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View the Eu-SPRI 2023 Conference Pack including the Final Programme here.

Wednesday 14 June

Keynote Speech

Feet on the ground and head in the clouds: can we be both pragmatic and ambitious for research with impact?

Kathryn Oliver 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

University of London

Since 2012, Kathryn has worked in public health, sociology and engineering departments to study the production, mobilisation and use of evidence in policy. Since 2019, she has been seconded to the UK government to advise and test approaches to promote evidence use in policy using the Areas of Research Interest, which are statements of knowledge need published by UK government departments. With Annette Boaz, she directs the Transforming Evidence collaboration, a global initiative to promote cross-disciplinary learning and research about evidence production and use. 

Thursday 15 June

Keynote Panel

How to promote dialogue with policy makers for the design and implementation of science and innovation policies. Emerging needs and forthcoming actions

Hosted by the Eu-SPRI Stakeholder Advisory Board, this Keynote Panel is structured in two parts with each part followed by an open debate.

Part 1: Understanding - Towards new types of researchers-stakeholders-policymakers’ linkages to tackle complex challenges?

Chaired by Philippe Larrue with speakers: Philippe Larrue. Comments from Eu-SPRI: Emanuela Reale. Open debate moderator: Sylvia Schwaag Serger.

Part 2: Acting – Co-creating and experimenting with new types of researchers-stakeholders-policymakers’ linkages

Chaired by Carlos Montalvo with speakers from the SAB, Stephanie Daimer presenting The Policy Dialogues Demonstrator (P2D), and Sandra Boni as facilitator. 

Friday 16 June

Keynote Debate

Motion for debate: The growing use of evaluation and analysis of impact has gone too far so that it is now damaging research


Leonie van Drooge
LvD Impact & Evaluation

Leonie van Drooge is an expert in governance, societal impact and evaluation of research. She has worked with and for research performing organisations, research funding organisations and research infrastructures. Since 2023 she is self-employed as LvD Impact & Evaluation. She has previously worked at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University and the Rathenau Instituut.


Ben Martin

Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU),

University of Sussex Business School

Ben Martin is Professor of Science and Technology Policy Studies at SPRU, where he was previously Director. He has carried out research for 40 years in the field of science policy. Since 2004, he has been Editor of Research Policy, and is also the 1997 winner of the de Solla Price Medal for Science Studies.

Debate Chair


 Paul Nightingale

Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU),

University of Sussex Business School

Paul Nightingale is Associate Dean for Research at the University of Sussex Business School, and a professor of strategy within SPRU – the Science Policy Research Unit. He was formerly the Director of Research for the ESRC within UKRI, the main funder of social science research in the UK. He is editor of Research Policy and works closely with Government and industry on various policy, strategy and management activities related to innovation, science, finance and economic development.

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