As part of the “Deep Impact” project of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN), we have worked with the MfN project team over the past three years to develop a concept that enables the museum to assess and show the societal effects of its transfer activities. The approach is to demonstrate the museum’s impact by its contributions towards reaching selected Sustainable Development Goals of the UN (SDGs). For this purpose, an MfN-specific theory of change was developed and specific indicators and impact narratives developed. The method can serve as a blueprint for other research museums and institutions as well. In the publication ” Recording and presenting impact: A Guide to Identifying Indicators of Museum Knowledge Transfer Performance (DE)” (Loth et al. (2022), to which Christoph Köller and Josef Pinter, among others, contributed significantly, key findings of the project are made available to interested users.
In the course of the project, the relevance of a holistic and active impact management has become apparent. Here, impact is not only understood (as is often the case) as a justification for the existence of research, but as a framework for the strategic and organizational orientation of an institution towards desired and targeted changes. It is only through the active alignment and steering of an institution towards these intended effects that impact can be made efficient and sustainable – despite all the undisputed recording problems. Impact thus has the potential to become a management tool.
Loth et al. (2022). Impact erfassen und darstellen: Leitfaden zur Ermittlung von Indikatoren musealer Wissenstransferleistung [Dataset]. Data Publisher: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science. https://doi.org/10.7479/hxh6-0109.
For us, being experts in knowledge exchange means both continuously developing through new experiences and knowledge the expertise with which we shape our projects, and sharing and reflecting on our approaches and ideas with other experts, transfer officers and scientists.
As part of Aspect’s “Aspect Festival21” (Link), Dr. Christoph Köller chaired the session “Nurturing the Impact Power of Social Sciences and Humanities – A Journey Through (Parts of) Europe”. Gerard Nijsten, initiator of the Humanities Lab AVS in Amsterdam, spoke about the effectiveness and functioning of a lab that supports impact from the humanities and social sciences. Dr. Johannes Vogel, General Director of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, presented the impact management approach we have worked out in the joint project “Deep Impact”. He advocated our approach of actively addressing impact through a holistic impact management: “We want to lead, not to be led.”
In addition, in the interactive TransferAllianz webinar “Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts – systematically using transfer potential”, we shared experiences and know-how on transfer and impact from the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts and discussed them with transfer officers from Germany and Austria. We presented methods and a systematic approach to support transfer and stimulated a discussion about the future role of SSHA transfer officers.
In the events, we discussed and jointly further developed some of our approaches. In particular, active impact management is seen as a big chance for research institutions and universities: Mission Impossible? No! Challenge accepted? With pleasure!
On April 7th, we launched a new online event series on impact from and with the social sciences, humanities and the arts (SSHA): The Monthly Online SSHA and Impact Flashlight. We initiated the new format in our capacity as leaders of the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (SSHA) Special Interest Group at ASTP to provide a concise 30-minute look at new projects, exciting ideas and relevant approaches from the field of SSHA knowledge exchange and impact. Every month, impact experts, scientists or politicians report on their practical and personal experiences. Afterwards, questions can be asked and suggestions contributed.
At the launch event, Prof. Nicol Keith, Director of Research Impact and Professor of Molecular Oncology at the Institute of Cancer Studies, presented his interdisciplinary project at the University of Glasgow. He brings designers and oncologists in order to jointly generate and realize new ideas for knowledge exchange with a positive societal impact. About 40 interested people from over 15 countries attended the initial session.
The next Monthly Online SSHA and Impact Flashlight will take place on Wednesday, May 5th. Participation is free for ASTP members. For more information on the Monthly Online SSHA and Impact Flashlight, click here.
The ASTP Special Interest Group (SIG) SSHA is a pan-European network of knowledge transfer officers, impact managers and KT professionals that has been regularly exchanging and sharing ideas on current and relevant knowledge transfer topics from the SSHA since 2015. Dr. Christoph Köller leads the SSHA SIG as a member of the ASTP Programming Committee. Message us if you are interested in the SIG or would like to join the network.
Dear customers, partners and friends,
what to do when leases expire? You look for a new home!
We would have loved to cross the city border to Cologne [insider ;)], but finally we found one very close to our previous location. The “feel-good effect” hit us right here.
Therefore you will find us here from 01.06.2020:
With the move we are reachable under new phone numbers:
phone +49 2233 7064-303 ( main)
fax +49 2233 7064-355
Domain, e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers remain the same!
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Photos will follow! Or – please take into account the applicable rules of Corona-compliant planning – just drop by. You are cordially invited.
Aluminium ist ein Werkstoff der Zukunft mit vielen Einsatzfeldern. Durch die Elektromobilität beispielsweise steigt die Bedeutung von Aluminium: Es kommt als Bestandteil von Batterien, im Karosseriebau und zunehmend in der Ersatzteilfertigung (3-D-Druck) zum Einsatz. Der Rhein-Kreis Neuss gehört zu den weltweit wichtigsten Standorten der Aluminium-Industrie und startet jetzt das mit Bundesmitteln geförderte Projekt „ALU-Valley 4.0 Rheinisches Revier“. Die zugehörige Website lautet http://alu-valley.de/.
Görgen & Köller wurden mit der Umsetzung des Projekts beauftragt, bei dem es um die Vernetzung von Wissenschaft, Forschung, Wirtschaft, öffentlichen Einrichtungen sowie der Politik rund um den Zukunftswerkstoff Aluminium geht. Langfristig wird an einem Standort im Rhein-Kreis Neuss eine Kombination aus einem Forschungscampus, einem Lehr-, Ausbildungs- und Gründerzentrum und einem Gewerbegebiet entstehen. Im ALU-Valley 4.0 sollen (digitalisierte) Wertschöpfungsmodelle mit neuen Produkten rund um den Werkstoff Aluminium entwickelt werden, wobei insbesondere die Kunden- und Anwenderperspektive im Mittelpunkt steht.
In der nunmehr beauftragten 1. Phase des Projektes bringen wir Akteure zu einem Netzwerk zusammen, das dann den weiteren Aufbau des ALU-Valley 4.0 hin zu einem Innovations- und Anwendungszentrum für den energieeffizienten Einsatz von Aluminium vorantreiben wird.