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The Impact of Science

international best practices in measuring and demonstrating
the contribution of Science to Society

De Balie, Amsterdam, 5 June 2014

About the Conference

  • Inspired by the success of last year's Impact of Science conference, we have decided with our partners to reconvene in Amsterdam to discuss measuring and demonstrating the impact of science on 5 June 2014. We bring together relevant stakeholders in this process and help them to understand the possibilities and impossibilities of measuring and demonstrating the impact science has on society.

    The impact of scientific research on science itself has been measured with some success in the past decades through bibliometrics. Since budgets are being cut in many countries, our society becomes even more focused on requiring a proper justification for the investments made through scientific research. First and foremost, reliable data regarding the impact of scientific research for our economy, our culture and our well-being should become available. Communicating the benefits of investments in scientific research is becoming crucial.

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

    The Impact of Science will be held at conference venue De Balie near the famous Leidseplein in Amsterdam. Find a detailed route description in this document with logistical details.

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

  • IoS 2014 draft program

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    The program contains 21 experts on measuring and demonstrating the impact of science. They will present during intensive and varied sessions which will keep you on your toes. The morning contains plenary sessions, while the afternoon is dedicated to more focused workshops and a final forum discussion that aims to outline the next steps to take.

    We introduce the 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.

    How to demonstrate contribution of scientific research

    In three focused workshops, we will discuss how to demonstrate the contribution of scientific research from the perspectives of Business, Government funding and Research Management. Crucial information to enhance the impact of scientific research is to be found in measuring and demonstrating the impact of scientific research over time, clearly reporting results towards its stakeholders and asking for their opinion.

    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.

  • An international, balanced and challenging program full of impact is an ambitious goal for a conference with so many stakeholders. Therefore, an experienced and dedicated program advisory committee was needed to make the conference a success. We're proud to introduce you to our Program Advisory Committee for The Impact of Science 2014:

    - Michiel Kolman, senior vice president of global academic relations at Elsevier
    - Barend van der Meulen, head of science system assessment at Rathenau Institute
    - Josephine Scholten, director of the Netherlands Association of Universities, chair of the Secretaries General of the European Universities Association
    - Jan-Eric Sundgren, chair of the Business Europe working group for Research and Innovation
    - Reinhilde Veugelers, member of the European Research Council and professor in economics at Leuven University
    - Frank Zwetsloot (secretary), CEO of ScienceWorks

    We thank them kindly for their input and expertise. You will be able to see them at the conference during the forum discussion at the end of the program, where they will share their view on the session outcomes.
  • This conference is a unique opportunity to join the current discussion on how to measure and demonstrate the contribution of science to society. For only € 395 (excl 21% VAT) you can attend an intensive program with more than twenty 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 € 350 (excl VAT).

    Exclusively for conference attendees and speakers, we will organize a pre-conference dinner in the centre of Amsterdam on 4 June 2014. This will include a small relevant component but will also 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 € 395,- (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

Luc Soete Every citizen will admit the enormous impact science has had on the development of a more healthy, prosperous and knowledgeable society. At the same time, investors in science need to show some proof of this, as politicians have to justify the investments in scientific research and education to their citizens. Especially in times of economic constraints, policy makers search for well substantiated and preferably quantitative methods to deliver such proof.

This conference will bring an exchange between international experts and different stakeholders on both measuring and demonstrating the impact of science for society. Next to this, the conference will give examples of non quantitative demonstrations of the contributions of science to society. This will be of help to the many who need to judge the impact of scientific research in all of its various scientific disciplines.

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


Prof. Luc Soete, conference chair
Rector Magnificus, Maastricht University
Chairman of European Research and Innovation Advisory Board

Confirmed Speakers

  • Luc Soete (conference chair)

    Luc Soete Prof. Luc Soete (Brussels, 1950) is Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Professor Soete is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and the Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT). He is also chairman of the European Research and Innovation Advisory Board (ERIAB) and the KNAW-committee 'Waarde van Wetenschap' (Value of Research).

