24.1.2019: Vetenskapen och samhället – framtida visioner / Science in society – roles and positions in the next era

***In English below***

 Kickoff seminarium för strategiarbetet vid Åbo Akademi 24.1.2019
Vetenskapen och samhället – framtida visioner

Vilken roll har vetenskapen och universiteten i en värld där breda utmaningar – bl.a. klimatförändringen – bör lösas, rollen av det vetenskapliga kunnandet ifrågasätts, livslångt lärande betonas och konkurrensen samt möjligheterna är globala? Hur maximera universitetens samhällseffekt utan att äventyra vetenskapens och undervisningens höga nivå?

Seminariet den 24.1.2019 var ett startskott för det nya strategiarbetet vid ÅA 2019 och samtidigt en avslutning på det arbete om samhällseffekt som gjorts tillsammans med Demos Helsinki år 2018 – en unik möjlighet att höra några av de främsta internationella experterna tala om vetenskapen och samhället.

Keynote Wiljan van den Akker, Utrecht University, Vice-Rector of Research

Wiljan van den Akker got his PhD in Modern Literature at Utrecht University in 1985 and was appointed full-professor of Modern Dutch Literature in 1987. He taught in Berlin (at the Freie Universität), Köln, Paris and Lille. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at UCBerkeley. From 1996 till 2003 he chaired the Board of the Dutch National Endowment for the Humanities (NWO) in The Hague and represented The Netherlands in the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation-ESF in Strassbourg. From 1993 till 2003 he was the Director of the Research Institute for History and Culture, after which he became Director of Research at the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He became Distinguished Faculty Professor of Poetry in 2003. From 2006 till 2014 he was Dean of Humanities at Utrecht University. Presently he is Vice-Rector for Research and Director of the Centre for Humanities. His field of research is Modern Western Poetry. He is also a published poet and novelist. Together with Jack Spaapen he recently published the LERU-Position Paper Productive-Interactions-Societal-Impact-of-Academic-Research-in-the-Knowledge-Society-Full-paper.

Rose-Marie Barbeau, University of Glasgow, Research Impact Manager

Rose-Marie Barbeau is Research Impact Manager for the University of Glasgow in the UK. In addition to coordinating the University’s impact submission to the Research Excellence Framework, since 2012 her primary focus has been to encourage and support a change in the institution’s research culture and activity, ensuring that researchers at all levels are able to understand, articulate and plan for the potential impacts of their work. She is a Co-Investigator on the Horizon 2020-funded ACCOMPLISSH consortium assessing impact support mechanisms from social sciences and humanities research in Europe, and was a lead presenter on FutureLearn’s first MOOC on impact (Research Impact: Making a Difference), which was followed by 1500+ learners in 120 countries. She holds a Master’s in International Policy Studies and a BA (Hons) in French Linguistics and Literature. Rose-Marie has over 25 years’ experience in communications, including 10 in the international development sector.

Riitta Pyykkö, University of Turku, Vice-Rector of Education

Riitta Pyykkö is Vice-Rector of the University of Turku, Finland. In this capacity, she is responsible for academic affairs, as well as quality management. She has had a long career teaching at the university level and conducting research as a professor of Russian Studies. She has also been active in the development of higher education as, e.g. a national coordinator for the Finnish Bologna implementation in 2002-2005 and a member of the Finnish Bologna Promoters’/Experts’ Team in 2006-2013 and several other national working groups and projects. In 2017 she prepared for the Ministry of Education and Culture a report on the Finnish national language reserve and its development needs. From 2004 she was a member, and from 2008 until 2014, the Chair of the Finnish national quality assurance agency FINHEEC. In 2015-2016 she was chairing a Nordic working group for quality in higher education, appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, and continues to be a member of the group. From 2017 a member of the Register Committee of EQAR. She has participated in several European evaluations and reviews as a member or chairperson of the evaluation panel.

Jaakko Kuosmanen, Demos Helsinki, Senior Expert

Jaakko Kuosmanen has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining Demos Helsinki, he has worked at the Council of Europe and more recently at the University of Oxford. In Oxford Jaakko worked at the Faculty of Law as a James Martin Research Fellow, and he was a programme coordinator at the Oxford Martin School. Jaakko also worked as a lecturer at the Blavatnik School of Government. He has worked with various governments, including the UK government, Welsh government, Scottish government, Indian government and Finnish government on the topic of long-term governance. Jaakko Kuosmanen has published extensively in top-ranking academic peer-review journals, and he is currently editing a collection of essays for Oxford University Press.

