The purpose of the conference is to bring valuation and impact contributions of SSH research to transformative, mission- and challenges-oriented national and European research and innovation agendas to the forefront, to openly reflect and structurally discuss the topic in order to make it visible, debatable, verifiable and usable!

The conference will in particular focus on two aspects:

  • SSH-contribution to ‘Horizon Europe‘ (Day 1), the next European research framework programme and
  • Impact of SSH research (Day 2).

Programme of the day 1 (28 November 2018)

The first day of the conference emphasises the public value of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and their contributions to the next European research framework programme ‘Horizon Europe’ (2021-2027). ‘Horizon Europe’ will be organised in three pillars: Open Science, Global Challenges and Open Innovation.

The conference will focus on Pillar 2 of Horizon Europe: ‘Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness’ and how SSH can contribute to it. The Global Challenges-Pillar is structured along five thematic clusters. These five thematic clusters will also serve as structure for parallel sessions on “Health”, “Inclusive and Secure Society”, “Digital and Industry”, “Climate, Energy and Mobility” and “Food and natural resources”. The parallel session on the SSH-intensive Cluster “Inclusive and Secure Society” will focus entirely on the “Secure”-aspect. A separate plenary session will afterwards focus on the “Inclusive”-aspect. During the day the SSH-research community will discuss, show and explain how SSH will contribute to these five clusters and how SSH makes research in these areas more beneficial to society.

The conference takes initiative and creates first-mover advantage to shape the involvement of SSH in the five clusters.

Programme of the day 2 (29 November 2018)

The second day of the conference will see inspiring discussions on how SSH-contributions to transformative research agendas can be operationalised in day-to-day-activities of individual researchers, institutions and policy makers and how impact of SSH research can be conceived, supported and assessed.

The Thematic Paper Sessions will show diverse and innovative research and policy examples in three sections:

  • Identify valuation pathways and impact generating processes within SSH and arts-based research as well as within inter- and trans-disciplinary research.
  • Learn from structures, instruments and policies which are beneficial for an impact-orientation of SSH research at project-level, institutional level, and R&I policy-making level.
  • Make a contribution to tracing and assessing the use and impact of R&D activities from the field of SSH and arts-based research.

 

Tentative programme overview – Wednesday, November 28, 2018:

as of 08:00 Registration
09:00-09:10 Welcome address by Council Presidency:

Heinz FASSMANN, Austrian Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research

Main auditorium
09:10-09:30 Welcome address and key-note by European Commission:

Jean-Eric PAQUET, Director General of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission (EC)

Main auditorium
09:30-09:45 Welcome address by the Conference Organisers:

Ulrike FELT, University of Vienna, Vice-Chair Scientific Committee

Klaus SCHUCH, Centre for Social Innovation (main organiser)

Main auditorium
09:45-10:15 Key note 1: The public value of SSH

John BREWER, Queen’s University

Main auditorium
10:15-11:15 Panel 1: Impact re-loaded: How to valuate SSH in the wider context of societal transformation

Moderator: Katja MAYER, Centre for Social Innovation

Panelists:

  • John BREWER, Queen’s University
  • Jean-Eric PAQUET, DG Research and Innovation, EC
  • Yves GINGRAS, Observatory of Science and Technology
  • Sarah DE RIJCKE, Leiden University
  • N.N.
Main auditorium
11:15-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-13:15 5 parallel sessions on Horizon Europe

Contributions of SSH to Clusters:

(1) “Health”

  • Chair: Milena ZIC-FUCHS, University of Zagreb
  • N.N., Representative from European Commission

(2) “Food and natural resources”

  • Chair: Carina KESKITALO, Umeå University
  • N.N., Representative from European Commission

(3) “Digital and Industry”

  • Chair: Eveline RUPPERT, Goldsmiths University
  • N.N., Representative from European Commission

(4) “Climate, Energy and Mobility”

  • Chair: Poul HOLM, Trinity College
  • N.N., Representative from European Commission

(5) “Inclusive and Secure Society” – focus “Secure Society”

  • Chair: Claudio RADAELLI, University of Exeter (tbc)
  •  N.N., Representative from European Commission
Main auditorium

