-create responses to the challenges affecting Wales and other countries around the world. We have brought together researchers, research managers, administrators, evaluators, policy makers, funders, entrepreneurs, publishers, NGOs, influencers, and opinion-formers and many more to discuss turning impact ideas into actions.

We believe this conference is an important community building opportunity as we share experiences and potential solutions to the wicked problems we face on a local and global scale. We are delighted that to have you all be a part of this.

Kind regards,

Professor Claire Gorrara

Dean of Research and Innovation for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Cardiff University

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Words from previous events: “The conference was an eye-opener on ways to think about advancing impact”

"Proactive cross-discipline conversation to drive impact"

“A unique gathering of impact stakeholders in the research ecosystem; masterfully managed programme”

Cardiff, United Kingdom

18 – 20 October 2023

Welsh version here.

The international conference on increasing the impact of scientific knowledge and data through (long term) engagement between the science-ecosystem and societal stakeholders. This year, we will again gather professionals from all around the world to engage on various themes including special sessions on regional to global impact, transdisciplinarity and business engagement.

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. During this conference they exchanged experiences and good practices in order to catalyse developments in strategies, policies, methods, tools and approaches that were being used to make sure that SSHA, in collaboration with societal stakeholders and other disciplines, could 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.

Now 6 years later, after touring the conference to Copenhagen, Washington, Toronto, Brussels and Stockholm, we are extremely excited to be returning to where it all began!

AESIS is proud to announce that its next edition on ‘Impact of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts on Society’ will be hosted in Cardiff, UK, once more, and this year in partnership with UK Research and Innovation and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. In this conference, we bring together research managers, science policymakers, funders, knowledge exchange experts, and other relevant professionals from all parts of the world to venture subjects such as:

  • How does cultural change have a social impact in the context of SSHA?
  • How do we foster the trust and credibility of SSHA in society?
  • What does impact mean in the context of different segments of society, and through which robust and valid indicators can you assess it?
  • How can the path to impact be made more accessible, and which skills can enable one to optimise impact inter-sectoral collaboration for the sake of the public as a whole?
  • How to better understand the impact in the face of societal challenges such as climate change, health, diversity and conflict?
  • And much more!

After editions in Cardiff, Copenhagen, Washington, Toronto, Brussels, and Stockholm, we are thrilled to bring this cross-sectoral conversation on the Societal Impact of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts back to where it all started, in Cardiff. AESIS are excited to welcome you to the ‘Impact of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts 2023’ conference.


Research managers & administrators, evaluators, science funders, policy makers,
Impact professionals, and other interested professionals in science and society

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Confirmed speakers

Claire Gorrara

Claire Gorrara

Conference Chair

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Alex Jones

Alex Jones

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Andrea Collins

Andrea Collins

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Andy Tattersall

Andy Tattersall

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Anika Duut van Goor

Anika Duut van Goor

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Anne-Sofie Laegran

Anne-Sofie Laegran

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Astrid Wissenburg

Astrid Wissenburg

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Balzhan Orazbayeva

Balzhan Orazbayeva

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Conference venue

SPARK, Cardiff University

sbarc | spark
Maindy Rd
Cardiff CF24 4HQ, United Kingdom

Hotel suggestion

Hotel Indigo Cardiff

Dominions Arcade, Queen St, Cardiff CF10 2AR
Phone: +44 871 942 9104

Leonardo hotel Cardiff

1 Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3UD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 292 078 5590

Hilton Cardiff

Kingsway, Greyfriars Rd
Cardiff, CF10 3HH
Phone: +44 29 2064 6300

Dinner venues

Welcoming dinner, 18 October 2023

The Dock

The Dock, ideally situated in the heart of Mermaid Quay, with a scenic view of Cardiff Bay. The light-filled interiors, paired with a waterfront view, celebrate the Dock's heritage through delectable dishes and drinks.


Conference dinner, 19 October 2023

The Côte Brasserie

Spilling out from a stylish interior into a large outdoor dining area on Mill Lane, here at Côte Brasserie you can enjoy the very best French cuisine in a truly gorgeous location. Relax and watch the world go by in our chic restaurant space, or enjoy a meal al fresco on one of our covered outdoor tables, right on the bustling pedestrianised lane.

Social activities

Cardiff Boat Tour, 18 October 2023

Cardiff Boat Tour

Embark on a remarkable aquatic adventure in the heart of Cardiff as you set sail on a picturesque boat tour that promises to delight your senses and stir your wanderlust. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm of the Welsh capital, as we invite you to experience the magic of Cardiff from the tranquil waters of the River Taff.

The Temple of Peace Tour, 19 October 2023

The Temple of Peace Tour 

Enjoy a guided tour of  the Temple of Peace, also referred to as the Welsh National Temple of Peace and Health, is a secular civic structure situated in Cathays Park, Cardiff, the capital of Wales. This architectural masterpiece was created by the renowned architect, Sir Percy Thomas. 


Traveling to the conference location

See here for a more detailed locations and directions document.

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales located in the United Kingdom. This city has a rich history and cultural heritage with one of the most famous landmarks being the Cardiff Castle.

Traveling by plane:

Cardiff can be reached easily by flight, as Cardiff Airport is located only 12 km outside the city centre and has direct flights from major European cities such as Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin, as well as UK cities such as Bristol, Belfast and Edinburgh. Alternatively, you can fly to the major airports in the UK, such as London Heathrow, Gatwick, or Manchester, and take a connecting flight or train to Cardiff.

Traveling by Train within the UK:

Cardiff is easily accessible by rail from London, major UK airports and many towns and cities across the country. There are regular, direct services from London Paddington to Cardiff throughout the day.

Frequent regional network trains also connect Cardiff with many towns and cities across the UK, including:

Bristol (50mins)

Birmingham (approx. 2hrs)

Southampton (2hrs 40mins)

Manchester (3hrs 30mins)

Liverpool (3hrs 45mins)

For more information about train routes in the UK visit the National rail travel planner for routes from all over the country.

Traveling by Train From Europe:

Whether you're starting your journey with Eurostar from France, Belgium or the Netherlands you’ll be on your way to London in style. If you are traveling outside of France, Belgium, or the Netherlands check out the Eurostar travel planner for alternative routes.

We look forward to welcoming you and exploring the vibrant historical city.