Seminariets stream hittar du här: https://www.abo.fi/scienceinsociety/.

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Kick-off seminar for the strategy work at Åbo Akademi University 24.1.2019
Science in society – roles and positions in the next era

What is the role of science and academia in a world, where existential challenges – like climate change – need to be solved, the role of scientific knowledge is questioned, learning needs to become life long and where competition but also possibilities are global? How to maximise universities’ societal impact without compromising in high-level science and education?

The seminar on 24.1.2019 was a kick-off event for ÅAU’s new strategy work in 2019, and at the same time, a conclusion of the work on societal impact that has been carried out together with Demos Helsinki in 2018 – a unique opportunity to hear some of the foremost experts within academia’s societal impact.

Keynote Wiljan van den Akker, Utrecht University, Vice-Rector of Research

Wiljan van den Akker got his PhD in Modern Literature at Utrecht University in 1985 and was appointed full-professor of Modern Dutch Literature in 1987. He taught in Berlin (at the Freie Universität), Köln, Paris and Lille. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at UCBerkeley. From 1996 till 2003 he chaired the Board of the Dutch National Endowment for the Humanities (NWO) in The Hague and represented The Netherlands in the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation-ESF in Strassbourg. From 1993 till 2003 he was the Director of the Research Institute for History and Culture, after which he became Director of Research at the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He became Distinguished Faculty Professor of Poetry in 2003. From 2006 till 2014 he was Dean of Humanities at Utrecht University. Presently he is Vice-Rector for Research and Director of the Centre for Humanities. His field of research is Modern Western Poetry. He is also a published poet and novelist. Together with Jack Spaapen he recently published the LERU-Position Paper Productive-Interactions-Societal-Impact-of-Academic-Research-in-the-Knowledge-Society-Full-paper.

Rose-Marie Barbeau, Research Impact Manager, University of Glasgow

Rose-Marie Barbeau is Research Impact Manager for the University of Glasgow in the UK. In addition to coordinating the University’s impact submission to the Research Excellence Framework, since 2012 her primary focus has been to encourage and support a change in the institution’s research culture and activity, ensuring that researchers at all levels are able to understand, articulate and plan for the potential impacts of their work. She is a Co-Investigator on the Horizon 2020-funded ACCOMPLISSH consortium assessing impact support mechanisms from social sciences and humanities research in Europe, and was a lead presenter on FutureLearn’s first MOOC on impact (Research Impact: Making a Difference), which was followed by 1500+ learners in 120 countries. She holds a Master’s in International Policy Studies and a BA (Hons) in French Linguistics and Literature. Rose-Marie has over 25 years’ experience in communications, including 10 in the international development sector.

Riitta Pyykkö, Vice-Rector for Education, University of Turku

Riitta Pyykkö is Vice-Rector of the University of Turku, Finland. In this capacity, she is responsible for academic affairs, as well as quality management. She has had a long career teaching at the university level and conducting research as a professor of Russian Studies. She has also been active in the development of higher education as, e.g. a national coordinator for the Finnish Bologna implementation in 2002-2005 and a member of the Finnish Bologna Promoters’/Experts’ Team in 2006-2013 and several other national working groups and projects. In 2017 she prepared for the Ministry of Education and Culture a report on the Finnish national language reserve and its development needs. From 2004 she was a member, and from 2008 until 2014, the Chair of the Finnish national quality assurance agency FINHEEC. In 2015-2016 she was chairing a Nordic working group for quality in higher education, appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, and continues to be a member of the group. From 2017 a member of the Register Committee of EQAR. She has participated in several European evaluations and

Jaakko Kuosmanen, Demos Helsinki, Senior Expert

Jaakko Kuosmanen has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining Demos Helsinki, he has worked at the Council of Europe and more recently at the University of Oxford. In Oxford Jaakko worked at the Faculty of Law as a James Martin Research Fellow, and he was a programme coordinator at the Oxford Martin School. Jaakko also worked as a lecturer at the Blavatnik School of Government. He has worked with various governments, including the UK government, Welsh government, Scottish government, Indian government and Finnish government on the topic of long-term governance. Jaakko Kuosmanen has published extensively in top-ranking academic peer-review journals, and he is currently editing a collection of essays for Oxford University Press.

The seminar stream can be found here: https://www.abo.fi/scienceinsociety/.

 

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