Impact of Science

Measuring and demonstrating the societal impact of science

De Balie, Amsterdam, 4 and 5 June 2015

About the Conference

  • Inspired by the successess of last two year's Impact of Science conferences, we have decided with our partner to reconvene the conference in Amsterdam, to discuss measuring and demonstrating the societal impact of science on 4 and 5 June 2015. We brought together more than 160 experts from 19 countries in a two-day conference to discuss a variety of topics around measuring and demonstrating the societal impact of scientific research.

    We have put together a summary document to give you an impression of the discussed topics in the conference, and some of the main recommendations. Based on interviews with some of the speakers, we have also collected some impressions of the conference on video (see below), which may give you an impression as well.

    We're looking forward to welcoming you again next year!

  • Inspired by the successess of last two year's Impact of Science conferences, we have decided with our partner to reconvene the conference in Amsterdam, to discuss measuring and demonstrating the societal impact of science on 4 and 5 June 2015. This conference brings international key players and experts in this field together and help them to understand the possibilities and impossibilities of measuring and demonstrating the societal impact of science has. During the conference the recent developments in this field will be discussed. Furthermore, ideas on the next steps in measuring the societal impact of science and harmonization of definitions will be exchanged to further professionalize the measurements of the impact of science.

    Proving the broader societal impact of scientific research becomes more important to justify the investments made in scientific research. The impact of scientific research on science itself has been measured with some success in the past decades through bibliometrics. Recent developments in the field of measuring the impact of science is the Research Excellence Framework (REF) system in the UK. Furthermore, U-Multirank, funded by the European Union, is reaching its next phase towards becoming an authoritive standard in measuring the societal impact of science.

    Impact of Science will be held at conference venue De Balie near the famous Leidseplein in Amsterdam. The conference dinner on Thursday 4 June will be at the American Hotel, on walking distance from De Balie. Find a detailed route description in this document with logistical details.

    It promises to be an exciting, interactive and inspiring 1.5 day conference for which we are looking forward to your participation. Together, we can set steps towards a joint international approach.

    Find more information about the conference program on this website and in our digital brochure

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    The 1.5 day program will contain multiple experts on measuring and demonstrating the impact of science. They will present during intensive and varied sessions which will keep you on your toes.

    We introduce the already confirmed speakers at the bottom of this page.

    A stakeholder perspective

    Scientific research contributes to the quality of many segments of society; not only through innovations that stimulate economic growth, but also through impact on health, quality of the environment and culture. The question is not if we should invest in science, but rather to what extent and in which way. What do stakeholders expect in return? And in which way they would like to be involved or like to have the scientific output being presented?

    An international comparison

    Different approaches towards describing and valuing the impact of science are being developed across the world. An international panel of experts will describe different methods to demonstrate the societal value of scientific research, and discuss ways to create more effective methods and comparable results.

    Towards an international approach

    External accountability plays a key role in attracting investments in scientific research. Clear communication of results towards different stakeholders may trigger new and diverse investments in challenging research.

    More information
    You can find all confirmed speakers lower on this page. You can also find our full brochure including program here.

  • New on this years Impact of Science conference website we post case studies out of the field of measuring and demonstrating the societal impact of science and best practices of our partners.

    The Research Excellence Framework
    The Research Excellence Framework (REF) sets an example for including societal impact in research assessments. Based on this framework, 2 Billion pounds per year will be distributed for the coming five years, and 20% of the score is based on an evaluation of qualitative case studies identifying achieved impact from the past five years.
    Universities were asked to submit a case study for each 10 researchers submitted under the framework and underpin it with evidence, to demonstrate their excellent research and its impact. The case studies were reviewed by one of the 36 subpanels made up from their peers, and scored 1-4 stars.
    The four UK higher education funding bodies leading this exercise aim to support a dynamic and internationally competitive UK research sector that makes a major contribution to economic prosperity, national wellbeing and the expansion and dissemination of knowledge. The REF assessed the research outputs of 154 excellent research universities in the UK and resulted in 6975 published case studies of societal impact of research. An initial analysis of the REF 2014 impact case studies is recently done in March 2015, the report can be found here.

