Impact & Outreach

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


  • We proactively engage with society via lectures, workshops, 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 opinioing 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.



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.

Initiatives with the UGent Research Department (DOZA)

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 (e.g. H2020), 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' and support the call (until 28 Feb. 2018). This paper has been published on the occasion of the consultation prior to the development of Framework Programme 9.


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