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A conference by the London School of Economics Public Policy Group on Tuesday 4 December 2012

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the attendees, speakers, and organisational staff who helped make the Future of Academic Impacts conference on 4th December 2012 a success.

This one day conference marked the end of the three-year ‘Impact of Social Sciences’ project – but not, of course, the Impact blog – 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 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 brought the research project to a close, discussed the results and outcomes of the project and sought to look forward to how impact research and measurement might develop over the next ten year period looking beyond REF2014.

Resources from the day are available:

Podcasts - Including separate podcasts for each of the four sessions and a summary podcast of the breakout sessions.
Presentations - Nine presentations below from our esteemed speakers

‘How to’ guides to social media, podcasting, blogging and writing your REF impact case study
Visualising the Impact of Social Science Research - Our research presented in a series of data visualisations 

Here are a selection of presentations from speakers at the Future of Academic Impacts conference on 4th December 2012. Please click the speaker name to download the presentation.

Session 1: The Economic Impact of Academic Research

Patrick Dunleavy – LSE
Sir Adrian Smith – Vice Chancellor, University of London
Nicola Dandridge – Chief Executive, Universities UK
Simon Bastow – LSE Chair

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

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

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
Chair: Jude England – Head of Social Sciences, The British Library

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