BU Research Conference 2022: Building Impact

BU Research Conference 2022: Building Impact

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Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

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The first annual BU research conference will focus on building impact.

About this event

The first annual BU research conference will take place on Tuesday 7 June 2022. This year’s theme is building impact, celebrating our REF 2021 submission and exploring practical ways to share your research and create impact.

This half-day conference will take place in the Fusion Building on Talbot Campus from 1pm – 5pm on Tuesday 7 June, with internal and external speakers and workshops. Sessions will also be shared online if you need to attend remotely.

Light refreshments will be provided. The conference will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate BU’s REF submission.

How to book your place

  1. Click the green 'Register' button
  2. Under Tickets, choose either an in-person or remote attendance ticket.
  3. Under Sign up for workshops, you can book on any workshops you would like to attend on the day of the conference. Note: there are two workshops slots on the day of the conference, please only choose one workshop per slot, i.e. one that starts with 'Workshop 1' and one that starts with 'Workshop 2'
  4. Further down the list you'll find opportunities to attend the same workshops delivered online later in the week. You can select as many of these as you like.
  5. Click the 'Register' button and complete your details.

If you've already booked your main conference ticket, you can still add workshops, just follow the instructions above but skip step 2.

If you want to change or cancel your bookings, refer to your confirmation email.

BU Research Conference: Building Impact – Schedule

Inspire Lecture Theatre

Professor Simon Hettrick, University of Southampton

1pm – 1.50pm – Keynote – Celebrating all research: The Hidden REF

Professor Simon Hettrick is Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute and a Director of the Southampton Research Software Group.

Simon is the Chair of the Hidden REF: a national competition that seeks to recognises all research outputs and every role that makes research possible. In this role, Simon campaigns for a fairer and broader interpretation of how success in research is assessed, and for the support of vital-but-unrecognised roles in research.

1.50pm – 2.20pm – Quick-fire impact presentations Hear from some of our REF 2021 impact case study authors in short presentations about their research and its impact.

2.20pm – 2.45pm – Break Teas, coffee, biscuits and ice creams available

Practical sessions: 2.45pm – 3.30pm and 3.30pm – 4.15pm

Explore practical ways to build impact and share your research. You have time to attend two workshops on the day, so pick one for each slot. There will be online sessions available later in the week, so you won’t miss out if you want to attend them all!


Impress the press: Engaging with the media for impact (F104) - Nathaniel Hobby (BU PR and Corporate Communications Manager) and Phoebe Roth (The Conversation)

Explore how working with the media can raise the profile of your research and lead to impact. Take away practical tips on talking to journalists, tracking the impact of media coverage and writing for The Conversation

Make an impact with public engagement (F105) – Amanda Edwards (Engagement and Impact Facilitator) and Adam Morris (Engagement Officer)

Discover how public engagement can lead to research that achieves real change. We’ll explore what high-quality engagement looks like, provide real–life examples and help you apply it to your own research.

Anatomy of a case study (F106) - Amanda Lazar and Beth Steiner (Impact Advisors)

This workshop will use examples of impact case studies from previous REFs to investigate what an excellent case study looks like and give attendees the opportunity to start building their own case studies from scratch.

Easing into policy impact (F107) – Professor John Oliver (Professor of Media Management) Prof. John Oliver has a successful track record of delivering instrumental impact from his research, including the UK government’s ‘Build Back Better’ strategy and influencing UK communications policy and regulatory decisions. This session will provide an outline of how to produce evidence that establishes the policy impact of your research. In particular, it will provide examples of recent policy impacts with both the UK communications regulator Ofcom and UK Parliament.

Innovation to market (F108) - Lesley Hutchins (Research Commercialisation Manager) Explore how the commercialisation of research intellectual property can be the best route to create impact

4.15pm – 5pm (Inspire Lecture Theatre) – Panel discussion Join our panel, chaired by Professor Jane Murphy (Deputy Dean for Research and Professional Practice, HSS), to discuss the question: Outputs or outcomes: should research assessment be more heavily weighted towards impact?

5pm – close

5pm - 6.30pm – REF drinks reception (Poole House Atrium) Join colleagues from across the university in celebrating BU’s REF submission with drinks and nibbles.

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