Making an Impact 2020: 1 June – 19 June

Making an Impact 2020  starts next week running from the 1st -19th June and is a fantastic opportunity for research staff, academics and research related professional services staff across the University to engage with a wide variety of development sessions to increase their skills to create impact.

Designed around the Making an Impact 2020 Framework, participants can create their own individual bespoke development experiences across interactive workshop webinars, seminars, keynotes and 1:1 surgeries.

A printable calendar version of all 57 sessions is available here. A searchable version of the programme is also available here. Links to registration are available on both documents, and a web-based version of the programme is available here.

Notable upcoming sessions by outcome include:

Capture and share information and evidence relating to research impact

Tuesday 2nd June 11:00-12:30 Demonstrating Impact using the UN Sustainable Development
This workshop will provide you with a bespoke University SDG mapping toolkit and introduce a public policy perspective using an SDG toolkit for integrated and sustainable urban development ‘The Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities’. You will also have the opportunity to influence what a fully SDG engaged University of Liverpool would look like and the steps we need to take to get there.

Fostering research impact through a positive and inclusive research culture

Wednesday 3rd June 14:30-15:30 Research culture: From lab to lobbying.

A keynote on Research Culture led by Dr Beth Thompson. As lead of Wellcome’s research culture programme Beth will talk about what research culture means to her, what Wellcome is doing to make it better and what else needs to change to make the UK one of the best places in the world to be a researcher.

For those looking to use their research experience outside academia

Monday 8th June 09.30-10.30 Making an Impact Beyond Academia in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Advice for researchers at Liverpool who wish to go on to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry by Dr Eliot Forster following his PhD at Liverpool, Eliot pursued a career that has encompassed positions with Pfizer, roles advising the public sector, through to his current role as CEO of F-Star Therapeutics. He will talk about the impact his work has had on society, public policy, quality of life and the economy.

For those looking to boost their academic research impact and knowledge exchange potential

Tuesday 9th June  09:30- 11:30 Boosting the impact of your publications.

Building your own publication and communication strategy can enhance the impact of your research and raise your profile. This session will encourage participants to develop a strategy that works for them and will cover the publishing process, copyright and self archiving, metrics, online tools and profiles.

Develop the reach of your research activity, interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration

Wednesday 10th June  14:00-16:00 Entrepreneurial thinking for researchers: startups, innovation & impact

This workshop will provide researchers with an overview of entrepreneurship and will introduce them to the fundamentals of starting a business. We will include case studies of entrepreneurs who have successfully started up companies and various aspects of the startup process.

Online resources


Five podcasts linked to Making an Impact sessions have been recorded as specials within the Academy’s Developing Practice podcast series. These podcasts will all be available at this link and will include the following topics:

  • The Prosper Project and how it can enhance first-time postdoctoral career development and success (to be released on 28th May 2020)
  • Researchers Wellbeing (to be released on 4th June 2020)
  • Sustainable Development Goals, the commitment the University has made and their importance for our research and wider impact (to be released on 9th June 2020)
  • Reimagining a positive and inclusive research culture (to be released 11th June 2020)
  • The University’s Research Staff Association on Changing Culture (to be released 16th June 2020)

Virtual tour

As well as registering for one of the 50+ sessions within the Making an Impact 2020 programme, why not also take a virtual tour of Sensor City,  a global hub for the development of sensor and IoT technologies. It provides ambitious businesses with the support, expertise and state-of-the-art equipment they need to meet their growth aspirations. Discover the virtual tour – where you can navigate your way around the building and have a look in the rooms.

Making an Impact playlist

What can be more inspiring and motivational than listening to a playlist especially created for Making an Impact 2020? A playlist has been put together using suggestions from some facilitators to get you prepared and ready for a full programme of development opportunities as well as chill out tunes at the end of the day. You can access the playlist here.

Also you can download the Making an Impact 2020 colouring sheet which has been designed to help entertain children for at least a short while whilst parents/carers engage in various sessions across the programme.

Ways to find out more

Please visit the Making an Impact webpages where you will find more details on the sessions as well as online recourses (including the podcasts), links to our the Making an Impact Microsoft Team social space, twitter competition and much much more.

Also follow @LivResearcher and the hashtag #unilivimpact20  on Twitter for daily updates on Making an Impact sessions as well as @LivUniAcademy for updates and further information about researcher development opportunities.