Plenary Speakers and Panelists

SESSION 1: How to create meaningful synergies?
We’ve asked Kate Morris and Rowinda Appelman to share their experiences and inspire us. Sophie Duncan will guide us through a discussion with them.

Kate Morris, Head of Campus Engage, Irish Universities Association

Kate leads Campus Engage, which is based within the Irish Universities Association. Campus Engage is dedicated to supporting Irish higher education institutions to embed, scale and promote civic and community engagement across staff and student teaching, learning and research. Kate will speak about the collaborative effort that makes Campus Engage.

Kate Morris

Campus Engage aims at supporting Community-based Teaching and Learning; Engaged Research and Innovation for Societal Impact; Student Volunteering and building a national Framework for measuring and evaluating the positive social impact of higher education civic and community engagement.

Kate has over 15 years’ experience in stakeholder engagement for policy and practice change. She has much experience in working with policy makers, funding agencies, research staff, practitioners and the public in Ireland, France, and UK. Prior to joining the IUA Kate worked at the Centre for Effective Public Services, the French National Institute for Demographic Studies, and UNESCO NI.

Rowinda Appelman, programme manager City Deal Kennis Maken, Netherlands

Rowinda is the programme manager of the Dutch “City Deal Kennis Maken” and she will speak on how to get a variety of organizations to work together on generating knowledge to help tackle wicked societal issues. In Dutch, “Kennis Maken” has a double meaning: “Making Knowledge” and “Getting Acquainted”. This exactly what this programme of the National Research Council facilitates. The focus of this City Deal is primarily on involving students, researchers and teachers in urban challenges in rich learning environments. It aims to involve students at all levels, from vocational schools, to universities of applied sciences and research universities. Therefore, in the official English translation it is called the City Deal on Education.

Rowinda Appelman

After doing a Social Innovation Fellowship at the U.S. State Department, as one of the first seven Europeans, Rowinda is now responsible for the design and implementation of the City Deal Kennis Maken-programme, which funds collaborations in the 19 largest knowledge cities of The Netherlands. She runs the national network, oversees the strategic collaboration with ministries, umbrella organizations and main partners, and discusses the programme’s progress with the Ministers of Research, Internal Affairs and the leadership of involved partners. Finally, she is responsible for the knowledge exchange and collective learning among partners and coordinates the national events of the network. Rowinda is an education pioneer and social entrepreneur, and holds degrees in Political Sciences and Communication and Information Sciences.

Sophie Duncan, co-director National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), UK

Sophie Duncan

Sophie co-directs the NCCPE. Established in 2008, the NCCPE supports universities to develop their engagement work. Since its early days the NCCPE have sought to provide tools and resources to the sector, to cultivate the conditions where engagement can thrive. Sophie regularly supports university leaders to understand the value of engagement to their work, and develop practical approaches to supporting their staff to engage in mutually beneficial ways with others.

A physicist by training, Sophie has worked in engagement throughout her career including at the Science Museum, NESTA and the BBC, where she led national engagement campaigns including Breathing Places, a campaign to improve biodiversity in the UK. She sits on several advisory panels, including STFC’s Advisory Panel for Public Engagement. She has published a range of papers on evaluation, culture change, and engagement.
As co-editor of Research for All, Sophie is particularly interested in the evidence base for effective public and community engagement, and what this looks like across different disciplines. She has expertise in evaluation, evidencing impact, and partnership working, leading programmes to support mutually beneficial partnerships between university staff and a range of different partners including community organisations; cultural organisations; and schools.

SESSION 2: A critical reflection on research with and for society in a world of contested expertise

In this conference, we focus on generating living knowledge in the form of research with and for communities. Methodologies like citizen science, participatory action research, living labs, community based research, etc. are used to obtain this kind of living knowledge. These methodologies can be viewed as critiques of more standard scientific methodologies in which professional scientists are the ones in charge of the research, research which aims for “objective” knowledge obtained under ideal conditions using idealizing abstractions.

