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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Impact in the Nordic context: Understanding the contemporary state-of-the-art in international comparative perspective

NORSSHVALUE Working Group seminar, 20th-21st August 2019, School of Humanities, Háskóli Íslands, Reykjavik, Iceland.


Tuesday 20 August

8:45 Registration and coffee


  • 9:00 Paul Benneworth (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway): Introduction to the NORSSHVALUE seminar series
  • 9:30:Claire Donovan (Brunel University, UK): Assessing the Broader Impacts of Publicly-funded Research
  • 10.00 Q&A

Coffee break: 10:15-10:45

Session two: Policy Overview

  • 10:45 Asdis Jonsdottir: (Ministry of Science, Education and Culture, Iceland) Science Policy and Impact at a time of budgetary reform – the case of Iceland
  • 11:15 Henrik Halker: (Aalborg University, Denmark) Danish universities and the changing discourse and practices of SSH impact
  • 11:45 Marta Wróblewska: (National Centre for Research & Development, Poland) Assessing impact in Poland
  • 12:15 Roundtable Discussion

Lunch: 12:30-13:30

Session three:

  • 13:30 Gunnar Sivertsen (NIFU, Norway) Normal versus extraordinary impact. Understanding and evaluating societal relations in the social sciences and humanities
  • 14:00 Reetta Muhonen (Tampere University, Finland) & Silje Maria Tellmann (University of Oslo, Norway): Reflecting the limits of reporting societal impact for research evaluation purposes – cases of UK and Norway
  • 14:30 Guðrún Nordal (Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies & The University of Iceland, Iceland) The question of impact from the Nordic perspective

Coffee: 15:00-15:30

Session four: Policy Roundtable:

  • 15:30-16:30

This Roundtable will seek to answer four important questions

  • how should SSH researchers be creating value for Nordic societies?
  • what kinds of value for Nordic society can SSH research create?
  • what is done well & not so well in terms of impact creation in the Nordic region at the moment? and
  • what can policy makers do to support that (whether at the Ministry, Research Council, Rector or Dean level)?

16:30-17:00 Closing remarks

Dinner: 19:30

Wednesday 21 August

Session five:

  • 9:00 Marta Wróblewska (National Centre for R&D, Poland): Assessing Impact in Different Academic Cultures: UK, Norway, Poland
  • 9:30 Laura Himanen (Tampere University, Finland) Evaluating societal impact in Finland
  • 10:00 Eiríkur Smári Sigurðarson & Elsa Haraldsdóttir (The University of Iceland, Iceland) Analyzing societal impact through dialogue

Coffee: 10:30-11:00

Session six:

  • 11:00 CLOSING KEYNOTE: Eleonora Belfiore (Loughborough University, UK): Does arts and humanities research matter? Reconciling matters of ‘value’ and ‘impact’
  • 11:30 Q&A
  • 11:45 Paul Benneworth, closing comments & reflections

Lunch: 12:15

Seminar ends at 13:30

For more information or to register for the seminar contact Paul Benneworth or Eirikur Smari