    As academic communication and the dissemination of research increasingly move online, traditional metrics such as citation counts and Impact Factors are failing to reflect the increased amount of engagement that now surrounds scholarly outputs. At the same time, funders and governmental review panels are attempting to identify and evidence the broader impact of published research, leading to what is now referred to as the ‘evaluation gap’.
    Alternative metrics, or ‘altmetrics’, are becoming an increasingly widespread tool for gathering this insight, and it is important that all stakeholders within the scholarly community understand how such data can be applied in practice to help indicate the broader impacts of research.
    Join us for an introductory webinar to discover more about the attention data that Altmetric collects, and hear more about how such data is being integrated in institutions around the world. Click here to register today.

    Researchfish is used by an increasing number of the funders in the UK, as well as funders in Canada and Denmark, to capture the outputs of funded research to enable impact reporting, both for the lifetime of the awards and beyond. There are now around 50,000 researchers across 80 active countries, reporting into Researchfish against a structured and consistent set of research outputs which have been agreed by funding organisations funding over £40 billion in research projects. To date, there have been over 1 million outputs reported in the system.
    Researchfish enables funders to track pathways to impact using a common portal, across a consistent set of outcomes, whilst saving time and resources on complex administration. Our aim is to decrease the duplication involved in outcome reporting and increase the opportunity to collaborate, compare and signpost research impacts by introducing a structured data collection service which can be used by any funder. The progressive technology, developed originally for the Medical Research Council (MRC), is the national standard for the UK and is now being used by over 100 research organisations .
    The 2013/14 report from the MRC showed a 94% compliance rate and quoted “the data collected — both qualitative and quantitative — is invaluable to the MRC and is used in a multitude of ways”. Further information on this report, and how the MRC use Researchfish to report, click here. Further information and demonstrations can be accessed here.
  • This conference is a unique opportunity to join the current discussion on how to measure and demonstrate the contribution of science to society. For € 450,- (excl 21% VAT) you can attend a 1.5 day intensive program with multiple experts who will share their views on the topic. If you register before 1 April, you will be able to get a special attendance fee for early birds of € 395,- (excl 21% VAT).

    After the first conference day on 4 June 2015 we will organize a dinner for the speakers and conference attendees. The dinner will offer a good opportunity to network with fellow conference attendees.

    Remote participation is possible through a live video feed of all plenary sessions and some of the stakeholder track sessions. The costs for remotely participating are € 95,- (excl. 21% VAT) and will include the live video feed, a digital conference package and participation in the discussions.

    All participants who wish to attend the conference must register in advance. Participants are requested to complete the Registration Form on the website. A letter of confirmation will be sent to you upon receipt of the registration form; further information will follow in due time. Registrations will be handled in order of receipt.

    The standard registration fee for participation in the conference is € 450,- (excl. 21% VAT). The registration fee includes admittance to the conference as well as extended conference documents, lunches and refreshments. It does not include participation in the pre-conference dinner. The fee must be paid in advance to participate.

    Payments have to be made in euro and free of all bank and other charges. No personal or company cheques are accepted. You will receive a digital invoice upon registration. In case you are unable to attend the conference, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra charge if we are informed up front who will be the substitute. Should you cancel before May 15th, an administration fee of € 95,- (excl VAT) will be charged. Please note that no refunds are possible after May 15th and that cancellations always have to be in written.

Welcome from the Chair

Jonathan Grant In the past decade there has been a growing consensus on the importance of demonstrating the broader impact of science on society. Policy makers have to capture, articulate and assess the non-academic impacts of the research they fund, to justify the investments in scientific research. Multiple methods have been developed to measure and demonstrate the impact of science on society; science assessment systems and science funding systems are being adapted in various ways.

This conference brings together international key players in these processes: policy makers, university strategists and experts in measuring the impact of science. More than ever, exchange of best practices and experiences can benefit the discussions. This conference will facilitate the discussion around the key components of a successful assessment system, how societal impact can be measured and how the definitions can be harmonized. All will be approached from different perspectives by international stakeholders. We will discuss the next steps in measuring the societal impact of science, and how international collaboration can play a role. Let us facilitate those with the ambition to measure the impact of science beyond the economic impact.

