Impact of Science 2018: Finding shared approaches to assess, enable and accelerate impact on society

Annual Conference

June 14-15, 2018
Ottawa, Canada

Programme and Registration

In 2018 the annual ‘Impact of Science’ conference will be held in Ottawa, Canada. During the last few years Canada has been successful in calling for more attention to its position worldwide in their research intensity and innovation. This has led to a variety of evaluations and strategies that draw attention to societal impact of science, most notably, the Fundamental Science Review, the Innovation and Skills agenda, and more recently the Superclusters initiative. In addition, the federal and several provincial governments have (re)introduced the position of Chief Science Advisor in order to generate more evidence-informed policymaking.

The political momentum and current research eco-system in Canada are an excellent and indeed inspirational context to foster the worldwide debates on impact. In line with Canadian prospects and initiatives the AESIS annual conference will focus on finding shared approaches for assessing, enabling and accelerating the societal impact of science.

Meet some of the speakers below!

Practical Info

Registration for the conference Impact of Science is open. A limited amount of early bird tickets are available until February 15th (23.59 EST).

The draft-programme, information about the speakers and the registration form can be found on the conference website.

Ottawa can be reached through Ottawa International Airport.

More tips for travel and accommodation will be available soon via the website.


Koenraad Debackere
General Manager of Leuven University & Chair of the AESIS Network

Claire Donovan
Reader in the College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London
United Kingdom

Cynthia Goh
Professor of Chemistry, cross-appointed to Materials Science and Engineering, the Institute of Medical Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs, Founder and Director of the Impact Centre & inaugural Academic Director of University of Toronto Entrepreneurship

David Sweeney
Executive Chair Designate of Research England & Director (Research and Knowledge Exchange) for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
United Kingdom

Susan Renoe
Executive director of The Connector (formerly the Broader Impacts Network) at the University of Missouri (MU) & Principal investigator for the NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts.
United States

Magnus Gulbrandsen
Professor at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo

More background information on these speakers and the ones to be confirmed can be found on the AESIS website.

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Implementing a National Research Impact Strategy

March 22-23, 2018
Rome, Italy

Don’t miss this 2-day course international where experts will come together to discuss quantitative and qualitative criteria for designing an effective policy framework for impact measurement.

Mark the date and visit the course website for more information!