ESRC Social Science Impact Conference

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Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

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The Social Science Impact Conference is aimed at all social scientists interested in knowledge exchange and impact.

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The ESRC IAA Steering Group warmly invites all social scientists interested in knowledge exchange, impact, and research engagement beyond the university environment to the inaugural Social Science Impact Conference.

This event is aimed at research-active colleagues and includes PhD students, post-docs and Early Career Researchers.

We also invite researchers outside of the social sciences hoping to meet and engage with social scientists, as well as potential collaborators from outside of the university.

The conference will be an opportunity to hear from researchers and colleagues about successful impact case studies from around the University of Cambridge.

You will also get the chance to bring your own research to develop your pathways to impact. The Steering Group will offer guidance and advice on how to plan and write a successful application to the ESRC Impact Fund.

The ESRC IAA is a 4-year grant (2019-2023) of circa £1million to accelerate impact from social science research.

The conference will be held on 30th March 2020 from 10:15-3:30 at Murray Edwards College. Lunch will be included.

Following the conference, we will be hosting a drinks reception at the same venue, giving you the chance to network with speakers and other attendees.

Conference Agenda


Arrival – refreshments and networking.

10:45 - 12:00

1. Introduction to Impact: Dame Barbara Stocking, Professor Bhaskar Vira, and members of the University of Cambridge ESRC IAA Steering Group.

2. Nicola Mitchell, Strategic Lead for Business Engagement and Innovation at ESRC.

3. Short presentations by Principal Investigators who have led successful impact projects:

Topics will include:

Impact on on civil society or social justice, Anna Barford, Department of Geography and Alex Kent, Strategy Director of Restless Development.

Impact on economies, regulators, commercial or industry regulators, Theresa Marteau and Gareth Hollands, Department of Public Health and Primary Care.

Impact on public, public discourse or awareness, Lee De Wit, Department of Psychology, and a representative from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

12:00 - 12:45

Break-out sessions to workshop your pathways to impact ideas.

You’ll get the chance to sign up to the session you’d like to attend when you arrive for refreshments in the morning.

Breakout Group 1: Impact on public policy, justice, or rights and welfare, Centre for Science and Policy.

Breakout Group 2: Impact on economies, regulators, commercial or industry regulators, Centre for Science and Policy.

Breakout Group 3: Research commercialisation, Cambridge Enterprise.

Breakout Group 4: Impact on communities and cultural life, University of Cambridge Museums.

Breakout Group 5: Impact on society, communities, or social cohesion, Cambridge Global Challenges.

Breakout Group 6: Impact on the public, public discourse or awareness, University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team.


Lunch and networking.

13:45- 15:30

Feedback from the breakout groups.

Official Launch of the Social Science Impact Fund with guidance on how to apply.


Drinks and networking.


A detailed programme is to follow but please do book your ticket as soon as possible as spaces are very limited and we anticipate high demand. If you book your ticket and find you're unable to attend, please do cancel to allow another person to attend.

The conference is aimed at research-active social scientists, with some slots allocated to researchers outside the social sciences and external organisations.


Murray Edwards College has good wheelchair access and all spaces at the event will be accessible to wheelchair users. The conference space is fitted with an induction loop. More information about accessibility can be found here. If you have any access requirements and would like to discuss these ahead of time please don't hesitate to get in touch. Email Annie Davis at or telephone 01223 748095.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any dietary requirements including any allergies, please make this clear when completing your booking form or email Annie Davis on by 23rd March 2020 so that we can confirm these with our caterers.

Further information

If you would like to find out more about social science impact at the University of Cambridge, the following links may be useful:

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

ESRC IAA Case Studies

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