Making an Impact 2020 – Facilitating cutting edge research impact

A rich and diverse range of external experts and internal specialists continue to offer a range of insightful sessions for researchers, academics and research-related professional services staff at all stages of their career during Making an Impact 2020.

Following the success of yesterday’s talk by the Vice Chancellor, later today (Wednesday 3rd June 2:30-3:30pm) a keynote from Dr Beth Thompson MBE Head of Policy and Advocacy at Wellcome, will reflect on Beth’s own journey from researcher to research advocate. As lead of Wellcome’s research culture programme Beth will talk about what research culture means to her and what Wellcome is doing to make it better. Register here. Please note that registration is necessary for all talks and the event zoom link will be shared an hour prior to the session.

Information and registration links to other keynote sessions can be found here.

Other upcoming sessions 

In addition to the headline talks, here are a diverse range of sessions which can be explored 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. Selected upcoming sessions include:

Capture and share information and evidence relating to research impact

Wednesday 3rd June 13:00-14:00 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: partnerships that create real impact

Knowledge transfer is key to unlocking innovation and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships opens the door to strategic change, new opportunities for parties involved and capabilities for a business. During this session you will meet experienced academics supervisors on a good number of KTP projects and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Fostering research impact through a positive and inclusive research culture Friday 5th June 13:00-13:30 and 13:30-14:00 Café Culture.

An opportunity to talk about the challenges you face in research culture, what a better culture would look like, and propose solutions. These two sessions will be run by the University’s Research staff Association

For those looking to use their research experience outside academia

Friday 5th June  10:00-11:00 Exploring and sharing research through poetry

This session is open to those with an interest in any disciple and will cover topics including: Poetry as a method of research communication, The history of research and poetry, Overcoming poetry’s intimidation factor. How to get started and where to share poems

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

Tuesday 9th June  14:00-16:00 Attracting your own funding.

Learn how to demonstrate that you can propose innovative projects that attract research funding. Understand what steps are involved when applying for a fellowship, time frames and how to apply as well as plan out a project and application strategy.

Resources, value and recognition

As well as registering for sessions, don’t forget to check out our resources page which will be updated throughout Making an Impact 2020 and will be available as a permanent resource after the programme ends. Participants are also invited to listen to our Making an Impact podcast specials as part of the Academy’s Developing Practice podcast series. A schedule of the podcast launch dates is available  .

There are weekly prizes for those who tweet thoughts, general images and Gifs representing their engagement with any of the events during the programme using our official Making an Impact 2020 hashtag: #unilivimpact20.

One winner will be selected each week, as part of our Making an Impact 2020 Twitter competition. Remember to use the hashtag #unilivimpact20  follow @LivResearcher and tag @LivResearcher in your tweet. Gifs have also been designed to recognise and value individuals who engage with #unilivimpact20 and to those individuals that fully engage with a number of different sessions. Further information about entering and competition rules are available here.

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 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.