Research Impact Seminar Series

The Research Impact Seminar Series is an opportunity to hear from national and international research impact experts who will share and discuss best practices around the world on impact related topics. The series aims to inspire researchers and the wider research community across University of Galway and Ireland, by providing valuable insights on the most effective methods and tools to optimise the societal impact of research. The seminars will cover a wide range of topics, relevant to the research and academic community, professional support staff, and others around the country involved in research impact. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Identifying pathways to impact

• Public engagement

• Instruments for evaluating and achieving impact

• Practical strategies for measuring impact

• Evidence informed policy making

• Impact in funding proposals


Dr. Giovanna Lima

Unlocking the challenge of communicating impact as a researcher

Wednesday, 21st of February 2024, 1pm - 2pm

How can we communicate all we do in academia in a way that represents its benefits? Dr. Giovanna Lima will introduce the Researcher Impact Framework, a valuable tool designed to assist academics in identifying, appreciating, and articulating the diverse activities that constitute their scholarly journey. Download the Framework open access at We will have plenty of time for your questions!

About Dr Giovanna Lima

Dr. Lima works with delivering strategic approaches to fostering and enabling societal impact in research, education, and engagement at multiple institutional levels at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands). Prior to this, she served as Trinity College Dublin’s first Research Impact Officer with the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, developing the Researcher Impact Framework, which has since been translated into French and Portuguese. 

David J. Phipps, PhD, MBA

A personal, institutional and national approach to supporting the societal impacts of research

Tuesday, 24th of October 2023, 2pm - 3:30pm.

This seminar will present a journey from individual research to institutional impact at York University and in the national Research Impact Canada network. We will discuss why this happened at York University and why it is happening in Canada and how Canada compares and contrasts to impact systems in other countries. But it's not all smooth sailing in Canada. There are misalignments between policy directives and institutional priorities. Participants will be invited to consider the Irish context and how Ireland and Canada might learn from each other.

About Dr David Phipps

Dr. Phipps is the administrative lead for all research programs and their impacts on local and global communities at York University (Toronto, Canada). He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Society for Research Administration International, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, International Network of Research Management Societies and the EU based Knowledge Economy Network. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization and research impact and was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. He sits on knowledge mobilization committees around the world and is Network Director for Research Impact Canada.

Esther DeSmet

From Scicomm to Impact

Thursday, 6th of July 2023, 11am - 12:30pm.

"Science not communicated is science not done" is a catchphrase that has been around for a long time now. But as a researcher you are already struggling to juggle so many things, that adding this challenge to the mix might feel overwhelming. This session by Esther De Smet hopes to show you how you can embed your research communication into your day-to-day reality, including tips on how to develop a plan for impact, assess and maintain your digital identity, understand basic storytelling techniques and other building blocks of a research communication strategy.

About Esther De Smet

Esther is Senior Policy Advisor at the Research Department of Ghent University (Belgium). Her work focusses around three closely linked areas: societal impact of research (developing and implementing institutional strategy), knowledge management (functional analysis for the research management system GISMO), and research communication (advice and workshops on communication strategy, curator of @ResearchUGent). She is deeply committed to creating a stimulating and nurturing research culture at her university and making sure its research has a real world impact.

Visit University of Galway's Research Impact Toolkit for resources and tools to help you Plan, Capture, Communicate and Monitor the impact of your research.

For further information, contact Áine Mhic Thaidhg, Research Impact Officer, Office of the VP for Research.