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Impact School 2019

Impact School 2019

Know how to reach whom, why and when.
30 September – 2 October 2019
HIIG | Französische Straße 9 | 10117 Berlin


In modern knowledge societies, researchers are not only expected to produce high quality, peer-reviewed, and replicable knowledge, but also to make it applicable for stakeholders in society. However, knowledge transfer and science communication are rarely the subject of disciplinary curricula and scientific education. The Impact School addresses this issue by providing young researchers with the principles and tools they need in order to turn their research into practical insights and have a lasting impact on society.

The Impact School is an international and interdisciplinary 3-day training, targeting young and upcoming researchers (PhDs and PostDocs). During the Impact School, participants will develop an impact strategy for their own research project and work collaboratively on principles for good scientific transfer. We combine hands-on sessions (based on our own teaching materials) with input from renowned experts.


Preliminary timetable

Monday (Day 1, Sep. 30)

Welcome reception + introduction
Expert input on science communication
Expert input on political consulting and business relations
Introduction to the Impact Canvas
EveningPizza talks

Tuesday (Day 2, Oct. 1)

Workshop: Creating an impact strategy for your research project (1/2)
Workshop: Creating an impact strategy for your research project (2/2)
EveningSocial Event

Wednesday (Day 3, Oct. 2)

Pitches: Impact strategies
Workshop: Defining principles for good scientific transfer
Feedback round


Participation & Application

PhDs and PostDocs from all disciplines are eligible to apply. Participants must be associated with an academic institution.

Deadline for applications31 July 2019
Notification of acceptance / rejection26 August 2019


Applications must be submitted via this online form.


Travel allowance

Participation at the Impact School is free of charge. Participants can claim a travel allowance of 200€. Please indicate in your application (see online form above) if you are also applying for a travel allowance.


The Impact School is organised by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Impact Distillery (mStats DS GmbH) in collaboration with the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science.

People behind the Impact School

Dr. Marcel Hebing, Impact Distillery (mStats DS GmbH), Berlin
Dr. Benedikt Fecher, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin
Nataliia Sokolovska, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin
Dr. Guido Scherp, ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics –  German National Library of Economics, Kiel


Event date

30.09.2019 - 02.10.2019 ical | gcal


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society,  Französische Straße 9,  10117 Berlin


Benedikt Fecher, Dr.

Associate Researcher & Former Head of Research Programme: Knowledge & Society


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


Once a month we publicly discuss the impact of digitalisation on the society. Therefore we invite special guests and engage in a dialogue with the audience.


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