    Professor Soete completed his first degrees in economics and development economics at the University of Ghent, Belgium, before obtaining his PhD in economics at the University of Sussex. He worked at the Department of Economics of the University of Antwerp, the Institute of Development Studies and the Science Policy Research Unit both at the University of Sussex, and the Department of Economics at Stanford University. In 1986, he was appointed Professor of International Economic Relations at Maastricht University.

    In 2002, he was awarded the Maastricht School of Management Honorary Fellow Award. In 2006 he obtained the Commander in the Order of the Crown, a national decoration of Belgium. In 2010 he received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Ghent.

    Luc Soete published extensively on the economics of innovation and technological change as well as the related policy and measurement issues.
  • Karl Dittrich

    Karl Dittrich Dr. Karl Dittrich is President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands. Karl Dittrich has a PhD in political sciences from Leiden University, and worked as researcher and assistant professor at Leiden University and Maastricht University and as professor in Maastricht. He was chairman of the Executive Board of Maastricht University (1994 - 2002) and became vice chairman of the Netherlands Accreditation Organization (2002 - 2005), chairman of the Netherlands Flemish Accreditation Organization (2005 - 2012) - an organization that gives an objective judgement on the quality of Dutch and Flemish higher education. Karl Dittrich is also a board member of the European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies and the European Consortium for Accreditation.
  • Paula Stephan

    Paula Stephan Prof. Paula Stephan is professor of economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies of Georgia State University since 1981. She's also member of the US National Research Council Board of Higher Education and Workforce, research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and was elected a fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2012 she published the book "how economics shapes science".

    Her research interests focus on the careers of scientists and engineers and the process by which knowledge moves across institutional boundaries in the economy. She was a member of numerous expert committees, including the 2004 European Commission High Level expert group "Maximizing the Wider Benefits of Competitive Basic Research Funding at the European Level" and several National Research Council committees.
  • Jan-Eric Sundgren

    Jan-Eric Sundgren Dr Jan-Eric Sundgren, joined the Volvo Group in 2006 as executive vice president for public and environmental affairs and is since spring of 2013 Senior Adviser to the CEO. He holds a PhD in Materials Physics and a Professorship in Thin Film Physics from Linköping University. Prior to joining the Volvo Group he was President of Chalmers University of Technology. He is also a board member of the European Research and Innovation area board.
  • Gavin Copeland

    Gavin Copeland Gavin Copeland is an Assistant Director at the UK's Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and his responsibilities include policy formulation, advice and implementation on assessing the Impact of Science and Research. He defines 'impact' as the demonstrable effect on the world and society beyond academia – including the economy, society, culture, public policy and services, health and the environment.

    BIS invests £5 billion p.a. (€6 billion) in research across all disciplines from arts and humanities, social science through to all areas of science and technology. Working with partners and stakeholders, BIS seeks to maximize the benefit of research to the economy and society as well as presenting a compelling public case for investment. It seeks to do this through a systematic approach to collecting and presenting evidence complemented by narrative case studies and effective advocacy.

    Gavin is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. After graduating in engineering at Durham University he went on to complete a Masters degree at the University of Manchester before joining the UK civil service. Following an early career in project management at the UK Ministry of Defence, he has spent most of the last 10 years working to improve the engagement of universities and innovative businesses with UK defence and security research programmes, before leaving defence in 2013 to take up his current post.
  • Maria Helena Nazaré

    Photo_ProfHelenaNazaré Prof. Maria Helena Nazaré is the president of the European Universities Association. She is also full Professor in Physics at the University of Aveiro, was trained as a physicist, obtaining the Master degree, in 1972, from University of Lisbon, the PhD from King’s College London, graduating in 1978 and obtained the aggregation in Physics from the University of Aveiro in 1988. In 1986, she took up leadership of the research group in Spectroscopy of Semiconductors in the Department of Physics at the University of Aveiro. She was Head of Department, between 1978 and 1980 and again between 1988 and 1990, Vice-President of the Scientific Council in 1990-91 and Vice-Rector of the University of Aveiro, a position held until 1998.

