Symposium on assessing research impacts for society

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific and ANU College of Science

Australian society expects investments in research to be translated into public benefits. On 7 December 2015 the Australian Government launched its National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). One of the measures within the agenda is for Australia to introduce a national impact and engagement assessment, which will examine how universities are translating their research into economic, social and other benefits and encourage greater collaboration between universities, industries and other research users (, including the public service. A pilot assessment is being developed by the Australian Research Council for implementation in 2018.

The University’s 2017 Strategic Plan emphasizes the need for its research to result in positive impacts. As the national university, ANU in particular is expected to generate knowledge that serves the needs of the public service and the nation more broadly. A Public Policy Hub is being established.

In 2017, the ANU Academic Board is considering the question of how to measure the impacts of research so that the academic community can better evaluate and enhance its work. The symposium will bring together PhD scholars, early career researchers, public service and academic leaders to consider how we can better measure research impacts to enhance benefits for society. This symposium will contribute to the development of the national impact and engagement assessment.

Speakers include:

> Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, ANU
> Professor Frank Jotzo, Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
> Mr Michael Shoebridge, First Assistant Secretary, Contestability Strategy Group, Department of Defence
> Dr Sasha Courville, National Australia Bank
> Mr Marc Purcell, CEO, Australian Council for International Development
> Dr Katherine Daniell, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU
> Dr Chris Curran, A/g Director, Research Evaluation, Australian Research Council
> Dr Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services, ANU
> Dr Andrew Alford, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
> Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
> Dr Sarah Milne, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
> Mr Paul Hubbard ,Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Fellow, ANU
> Ms Martine Cosgrove, Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Fellow, ANU
> Dr Tom Keenan, Senior Advisor Planning, Performance and Evaluation Strategy, Market Vision and Innovation, CSIRO
> Associate Professor Lorrae van Kerkhoff, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU
> Mr Rick Zentelis, Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Fellow, and Department of Defence
> Associate Professor Jamie Pittock, Feener School of Environment and Society, ANU
> Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
> Professor Saul Cunningham, Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU
> Professor Jacqueline Lo, Chair of Academic Board, ANU

The symposium is organised by the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Crawford School of Public Policy, and the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, at The Australian National University, and supported by the Department of Defence, and the Australian Public Service Commission.

A symposium dinner with keynote speech by Professor Bruce Chapman from the Research School of Economics, ANU will be held at the University House, from 6-9pm, Wednesday, 20 September. If you are attending, please register at by COB Tuesday 12 September.

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