Presenter: Dr Faith Welch, Research Impact Manager. University of Auckland
Economic, societal and environmental impact, or the ‘non-academic’ impact of research, is becoming increasingly important to Australasia’s research ecosystem. In New Zealand in mid-2017 the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment kick-started a national dialogue by publishing the discussion paper ‘The Impact of Science’ to begin to define impact and the implications of an impact agenda for the science system. Meanwhile, Australia have launched a national impact assessment alongside Excellence in Research for Australia 2018. The University of Auckland recently appointed its first ever Research Impact Manager, Dr Faith Welch, to work as part of the Office of Research Strategy and Integrity, with a view to developing a University Research Impact Strategy that will grow impact literacy and create a positive impact culture. Faith will be discussing what research impact is, why it is important, and will provide practical advice on how to increase the potential impact of your own research.