|Dates||Start time||End time||Location||Coordinator|
|5-6 February 2019||09:30||Wageningen Campus||Peter Vermeulen||Registration ended at 02/02/2019|
Researchers experience a pressing demand from society to create solutions for a range of urgent problems. In the domain of life sciences such demands relate to climate change, food security, healthy diets, sustainable agriculture, ecological resilience and nature conservation. These demands come forward most concretely in requirements for research funding to stipulate the societal relevance of your proposed study. Some funding schemes demand precise ‘impact pathways’ that spell out how each of the envisioned research results lead to specific benefits for society. Overall, research is expected to develop innovations that contribute to sustainability as well as economic growth. For PhD candidates such expectations can provide motivation as well as worries or even frustration.
This course offers different perspectives on understanding, anticipating and making impact. You will discover how fundamental research can be combined with societal impact. You will have the opportunity to reflect on the impact of your own work, learn from other PhD candidates and other researchers working at the interface of research, policy and society.
In the course, you will learn about perspectives on and activities for science-society interaction. You will develop ideas and activities to increase the societal relevance of your research, and how these can be balanced with other commitments and priorities in your PhD programme. Without ignoring common media tools for reaching an audience, the main focus in this course is
on activities to collaborate with professional groups, citizens and other stakeholders. In a panel discussion, experienced researchers will provide examples of their own experiences, and describe how the quality of the research ultimately benefited from impact activities as well.
The course builds on a transdisciplinary understanding of making impact, and how this relates to general goals, for example sustainability, and how to build critical relations between science and society, research and practice. The course introduces PhD-candidates to the philosophy and practice of integrative knowledge development. The course will thus enable participants to understand the rationale of collaboration with practitioners and policymakers.
Moreover, you will develop the necessary skills for identifying stakeholders’ needs, building relations, organising a dialogue and integrating research in a wider process of change, while practising with some relevant techniques.
Finally, you will explore your personal wishes and develop ideas about how to integrate impact activities in your research. Via intensive exchange with the other course members, you will elaborate a good plan for your own PhD-project, ready to be presented to your supervisors after the course.
 PhD candidates interested in science communication through mass media are referred to the PhD course “Communication with the Media and the General Public”.
In an interactive learning programme, you will be actively engaged during the two course days, included the evening of the first day. In preparation to the course, you will be asked to do a small assignment in the weeks before the course.
After this course, the participants will be able to:
Describe ways of enhancing societal impact in diverse research phases and in relation to societal change processes
Apply a selection of tools for diagnosis and for science-society collaboration
Recognize common hindrances and dilemmas for making impact
Evaluate the role and importance of impact activities in their own research
Undertake impact activities in their own research
|Target Group:||PhD candidates who are interested in exploring the possibilities to enhance the societal relevance of their research. We welcome students from all disciplines, and in all phases of their study.|
|Group size:||Max. 24 participants|
|Course duration:||2 days (including evening of the first course day)|
|Credit points:||1 ECTS|
|Self-study hours:||small assignment finished before start of the course, approx. 4 hours|
Harro Maat, Cees Leeuwis, Phil MacNaghten
|Venue:||Wageningen Campus; rooms t.b.a.|
In an interactive learning programme with 24 PhD-candidates, you will be actively engaged during the two full days, first evening included.
Activities of the course include:
- A small preparatory assignment
- Lectures by the teachers
- Experimenting with practical techniques in small groups
- Exploration of desires and ideas on integration of transdisciplinarity in personal PhD plan
- Presentation of posters and feedback by the other participants
Day 1: 9.30 – 12.30
Day 2: 9.00 – 12.30
Day 1: 13.30 – 17.30
Day 2: 13.30 – 17.00
19.30 – 21.00
|1) Reduced fee:
|2) University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University post-docs and staff||€ 400,-|
|3) External: All other participants||€ 800,-|
Fee includes study and training material, accommodation, food and drinks.
You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:
- You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
- You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.
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