    As visiting scholar she carried out research activities in different countries and coordinated a number of international research projects (Europe, USA, Africa and China). Rector of the University of Aveiro during the period of 2002 – 2010; she has been the Chair of the Portuguese Rectors Conference Committee for research and knowledge - transference, and a Member of the Research Working Group of the European University Association. Member of the EUA Institutional Evaluation Pool, since 2004, she has participated in the evaluation of universities in Spain, Turkey, Palestine, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Romania.

    She has been appointed Vice-President of the EUA in 2009. She has also participated in OECD lead evaluations in Catalonia Lombardy and the Basque Country and ENQA evaluations in Galiza and Finland. She was President of the Portuguese Physics Society and a Member of the Portuguese National Education Council Chairing its Higher Education Commission. Currently she is President of European University Association, Member of the Administration Board of Portugal Telecom, President of the Advisory Board of Fundação Galp Energia and Board Member of the Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos.
  • Michiel Kolman

    Dr. Michiel Kolman is Senior Vice President of Global Academic Relations at Elsevier and heads a global academic relations team dedicated to engaging in dialogue with key stakeholders in the academic community in Europe, Asia and North America: academies of science, research councils and university leaders. Since joining Elsevier in 1995, he has served in a range of core publishing positions, including Publishing Director, during which he launched one of the first on-line journals in the industry: New Astronomy.

    Michiel was Managing Director of the Elsevier office in Frankfurt, Germany, for four years during which the much coveted Beilstein Database was acquired by Elsevier. Prior to Elsevier he worked for Kluwer Academic Publishers (now part of Springer). He holds an undergraduate degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University in New York where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship. As a twenty year veteran of the publishing industry with a personal commitment to scientists and health professionals in developing nations through Research4Life, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Publishers Association (IPA) in 2010.
  • Robert Tijssen

    Robert Tijssen Prof. Robert Tijssen is Chair of Science and Innovation Studies at Leiden University, fellow at Leiden University’s The Hague Campus, and extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

    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.
  • Rob Hamer

    Rob Hamer Prof. Rob Hamer is Director of Unilever R&D Vlaardingen and Professor at Wageningen University.

    Rob Hamer graduated in (bio-)chemistry from the State University of Utrecht in 1981, and obtained a PhD degree in medicine (1986) from the same university. He started his career as a food chemist at the TNO Cereals, Flour and Bread Institute. In 1997 he was appointed as Director at the newly founded Technological Top Institute called Top Institute Food & Nutrition. In addition, Rob was appointed in 1999 part-time Professor in Technology of Cereal Proteins at the Food Chemistry group of Wageningen University. Rob has published over 160 articles in international journals (H-index 33), is the author and editor of several books, and received various prizes for his achievements in cereal science.

    As of December 2009, Rob is Vice President Discover, Unilever R&D, Vlaardingen. In 2011 he was appointed head of laboratory and Vice President R&D Foods. Rob serves on the board of a number of organizations including FOM, TKI Agri&Food, Food Valley, Netherlands Metabolomics Centre (NMC) and is member of the Executive Committee and Supervisory Board of the Stichting Public Private Partnership-ISPT.
  • Jeff Skinner

    Jeff Skinner Dr. Jeff Skinner is the Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He is also co-Director of the Entrepreneurship Summer School and teaches on a variety of MBA and Executive Education programmes at the School. He is Faculty lead on all student entrepreneurship activities including numerous competitions (including the VCIC, GSVC, Clean-Tech Challenge), speaker series (www.tellseries.com), the School’s incubator and the Entrepreneurship Club.

    Prior to joining London Business School he was Commercial Director of University College London for 18 years where he was responsible for the creation of over 30 technology-based new ventures that together raised over £30m in first round seed and ‘Series A’ finance. He also conceived and built the university’s licensing, corporate alliance, consulting, business development and seed fund operations.

