Measuring the impact of academic research: best practices and open questions

December 2nd 2016 – 10:00 – 17:00

Room 101, 30 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PD

Academics are increasingly called to account for the impact of their research, sometimes as a requirement to secure research funding, sometimes through formalized evaluation processes, which might involve providing quantitative evidence. As research impact gains increasing importance for academic visibility and even for the purposes of funding allocation, it is imperative to better understand how it occurs and how it generates value for the economy and society. By bringing together researchers and policymakers, this workshop aims to advance debate on the nature and value of research impact:

  • How does academic research generate impact?
  • Does impact have a regional / geographical dimension?
  • What are the business and university practices that support impact processes? How do these
  • practices support interdisciplinary research processes in particular?
  • Is it possible to identify metrics to capture the impact of research?

You are invited to join the workshop and the attendance is free. Please confirm your attendance to Ning Baines at email:


  • 10:00 – 10:15 – Welcome and Introduction
    Marion Frenz, Assistant Director, CIMR

Session I. Chair: Emanuela Todeva, BCNED

Coffee break


Session II. Chair: Rosa Fernandez, NCUB

  • 14:00-14:30 – Rick Delbridge and Tim Edwards (Cardiff University)
    Measuring the impact of innovative initiatives: Cardiff University’s Social Science Park and Responsible Innovation Network as case studies
  • 14:30-15:00 – Nola Dundas-Hewitt (Queens University of Belfast) and Steve Roper (University of Warwick)
    Assessing the impact of universities on business innovation: A business perspective

Coffee break

Session III. Chair: Jeremy Howells (Kellogg College Oxford)

  • 15:30-17:00 – Panel discussion: How can we best promote the impact of academic research, and what is the role of metrics?
    Suma Athreye (University of Essex)
    Steven Hill (HEFCE)
    Gino Martini (Roche Innovation and King’s College)