Therefore, I recommend this conference to all stakeholders. I am looking forward to meeting you in Amsterdam.


Prof. Jonathan Grant, conference chair
Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London

Confirmed Speakers

  • Jonathan Grant (Conference chair)

    Jonathan Grant Jonathan Grant is Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London. His main research interests are on R&D policy and the use of research and evidence in policy and decision making. Jonathan Grant was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012. Under his leadership Jonathan oversaw the doubling of RAND Europe’s activity in Europe, the founding of a vibrant and successful office in Brussels, and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge.

    Jonathan has significant international experience providing analytical support on the formulation and implementation of R&D strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Australia, Canada and the USA. Recently Jonathan led a project reviewing the Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA) Trial on behalf of the Australian Technology Network of Universities. Modelled, in part, from the impact element of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), the EIA Trial aimed to assess the non-academic impact of research generated by a subset of Australian universities and be a pilot for a potential companion piece to the next Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), a nationwide performance assessment of Australian universities.
  • Phil Baty

    Phil Baty Phil Baty is editor at large of Times Higher Education magazine and editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Phil has been with the magazine since 1996, as reporter, chief reporter, news editor and deputy editor. Phil is a regular speaker at international conferences, contributing recently to events organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, British Council and British Academy. Phil contributes regularly on global higher education for leading newspapers and broadcasters. He was the co-chair of the 2013 World Academic Summit in Singapore and also chaired the 2010 conference, "Building a World Class University" at London's Royal Institution.

    He received the Ted Wragg Award for Sustained Contribution to Education Journalism in 2011, part of the Education Journalist of the Year Awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He was named among the top 15 "most influential in education" by The Australian newspaper in 2012. His publications include chapters for Blue Skies: new thinking about the future of higher education (Pearson) and for Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education (Unesco).
  • Katrine Weisteen Bjerde

    Katrine Weisteen Bjerde Katrine Weisteen Bjerde is General Manager at CRIStin Norway since 2011. After obtaining her degree in Computer Science she specialized in Change management and Consulting at the Norwegian Business School. She worked as a researcher and head of a research group at the Norwegian Computing Centre. Her areas of expertise are Research Management, Open Access and Strategic Management. Before joining CRIStin Katrine worked as Project Director of eHealth at the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

    Katrine has been a member of several research project evaluation committees and she is currently representing Norway as the National Point of Reference on Open Access towards the European Commission.
  • Jaap Blaak

    Jaap Blaak Jaap Blaak is Chairman of the Board of Supervisory Directors at Pharming and Partner at VenGen. He has held managerial positions with Hoogovens and Indivers NV and Interturbine Holding BV in the Netherlands, USA, Germany and Singapore. In 1983, he was involved with the foundation of the MIP Equity Fund, one of the largest venture capital groups in Europe, and was appointed CEO in 1986. MIP merged with the ABN-AMRO Venture Capital Group to form AlpInvest.

    Mr. Blaak has been an advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs for the Biopartner and Technopartner Program and other innovative projects related to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Amongst others, Mr. Blaak has held non-executive directorships in FlexGen Holding B.V., to-BBB Holding B.V. and Centocor B.V. Mr. Blaak holds an MSc in Physics and Business Economics from the Free University of Amsterdam and followed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School (AMP ‘81).
  • Eppo Bruins

    Eppo Bruins Eppo Bruins is Executive Director of Technology Foundation STW. Technology Foundation STW realises the transfer of knowledge between the technical sciences and users. It does this by funding excellent technical scientific research and by bringing researchers and users together in each project.