    Before joining UCL he led photonic research teams at Hoechst Celanese (in new Jersey) and General Electric (in the UK). Jeff’s main area of expertise is in the creation of entrepreneurial businesses – with a particular emphasis on technology-based ventures. He has written numerous teaching cases on the topic and consults widely for public bodies across Europe. He has recently published the definitive guide to technology commercialisation that is now used by all UK universities, “Commercial Skills for Academics and Researchers” (Leadership Foundation, 2012).

    He is founder and past President of the leading UK and European Technology Transfer Associations (PraxisUnico and ASTP respectively). He is also co-Founder of the Professional Body for the technology transfer profession (ATTP) and Chairs their global accreditation group.
  • Glenn Crocker

    Glenn Crocker, chief executive of BioCity Dr. Glenn Crocker is the CEO of BioCity – the UK’s leading life sciences business incubator. He is an expert in life science start up market, establishing life science business ecosystems and the repurposing of redundant pharmaceutical facilities.

    Glenn has a BSc in Genetics from Nottingham University and a DPhil in Immunology from Oxford University. Following a short time in post-doctoral research he joined Ernst & Young and qualified as a chartered accountant. With Ernst & Young he focussed on biotech companies in the South of England: then moved with the Practice to Palo Alto, California working with, among others, Alza, Incyte, Gilead and Tularik. He authored the company’s annual life science industry reports. He returned to Cambridge, UK, he headed up the company’s UK Biotech Practice leading its development before taking on the role of CEO at BioCity Nottingham in 2003.

    During his 10 years at BioCity Nottingham he has grown this ex Boots R&D City Centre site into a profitable business through his innovative approach to business incubation where the focus is on the company and its ability to survive and grow profitably. This approach attracted 96 companies to start life with BioCity and 91% of those companies remain in business and continue to grow.

    Glenn was the co-founder of R5 Pharmaceuticals (which was subsequently sold to Aesica) and BioAscent Discovery and has been closely involved in the establishment of Xenogesis and a number of other life science companies. He has led the expansion of BioCity into Scotland; established collaborations with Boots, a member of Alliance Boots, to create MediCity – the health, beauty and business innovation hub; and was appointed by Astra Zeneca to create a BioHub at its Alderley Park site, Cheshire.

    BioCity and Glenn have received a number of awards in recognition of these achievements. He is the author of the UK Life Sciences Start-up Report, an annual survey of the UK start up sector and co-founder of the UK Bio-incubation Forum – a leading membership association and independent voice for life science business incubation and accelerated growth, influencing policy at local, national, European and international level.
  • Ian Viney

    Ian Viney Dr Ian Viney is Director of Strategic Evaluation and Impact at the UK Medical Research Council (MRC)

    The MRC strategic evaluation programme, initiated in 2008, seeks to strengthen the assessment of progress with the MRC strategic plan, and provide improved evidence for evaluating the progress, productivity and overall impact of the MRC research portfolio. A significant element of this programme has been the launch of an online system to capture the outputs, outcomes and impacts of MRC funded research. After three successful years the MRC approach was licensed to Researchfish Ltd. More than 70 UK research organisations now subscribe to the Researchfish system and it is fast becoming the leading UK approach for gathering output information from medical research projects.
  • Steven Wooding

    Steve Wooding Dr. Steven Wooding is the director of RAND Europe's Innovation and Technology Policy programme and also the unit's research quality assurance manager. He currently works principally in the science of science including work in research evaluation, science policy and improving funding decisions in research. He is also interested in the effects of genetic technologies on health and public engagement with science.

    Wooding has particular expertise is in developing and applying measurement frameworks and evaluation tools that capture the diverse range of benefits produced by research. This includes work examining research in biomedicine, social science and the arts and humanities. Wooding has worked for government and charity sector clients in the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA and Australia and led a number of international studies on evaluating the long term – 10-25 year – impacts of research. He has methodological interests in visualising concepts and data alongside the quantification of qualitative information. Wooding received his M.A. in natural sciences and his Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Cambridge.
  • Eppo Bruins

    Dr. Eppo Bruins is director at the Technology Foundation STW (more information to follow).
  • Judith Kamalski

    Judith-Kamalski Dr. Judith Kamalski is Manager of Strategic Research Insights & Analytics 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.
  • 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.
  • Barend van der Meulen

