Strategy of Impact Conference 2019 - Building the Community

12th November 2019 – British Library, London, UK


Join the world’s smartest research minds for one day of learning, listening, and networking.

Learn about the importance of research impact and its implications from expert speakers and smart attendees.

What is the Strategy of Impact Conference 2019?
A one-day international conference for anyone involved in the impact of funded research.

Who is it for?
In short, anyone interested and involved in collecting and analysing research outcomes, identifying pathways to impact, and reporting impact to stakeholders. Funders (both large and small), Charities, Research Organisations, Universities, Researchers, and Consultants will all find the day extremely worthwhile and insightful.

08:45 - 09:15 Arrival and Coffee
09:15 - 09:30 Welcome and Introduction - Sean Newell, CEO, Researchfish.
09:30 - 10:15 Social and economic impacts from research in the mathematical sciences - Sir Alan Wilson, Director, Special Projects, The Alan Turing Institute. Bio.
10:15 - 11:00 Measuring research impact: a view from both sides of the fence - Dr Jim Smith, Director of Science, Wellcome. Bio.
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 Creating a greater impact: our  journey from data to insights - Natacha Wilson, Founder and Director, Cambridge Insights. Bio.
12:00 -12:45 The science-policy interface: delivering the UN landmark agreements - Professor Virginia Murray, Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England.
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Parallel Sessions
1. Research on Research - What it is, how it can help the research community to understand and improve how research is funded, practiced and evaluated - Dr Beverley Sherbon (Chair), Impact & Evaluation Adviser, Researchfish
  • Panel followed by round table discussions - What is ‘Research on Research’, and what does it mean in practise? What are stakeholders aiming to achieve, and how are they approaching it? Our panel will share some of their experiences and discuss some of the different approaches and considerations. Round table discussions will then focus on what RoR means to your organisation, and what the important research questions might be. 

  • Panel: 

    • Dr Kathryn Oliver, Associate Professor in Sociology and Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

    • Dr Jonathan Best, Insight Manager, Wellcome

    • Dr Sarah Thomas, Senior Research Manager, National Institute for Health Research 

    • Dr Steve Wooding, Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge 

2. Analysis and Visualisation of Data - Dr Vera Hazelwood (Chair), Chief Strategy Officer, Researchfish
  • Impactfish: Insights into your Researchfish data - Dr Vera Hazelwood, Researchfish

  • Improving engagement and impact by capturing, analysing and visualising communications data - Charlie Rapple, Co-founder, Kudos

  • Advanced analytics to monitor research portfolios and to inform strategies - Francesco Massucci, Director of R&D, SIRIS Academic

3. The Interconnectedness of All Things. How to leverage existing data to make it easier to understand the outputs, outcomes and impacts of research, including recent and future developments in Researchfish - Gavin Reddick (Chair), Chief Analyst, Researchfish
  • Researchfish and further funding data - Gavin Reddick, Researchfish

  • Unique identifiers for grants with Crossref - Josh Brown, Crossref

  • Researchfish platform updates and new functionality demonstrations – Ross Pullar, Product Manager, Researchfish

  • Interfolio Data Service - improving access and quality of available scholarship data - Ben Wang, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy

15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:45 Parallel Sessions 1, 2 and 3 Continued
1. Research on Research - Specific Projects - Dr Beverley Sherbon (Chair)
  • The value of research on research: Examples from the NIHR RoR programme focus on peer review and decision-making and optimising post-award management - Amanda Blatch-Jones, Senior Research Fellow, NIHR Evaluation Trials & Studies Coordinating Centre

  • Towards outstanding research reviews (TORR): Using behavioural decision science to advance our understanding of peer-reviewers’ judgement processes - Professor Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Behavioural Science, Kingston University 

  • Wide angle and telephoto – taking complementary views of research - Dr Steve Wooding, Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge 

  • International movement and research - Dr Susan Guthrie, Research Leader, RAND Europe 

2. Analysis and Visualisation of Data - Dr Vera Hazelwood (Chair)
  • Capturing user perspectives on research impact: text mining companies’ annual reports - Dr Massimiliano Volpi, ​Evidence TeamNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)

  • Understanding and informing research funding through data - Charlie Pilgrim and Leander Cascorbi, University of Warwick

3. Insights on Translational Research and Intellectual Property - Gavin Reddick (Chair)​​
  • A decade of data on MRC translational research investment: Catching the updraft – Emily Gale, Programme Manager, Medical Research Council

  • Extracting value from reports of intellectual property – Ben Ryan, Engineering and Physical Science Council

16:45 - 17:00 Wrap-up and Conclusions – Sean Newell, CEO, Researchfish
17:00 - 19:00 Drinks Reception


Now closed. Any questions please email the event organiser Michael Francis.

Join research professionals from around the world to discuss the strategy of research impact with a focus on building the community. The event is open to all (Researchfish Members and Non-Members). 

In addition to thought-provoking high-level talks, research funders, charities and research organisations will present and  discuss how to collectively use the growing pool of impact data to further enhance the knowledge of research.

At the evening drinks reception there will be an opportunity to continue discussions with some of the most influential people from across the research environment.

Our goal is to connect organisations with a similar interest in measuring and reporting research impact and to raise the profile of this important topic to allow smart funding decisions to be made, focussing valuable resources on areas of research that have the greatest relevant impact - to the benefit of the whole of society.

Dr Jim Smith, Director of Science, Wellcome. Bio.

Sir Alan Wilson, Director, Special Projects, The Alan Turing Institute. Bio.

Professor Virginia Murray, head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England. Bio.

Natacha Wilson, Founder and Director, Cambridge Insights. Bio.

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