Free Online Event
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The 2017 Research Impact Summit features over 25 speaker sessions led by knowledge translation and research impact experts, researchers, proven practitioners and industry influencers.

The Summit consists of content across the themes of:

Knowledge Translation, Implementation Science, Collaboration & Engagement, Dissemination, and Research Impact.

The summit is for researchers, research support and administrators, research funders and anyone wanting to learn more about research impact.

This summit will transform the way you plan for and deliver on your impact endeavours – whether you are new to research impact or have years of experience.



Industry thought leaders and academic experts share their secrets at the Research Impact Success Summit.

Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw

Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

A/Prof Ben Harris-Roxas

Director, South Eastern Sydney Research Collaboration Hub (SEaRCH)

Leonie van Drooge

Senior researcher, Rathenau Institute, Holland

Steven Roche, PhD

Director and Principal Consultant, ACER Consulting

Joshua Zerkel

Director of Global Customer Education and Community, Evernote


Director of the Social Sciences Research Centre, Associate Dean and Associate Director (Knowledge Exchange), The University of Hong Kong

Alex Verkade

Researcher, Rathenau Institute

James Wilsdon

Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement, University of Sheffield (UK)

Kate Patterson

Visual Science Communicator, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim

Research Fellow, Centre for Research Services, IPPP, University of Malaya

Sharmila Sousa, PhD

Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) Governance School, Brazil

Kieran Booluck

Editor, LSE Impact Blog

Prof. Dr. Shaliza Ibrahim

Associate Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) University of Malaya, Malaysia

Mark Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

Amanda Cooper PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership at Queens University

Laura J. Damschroder

Implementation Pathways, LLC and VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research

Shawn Callahan

Founder, Anecdote

Dr Max J Kennedy

Manager of Contestable Investments, New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment

Esther De Smet

Senior Research Policy Advisor, Ghent University

Viviane Cássia Pereira, M.Sc.

Consultant in health technology assessment, Brazil

Marcus Tolentino Silva

Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Federal University of Amazonas

Steve Hanney

Emeritus Professor, Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University London

Jorge Barreto, PhD

Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil

Gary Reed

Assistant Director, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Dr Tony Peacock

Chief Executive, CRC Association

Dr Elizabeth M Morrow

Independent Academic, Research Support, Northern Ireland

Michael Johnny

Manager, Knowledge Mobilization, York University

Kim Hackett

Research Excellence Framework Manager, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Pajam Sobhani


Kevin Anselmo

Founder, Experiential Communications


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


You’ll learn about translation, the terminology involved, how to plan for it and how translation is related to impact.


Learn some interesting methods and tools to use for your research dissemination. Understand the processes of implementation.


Understand how others create and measure their impact and how you too can be efficient and effective in your impact endeavours.


#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.

These 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, 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 wanting to improve engagement with industry.

  • University employees 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 research.

  • People that want to hear about the tools, tips, tricks, trials and tribulations of bridging the research to practice gap.


Research impact is the new black! 

  • Academics are being asked to demonstrate that their research has Impact.

  • Academics expected to provide evidence that their publicly funded research is making a difference to society in some way. 

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

What you'll learn

  • What makes for successful knowledge translation planning

  • The do’s and don’ts of collaboration with non-academic stakeholders

  • Tools and platforms available to enhance your research career and impact opportunities

  • What is meant by implementation science and lessons learned from the field of implementation.

  • How to develop your research pitch for partners, stakeholder and funders

  • The key elements that go into writing a research impact case study

  • Benefits, pitfalls and interesting insights on the UK Research Excellence Framework

  • 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 expert and the founder of Knowledge Translation Australia, a consultancy working to bridge the research to practice gap.

Over the last few years, I have worked across many organisations from funders to universities and places in between. I am always on the lookout for how I can help others to create greater benefits and impact from 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 on October 9th – 11th!

Last year viewers loved the summit!