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Understanding causalities, correlations and pre-conditions for the different dimensions of societal impact of science 5-7 June 2019

Berlin, Germany


- IMPACT OF SCIENCE Many Science System Strategists stand on the verge of some steady but fascinating developments, influenced by changing regional, national and international contexts. The newly introduced Horizon Europe R&D Program stands for the aim of moving Europe forward on its way to becoming a worldwide innovation leader, by trying to incentivise academic-industry cooperation. Germany is developing the new High-Tech Strategy, aiming to translate ideas quickly into innovative products and services. In the UK practitioners are awaiting how the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) will take root, especially in relation to REF. In Australia recent political changes finally opened up the way for the first Engagement and Impact assessment, which took place in November of last year, and the USA is in full progress to develop several science impact research systems and institutions. At the same time many countries have the aim to broadening the view from impact to the economy to societal impact at large. This fosters discussions on key performance indicators, how we can measure the impact on research and whether to focus on evaluation of quantifiable output or the hardly measureable impact. Finally, the expanding influence of open-access science publishing movements, such as Plan S, fuel discussions about the effects on research excellence and impact. The AESIS Network has successfully organised the annual conference ‘Impact of Science’ six times, bringing together experts such as R&D evaluators, university managers, research councils, policy makers, funders, and other stakeholders of impact. The goal is sharing, evaluating, and discussing best practices around the world on: • Policy strategies for societal impact • Creating (long-term) alliances between stakeholders • Regional, national, and international instruments for evaluating and achieving impact • Current issues on i.e. public engagement, evidence-based policy, interdisciplinary approaches, and harmonising definitions and assumptions. In its approaches the AESIS Network is convinced that societal impact: • can only be robust based on a well-balanced insight on how the impact of science on society can be measured; • should investigate the impact of the humanities, the social sciences, and the hard sciences in one comparable approach for accountability, leaving ample institutional flexibility; • will be optimised by combining perspectives from all stakeholders of impact, including (but not limited to): research management, funders, scientometricians & societal partners. The political momentum and current research eco-system in Germany are an excellent and indeed inspirational context to foster the worldwide debate on impact. At the same time, several international perspectives can offer valuable and critical evaluations to the current progress and obstacles in Germany. The AESIS Network and its partners are excited to welcome you at the ‘Impact of Science 2019’ conference in Berlin.

- IMPACT OF SCIENCE Local Advisory Committee Jakob Edler

Executive Director, Fraunhofer ISI

MinDir Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg

Director-General for Policy Issues & Strategy and Digital Transformation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

Volker Meyer Guckel

Deputy Secretary General and Member of the Executive Committee, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Katrin Rehak-Nitsche

Head of Department Science and Research, Robert Bosch Stiftung

Matthias Gottwald

Head of R&D Policy and Networking, Bayer AG, Germany

Wolfgang Rohe

Executive Director, Mercator Foundation

Wilhelm Krull

Secretary General, Volkswagen Stiftung

Dietmar Harhoff

Director, Max Planck Institute

Stefan Hornbostel

Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University, Berlin

Programme Preparation Committee Benedikt Fecher

Head of Research Project ‘Knowledge Dimension’ at the Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft

Andrea Frank

Head of programmes for Research and Dialogue Science and Society at the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Jeannine Hausmann

Project Manager at the Mercator Foundation

Gesche Krause

Head of Earth System Knowledge Transfer Unit at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research

Fritz Krieger

Board member of Fortrama & Professor at the CET Centrum für Entrepreneurship und Transfer, TU Dortmund University

AESIS Advisory Board Koenraad Debackere

General Manager at K.U. Leuven, Belgium

Luke Georghiou

Vice-President for Research and Innovation and Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Chris James

Product Manager Research Metrics at Elsevier

Barend van der Meulen

Head of research, Rathenau Instituut, The Netherlands

Susan Renoe

Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Missouri & Executive Director of the NSF Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society

Toby Smith

Vice President of Policy at the American Association of Universities, USA

David Sweeney

Executive Chair, Research England, United Kingdom

Pauline Tay

Deputy Director (Innovation and Enterprise / Strategy), National Research Foundation, Singapore

Paul Wouters

Dean of Social Sciences & former Director of CWTS, Leiden University, The Netherlands