    Bruins is an experimental physicist (PhD 1995, Utrecht University). After his postdoc at MIT, he worked as a programme coordinator at FOM Foundation. In 2004, he became the leader of the Leiden Institute of Physics and science manager at the Lorentz Center. Since 2008 he leads the office of STW.
  • Frances Buck

    Frances Buck Frances Buck is the Spokesperson and Director at ResearchFish. Researchfish is the research outcomes system that enables research funders to track the outputs which indicate pathways to impacts. Researchers use researchfish as a single point of reporting for multiple funders. Frances has been an instrumental part of the development of ResearchFish and her vision and ambitions for the portal has led to a broad reach of over 100 funders internationally joining in with the use and ongoing development of the portal in the research sector.
  • Alison Campbell

    Alison Campbell Alison Campbell OBE PhD RTTP is Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI). KTI is a national resource, responsible for the promotion, development and management of Ireland’s knowledge transfer system. Alison has over 20 years working experience at the academic-industry interface. Her experience includes business development and industry collaboration, IP management, out-licensing, start-up company creation, executive education, policy and the impact of research and innovation.

    During her career, she has worked in the biotech industry, led technology transfer and research support offices and worked as an independent consultant specialising in technology transfer and open innovation. She is a non-executive director of PraxisUnico and Portfolio Chair for International Development. She is also a Director of the global Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP). Alison has served as a non-executive director on a number of companies and acted as an advisor to government departments in the UK and overseas. She was awarded an OBE for her services to UK knowledge transfer in 2010.
  • Vicki Crossley

    Vicki Crossley Vicki Crossley is Head of Evaluation, Strategy and Analysis at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK. She has worked at the ESRC since 2005, initially in the Research Directorate, where she held responsibility for the Council’s work on Energy and the Environment, and subsequently in the Communications and Information Directorate where she managed a team with responsibility for overseeing more than 100 of the Council’s major research investments, working closely with them to assist in maximising their academic and non-academic impact. In her current role, she manages a team which delivers a wide-ranging evaluation portfolio, as well as the responsibility for developing the ESRC’s strategy and monitoring its delivery.

    In her time with ESRC, Vicki has overseen the development of an extensive and often innovative programme of work to explore a range of methods and approaches to evaluate the economic and societal impact of ESRC-funded social science. Vicki has a background in political science, specifically European studies.
  • Jordi Molas Gallart

    Jordi Molas Gallart Jordi Molas Gallart is chair of the working group Research Policy and Progamme Evaluation at Science Europe and Research Professor at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), working at INGENIO. He has twenty years experience as an analyst of technological change and technology policy. His areas of expertise are evaluation of science, technology and innovation policies (defense and aerospace industries) and the relationship between military and civilian technologies.

    Jordi has led research and consultancy projects for a variety of clients and research organizations, including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the French Ministry of Defence, the Russell Group of Universities, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Swedish Institutet för Tillväxpolitiska Studier, and the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, among others.
  • Luke Georghiou

    Luke Georghiou Prof. Luke Georghiou is Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Manchester where he is responsible for the University’s research strategy and performance, business engagement and commercialisation activities. He holds the chair of Science and Technology Policy and Management. His research interests include evaluation of R&D and innovation policy (particularly in relation to the use of public procurement and other demand-side measures), foresight, national and international science policy, and management of innovation.

    He has chaired or been a member of several high profile committees including the Aho Group and the EC’s Expert Group on ERA Rationales. He has an extensive list of publications including articles in Nature, Science and the Harvard Business Review. He is a member of the Academia Europaea.
  • Wolfgang Glänzel

    Wolfgang Glänzel Prof. Wolfgang Glänzel is professor and Director of Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) of the Flemish government and Professor at K.U. Leuven. Among many other roles, Professor Glänzel serves as editor-in-chief of Scientometrics. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Research Organisation of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

    Wolfgang Glänzel holds doctorates in both mathematics from the Eötvös University in Budapest (1984) and social science from Leiden University (1997). Apart from Scientometrics, Professor Glänzel has published in journals, such as Research Policy, JASIST, Information Processing & Management, and the Journal of Informetrics. Wolfgang Glänzel is Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He was awarded the Derek de Solla Price Medal "for outstanding contributions to quantitative studies of science" in 1999.

    Prepared presentation with assistance of Koenraad Debackere, executive director at KU Leuven Research & Development, Belgium.
  • Kathryn Graham

    Graham Kathryn Graham is the Executive Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (AIHS) which is a Canadian-based, publicly-funded, not-for-profit, provincial health research and innovation organization. She has over 20 years of strategic evaluation experience in health care and health research and innovation. Her expertise is in developing performance management and evaluation strategies and implementing measurement frameworks at a system, program and network level. Implementation included the application of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2009) research impact assessment framework.

