XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

The first virtual World Congress on Safety and Health at Work was held on 20-23 September 2021. Dr Jimmy Twin presented learnings from implementing a research impact framework, which he summarises in his latest ISCRR article ‘Success at measuring research impact’.

The Institute for Work & Health published a great article on the overall learnings from this congress. In this article they summarise the themes as:

  1. Social dialogue improves OHS outcomes
  2. OHS professionals must address both new and traditional hazards
  3. Safety culture matters
  4. The pandemic has taught many OHS lessons
  5. Storytelling is a powerful way to communicate OHS messages

The next World Congress on Safety and Health at Work will be held in Sydney, Australia, from the 27-30 November 2023.

Research Impact Summit 2021

The field of research impact is blossoming, and the Research Impact Academy held their Research Impact Summit 2021 on 1-2 September 2021 in a virtual environment. This year’s summit featured over 20 speaker sessions led by knowledge translation and research impact experts, researchers, proven practitioners and influencers from government, policy and business.

Professor Matthew Flinders from The Sir Bernard Crick Centre spoke on building social science capacity for research impact, and the need to share understanding, not just knowledge. Dr Julie Bayley (University of Lincoln) provided an overview of research impact literary and their Impact Literacy Workbook, and Dr Anne-Maree Dowd (CSIRO) provided an overview and update of the CSIRO Impact Evaluation Guide.

“Everyone in the innovation system needs to truly embrace the impact thinking”

– Dr Anne-Maree Dowd (CSIRO)