The UMCG impact team

We share our stories on impact to your benefit and we can help you to gather your impact evidence Group
The landscape of research is changing. Funding comes with requirements on societal impact and researchers and support staff are asked to describe the relevance of UMCG research to society. But what does impact mean in practice. How do we prove it?

How can we show the impact of what we do in our daily practice in a way that is understandable and interesting to a non-expert, public audience? If only someone could help us in your journey. There is: The UMCG impact team.

We share our stories on impact to your benefit and we can help you to gather your impact evidence. Will you join us?

  • We inform, educate and create awareness about the impact of research and collaborations beyond academia.
  • We define tailored activities for individual researchers as well as departments, e.g. PhD impact prizes or citizen science events within research projects.

Promote an impact-oriented research culture

The research performed at the UMCG creates impact on society in a large variety of ways: from improving welfare, developing new technology, starting new companies to influencing policy at local, national and EU level.

We help UMCG researchers, clinicians and support staff improve their views on impact and broaden their collaborations by offering training, examples in form of case studies and tools such as guided templates.

  • We write about the impact process by answering the following questions:

    • Does my research project have societal impact?
    • How can I include impact planning in my project design? How do I select stakeholders?
    • What is the research pathway to impact? How can I write an impact narrative for funding proposals or for my career evaluation?
    • Which policies are in place to support impactful research?
    • How can I communicate widely about my research?
    • How can I as a research manager support researchers in their impact journey?

    Read all our impact stories

  • Do you feel that terms as "societal impact" or "relevance" are still vague terms? We provide information, tools and online references to understand research impact and help in building effective communication strategies:

    • Online science communication tool to create an impactful science communication strategy, identify audiences and suitable communication channels;
    • an impact learning portal to test your impact readiness level and learn how to track societal impact with programs as Altmetrics;
    • an informative flyer about research impact, the impact cycle and the impact terms used by national funders;
    • a booklet with experiences and bottlenecks from H2020 project applicationsA template to guide the writing of an impact narrative.
    • There are several resources online around research impact, for example the free online training offered by the University of Glasgow.

    To request the flyer, booklet and more information, please contact us.

  • At the UMCG, we provide multiple workshops and online webinars where you can receive information and training about research impact, open science and science communication. These events are usually for researchers and research staff alike.

    If you are interested in an overview of recurring local and (inter)national outreach events that you can join as a researcher, contact us for more information.

    Upcoming events:

    • Webinar: The impact journey of research projects
    • Workshop: The impact cycle as a useful tool in research project design
    • Happy Hour Wetenschap: Diversity
    • Impact in funding proposals