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Impact - Making a Difference

The word 'impact' is everywhere we turn, but what does it mean for you and your research? And what does it take to make a difference in the world outside academia?
University of Oxford, the Open University, Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities jointly hosted a conference on 19 April 2018 at St Anne’s College, Oxford on the topic of research impact, open to members of the four host universities.

This free one-day conference aimed to examine these questions and more. The conference celebrated engaged and impactful research in the social sciences, and provided inspiration and support for researchers hoping to make a difference through their work.

This event is funded by the University of Oxford's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (Grant Ref: ES/M500355/1)

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# Episode Title Description People Date
1 What is the future for Impact in the Social Sciences, beyond REF? Panel discussion opening the conference, with Dr Melanie Knetsch, Dr Julie Bayley, Professor Peter Kemp, chaired by Professor Mark Pollard. Julie Bayley, Peter Kemp, Mark Pollard, Melanie Knetsch 11 Jun 2018
2 Research into Action: Improving Water Security in Developing Countries Dr Catherine Fallon Grasham and Dr Sara de Wit give talks for the session on research impact. Catherine Fallon Grasham, Sara de Wit 11 Jun 2018
3 Scaling up Impact through Partnership Ecosystems Professor Lucie Cluver and Dr Weizi Li gives talks for this session on impact. Lucie Cluver, Weizi Li 11 Jun 2018
4 Impact and Influence through the Media Professor Danny Dorling, Madeleine Sumption and Mikal Mast give talks on the subject of media influence and impact. Danny Dorling, Madeleine Sumption, Mikal Mast 11 Jun 2018
5 Influencing the Supreme Court to overturn Employment Tribunal fees Prof Abigail Adams, Department of Economics, University of Oxford gives a talk for the conference. Abigail Adams 12 Jun 2018
6 Closing Plenary Dr Caroline Kenny, UCL and Social Science Advisor at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and Alun Evans, Chief Executive of the British Academy to give keynote addresses to close the conference. Caroline Kenny, Alun Evans 12 Jun 2018