US2 | How can institutions assess impact beyond citations? Paths towards recognition and impact
How can institutions assess impact beyond citations? Paths towards recognition and impact
Convener: Loic Piret | Co-conveners: Megan O'Donnell, Noel Baker, Chloe Hill
Mon, 24 Apr, 08:30–12:30 (CEST)
Room E1
Mon, 08:30
Despite a large, reported interest significant barriers prevent academics from contributing to decision-making processes, including a lack of knowledge about how to engage, insufficient time to participate, and a lack of acknowledgement of individual contributions beyond citations. For example, engaging with policy decision-making processes is not necessarily rewarded in the same way as other activities, such as publishing in journals or generating press coverage. This acts as a significant barrier to participation for many academics, but particularly early career researchers. But what might solutions look like? Funders can act as agents of change that promote, recognise and reward academic-policy engagement; universities must recognise and reward the varied workload attached to the impact agenda; policy institutions must provide academics the supporting documents which can help them to demonstrate impact. Whatever the solutions are, they require the foundation of new incentive structures, better recognition of engagement, and cultural change. Part of this requires establishing dialogue between academics, funding bodies, and policy institutions.

The session conveners are excited to announce the Symposium speakers below:

Time Block 1: 8:30 - 10:15

  • James Morris: Senior Policy Officer, Science Europe
  • Karen Stroobants: Researcher, Policy Adviser and Consultant on research policy and strategy
  • Barbara Ervens: Chair of the EGU Publications Committee and Research Scientist at University Clermont- Auvergne
  • Ruth Morgan: Professor of Crime and Forensic Science and Director of the Centre for the Forensic Sciences at the University College London

Moderator: Megan O’Donnell, Head of Policy and Communications at The Geological Society of London

Time Block 2: 10:45 - 12:30

  • Dave Carlson: Former Director of World Climate Research Programme
  • Sam Illingworth: Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University in the UK
  • Annegret Larsen: Assistant Professor in Soil Geography and Landscape Research, Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
  • Tome Sandevski Director Science Policy Dialogue Projects at Goethe University Frankfurt

Moderator: Kasey White, Director for Geoscience Policy at The Geological Society of America

Session assets


  • James Morris, Science Europe, Belgium
  • Karen Stroobants
  • Ruth Morgan, University College London, United Kingdom
  • David Carlson, United States of America
  • Adam Izdebski, Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology, Germany
  • Sam Illingworth, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
  • Tome Sandevski, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
  • Barbara Ervens, CNRS, France
  • Megan O'Donnell, The Geological Society, United Kingdom
  • Kasey White, United States of America