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RI-PATHS Webinar “Advances in the field of socio-economic impact assessment of RIs: How can these help in practice?”

Date(s) - 22/06/2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The RI-PATHS project team is pleased to invite research infrastructures, funding agencies, policy makers, impact analysts and other potential user communities to three dedicated online webinars tackling the theme “A European framework for socio-economic impact of research infrastructures: A way forward”.

22 June 10:00-13:00: Panel discussion with RIs: “Advances in the field of socio-economic impact assessment of Research Infrastructures: How can these help in practice?”

24 June 14:30-16:30 : Panel discussion with policy makers: “Next steps in mainstreaming sound and feasible impact assessment requirements for RIs”

29 June 10:00-13:00 : Pilot project presentations “Spotlight on impact pathway insights: what RIs have learned about their impact and impact study requirements?”

Webinars will be held via the GoToMeeting platform. Link to access the webinar will be sent to all registered participants. The events are free of charge.


RI-PATHS webinar_22 June_agenda


Ute Gunsenheimer

Ute Gunsenheimer joined the European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) in November 2012 and is the Head of the External Relations and EU Projects Group. Besides managing relations with stakeholders in ESS Member Countries, she coordinates Horizon 2020 projects BrightnESS², ERIC Forum, and ENRIITC.

In collaboration with Grenoble School of Management and later the Danish University of Technology, Ute Gunsenheimer has developed the framework for the assessment of socio-economic impact at ESS. The framework is closely aligned with the strategic objectives of ESS and aims at tracking impact during the entire lifecycle of the facility. First report with results is planned to be published later this year. Within the framework of the ERIC Forum, she leads a Work Package on Evaluation and Impact Assessment. Ms. Gunsenheimer has more than 15 years of experience in overseeing EU wide communication activities on behalf of the EU institutions. Prior to joining ESS, she was the Managing Director of a Berlin based international communications agency, Media Consulta International Holding AG, with the European Commission being its key account.

Jana Kolar

Dr. Jana Kolar is the Executive Director of CERIC-ERIC, a Research Infrastructure for characterisation of materials and biomaterials. She manages EU cofounded project ACCELERATE, within which several RIs developed their impact strategy or assessed their impact, with the help of an impact pathway methodology prepared by a project partner – the Rathenau Instituut. She was also a member of the ESFRI Working Group on Monitoring of Research Infrastructures Performance. Jana is currently also a member of ESFRI and a chairperson of the Slovenian Research Agency.

In the past, she was a Director General of Science and Technology at the Ministry in Slovenia. She was also a member of the High-Level Group of Innovators for a European Innovation Council, that advised the Commission on how to strengthen support for breakthrough, market-creating innovation and of the ERA Council Forum Austria – a high-level expert body advising the Austrian Minister responsible for Science and Research, to name a few.

Jennifer Edmond

Jennifer Edmond is the President of the Board of Directors of the pan-European research infrastructure for the arts and humanities, DARIAH-EU. Among her contributions to the ERIC have been leading development of the DARIAH’s first Strategic Plan, two Strategic Action Plans, and Balanced Score Card of performance and impact assessment instruments. She also represents DARIAH as a member of the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP).

Outside of DARIAH, Jennifer is an Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at Trinity College Dublin where she is a co-director of the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities and a funded Investigator of the SFI ADAPT Centre. Jennifer serves as Over the course of the past 10 years. She has coordinated or participated in a large number of significant inter- and transdisicplinary funded research projects, worth a total of almost €9m, including CENDARI (FP7), Europeana Cloud (FP7), NeDiMAH (ESF), PARTHENOS (H2020), KPLEX (H2020), PROVIDE-DH (CHSIT-ERA/IRC) and the SPECTRESS network (FP7).

Florian Gliksohn

Florian Gliksohn is an Associate Director at the ELI Delivery Consortium. His main responsibility is to manage the organisational development of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), a world-leading laser research infrastructure with presence in Central and Eastern Europe, currently in the process of becoming an ERIC.

Florian has held executive positions at Research Infrastructures for the past ten years and also has experience as a co-founder in several start-ups in the software and e-commerce industries. He has recognised expertise in the political, financial, legal, and management aspects of large-scale research organisations and projects (involvement in European Commission expert groups, Executive Secretary of ERF-AISBL, the Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities). Florian has been involved in a number of socio-economic impact analyses for Research Infrastructure projects and also in several EC-funded projects dealing with the development of methodologies for the measurement of impact.


Words by Christine Nève, 22nd June 2020