    She sits on the board of the Canadian Evaluation Society (Alberta Chapter), and is the program co-chair of the Research Technology and Development group of the American Evaluation Association. She is a regular contributor to both the Canadian and American annual evaluation conferences. She is also a member on a number of organizations that focus on impact including the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) and co-chairing the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations (NAPHRO). She advises to a number of international committees that focus on the measurement, evaluation and assessment of research and innovation.
  • Erja Heikkinen

    Erja Heikkinen Erja Heikkinen works in the Science policy division of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture with an emphasis in the development of research and innovation system. She is a population geneticist by training and holds an evolutionary biology docentship in the University of Helsinki. Before affiliation to the Ministry in 2005 Heikkinen served as a bioinformatics expert both in Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and the Finnish Center for Scientific Computing.
  • Chris James

    Chris James Chris James is Marketing Manager for Elsevier Research Intelligence, responsible for marketing and communication initiatives of SciVal and Analytical Services. He joined Elsevier in Amsterdam in 2004 and worked for four years as a Customer Marketing Manager, training his northern Europe customers on products such as ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciVal. Prior to joining Elsevier, he worked at an engineering consultancy in the UK.
  • Kemi Jona

    Kemi Jona Prof. Kemi Jona is Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science at Northwestern University where he leads research and development projects in STEM curriculum and learning technologies, online science and remote labs, computational thinking, and new game-based approaches to engaging youth in STEM and STEAM. He is founder and Director of Northwestern’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships, an organization that connects the university to the K-12 community to advance STEM education. He is also a member of the steering committee of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts, a nationwide organization that advances the field of STEM outreach and public engagement.

    In addition to his work at Northwestern University, Kemi Jona acts as advisor and consultant to industry, non-profits, school districts, and federal, state, and local agencies on strategic process and learning-related issues, curriculum redesign, teacher professional development, and STEM education. He has published on topics of learning technologies, STEM curriculum design, intelligent tutoring systems, and Goal-Based Scenarios. Kemi Jona holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University and a BS with Honors in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Judith Kamalski

    Judith-Kamalski Dr. Judith Kamalski is Head of Analytical Services Elsevier at Elsevier and leads a global team of analysts demonstrating Elsevier’s capabilities in assessment of scientific performance. Her expertise lies in the interpretation and contextualization of research performance evaluation projects for academic institutions, government agencies and funding bodies. In 2013, she led the analytical work stream for the International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base 2013, and she co-authored Comparative Benchmarking of European and US Research Collaboration and Researcher Mobility in collaboration with Science Europe.

    Based in Amsterdam, Dr. Kamalski has worked within several areas at Elsevier, including bibliographic databases, journal publishing, strategy, sales and Research & Academic Relations. She has a PhD from the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics.
  • Barend van der Meulen

    Photo: Rathenau Instituut Barend van der Meulen is the head of Science System Assessment of Rathenau Institute. He has over 25 year experience in science policy, and research on the dynamics of science and science policy, and on the policy instruments used for science policy. Recent research includes projects on the Future of Universities, academic careers and the organisation of challenge driven research. Barend van der Meulen's publications have examined diverse aspects of the Dutch science system, the 'Europeanization' of science, research evaluation, the role of forecasts and prognoses, and research funding.

    He is member of the Board of the Graduate School WTMC and member of the international advisory board of the Research master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology at Maastricht University. Recently he was expert member of panels for the evaluation of research councils in Lithuania and Hungary and for the review of the EU-Australia S&T agreement. In 1992, he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Twente on the strength of a dissertation examining science evaluation. Until April 2009, he held a professorial appointment with the Science, Technology and Policy Studies department at the University of Twente.
  • André Oosterlinck

    André Oosterlinck Prof. André Oosterlinck is Honorary Rector of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and chairman of the Association K.U.Leuven. In 1984 he was appointed full professor at K.U.Leuven and from 1984 to 1994 he was director of the division Electronics Systems Automatization and Technology (ESAT). He became vice-president for the exact sciences at K.U.Leuven in 1990 and was rector and president of the K.U.Leuven from August 1995 until July 2005. He obtained a PhD bio-computer science (1977) and a special PhD electrical engineering (1981). He specialized at JPL-NASA (Pasadena, USA) and at several American universities where he supported research in the area of information technology, knowledge engineering, signal analysis, robot vision and biomedical image interpretation.

