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Impact School 2018: Science Transfer in the 21st century

September 17th–19th, 2018, Berlin

There is a pressing need for informed expertise from virtually all fields of academic research (e.g., with regards to matters of climate change, innovation, migration). Policy makers and research funders therefore place the question of societal impact at the top of their agenda. However, knowledge transfer, as the skills and knowledge necessary to make research accessible beyond the academic sphere, often plays only a minor role in university curricula and the daily routines of research institutes. This three-day training programme is tailored to up-and-coming researchers who want to learn the skills necessary to maximize the impact of their research beyond academia. The sessions will be held by renowned experts in their respective fields and cover the three dimensions of scholarly impact: economic, political, and media impact.


The training is aimed at up-and-coming researchers from all disciplines (e.g., PhD students, postdocs, junior faculty). In the course of the training, participants will understand concepts and tools of science impact as well as science transfer and learn how to apply them to their own research.


Participants are asked to apply with a letter of interest, giving a brief overview of one of their own research topics and how the training could increase the societal impact of their research (approx. 500 words). The training is limited to 25 participants.

Participation is free. Participants can apply for a travel allowance of up to 200 € (depending on the expenditures that will be actually incurred). In that case, please include a statement and a short explanation of the costs to your application.

Deadline Extended!: Applications should be sent to Susanne Melchior ( by August 10th, 2018 with the subject line “Impact School 2018”.


The training is divided into three modules, representing three different impact dimensions: (1) media & society, (2) politics, and (3) business. Societal and media impact includes interaction between researchers and actors from civil society, like scientific journalism and citizen science. Political impact focuses on how research can support informed political decision-making. Business impact is generated when scientific insights are converted into business models, for example, in spin-off companies or patents. Each day of the three-day training focuses on one of these impact dimensions.

Three different training formats are used: Practice sessions (P) involve practitioner experiences and active discussions between experts and practitioners (2 hrs). Theory sessions (T) are upfront and input-oriented (2hrs). Skill sessions (S)  are designed as interactive workshops in which participants learn skills relevant for the dissemination of their research (4 hrs).


Monday (September 17)
Media and Society
Tuesday (September 18)
Wednesday (September 19)
10:00 -11:00
Benedikt Fecher (Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society)11:00 – 13:00
Mapping your audiences: Who benefits from academic research?
Benedikt Fecher & Nataliia Sokolovska (both Humboldt Instititute for Internet and Society)
09:00  – 13:00
Entrepreneurship – a method to bring your science to market.
Arne Meyer-Haake (Humboldt-Innovation)
09:00 – 12:00
Scientific policy advice – a practical approach
Christian Kobsda (Leibniz Gemeinschaft)12:00 – 13:00
Panel discussion: What makes scientific policy consulting successful?
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 – 18:00
Explaining science to the public – How science journalism works
Juliane Meißner (Berliner Zeitung)
14:00 -18:00
Practically Speaking: Translating Scientific Findings into Actionable Insights
Sascha Friesike & Mohammed Rezazadeh Mehrizi (both Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
14:00 – 16:00
On the impact of open knowledge practices
Paul Wouters16:00 – 17:00
Closing session
Marcel Hebing (Impact Distillery)
18:30 – 20:30
Meetup “Impact of Science”

Finding the essence. Businesses facilitating knowledge transfer

@HIIG Robin Tech (AtomLeap) & Sebastian Klein (Blinkist / Neue Narrative)


Place: Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Französische Str. 9, 10117 Berlin

Date: September 17th–19th, 2018, Berlin

Hashtag: #impactschool2018

Organisers: The impact school of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 is organised by Impact Distillery (mStats DS GmbH), the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), and the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

  • Dr. Marcel Hebing, Impact Distillery (mStats DS GmbH), Berlin
  • Dr. Benedikt Fecher, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin
  • Nataliia Sokolovska, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin
  • Dr. Guido Scherp, ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics – German National Library of Economics, Kiel
  • Susanne Melchior, ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics – German National Library of Economics, Kiel
  • Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters, ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics – German National Library of Economics & Kiel University, Kiel