Faculty Research Day 2015

On 7 December 2015 the second Research Day of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences took take place in Het Pand, Onderbergen, Gent.

Theme of the research day: The Impact of Political and Social Sciences

poster_fac_onderzoeksdag_with_keynote.jpegProgramme of the Research Day:

Schedule 7/12/15 

12.00 Lunch and Welcome
13.00 Opening remarks by Sami Zemni
and introduction of keynote speaker by
Jeroen Huisman.
13.15 Keynote lecture by Jane Tinkler
"The Impact of the Social Sciences: The UK Perspective" 
14.15 TedX presentation
  • Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe and Koen Van der Bracht "How to tackle discrimination on the rental housing market?"
  • Ralf De Wolf
    "New media and advertising: how (not) to reach children?"


14.40 Coffee break
15.00-16.00 Workshops
More info see below * 
  • Valorization and impact: a question of mapping or counting?  
    (Workshop facilitator: Esther De Smet - Senior research policy advisor at Research Department of Ghent University – project lead on the university policy plan on societal value creation of research)
  • Social science, co-creation and citizen’s science (Workshop facilitator:  Liesbeth Gijsel
    Coordinator of citizen science platform of EOS magazine
  • Academics and public engagement (Workshop facilitator:  Carl Devos)
  • Social science and interdisciplinarity (Workshop facilitator:  Pieter Verdegem)
16.00 Coffee break
16.20 TedX presentations
  • Ferdi De Ville "From blog to Parliaments: research, outreach and impact during the TTIP negotiations”
  • Tomas Van Acker “Crisis & opportunity:  becoming a “go-to-guy” during Burundi’s escalating conflict.”


16.45 Feedback and final discussions
17.10-18.30 Reception (catering with fair trade products)



Information on workshops:*

  • Valorization and impact: a question of mapping or counting?  
    Science is an integral part of society. Society is an integral part of science. Nevertheless the feeling prevails that academics’ activities in making available and applicable of scientific knowledge for, with and in society has got the short end of the stick. Such activities are for example seldom taken into account when progressing through the academic career, which has almost become a bean counting exercise based on output such as publications and doctoral degrees, or in the assessment of research proposals. But in more cases than one public engagement and science communication activities have had an enormous impact on people’s lives and are pivotal in bringing about societal change.
    To remedy the current imbalance Ghent University launched its policy plan on societal value creation (SVC) of research in May of this year. It recognizes SVC as an iterative process and anything but a one-trick pony (a chart of the most common types of SVC is provided as a tool for identification, inspiration and self-assessment). A wide array of (institutional) supportive measures are identified: from empowerment of the research community through concrete tools and training to strategic embedding (e.g. expert intermediaries, community of practice, synergies with PR and HR) with a view to creating a research environment which is conducive to societal value creation.
    In this workshop we will discuss the impact of impact measures, such as:
    - How can we provide a proper place for the ‘third mission’ of a university? How do we make these SVC activities visible?
    - Should we assess SVC activities? If yes, how? Is there a need for metrics?
    - What incentives are needed for researchers? Should research funding be allocated on the basis of societal impact?
    - What is the responsibility of universities and of individual researchers?


Faculty Research Day  December 2013