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18th & 19th September


Registration opens soon!

Introducing the 2023 Research Impact Summit

Shaping a Culture of Impact – Bridging the Gap from Research to Policy and Practice

This year’s summit emphasises the vital need for fostering an environment that promotes the seamless translation of research into tangible real-world impact, while also strengthening connections between research, policy, and practice.

The 2023 Research Impact Summit boasts an impressive lineup of speaker sessions led by renowned experts in knowledge translation and research impact, accomplished researchers, proven practitioners, and influential figures from government, policy, and business sectors.

Our diverse range of themes for the Summit includes:


Implementation Science

Collaboration & Engagement


Research Impact

The summit welcomes researchers, research support staff, administrators, research funders, and anyone interested in learning more about research impact.

Participating in this summit will revolutionize the way you plan and execute your impact initiatives, whether you are a newcomer to research impact or a seasoned expert.


Experience the Research Impact Summit at your convenience! Enjoy timezone-friendly access without any middle-of-the-night disruptions. Watch from your preferred location and at your own pace during the 72-hour window from the summit’s launch. If you need to step away for a meeting, don’t worry – simply return and resume right where you left off!


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Even if it is not in your timezone, all recordings are available free for 72 hours. Join us online if you can, and if not, watch at your leisure

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This exclusive online event is broken down into the following sections:

Embedding Impact in Research Design and Planning

You’ll learn strategies for incorporating impact considerations from the very beginning of the research process, such as through setting clear objectives and identifying potential pathways to impact in research proposals.

Fostering a Culture of Research Impact

We examine the importance of leadership in promoting a culture of research impact, as well as the institutional changes required to support such a culture, including policies, incentives, and performance metrics.

Building Research Impact Competencies

Ideas to provide training and professional development to build researchers’ skills and expertise in translating research into impact, including training programs, workshops, and mentorship opportunities.

Collaborative Approaches to Research Impact: Engaging Stakeholders and Partnerships

You’ll learn strategies for incorporating impact considerations from the very beginning of the research process, such as through setting clear objectives and identifying potential pathways to impact in research proposals.

Measuring and Rewarding Research Impact: The Role of Funding Agencies and Evaluation Systems

We examine how funding agencies and evaluation systems can contribute to creating a culture of research impact by prioritizing and rewarding projects with a clear focus on real-world impact.

From Dissemination to Engagement: Strategies for Effective Knowledge Mobilization

T importance of active knowledge mobilization in achieving research impact, discussing various approaches to engage stakeholders and promoting the uptake of research findings into policy and practice


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#1 – Learn from others experience, hear from the experts how research impact can be done more efficiently and effectively

Don’t spend years trying to “figure it out” and learn everything for yourself. Why waste your precious time experimenting when you can learn directly from people who’ve done what you want to do. The carefully selected speakers will empower you by teaching you what really works, so you can develop your own pathways to research impact.

#2 – Watch at your convenience

There’s no flight or hotel room to book and definitely no conference fee… not to mention the time away from your research. You can watch the sessions online at your own convenience, and each interview will be live for 72 hours.

#3- Action packed interviews with researchers, translation experts and policy drivers

No boring talking heads! You get to see the expert speakers, and I have a real and raw conversation about a topic in-depth, with instant takeaways and actionable advice you can use immediately.

  • Researchers & academics wanting to improve engagement with stakeholders external to the university.
  • University employees and research administrators wanting to better support research impact.
  • Research funders who fund impact activities but want to hear the realities faced during the process.
  • Early career researchers that want to get ahead of the rest, stand out and create a big impact from their research.
  • People that want to hear about the latest tools, tips, tricks, trials and tribulations of bridging the research to practice gap.

Research impact has become the globally expected norm!

  • Academics are being asked to demonstrate that their research has impact.
  • Academics are now expected to provide evidence that their publicly funded research is making a difference to society in some way

This ever expanding requirement to show impact has caused some confusion, despair, and even mild panic among the academy.


  • Strategies for successful stakeholder engagement
  • Considerations for collaboration with non-academic stakeholders
  • Alternative and innovative ways of disseminating your knowledge
  • Institutional and organisational strategies to support research translation and impact 
  • The value of intermediary organisations in facilitating impact
  • Hear from research funders about how they fund translation and measure the impact of their investment in research
  • The key elements that go into writing a research impact case study
  • Benefits, pitfalls and interesting insights on the impact agenda globally
  • International perspectives on knowledge translation and research impact
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Your Host

Hi, I’m Tamika Heiden – host of the Research Impact Summit.

I’m a knowledge translation and impact expert and Head Inspirer at the Research Impact Academy, a consultancy working to bridge the research to practice gap.

Since 2014, I have been supporting organisations such as research funders and universities to create, capture and communicate their impacts. I am always on the lookout for how I can help others to create greater benefits and impact of the research endeavour, and I like to learn from the best.

Come join me and let’s take our research impact efforts to the next level.

I’ll see you in September 2021!



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