However, our own critical methodologies themselves are in need of critical reflection. This is particularly relevant because we are now living in a world of contested expertise, post-truth and alternative facts. This raises a number of questions and apparent tensions which we want to address in our panel discussion: Is there a trade-off between scientific quality and genuine community engagement, or between activism and scientific objectivity or rigor? To what extent do methodologies like participatory action research become simply a form of activism, politics by other means? Can this concern simply be brushed away by saying that science is always political or value-laden and that objectivity does not exist? And if our research methodologies are a form of political activism, do we thereby not contribute to the current demise of the authority of science and the general distrust of science and scientific experts? More generally, do attempts to democratize research run the risk of doing away with expertise and knowledge hierarchies altogether? 

Rajesh Tandon

Rajesh Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He is Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), global centre for participatory research & training since 1982. He is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2012. The UNESCO Chair grows out of and supports UNESCO’s global lead to play ‘a key role in assisting countries to build knowledge societies’. A pioneer of participatory research, Rajesh Tandon has given new meaning to academic research by redefining the relationship between the researcher and the researched. He has championed the cause of building organisations and capacities of the marginalised through their knowledge, learning and empowerment, contributing to the emergence of several local, national and international groups and initiatives to promote authentic and participatory development of societies.  Dr Tandon has served on numerous expert committees of Govt of India, UGC, UN, Commonwealth & World Bank. In 2015, the Indian Adult Education Association (IAEA) awarded Dr Tandon the Nehru Literacy Award.  For his distinguished work on gender issues, the Government of India honoured him with the prestigious Award in Social Justice in March 2007. The University of Victoria, Canada, awarded Dr Tandon the degree of Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) in June 2008. He is the first Indian to be inducted to the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame (class of 2011).

Lisa Herzog

Lisa Herzog works at the intersection of political philosophy and economic thought. Between 2016 and 2019, she was professor for political philosophy and theory at the Technical University of Munich, since 2019 she works at the Faculty of Philosophy and the Center for Philosophy, Politics and Economics of the University of Groningen. She holds a master (Diplom) in economics from LMU Munich, and an M.St. in Philosophy and D.Phil. in Political Theory from the University of Oxford. She has worked at, or visited, the universities of St. Gallen (CH), Leuven (BE), Frankfurt/Main (D), Utrecht (NL), and Stanford (US). She was a Rhodes Scholar (2007-2011), and in 2019, she received the Tractatus-Preis and the German Award for Philosophy and Social Ethics. Herzog has published on the philosophical dimensions of markets (both historically and systemically), liberalism and social justice, ethics in organizations and the future of work. The current focus of her work are workplace democracy, professional ethics, and the role of knowledge in democracies. 

Claudia Göbel

Claudia Göbel is passionate about interfaces between science and publics through research, education, activism, policy and art. Main topics of her work are open (research) organisations, equity and inclusiveness in participatory research, Citizen Science as international research policy field and relations to Open Science. She tries to link scientific reflection from a science and technology studies perspective with making things happen as a practitioner. As researcher at the Institute for Higher Education Research Halle-Wittenberg (HoF) she currently investigates the landscape of participatory research in the social sciences and humanities in Germany. As guest researcher at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, she analyses the institutionalisation of Citizen Science in Europe. She helped establish the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) in its foundational years through coordinating the secretariat and running the EU-funded project “Doing-it-Together science”. In order to create space to learn from each other and do things together for members of ECSA and Living Knowledge, she initiated the joint working group on “Empowerment, Inclusiveness and Equity in Citizen Science and Community-Based Research” together with Michael Søgaard Jørgensen (Arhus University Copenhagen).

Nick Nieuwenhuijsen

The session will be chaired by Nick Nieuwenhuijsen. Nick is an ethicist and local politician. He has been employed at the Knowledge Centre Philosophy, the Science Shop of the Philosophy Department, and as the academic advisor of the Honours College of the University of Groningen – an interdisciplinary hotbed in which students work and learn together on complex, interdisciplinary problems. He is interested in local social policies, poverty, healthcare, digitalization and the participation of students within practical societal issues.
Nick has been a member of the Groningen City Council from Jan 2019 – March 2022. He’s currently working as Specialist Strategy and Development for the Fire Brigade of the Safety Region Groningen.

SESSION 3: Info will follow