AESIS Conference: Impact of Science 2017
One of the big issues in science policy is how “societal impact” and “scientific quality” relate to each other. Some argue that “societal impact” stimulates the quality of research in itself by increasing its relevance and combining insights from different stakeholders. Others have stated that the best research creates ground-breaking new insights which will inevitably lead to groundbreaking impact in society. Some are convinced that the quality of a research might decline if there is too much pressure to increase impact on society. In order to create effective policies we need to understand these processes and in which situations which effect occurs. In this conference we will share and discuss worldwide instruments which have proven to be effective to stimulate both the quality and the societal impact of science. In order to find mutual grounds for early stage alliances at this conference we will discuss all aspects of this complex ambition.