How should alpha and gamma sciences produce impact?
That was the focus of the conference on 'De Maatschappelijke Impact van Alfa- en Gammawetenschappen', which took place at the UvA on Thursday 7 December.
The fourth edition of the annual conference, organized by ScienceWorks and the UvA, brought together participants and speakers from science, government and business to discuss how societal impact of alpha and gamma sciences can be increased and made more visible.
In preparation of the conference, ten 'Amsterdam recommendations' had been formulated for the valorisation in the alpha and gamma sciences, which included the embedding of social challenges in research agendas, the establishment of consortia with societal stakeholders, the stimulation of interdisciplinary research, and the integration of societal impact in the academic reward system.
The conference was opened by Prof. Karen Maex and Prof. Rinnooy Kan. The programme consisted of plenary talks by Prof. Rob Hamer (Unilever), Dr. Erik Gerritsen (SG VWS) and Prof. Rick Delbridge (U. of Cardiff), followed by parallel sessions on various topics. The day concluded with a presentation of recommendations from the parallel sessions and an expert panel discussion, chaired by Prof. Geert van Dam.
Impact Ranking 2017
During this event, ScienceWorks also presented the Impact Ranking 2017, where the UvA came out as the 'Most societal university'. The Dutch magazine Elsevier published an article about the ranking, which you can read here (in Dutch).
All presentations during the day can be found on the conference website.