Conference
Stay tuned to the Future. Impact of research infrastructures 2.0

June 10-11, 2021
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Research infrastructures (RI) have grown of importance in all fields in the last decades. Research infrastructures allow for scientific innovation that requires long-term investment. In Europe the larger infrastructures are often collaborative effort by many different countries. A framework of performance indicators exist nowadays to assess the performance of research infrastructures. However, there is an interest in looking also beyond the core functioning of research infrastructures and understand the broader impact of RIs on science at large, society, economy and politics.

Understanding impact is much more difficult than understanding performance. While the reflections and publications on how to define and measure impact has grown over the last year, a unified framework or consensus on how to assess the impact of research infrastructures does not yet exist.

Taking as point of departure the conference organized by the ESFRI Strategic Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation on the impact of research infrastructures, which took place in 2018 in Bologna, the ESFRI Strategy Working Groups have joined forces to organize a follow-up conference to discuss the meaning and the possible measurement of impact further.  The overall objectives of the conference are:

Exchange on the meaning of impact and its variation between and within different fields and research infrastructures.
Exchange on the measurement of impact and its variation between and within different fields (scientific but also economic, societal, cultural impact).
Showcase where and how infrastructures in different field create impact.
Discuss potential and limitation of collaboration between infrastructures to create impact.
Discuss what is the best way for research infrastructures to increase their impact further.

General information

Audience

This is an academic conference, so audience will mostly be scholars in relevant fields, representatives of existing research infrastructures, members of the ESFRI working groups and ESFRI. The conference will limited to 150 people, therefore on-site participation is on invitation only. If you are interested in participating please contact impact2021@fors.unil.ch. Presentations will be streamed.

Practical information

The conference will limited to 150 people, therefore on-site participation is on invitation only. If you are interested in participating please contact impact2021@fors.unil.ch. All presentations will be streamed.

Location
Duration

The conference will start on Thursday lunchtime and will end on Friday (about 16:00). The conference dinner will take place on Thursday evening. More information will follow.

Participation

The participation is free. There are no conference fees to pay.

Contact

For issues related to the programme please contact Bente Maegaard (bmaegaard@hum.ku.dk).

For issues related to participation or organisation: impact2021@fors.unil.ch

Programme

Program structure

In addition to welcome and keynote addresses the conference will be divided in three thematic blocks.

Block 1: Conceptualization and measurement of impact

What does impact mean, how can we measure the impact of research infrastructures on science at large, specific disciplines, society, economy and politics? What variation and challenges exist to assess impact between research infrastructures of the different disciplines?

Block 2: How do research infrastructures create impact

How do research infrastructures create impact through their research activities? Where else do infrastructures create impact beyond scientific impact (economic, societal and cultural impact), and in which set-ups, and how, can this best be identified and described? What mechanism exist to create impact?

Block 3: Collaboration between research infrastructures to create impact

Where is collaboration and creating clusters important and useful and creates synergies and where not? What are good examples and models of collaboration? What is the potential and also what are the cost and challenges of creating synergies between different research infrastructures?

Program committee

Bente Maegaard,  Social and Cultural Innovation SWG, chair

Georg Lutz, Social and Cultural Innovation SWG, local organiser

Basudeb Chaudhuri, Social and Cultural Innovation SWG

Jose Luis Martinez, Physics and Engineering SWG

Orla Murphy, Social and Cultural Innovation SWG

Jeannette Ridder-Numan, ESFRI Implementation Group

Federico Ruggieri, DIGIT SWG

Radislav Sedlacek, Health and Food SWG

Maria Theofilatou,  European Commission

Minh Quang Tran, Energy SWG

Gert Verreet, Environment SWG

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