Boosting Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities

Boosting Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities

A two-day international conference on how social sciences and humanities can address societal challenges and optimise societal well-being

20-21 September 2017 in Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff University is hosting a two-day international conference on how social sciences and humanities can address societal challenges and optimise societal well-being on 20th and 21st September. http://aesisnet.com/event/impact-ssh/

A two-day international conference on how social sciences and humanities can address societal challenges and optimise societal well-being.

The conference brings together international researchers, policymakers and their societal partners in the SSH disciplines. They are invited to share insights and learn from each other’s disciplines on:

  • The role of entrepreneurship within SSH disciplines;
  • Strategic alliances between academia and societal partners;
  • Structured synergy between SSH and technical sciences;
  • Implementing SSH impact strategies for universities and regions;
  • Linking societal challenges effectively with research programs;
  • How the impact of SSH on society can be effectively measured.

James Wilsdon of the Campaign for Social Science (and lead author of the Metrics Tide) will chair the conference. Rick Delbridge is a member of the organising committee.

The organisers expect attendance to be in the region of 200. This is a European network based in the Netherlands and the event will be the first that they have held in the UK. The organisers were drawn to Cardiff specifically because of the SPARK initiative and the leading role Cardiff is playing in supporting the impact of SSH research. Partners include HEFCE, the British Academy, ESRC, Humanomics, and HEFCW.

Notable Speakers include:

David Sweeney  (Director,  HEFCE),

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive Nesta,

William D. Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, USA

Roger Kain (Vice-President, Research and HE Policy, British Academy)

Marta Soler-Gallart, Coordinator of the IMPACT-EV Knowledge Management Committee Selecting, monitoring and evaluating impacts of Social Sciences and Humanities