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Impact with Research — Communicating impact to enhance your career

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Learn how to create real-world impact from your research!

If you are like most researchers, you are motivated by the thought that your research will make a real difference — inside academia and out in the world. You want your research to have value, meaning, and purpose. But what does it look like in practice? And what career paths are available to you after completing your doctoral studies that will allow you to achieve an impact with your research?

This is a professional development training course for researchers that aim to enhance and strengthen their skills in exploring and communicating their own impact, as well as gain skills and resources for career progression, both inside and outside academia, and perhaps even mixing the two.

This course will guide you to:

  1. Create an understanding of what research impact can broadly mean
  2. Project your own impact with research possibilities
  3. Communicate clearly for multiple and varied stakeholders one’s own research impact
  4. Balance research with demanding and evolving social accountability
  5. Understand available career opportunities and networks for making an impact

For all researchers passionate about real-world change

Skills in creating impact from your research are increasingly important at all stages of your research career, whether in winning research funding, employment outside of academia, setting up your own startup, other business or non-profit, or collaborating with the public sector or NGOs to get your research results into the hands of those who can benefit from them. Hence, the course will suit everyone doing research, from doctoral students to tenured professors. In short, the course is fitting anyone active in research who is passionate about taking it out into the real world.

The course is open to all doctoral students, researchers, and faculty working at Aalto University. It is recommended to have selected a research topic to work on and have a written research plan. Participants without Aalto study rights, please be in touch with the course teachers for further instructions on how to join the course.

Course schedule for Spring 2022

The course consists of 4 three-hour sessions, independent work creating a clear impact outline, dialogues with stakeholders, reading the background material, and writing course reflections.

The course runs from 10.5.2022 to 31.5.2022. In addition, there will be pre-assignments and a final assignment.

Mandatory contact sessions are on the following days:

  • Tue 10.5.2022 from 15:00 to 18:00
  • Tue 17.5.2022 from 15:00 to 18:00
  • Tue 24.5.2022 from 15:00 to 18:00
  • Tue 31.5.2022 from 15:00 to 18:00

A more detailed program can be found on the MyCourses page.

Grading Scale

  • Pass/Fail
  • To pass, 100% of the assignments must be completed and an attendance minimum of 75% of the course contact teaching sessions.
  • Aalto’s doctoral students and researchers with a passing grade will receive 2 ECTS. Others can be provided with a certificate of completion.

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I got both confidence and practical skills at AVP. Entrepreneurship is no longer something I fear, but something I could do straight away.

Sampson Tetteh, doctoral student at Aalto University
Read Sampson's story on the blog

Meet the course staff and trainers

Anna Dementyeva

Incubation Specialist

anna.dementyeva@aalto.fi

Paul Savage

Teacher

paul.savage@aalto.fi