    Mr. André Oosterlinck is a founder, co-founder or director of numerous companies and institutes, including Icos Vision Systems (now KLA-Tencor, USA), IMEC (Belgium), Leuven Research & Development (Belgium). André Oosterlinck is also a Member of the Academia Europaea.
  • Caroline Paunov

    Caroline Paunov Dr. Caroline Paunov is Senior Economist at the Directorate for Science, Technology, and Industry of the OECD. She is responsible for the OECD’s “Innovation for Inclusive Growth” initiative. Dr. Caroline Paunov also leads work on national intellectual property rights systems in emerging countries and on assessing the impacts of public research. Her work has been published in leading academic journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics and Research Policy.

    Before joining the OECD, Dr. Caroline Paunov worked for the World Bank, the United Nations and cooperated on various projects for the public sectors in Brazil, Spain and Germany. She holds a B.A. and M.A. (Hons) from the University of Oxford, a M.Sc. from the University Pompeu Fabra and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of London.
  • Susan Renoe

    Susan Renoe Susan Renoe is Director of The Broader Impacts Network (BIN), based at The University of Missouri (MU). The BIN aims to help researchers engage the public in their research and share the impacts of that research. Furthermore, she received a grant of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Broader Impacts and Outreach Network for Institutional Collaboration (BIONIC), a national Research Coordination Network of Broader Impacts to support professionals who assist researchers to design, implement, and evaluate the Broader Impacts activities for NSF proposals and awards.

    Before beginning her work with BIN, Susan served as the Assistant Director of the MU Office of Undergraduate Research and served as program coordinator for the Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) Program. She received her BA and MA in Anthropology from MU and a MA and PhD in Education from the University of California-Santa Barbara.
  • Josephine Scholten

    Scholten Josephine Scholten is the Executive Director of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) as off January 2010. After obtaining her degree in Political and Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) she worked on various projects and assignments at that same University for over seven years.

    She then worked as a Manager /Management Consultant at a strategic Consultancy firm, and in 2000 decided to start her own company (“Scholten Management & Advies”). In this capacity she acted as Interim Manager for various clients in profit and not for profit organizations. She further expanded her expertise on developing and implementing strategic redesigns of organizations including Human Capital Strategies in an international context.

    Before joining the Association of Universities she worked as the SVP Human Resources of an international Trading Company in Geneva, where she was (a.o.) responsible for setting up a number of European offices and successfully implemented a global recruitment strategy to attract international talent and MBA graduates for commercial functions.
  • Tobin Smith

    Tobin Smith Tobin (Toby) Smith is Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. and Canada. He oversees and coordinates the association’s policy and policy analysis activities. He is responsible for issues relating to innovation, competitiveness, energy, openness and security, technology commercialization and research costs.

    Prior to joining AAU in January 2003, he was the Director of Federal Relations for Research for the University of Michigan. From 1992-1999, he served as Federal Relations Representative and Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Washington D.C. Office. Toby has written and spoken widely on science policy and funding issues, he is the co-author of a book on national science policy published in 2008 by the University of Michigan Press titled, Beyond Sputnik- U.S. Science Policy in the 21st Century.
  • Rachel Stirzaker

    Rachel Stirzaker Rachel Stirzaker is Head of Research Strategy and Evaluation at Cancer Research UK, the largest fundraising medical research charity in the world. The organisation spent £351m on research in 2013/14. Rachel manages a team of people responsible for the development of research strategy, strategic evaluation and reporting. She has also led the Corporate and Consumer Strategy team at CRUK, responsible for setting organisational strategy as well as the development of fundraising and non-research core purpose strategies (for example government policy, primary care and patient engagement strategies).