    Photo: Rathenau Instituut Barend van der Meulen is the head of Science System Assessment of Rathenau Institute. His main area of interest is the dynamics of science and science policy, and the instruments used to formulate science policy. 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. His current research is concerned with:
    - The internationalization of science and science policy, with particular reference to the role of Europe and the European Research Area, international research programmes and the way in which international regimes influence local research management
    - Research evaluation, with particular reference to ways in which the social benefits of research can be quantified. Academic background and career

    Barend van der Meulen studied Chemistry and Dynamics of Science at VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. In 1992, he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Twente on the strength of a dissertation examining science evaluation. Between 1992 and 1996, he was a researcher and policy advisor to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Until April 2009, he held a professorial appointment with the Science, Technology and Policy Studies department at the University of Twente.
  • Martin Hynes

    Photo: European Science Foundation Martin Hynes is Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation since January 2012. Prior to this, he was Director of The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) and in this role he implemented a number of innovative funding schemes with a special focus on early career researchers.

    Hynes was formerly Senior Science Advisor with the Science Foundation Ireland and a Senior Policy Analyst with Forfás, the national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. He has been instrumental in the formulation of major national funding initiatives supporting research in the ICT and biotechnology sectors. Hynes has considerable commercial experience having mentored private sector start-ups during a three year period. He also worked for several years in product line management with Westinghouse Electric.
  • Mayur Amin

    Mayur Amin is Senior Vice President of Research & Academic Relations and heads a global research and relations group at Elsevier. He has been involved in scientific, technical & medical (STM) publishing for more than 30 years. His early interest in the information needs of the scholarly community was formed through the management of journal programs and then, in the late 80s, through early experimentation with new publishing technologies.

    Since 1990, Mayur has been developing a range of research programs ranging from bibliometric evaluations, including studies on comparative assessments of R&D, to global customer satisfaction studies. He collaborates with academic institutions on research projects as well as advising on teaching courses.

    An active member of a number of publishing industry groups, including the Publishing Research Consortium, Mayur has also worked with, and advised on, several governmental and industry inquiries, panels and expert groups.
  • Josephine Scholten

    Scholten Josephine Scholten is the Secretary-General 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.
  • Reinhilde Veugelers

    Reinhilde Veugelers Prof. Reinhilde Veugelers is a full professor at KULeuven (Belgium) at the Faculty of Economics and Business, where she teaches international business economics and game theory. From 2004-2008, she was on academic leave, as advisor at the European Commission (BEPA Bureau of European Policy Analysis). She is currently a Senior Fellow at Bruegel and a CEPR Research Fellow. She coordinates a large, multidisciplinary research project on radical innovations.

    She was the President-Elect of EARIE (European Association for Research in Industrial Economics) and is currently the President of Belgian FNS-FNRS Scientific Committee on Social Sciences. She is a member of the Innovation4Growth Expert Group advising EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn. She is also an expert for ERC, Member of the Panel Advanced Grants (SH1) and is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences; She is also co-promoting ECOOM, the Flemish Center for R&D Monitoring.

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The VSNU does this by facilitating debate, developing and representing joint positions, supporting the reputation of the university sector and making strategic choices to strengthen scientific education and research in the Netherlands.

Rathenau The Rathenau Instituut promotes the formation of political and public opinion on science and technology. To this end, the Institute studies the organization and development of science systems, publishes about social impact of new technologies, and organizes debates on issues and dilemmas in science and technology.

STW Technology Foundation STW can trace its roots back to the programme for Technical Physics and Innovation initiated by the FOM Foundation at the end of the 1970s. The foundation's objective has been to realise knowledge transfer from excellent technical scientific research. Several years ago the emphasis in the mission was changed to knowledge transfer between the technical sciences and users so as to emphasise the role of the users in all STW projects. During the research projects users provide valuable recommendations and contribute their own knowledge, which can lead to a tightening of the research question. Ultimately innovation – or in STW terms utilisation – is the result of the joint efforts between researchers and users.