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Generating Impact with Academic Work

The course provides an understanding for the dimensions, processes, and effect mechanisms of societal impact and offers multiple possible forms to translate academic knowledge to specific audiences. Impact beyond academia is a core aim of any research endeavor and currently receives increasing attention from research organizations and science funders. In the Netherlands for instance ‘Relevance to society’ is one of three criteria in the national protocol for research assessments.

Prof. dr. Sascha Friesike

Prof. dr. Sascha Friesike

Sascha Friesike is Professor of Digital Innovation Design at the Berlin University of the Arts and Director of the Weizenbaum Institute for Networked Society. He is also an associate researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Friesike is an industrial engineer and holds a doctorate in innovation management from the University of St.Gallen. He spent a year of his doctorate in Stanford, USA. He then helped to establish the Humboldt Institute in Berlin, where he was Head of Research until 2016. He was Professor of Business Administration at the University of Würzburg from 2014 to 2016 and Assistant Professor of Digital Innovation at the VU University in Amsterdam from 2017 to 2019. 

Sascha Friesike

Course Description

Impact beyond academia is a core aim of any research endeavor and currently receives increasing attention from research organizations and science funders. In the Netherlands for instance ‘Relevance to society’ is one of three criteria in the national protocol for research assessments. Despite the fact that impact is a key objective of academia, it hardly

plays a role in the education of young scholars. That is why this course provides an

introduction to different forms of societal impact as well as to different quality regimes. In the course, participants learn, which strategies scholars can apply to have societal impact, which methods work in which cases, and how to develop an impact strategy that fits the specific type of academic work the individual scholars are engaged in.

Please download the course manual here.

Study Characteristics

  • Study period: January 2022 – February  2022 (Period 3)
  • Credits: 2 ECTS
  • Tuition fee: €500 (20% discount for early bird registration)
  • Registration deadline: 23-12-2021 (early bird registration: 06-12-2021)
  • Teaching methods: The course is taught in two blocks: an input block where we explain the fundamentals of academic impact and a workshop block in which students devise their own impact strategy. Each block will cover a full day. In between students have to work on an assignment, which will be presented in the second block.
  • Assessment: Written impact strategy, presentation of assignments, attendance obligation. Students who miss more than 20% of the time are not eligible to pass the course.
  • This course is only available for research master and PhD students. 
  • Admission requirements: All participants are expected to be proficient in English
  • Course Description & Study Characteristics

    Course Description

    Impact beyond academia is a core aim of any research endeavor and currently receives increasing attention from research organizations and science funders. In the Netherlands for instance ‘Relevance to society’ is one of three criteria in the national protocol for research assessments. Despite the fact that impact is a key objective of academia, it hardly

    plays a role in the education of young scholars. That is why this course provides an

    introduction to different forms of societal impact as well as to different quality regimes. In the course, participants learn, which strategies scholars can apply to have societal impact, which methods work in which cases, and how to develop an impact strategy that fits the specific type of academic work the individual scholars are engaged in.

    Please download the course manual here.

    Study Characteristics

    • Study period: January 2022 – February  2022 (Period 3)
    • Credits: 2 ECTS
    • Tuition fee: €500 (20% discount for early bird registration)
    • Registration deadline: 23-12-2021 (early bird registration: 06-12-2021)
    • Teaching methods: The course is taught in two blocks: an input block where we explain the fundamentals of academic impact and a workshop block in which students devise their own impact strategy. Each block will cover a full day. In between students have to work on an assignment, which will be presented in the second block.
    • Assessment: Written impact strategy, presentation of assignments, attendance obligation. Students who miss more than 20% of the time are not eligible to pass the course.
    • This course is only available for research master and PhD students. 
    • Admission requirements: All participants are expected to be proficient in English

Would you like to register or want to know more?

Please register with the Apply Now button at the top of this page. For more information please contact the course coordinator prof. dr. Sascha Friesike:

s.c.friesike@vu.nl