From October 4th till October 5th 2018 the Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS Network), an international, open community for various types of professionals who worked on stimulating and demonstrating the impact of science on economy, culture and well-being, organized the international "Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities" conference in Copenhagen.
At the October AESIS conference in Copenhagen the Aurora SDG analysis: bibliometrics for relevance was presented by Maurice Vanderfeesten. Although more work is needed to improve the underlying methodology and thus the validity of the tool, the AESIS conference participants clearly saw the potential of the tool to reframe discussion on the relevance of research.
The conference was organized by AESIS in collaboration with Aalborg University, Copenhagen Business School, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation. After the successful first edition last year in Cardiff, Copenhagen was chosen due to the country’s interesting position concerning impact policy of science. In line with the developments in Denmark and other countries around the world, AESIS decided to focus this year’s conference on ‘Optimising impact of social sciences and humanities through alliances with business, government, and civil society.’
The conference again proved to be the most crucial meeting place for discussions of SSH impact in Denmark and beyond in 2018 for at least two hundred participants from more than 25 countries worldwide, consisting of professionals in the academic world, industry, government and elsewhere, working on stimulating and demonstrating the impact of science on economy, and climate and well-being.