    Prior to joining Cancer Research UK in 2011 Rachel spent seven years working as a strategic management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. During this time she gained broad exposure to different industries and practice areas. She was a core member of the healthcare practice area.
  • David Sweeney

    David Sweeney David Sweeney is Director Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange at Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), since 2008. In this role he is responsible for research policy and funding (including the Research Excellence Framework), knowledge exchange and health policy. Before joining HEFCE, David was Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University London, and serving in a national role as Chair of the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. David was Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) at Royal Holloway from 2004 till 2008.

    David was an adviser to the Australian Research Impact Pilot Exercise, and he has also visited many European countries and Hong Kong to advise on research assessment and funding. David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
  • Manfred Szerencsits

    Manfred Szerencsits Dr. Manfred Szerencsits is scientist at the University of Kassel, Department of Organic Farming and Cropping Systems (Germany) and at oeko-cluster.at (Austria). During his studies in environmental engineering (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna) and his PhD in organic agricultural sciences (University of Kassel) he gained supra-disciplinary research experience: He worked with methods of environmental psychology and social science on decision processes in the field of water protection and flood risk management in agriculture. This included empirical investigations and the transdisciplinary development of consulting strategies.

    Complementary he also achieved knowledge in science studies and database development. Besides his current research activities on the societal impact of science and the transdisciplinary development of synergies in sustainable bioenergy production he also works as consultant for agriculture and environmental engineering in cooperation with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young in Luxemburg, Germany and Austria.
  • Pauline Tay

    Pauline Tay Dr. Pauline Tay manages the Innovation and Enterprise Division at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, formulating and implementing strategies to catalyse innovation and technology commercialisation.
    Prior to this, Dr. Tay headed the Healthcare cluster at Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) for 4 years, providing technology scouting services and advice to the industry. With a PhD in Stem Cell Biology, and 8 years of R&D experience in a start-up, overseas university (Osaka School of Medicine) and government research institute (Institute of Medical Biology), Dr. Tay has an extensive network with local and overseas research, technology and enterprise communities. Before that, she started her career as a training consultant at the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB), followed by another 3 years of research administration at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
  • Mike Thelwall

    Thelwall Prof. Mike Thelwall is Professor of Information Science and leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. His current research field includes webometrics, altmetrics, and sentiment analysis; developing quantitative web methods for Twitter, social networks, YouTube, and various types of link and impact metrics; conducting impact assessments for organisations. Mike has developed a wide range of free tools for gathering and analysing web and altmetric data, including Webometric Analyst.

    He was recently awarded the Derek De Solla Price Medal for outstanding contributions to the field of Scientometrics. His publications include over a hundred refereed journal articles, four book chapters and a book, and he sits on six journal editorial boards including that of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
  • Robert Tijssen

    Robert Tijssen Prof. Robert Tijssen is Chair of Science and Innovation Studies at CWTS Leiden University. He has 25 years of experience in scientometric and bibliometric studies worldwide. Empirical studies of science-innovation ecosystems, globalization of science, and university-industry R&D interactions are at the core of his current research agenda.

    His advisory and consultancy work relates to monitoring and evaluation of scientific research performance at universities, with a special focus on measurement issues, benchmarking and international comparison. These activities include the Netherlands Review Committee on Higher Education (RCHO). He contributes to the European Commission’s series of Innovation Union Scoreboards, CWTS Leiden Ranking, and is the founding father of the CWTS University-Industry Research Connections Scoreboard.
  • Rens Vandeberg

    Vandeberg Rens Vandeberg is Senior Program Officer at Technology Foundation STW. He is specialized in the innovation management of Public Private Partnership in emerging technologies. As an advisor he worked with PwC and Dialogic on innovation projects for governments and companies.

    After his PhD on “Innovation through Collaboration” he joined Technology Foundation STW where he is involved in the construction and management of nanotech consortia. He was project coordinator for “Waardevol – Indicatoren voor Valorisatie” and recently initiated the workshop “Effectieve Consortiavorming”. Vandeberg is the STW contact for the NWO Responsible Research and Innovation programme, is responsible for the Risk Ananlyses & Technology Assessment Theme within NanoNextNL and the programme director of NanoLabNL.”

