Impact and outreach

Impact & Outreach

Outreach activities and impact of research projects at the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies of Ghent University

The Henri Pirenne Institute is deeply committed towards optimizing the societal uptake of the results of its research projects and members' expertise.

Therefor:

  • We proactively engage with society via lectures, workshops, science events, online tools, and (social) media, but we also encourage anyone to take the initiative and get in touch with us.
  • We think it is important that our commitment towards society goes beyond merely impacting it through the dissemination of knowledge or through engagement in opinioning or providing consultancy for non-academic stakeholders.
  • When possible, we actively try to involve the public and societal partners in our research itself. We do this by setting up citizen-science-like initiatives and user-input tools in order to quickly gather research data, have continuous external quality assessment and receive feedback. As an additional bonus, this way of working bypasses the funding limits of projects, which is important since we consider our data and deliverables as valuable and our relationship with society as a structural one.

 

Accomplissh

Our dedication towards society is reflected in our involvement in the European Horizon2020 project ACCOMPLISSH. This project aims at accelerating the co-creation between academics and societal stakeholders by setting up a platform for impact for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Charting co-creational processes and creating an innovative value-creation concept will enable SSH research and contribute to innovation for a variety of users.

What is Co-creation?

Co-creation is a type of collaboration between various stakeholders (from in- and outside academia) who have a purpose, namely grouping expertise to tackle big challenge(s). This form of collaboration has structure but is built on principles of nonhierarchical openness and trust. Especially in SSH domains, it follows a non-linear process of working together. The aim is always to join forces and generate new or better knowledge, ideas and solutions.

Initiatives with the Research Department (DOZA) of Ghent University

Through its coordinator, the consortium is connected to the EU Offfice of the research department at Ghent University. We are a member of the Alpha-EU Working Group that monitors European funding opportunities, especially in the EU framework programmes (H2020 and forthcoming Horizon Europe), and deploys activities towards EU research and innovation policy players.

  • Find the influential position paper 'The SSH Embedding Challenge', drafted by the Working Group on the occasion of the interim evaluation of Horizon2020 and a visit of Members of European Parliament at Ghent University.
  • Find the position paper 'SSH Research Opportunities in FP9' . This joint paper was published on the occasion of the consultation prior to the development of Framework Programme 9 (now Horizon Europe). It was written together with 9 other European universities at the initiative of our working group, and it was co-signed by over 50 research institutions and more than 700 individual researchers.

 

Please note that many of our efforts concerning impact and outreach are highlighted in the 'News' and 'Focus' sections on our homepage.