By Nina Branković & Medisa Fočić
Following ten months of research asset mapping and scanning, led by project partners Institut Mines-Télécom Business School, we invite you to discover social sciences and humanities researchers and their research work from five European countries.
What is research assets mapping and scanning?
Over a period of ten months, the REVALORISE+ project consortium conducted (i) scanning of research assets in social sciences and humanities (SSH) that have the potential for valorisation, (ii) identifying researchers willing to valorise their research, (iii) identifying stakeholders (HEIs, business, governmental and non-governmental) to subsequently match them directly with researchers in an effort to valorise, and (iv) recruiting researchers to participate in the Research Valorisation Training Programme that was successfully delivered in January 2023.
What has been done?
Institut Mines-Télécom Business School team, as leaders in this phase, developed a methodology for scanning researchers, assets and stakeholders, and together with university partners Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), University of Vienna (UNVIE), University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), interviewed more than 50 researchers and created research asset maps in social sciences and humanities (SSH) with the potential for valorisation. The maps represent the researcher, their assets, potential valorisation activities, stakeholder and the impact their research can create outside of the academic context.
After determining different research assets, REVALORISE+ consortium partners explored the external university environment to identify potential collaboration partners (businesses or governmental and non-governmental stakeholders) in five regions (Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid) who are potentially interested in helping researchers valorise their assets. The different sectors in which selected research assets could be valorised were identified. Furthermore, who the external stakeholders from business, government and non-government sectors are in each of the five regions, was outlined taking note of any external stakeholders that may potentially be interested in the captured SSH research assets.
What are the results?
In an effort to identify researchers, the REVALORISE+ team created a network of diverse stakeholders who helped with project activities implementation and were directly involved in the delivery of workshops, national events and training activities. We had the privilege of interviewing and presenting the research of distinguished professors and lecturers, successful researchers, and PhD and graduate students.
A number of interviewed professors and lecturers were further invited to local events and exchanged future collaboration opportunities. Overall, 26 out of 52 interviewed researchers were recruited for and benefited from our Research Valorisation Training Programme. Those participants successfully completed the valorisation pathway and presented their research assets in the form of ‘personal valorisation projects (PVP)’ in front of stakeholders. They had an opportunity to acquire the skills to communicate the value of their research to those outside of academia, share experiences, and gain accreditation for an effort in delivering research throughout the European continent that has the potential to resolve major social issues and challenges. Today, 37 maps belonging to those researchers from France, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Austria are available here on the project website for public outreach and all interested stakeholders who might recognise their value. We invite stakeholders to reach out to these SSH researchers directly. Research Assets – Revalorise