VISIT TO HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITY 5 June 14.00-15.30 On Wednesday 5 June, we will open the conference with an optional social programme. From approximately 2 pm onwards we will start our programme with a visit to Humboldt University.*

SIGHTSEEING TOUR BERLIN 5 June 15.30-17.00 The social programme continues with a sightseeing tour through Berlin, including the prestigious Reichstag building, where the German federal parliament is seated.*

WELCOMING RECEPTION 5 June 17.00-18.00 We will end the enjoyable afternoon with a welcoming reception at a wonderful location. More detailed information will follow soon.*

CONFERENCE DINNER 6 June 18.30-22.00 The first day of the conference, Thursday 6 June, will close with an optional dinner. After the reception we will head to the restaurant where there will be plenty of time to talk about the first day and to get to know each other.*

* Programmes are subject to change

Programme Thursday 6 June 08.30-09.00



Welcome by the Conference Chair: Prof. Luc Soete


Chair of the EU Advisory Group on Research, Innovation and Science Policy (RISE) and founder of MERIT Maastricht

I Plenary opening: Policies for impact


Theresia Bauer*

Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden-Württemberg, Germany


David Sweeney

Executive Chair, Research England, United Kingdom


Yasunori Kikuchi

Presidential Endowed Chair for “Platinum Society”, Organisation for Interdisciplinary Research Project, Japan


Margaret Buckingham*

Member of the ERC Scientific Council & Emeritus director of research in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France


Volker Meyer Guckel

Deputy Secretary General and Member of the Executive Committee, Stifterverband, Germany


Glenda Gray*

CEO and President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) & Former Executive Director of Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Wits University


Panel discussion led by the conference chair


Group picture & Break


II Parallel sessions: Alliances and co-creation

Stakeholder co-creation

Industry & innovation

Evidence informed policy

Startups & societal impact

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Methods and conditions for effective co-creation

The balance between academic and industrial stakes and priorities

How to organise evidence informed policymaking internally and externally

Feasibility of thematic start-up Integrating Grand Challenges creation in an institutional research strategy

Jakob Edler* (Chair) Martin Raditsch (Chair) Executive Director, President-elect of ASTP Proton Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

Name (Chair) Position, organisation

Florian Hoos* (Chair) Frank Biermann (chair) Director of the Centre for Director GlobalGoals, Entrepreneurship at TU Utrecht University, the Berlin, Germany Netherlands

Laurens Hessels Senior scientific researcher, KWR water, Netherlands

Natascha Eckert* Head of University Relations Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany

Name Position, organisation

Marion Poetz Associate Professor of Innovation Management, Copenhagen Business School


Grand challenges — Room —

Susanne Baltes* Michiel Munneke* Anne-Sophie Stevance Staff of Policy Planning, Country director, Enactus Science Officer, Federal Chancellery, Netherlands International Science Germany Council Vera Hazelwood Chief Strategy Officer, Researchfish

Miray Tayfun* CEO & Co-founder of the personal wellness application Vivoo

EU representative Position, organisation

Lunch *to be confirmed

Programme Thursday 6 June 13.45-15.00

III Parallel sessions: Impact evaluation


Instruments and tools

Data & funding

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Developing KPI’s for impact for institutions and (inter) national policies

What are the latest developments on measuring impact and how do they help creating more structured insight in impact-performance

How research funders create insights on research quality and –relevance through data analysis

Paul Wouters (Chair) Representative (Chair) Dean of Social Sciences & Elsevier former Director of CWTS, Leiden university

Universities & SDG progress

University Impact Strategy

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Strategies for universities to How can universities create its stimulate and measure their own impact strategy, based on contribution to SDG’s its strengths and its policy environment?

Rainer Lange (Chair) Representative (chair) Head of Research Policy, Robert Bosch Foundation Council of Science and Humanities, Germany

Vilius Stančiauska Chonnettia Jones Zenda Ofir Aleksander Dańda Data4Impact & Director, Director of Department Director of Insight and Co-developer of the RQ+ Research & Policy Advice of Science, Ministry of Analysis, Wellcome Trust Framework at PPMI, Lithuania Science and Higher Education, Poland Wolfgang Rohe Executive Director, Mercator Foundation

