Developing impact in the natural sciences

1 February 2013, 12.00 PM

Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Road, Bristol
The University of Bristol has recently been singled out by NERC as being one of the foremost institutions in capturing the impact of NERC-funded work. 

Researchers across the sciences have worked with writer Nikki Temple to develop compelling, evidence-based case studies that demonstrate how their work has affected society, the environment and the economy. 

The talk helped everyone improve their understanding of what the impact agenda means in practice by looking at case studies that have already been successfully developed for Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and Geography.  Discussion topics included the successes and challenges of developing and capturing impact, approaches for pursuing impact and lessons learned along the way.

The workshop helped to develop an impact plan and narrative.  The impact of research work on wider society may feel a long way off, but it benefits from careful and strategic planning, documentation and action. 

Nb: This event was aimed at all University of Bristol early career researchers working in research areas supported by NERC (not necessarily NERC-funded). 

Downloads

Audio recording of the event [MP3]

Event poster (PDF, 77kB) [PDF, 78 KB]

Lynne Porter (NERC) presentation (PDF, 425kB) [PDF, 426 KB]

Paul Bates presentation - Developing whole city flood models (PDF, 1,621kB) [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Richard Wall presentation - Impact? (PDF, 1,990kB) [PDF, 1991 KB]


This event was supported by Andrew Wray (Knowledge Exchange Manager in RED), Philippa Bayley (Cabot Institute), Aliya Mughal (Science Faculty Marketing Officer), Nikki Temple (science writer) and Steve Simpson (NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow).  Funding provided by NERC.