    Prepared presentation with assistance of Lise de Jonge, program officer at STW, the Netherlands.
  • Bart Verspagen

    Bart Verspagen Prof. Bart Verspagen is Director of UNU-MERIT and Director-Dean of the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) at Maastricht University. He is an economist specialised in the economics of technological change. His research interests are the process of economic growth, and its relation to technological change. This also brings him into areas such as international trade theory, industrial dynamics, economic and technology history, and applied econometrics, statistics and mathematical modelling. With regard to the latter, he has mainly been applying evolutionary theory to economics. This includes simulation modelling of international economies.

    He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Limburg (now called Maastricht University) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 1984 - 1988. After that, he obtained a PhD degree from the same university in 1992. During the five years after that, he held a scholarship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). His workplace is the Economics Department of Maastricht University, as well as the research institute UNU-Merit in Maastricht. At the university, he holds the chair of International Economics.
  • Rosalinde van der Vlies

    Rosalinde van der Vlies Rosalinde van der Vlies (1974) is currently heading the Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission. Prior to that she was deputy head of cabinet with Environment Commissioner Potocnik. She holds a Dutch law degree (University of Rotterdam) and has a postgraduate degree in European Law (College of Europe, Bruges). After several years of practising as a competition lawyer at the Brussels’s bar she joined the European Commission in 2002 and has worked in the areas of environment, gender equality and anti-discrimination before taking her current position.
  • Frans van Vught

    Frans van Vught Prof. Frans van Vught is an advisor at the European Commission. Besides he is President of the Board of the Netherlands' House for Education and Research (Neth-ER). Van Vught has been the coordinator of the European project on the development of a multidimensional higher education classification (U-Map) and currently leads the design of a global multidimensional higher education ranking system (U-Multirank), supported by the European Commission. Frans van Vught was President of the Board of the European Center for Strategic Management of Universities (Esmu) from 2005 untill 2014. Frans van Vught was a member of the board of the European University Association (EUA) from 2005 untill 2009. From 1997 to 2005 he was Rector and President of the University of Twente.

    Van Vught is an expert in higher education policy and management. He has published widely on these issues and has been consultant for many international organizations, governments and universities. He holds several academic awards, is honorary professor at the University of Twente and at the University of Melbourne and is a honory doctor of the University of Gent, Belgium, and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is an officer in the Royal Dutch Order of Oranje Nassau.
  • John Walker

    John Walker John Walker leads strategy and business development for Elsevier Research Intelligence, a portfolio of products and services designed to help universities, funders and governments understand research performance and impact. This includes the SciVal benchmarking tool, the Pure research information system, the Scopus database and discovery tool and custom analytic reports. In his previous role, John helped to set the strategy for the broader research business, focusing on Elsevier’s approach to open access across publishing strategy and policy development.

    Prior to joining Elsevier in 2011, John earned his MBA at London Business School and Columbia University, working as a consultant in magazine publishing (Hearst Media, Columbia Journalism Review), venture capital (Fidelity Growth Partners Europe), and healthcare strategy in the NHS. His earlier career was with KPMG Forensic, where he advised clients on international litigation and arbitration in financial services, energy, media and automotive manufacturing. John also worked as a journalist and researcher for a division of ThomsonReuters. His academic background is in psychology; he published articles on personality and aesthetic preference.
  • Frank Zwetsloot

    Frank Zwetsloot Frank Zwetsloot is the founder and CEO of ScienceWorks. With twenty years of experience at Erasmus University and at Science Alliance, you may state rightly that “knowledge transfer” has become the second nature of Frank. In this period he founded almost ten organisations to structure the exchange of scientific knowledge, including the European leading organization on knowledge transfer, ASTP and the network of knowledge regions, Technopolicy.

    At ScienceWorks he developed several measurement systems in order to measure knowledge transfer (Valorisatieranking) and science based regional development. ScienceWorks performs every two year the “University societal Impact ranking” (Valorisatieranking), to be published in Elsevier Magazine at the end of 2015.

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