Beyond Academic Impact: What Is the Societal Contribution of Universities?
[Japanese translation below.]
As society faces increasingly complex challenges in areas such as human and planetary health, national competitiveness, and others, there is a growing recognition of the important role that universities play in driving broader societal impact. In response to this, university ranking providers such as Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have started to develop university rankings that encompass the societal impact of universities, using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework.
Elsevier, as an information analytics business and academic publisher, is actively collaborating with the academic community to develop indicators that provide insight into the full range of a researcher's output, as well as the impact of the broader research culture on society. This seminar will provide examples of how Elsevier is working with SDGs, not only as a key data provider to both THE and QS, but also through other initiatives, such as the development of a societal impact playbook with the University of Tasmania in Australia.
The aim of this seminar is to encourage discussions on how to capture and amplify the excellent work being done at universities, to further benefit society. By showcasing best practices and highlighting the impact of universities in a broader sense, we can work towards developing a more comprehensive understanding of the role of universities in society and how they can best contribute to addressing pressing societal challenges.
Language: English, Japanese simultaneous interpretation
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About the speaker
Anders Karlsson, Ph.D.
Vice President, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
Anders Karlsson joined Elsevier in 2012 as Vice President, Global Strategic Networks. Before Elsevier he served as the Counselor for Science and Innovation at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo, Japan for five years. He is the Japan chapter chair of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) and a steering committee member of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Asia Chapter. In March 2023, he will join the Board of the Swedish Foundation for the Internationalization of Higher Education and Research (STINT). He has been a member of Elsevier’s sustainability board and contributed to several of Elsevier’s reports related to Sustainability Research.
Karlsson has been a professor in Quantum Photonics at the Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. His work leading a consortium on quantum information technology was awarded the EU René Descartes Research Prize in 2004. He has been Visiting Scientist at NTT Basic Research Labs, Stanford University, École Polytechnique Paris, Zhejiang University and Senior Advisor at Osaka University. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics, both from KTH, Stockholm, Sweden.