Societies across the world are facing various challenges, such as environmental sustainability, aging populations, and digital transformation, which require solutions for the present and future. Research is seen as a crucial part of the solution and a key enabler of necessary transformations. It is no longer expected to be run solely as a “good,” but rather as a “common good” or “service” that contributes beyond the body of knowledge and demonstrates impact.
Governments, research funding agencies, and research organizations worldwide seek to maximize the value of research and its impact on society, the economy, culture, environment, and the planet. This shift in thinking inevitably requires a cultural change within research institutions and universities. The most common tool used to assess the impact of research is the “impact narrative.”
In Catalonia, the Science Law 9/2022 states that public policies must embrace advancing knowledge that arises from contemporary societal problems and facilitate improvements. Research funders and assessment agencies increasingly demand that researchers and institutions demonstrate the impact of their research.
The conference on “The culture of impact in research institutions and universities,” co-organized by CERCA, AQuAS, and ACUP, aims to disseminate international experiences and lessons learned and inspire stakeholders in the Catalan research ecosystem to build an impact culture in the country.
6 March 2023
From 3 pm to 7 pm
Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC)
Carrer del Carme, 47
Opening and welcome
Mª Teresa Cabré, president of the IEC
Paula Adam, director of Research at the AQuAS
Daniel Crespo, president ACUP and rector of the UPC
Lluís Rovira, director of the CERCA Institute
Presentation of international experiences, part I
Global perspectives on research impact
David Phipps, York University, Toronto, Canada
REF2021: the UK experience of assessing non-academic impact
Jane Millar, University of Bath, UK – Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Presentations of international experiences, part II
The European Commission funds her own impact, not your research
Stefan de Jong, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Research Impact Assessment: the experience of Norway
Jon Holm, Research Council of Norway
Research Impact Assessment: the experience of Sweden
Gustav Hansson, Research Council of Sweden
Discussion / Q&A
Round table: Research impact experiences in Catalonia
Moderator : Julie Bayley, Lincoln Impact Literacy Institute (LILI)
Anabel Sànchez, Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF)
Rosina Malagrida, Institute for AIDS Research (IrsiCaixa)
Xavier Ariño, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Jordi Bosch, Universitat de Barcelona – Associació Catalana d’Universitats Públiques
Discussion / Q&A
6.50 pm – Closing
Montserrat Llavayol, Deputy Director General of Research and Innovation in Health. Ministry of Health.
Hble. Sr. Joaquim Nadal i Farreras, Minister for Research and Universities.