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Making an Impact 2024

Making an Impact 2024 takes place from 13th May to 14th June 2024

Making an Impact 2024

This award-winning flagship event run by The Academy is running as five weeks of transformative live and self-directed activities that promise to inspire and engage you with knowledge exchange and research impact.

Sessions are a mix of online and in-person formats and include:

  • Three Keynote talks from experts and sector leaders on research partnerships and international research collaborations
  • 49 independent workshops, bootcamps, masterclasses, and panel discussions, both online and in-person
  • 44 individual 1:1 career coaching sessions for PGRs and ECRs
  • 12 tours of 6 different university sites
  • 15 sessions that are available to external audiences

Making an Impact 2024 aims to foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange within the University of Liverpool community. Whether you're a seasoned researcher or just starting your journey in academia, this series will offer sessions curated to help you expand your research horizons and unlock your potential to create a real-world impact.

What to Expect at Making an Impact 2024:

  1. Diverse Workshops: The event will feature a wide range of workshops catering to different experience levels. Whether you're new to knowledge exchange or looking to enhance your existing skills, there will be something for everyone.
  2. Expert Speakers: Renowned researchers, alumni and thought leaders from various fields will be sharing their insights, experiences, and strategies for making a lasting impact with your research.
  3. Networking Opportunities: Connect with peers, mentors, and industry professionals to build lasting relationships and collaborations that can help you take your research to the next level.
  4. Hands-On Learning: Gain practical knowledge and tools that you can immediately apply to your research projects, enabling you to make a tangible difference in your field.
  5. Experiential Learning: Dive into real-world case studies and projects that will challenge your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, preparing you to tackle complex global challenges.

Why Making an Impact 2024 Matters:

In an ever-evolving world, the ability to translate research into tangible solutions is vital. Making an Impact 2024 seeks to equip participants with the skills and mindset needed to bridge the gap between academia and the real world. By attending, you will be taking a significant step toward becoming a research innovator who can create positive change in society.

Follow us on social media to connect with others who are attending Making an Impact and have a chance to win prizes: @LivResearcher, @LivUniAcademy, and LinkedIn.

Feedback from participants across previous programmes includes:

“The mapping of the Making an Impact Framework, the RDF and the level of resource provision is absolutely fantastic and quite inspirational!

“[I] have made some networking opportunities and have a better understanding of future research directions in the University [sic]. The comments made will help greatly with the impact case I am building for the next REF - thank you for organising these sessions.”

“Very useful to have this session available to me as a second year PhD student given the amount of time to think and plan and build up a profile.”

“I gained insights into language differences between academia and industry and also learned some things highly valuable to industry.”

 "[I will] be more strategic in my relationships with industry partners, ensuring that I am meeting their needs, as a result of attending."

 “It provided me and my practice with a robust framework that has crystalised what I learnt organically but couldn't articulate so clearly. This enables me to evaluate industry partnerships and bridge the cultural gaps better. I have shared my learning with colleagues.”

The Making an Impact On-Demand Resource Hub

Supplementing the live programme, the Making an Impact Resource Hub contains a rich and diverse open-access resource freely available for all research staff and students to access at a time and place that suits you. The resources include: 200+ recorded sessions, 13 podcasts, 15 visual summaries, 16 keynotes, 55 workshops, 38 webinars, and 7 panel discussions covering the ‘From Liverpool to Impact’ strand in which Liverpool PhD alumni working in various sectors share their experiences and opportunities for research partnership and impact. There are also 50+ additional curated resources (including toolkits, checklists, virtual tours, TED talks) on inclusive leadership; using LinkedIn to foster research collaborations; informational interviews; making a cultural impact online; business development; collaboration and many more areas spread across four general themes according to research impact objectives:

  1. Boosting your academic research impact and knowledge exchange potential
  2. Capturing and sharing information and evidence relating to research impact
  3. Developing the reach of your research activity, interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration
  4. Contributing to a positive and inclusive research culture

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