"Investigating the Societal Impact of Research: Past Achievements and Future Developments", Brussels, 28-29 November

13 November 2019

ECOOM (Centre for Research & Development Monitoring, a interuniversity consortium with participation of KU Leuven, UGent, VUB, UAntwerpen and UHasselt) organise a Colloquium on Societal Impact on 28 and 29 November at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Registration closes on 15 November.

The aim is to collect a variety of insights debating the societal challenges, contributing to the understanding and assessing societal impacts with an emphasis on the implications for evaluation theory and policy practices. Contributions do not need to refer to only one thematic area but can be cross-cutting; contributions can be theoretical, methodological as well as applied to case studies. Academic as well as policy- and practice-based submissions are strongly encouraged. Papers from all academic disciplines and policy fields which deal with mission-orientation and societal impact evaluation are explicitly welcomed. Three main sub-themes are identified.

1) The nature of societal impact

2) The measurement of societal impact

3) The policy implications of societal impact



1 September 2019

Submit Expression of Interest as abstract of around 300 words

Contact: Dr. Nicola Francesco DOTTI,

15 September 2019

Notification of acceptance

10 October 2019

Submission of the full paper

28-29 November 2019

Workshops in Brussels

15 December

Submissions of the full papers for the Special Issue in Scientometrics

The best papers accepted for the conferences will be considered to be included for a special issue on this theme for Scientometrics. The special issue in Scientometrics is also open for those who are not participating in the ECOOM Conference. The event programme is the following:

Thursday 28 November 2019, Academic Workshop.

Friday 29 November 2019, Research-Policy Workshop.

Both events to be held in Brussels.

Organised by ECOOM - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). More information on the ECOOM website.

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