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Boosting Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities

20 September 2017 at 10:00 am - 21 September 2017 at 6:00 pm

The Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) will be hosting a two day conference on how social sciences and humanities can address societal challenges and optimise societal well-being from September 20-21. The conference will be chaired by James Wilsdon, Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, one of the collaborating organisers of the event.


The need to demonstrate the diverse impacts of research is now firmly established on the agendas of policymakers, university leaders, funders and researchers across Europe and worldwide. Through new methods, tools, and exercises like the UK’s Research Excellence Framework, new insights have been generated into how impact can be supported and sustained across all disciplines. This maturing impact agenda creates particular opportunities for the social sciences and humanities, where researchers increasingly work with a wide variety of users and stakeholders to develop solutions and generate value for civil society, public policy, business and service industries.

On 20 & 21 September 2017, the AESIS Network is organising this unique international conference in Cardiff to bring together leading thinkers, researchers, policymakers and practitioners from across the social sciences and humanities to explore how to boost and optimise our impacts, how to create stronger synergies between academic and societal outcomes, and how to pursue research that addresses society’s most urgent and pressing agendas. Please join leading speakers from across the UK, Europe, USA and Asia to debate and help shape the next stage of the impact agenda!

Confirmed Speakers Include

  • Roger Kain, Vice-President of Research and HE Policy at the British Academy, UK;
  • William Adams, Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundtaion, Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, USA;
  • Elisabeth Lipiatou, Head of Unit ‘Open and Inclusive Societies’, Directorate General Research and Innnovation, European Commission, Brussels;
  • David Sweeney, Executive Chair Designate, Research England, UK;
  • Gabi Lombardo, Director European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH), Brussels;
  • Wendy Naus, Executive Director at the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), USA
  • Sharon Smit, Director Sustainable Society, University of Groningen, Coordinator ACCOMPLISSH consortium, NL
  • Tim Gardam, Chief Executive Nuffield Foundation, UK;
  • Gill Bristow, Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor in Economic Geography, Cardiff University;
  • Genjin Chao, Chairman of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), Paris;
  • Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta, UK;
  • Bethanne Barnes, Director, Washington State Institute for Public Policy, USA
  • Erika Widegren, Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa, Brussels
  • Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools, UK

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