Name Position, organisation

Name Position, organisation




IV Big Data Analytics & Impact of Science

Baerbel Eckelmann Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings


Maria de Kleijn*

Senior Vice President Analytical Services, Elsevier



Position, organisation


Name (Chair) Position, organisation

Laura Tucker* Founder and CEO of Vertigo Ventures

Name Position, organisation

V Interactive debate: ‘Conditions for a succesful Impact Policy’


Recommendations from the parallel sessions


Closing Panel with Chair:

Prof. Luc Soete

Panel members: Dr. Henrike Hartmann

Head of Funding at the Volkswagen Foundation, Germany

David Sweeney

Executive Chair, Research England, United Kingdom

Prof. Roland Fischer

Vice President, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany

Toby Smith*

Vice President of Policy at the American Association of Universities, USA

At the start of the debate the audience can vote for questions/statements. These will (also) be debated. Closing remarks by Prof. Luc Soete 17.15



Dinner *to be confirmed

Programme Friday 7 June 08.30-09.00 09.00

Registration Conference Chair: Prof. Luc Soete What did we achieve on the first day and how does it relate to the second day programme


VI Plenary opening: Structures to foster impact


James Wilsdon

Vice Chair of INGSA and Director of Policy, Impact and Engagement at the University of Sheffield, UK


Suzi Iacono*

Head of the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), USA


German perspective


Move to roundtables (check registration for correct session)


VII Roundtables Impact from Research and Fundamental (Social) media Research — Colour —

Topic Desciption

Coordinators: Tamika Heiden* Knowledge Translation Australia

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Universityindustry alliances

Impact indicator strategy

Open science & management

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Understanding impact — Room —

A short seminar and discussion (not Bridging Connecting How to involve How to roundtable) on Causalities & academic operationalise Open fundamental university-industry Correlations institutes to Science and how to researchers with to broader impact impact indicators? start? key non Academic communities to Dietmar Harhoff* (Chair) catalyze change Director, Max Planck Institute Coordinators: Coordinators: Coordinators: Coordinators: & Amy Cook Stefan Name Name CIFAR Wiljan van den Akker KTH* Hornbostel Organisation Vice-rector research & Director Humboldt of the Centre for the University, Humanities, Utrecht University Berlin &







Ionica Smeets* Leiden University

Name Organisation

Matthias Gottwald* Bayer

Name Organisation

Name Organisation

Sophie Hippmann* Head of Think Tank at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft & Toby Smith* Vice President of Policy at the American Association of Universities, USA


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Programme Friday 7 June 11.30-12.45

VIII Parallel sessions: Strategies and policies for optimising societal impact

Institutional policy & strategy

National Research Policy

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How can (research) management adjust policy and strategy to help researchers and stimulate impact?

Conditions for developing succesful national Impact policies

Name (Chair) Position, organisation

Name (Chair) Position, organisation

Evelyn NamubiruMwaura Centre Director for SEI Africa & former Strategy and Policy Manager at the African Academy of Sciences

Sarah Howard* Branch manager, Australian Research Council

Markus Lemmens CEO and co-owner of Lemmens GmbH Education, Science, Technology.

Ionica Smeets* Head of Science Communication and Society, Leiden University, Netherlands

Christian Kastrop* Director, Programme Future of Europe, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Bettina Uhrig Senior Adviser for Internationalisation at NOVA , OsloMet,, Norway

Barend van der Meulen Head of research, Rathenau Instituut

Marina Ranga European Commission Joint Research Centre Seville, Spain

Andrea Frank* Head of Research and Dialogue Science and Society, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Name Position, organisation

Regional development

Public engagement

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Creating societal impact of science through alliances with your region

How to boost the impact of science through connecting to the broader public?

Yasunori Kikuchi (Chair) Tamika Heiden*(Chair) Presidential Endowed Principal of Knowledge Chair for “Platinum Translation Australia Society”, Japan




IX Closing panel: ‘Recommendations for the German science system’


Outcomes Parallel sessions & Roundtables


Ranking the Recommendations


Audience - remaining questions and debates


Closing Panel with Conference Chair: Prof. Luc Soete

International Collaboration — Room — How can European & International collaboration in policy-making contribute to innovation & societal challenges Name (Chair) Position, organisation

Panel members: MinDir Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg

Head of the Department on Policy Issues, Strategy and Digital Transformation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

Representative of the Australian Science System

15.45 16.00-17.00

Closing remarks and summary by the Conference Chair: Prof. Luc Soete Reception *to be confirmed

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