The Future of Academic Impacts, a free, all day conference hosted by the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences project team, will be held on Tuesday, 4th December at Beveridge Hall, Senate House, London.

The event is to mark the end of the three-year Impact of Social Sciences project based at the London School of Economics that has been funded by HEFCE. Working with colleagues at Imperial College London and the University of Leeds, we have looked at the nature and measurement of impact of academic research in the social sciences on government and policymaking, business and industry, and civil society.

The conference will draw the research project to a close, discuss the results and outcomes of the project and seek to look forward to how impact research and measurement might develop over the next ten year period looking beyond REF2014.

The full schedule is as follows:

Registration and refreshments

10.00 – 11.30           Session 1: The Economic Impact of Academic Research
Patrick Dunleavy – LSE/ Chris Thong – Cambridge Economics
Sir Adrian Smith – Vice Chancellor, University of London
Nicola Dandridge – Chief Executive, Universities UK
Simon Bastow – LSE Chair

11.30 – 11.45              Tea/coffee break

11.45 – 13.15              Session 2: Impact and the New Digital Paradigm
Victor Henning – Co-Founder & CEO, Mendeley Ltd
Ziyad Marar – Global Publishing Director, Sage
Jason Priem – ImpactStory
Jane Tinkler – LSE Chair

 13.15 – 14.00              Lunch

14.00 – 15.30              Session 2: Next Steps in Assessing Impact
Julia Lane – Senior Managing Economist, American Institutes of Research
Cameron Neylon – Senior Scientist, Science and Technology Facilities Council/ Advocacy Director, PLoS
David Sweeney – Director (Research, Innovation and Skills), HEFCE
Patrick Dunleavy – LSE Chair

15.30 – 16.00              Tea/coffee break

16.00 – 17.30              Session 4: Impact as a Driver for Open Access
Stephen Curry – Imperial College London
Mark Thorley – RCUK Research Outputs Network
Robert Kiley – Head Digital Services, Wellcome Trust

18.00 – 19.30            Networking Drinks Reception
Including closing remarks from Craig Calhoun, Director of the London School of Economics.

The conference is free to attend, but places are limited. To register your place,  click here.

For more information about the Impact of Social Sciences project, please click here. Email any queries to


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