Breakout rooms 1 – 4

13:15-14:15 Lunch break
14:15-15.15 Horizon Europe

Contributions of SSH to the topic “Inclusive and Secure Society” – focus “Inclusive Society”

  • Chair: Alice DIJKSTRA, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
  • Harald HARTUNG, DG Research and Innovation, EC
Main auditorium
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:15 Key note 2: The role of the Humanities in an innovative, sustainable, and responsible society

Ineke SLUITER, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Main auditorium
16:15-16:45 Award of the best poster and the best video

Klaus SCHUCH, Centre for Social Innovation

Main auditorium
16:45-17:45 4 parallel activities and sessions

  1. A guided walk through the posters
    Chaired and guided by Frank WELZ, University of Innsbruck
  2. The role of private funding in science policy today. A dialogue with European Foundations (Hosted by EASSH)
    Chaired and moderated by Poul HOLM, EASSH
    N.N. (Foundations)
  3. SSH and Business (tbc)
  4. Vademecum Workshop
    Chaired and moderated by Thomas KÖNIG, Institute for Advanced Studies
Main auditorium

Breakout rooms 1 – 4

18:00-21:30 Bus transfer to the town hall (Rathaus) of Vienna

Dinner at the restaurant “Rathauskeller” (located in the town hall; only for attending participants who also registered for the dinner)

Town hall

 Tentative programme overview – Thursday, November 29, 2018:

as of 08:00 Registration
09:00-09:30 Key note 3: Brokers and boundary-spanners: social sciences in the new research landscape

James WILSDON, University of Sheffield

Main auditorium
09:30-10:45 5 parallel paper sessions

  1. Valuation pathways of social sciences – drivers, barriers, success and failures
  2. Policies and support structures for SSH valuation and impact generation
  3. Taxonomies of SSH impact contributions, assessment and measurement of SSH research
  4. Perspectives on SSH Research at European Level
  5. Thematic Valuation Cases
Main auditorium

Breakout rooms 1 – 4

10:45-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:30 Continuation of 3 parallel  paper sessions

  1. Valuation pathways of social sciences – drivers, barriers, success and failures
  2. Policies and support structures for SSH valuation and impact generation
  3. Taxonomies of SSH impact contributions, assessment and measurement of SSH research

2 parallel paper sessions

  1. Organisational Strategies for Institutional Impact
  2. Impact lessons from the regional and national level
Main auditorium

Breakout rooms 1 – 4

12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:30 Panel 2: Which policies and instruments are needed to facilitate impacts of SSH in transformative science approaches? 

Moderator: Matthias REITER-PÁZMÁNDY, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Panelists:

  • Carina KESKITALO, Umeå University
  • Kirsten LANGKILDE, University for Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  • James WILSDON, University of Sheffield
  • N.N.
Main auditorium
14:30-15:45 4 parallel Working Groups (WG)

  1. WG on valuation pathways
  2. WG on building strong knowledge exchange ecosystems to stimulate SSH valorisation (Hosted by ENRESSH) (Policies and support structures for SSH valuation and impact)
  3. WG on assessment and measurement of SSH research
  4. ACCOMPLISSH Workshop: “De-dramatising societal impact: the nuts and bolts of co-creation and impact
    Chaired and moderated by Jonas STIER, Dalarna University College and Sharon Eugenie SMIT, University of Groningen
Main auditorium

Breakout rooms 1 – 3

15:45-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-16:45 Take-away messages from the parallel workshops Main auditorium
16:45-17:45 Panel 3: How to make better use of SSH in Horizon Europe?

Moderator: Thomas KÖNIG, Institute for Advanced Studies

Panelists:

  • Harald HARTUNG, DG Research and Innovation, EC
  • Jürgen HOWALDT, TU Dortmund University
  • Angela LIBERATORE, European Research Council Executive Agency
  • Tereza STÖCKELOVA, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • N.N. – free chair to include ad hoc contributions from the audience;
Main auditorium
17:45-18:00 Farewell address from the organisers

Matthias REITER-PAZMANDY, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Main auditorium