Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Kick-off workshop on the socioeconomic effects of research

On 21 November 2017, the Foundation’s impact assessment team held a kick-off workshop on the socioeconomic effects of research. This was the second time since the Research Programme on Socioeconomic Impact started in 2016.

This year’s workshop marked the kick-off for the three new socioeconomic research projects focusing on the socioeconomic impact of research in health and disease. In addition, the three projects from last year also presented the status of their programmes and had time for questions and discussion.

The event attracted more than 100 participants from public research and education institutions, government bodies such as ministries and public funding agencies, private funding organizations, industrial organizations, the public and private health care sectors, collaborative clusters and specialist consultancies. Many participants took an active part in the discussions, contributing to a fruitful exchange of knowledge, ideas and visions.

The day was rounded off with a lively panel discussion with Troels Bock, Head, Department of Internal Medicine, Zealand University Hospital, and Morten Rand Jensen, former COO/CFO and responsible for health care planning at the Capital Region of Denmark. The two panellists welcomed the three new projects focusing on the socioeconomic impact of health research and found them highly relevant. These three projects will, among other issues, examine the inequality of treatment of patients in Denmark both from a social perspective and from a geographical perspective (such as who is first exposed to the newest types of treatment) as well as how research in health affects health planning in the public sector. Read more about that event here.

This was the second time this year that the Foundation hosted an event supporting the strengthening of the impact assessment of research. Earlier this year, the Foundation’s impact assessment team also hosted the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA 2017) at Favrholm Campus.