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The 2020 Research Impact Summit features over 20 speaker sessions led by knowledge translation and research impact experts, researchers, proven practitioners and influencers from government, policy and business.

The Summit consists of content across the themes of:

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.


you can watch the Research Impact Summit in your timezone, no more middle of the night access. You can watch from where you want, watch when you want, for 72 hours from the summit launch. Need to run to a meeting mid summit, no problem, come back and pick up where you left off!


Our speaker line up for 2020

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

Dr. Rhys Coleman

Waterways and Wetlands Research Manager, Melbourne Water

Graeme Nicholas

Principal Consultant, Ti Kouka Consulting

Dr. Squirrel Main

Research and Evaluation Manager, The Ian Potter Foundation

Carina Wong

Senior Advisor for Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tracy Williams

Impact Evaluation Manager, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited

Prof. Tim Fletcher

Professor of Urban Ecohydrology, The University of Melbourne

Paula Robeson

Senior Advisor, Knowledge Mobilisation, Children's Healthcare Canada and Knowledge Broker, Solutions for Kids Pain

Adam Seth Levine

SNF Agora Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and is also the President and Co-Founder of research4impact

Dr. Jennifer Lees-Marshment

Associate Professor in Political Management and Political Marketing, University of Auckland

Lisa Stromquist

Associate Director, Strategy and Engagement, Children’s Healthcare Canada

Euan Adie

Founder, Overton.io

Assoc. Prof. Laura Downie

Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Dr. Darren Bos

Knowledge Broker, The University of Melbourne

Ainurul Rosli

Reader Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Brunel Business School and, Director and Co-Founder, Gritse CIC, Advisor for Social Innovation Movement

Dr. Beverley Sherbon

Impact & Evaluation Adviser, Interfolio UK

Dietram A. Scheufele

Taylor-Bascom Chair in Science Communication, Department of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bella Reichard

PhD Researcher, Newcastle UK

James Wilsdon

Director, Research on Research Institute (RoRI) / Digital Science Professor of Research Policy, University of Sheffield

Dr. Sarah Morton

Director and Co-Founder, Matter of Focus and Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Kat Smith

Professor of Public Health Policy & Co-Editor of Evidence & Policy, University of Strathclyde, UK

Kasole Nyembo

Founder and CEO, 5minofscience

Dr. Emily Yarrow

Lecturer in International Human Resource Management, Portsmouth University Business School, UK


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.


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 evaluate 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 & 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. 

What you'll learn

  • Strategies for successful stakeholder engagement

  • Considerations for collaboration with non-academic stakeholders

  • Alternative and innovative ways of disseminating your knowledge

  • Institutional and organistional 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 August 2020!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access the Research Impact Summit?

Once you have registered via the free access button on the website, you will be contacted via your nominated email address with further instructions on how to access and prepare for the virtual event.

How long do I have to access the Research Impact Summit?

Live Summit will happen on the 24th &25th August between 9am and 5pm AEDT. You are given access to watch each session for 72 hours after the initial launch, as many times as you want.

Where can I watch the Research Impact Summit?

Watch the Summit from any internet-connected device including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, streaming media players and game consoles (providing you have a web browser).

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