The Leibniz Research Alliance is organizing an Impact School from November 29 till December 1 2017 in Berlin.
There is a pressing need for informed expertise from virtually all fields of academic research (e.g., with regards to matters of climate change, innovation, migration, data security). Still, scientific expertise often remains within its own domain and only reaches relevant decision-makers in civil society indirectly and belatedly. The prevalence of citation metrics to measure scholarly impact often compels researchers to focus on article publications in disciplinary journals. Prominent policy makers and research funders therefore increasingly place the question of societal impact at the top of their agenda . However, knowledge transfer, as the skills and knowledge necessary to make research accessible beyond the academic sphere, plays only a minor role in university curricula and the daily routines of research institutes.
This three-day training programme is tailored to up-and-coming researchers that want to learn the skills necessary to maximize the impact of their research, also—but not exclusively—in relation to evaluation procedures of science funders. The sessions will be held by experts in their respective fields and cover the three dimensions of scholarly impact: societal impact, economic impact, and political impact.
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