This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693477


ACcelerate CO-creation by setting up a Multi-actor PLatform
for Impact from Social Sciences and Humanities



The carefully chosen acronym ACCOMPLISSH stands for: Accelerate co-creation by setting up a multi-actor platform for impact from Social Sciences and Humanities. It covers the project in a single word: we will accomplish the challenge of creating an innovative valorisation concept that will strengthen the position and impact generation of SSH research and contribute to innovation for a variety of lead-users and end-users.

Traditional valorisation approaches focus on linear processes: from academia to society. In order to bring valorisation to a higher level, all relevant actors need to cooperate in an equal setting: co-creation. Co-creation transcends boundaries, but it does not happen naturally. Therefore, the ACCOMPLISSH consortium, consisting of 14 universities from 12 countries, will actively involve the other partners from the so called Quadruple Helix (industry, governments and societal partners) within the project. The project has chosen an Open Innovation approach.

The ACCOMPLISSH project will set up a dialogue platform with representatives from academia, industry, governments and societal partners. The ACCOMPLISSH dialogue platform is organised in such a way that academia, industry, governments and societal partners equally contribute in identifying barriers and enablers of co-creation. The results from both practice and the theory of co-creation form the basis of the valorisation concept and will be tested in the project in a quadruple helix setting. This concept will be tested and developed in such a way that it is transferable, scalable and customized for academia, industry, governments and societal partners in the whole of Europe.

Infographic Accomplissh

Social Sciences and Humanities

In the Horizon2020 programme the European Commission has recently acknowledged the significant potential of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research and disciplines in contributing to and addressing the challenges facing society. Societies are communities of individuals. Inside these communities, actors, entities and market systems are becoming more interconnected and are therefore complex. As a result it is becoming more and more difficult to overcome societal challenges: this requires an innovative transdisciplinary co-creation approach.

The 14 academic partners in ACCOMPLISSH represent all the sub disciplines in SSH. The impact profile of SSH research could be far stronger and more visible than it currently is. Impact generation based upon SSH research should be recognised and impact planning, generation and capture mechanisms should be further developed. The existing methods and instruments used to plan for, generate and assess impact from research in STEM disciplines are not always suitable for SSH research.

Valorisation concept

There are significant barriers to the valorisation of SSH research which still need to be understood in detail. In order to push the envelope within universities, we acknowledge that next to SSH researchers, the research support officers are key players in valorisation of SSH research. The ACCOMPLISSH project will identify all barriers and enablers of co-creation in order to develop an innovative valorisation concept, which will foster knowledge exchange within the quadruple helix and strengthens the position of SSH research.

The aim of the platform is to put forward a valorisation concept that is scalable for the whole of Europe. Testing and training are important elements in the implementation and further development of the concept. Instruments will be developed and tested to serve as guidelines for valorisation and co-creation. Training creates an innovative mind-set among the quadruple helix partners in the various settings. This will contribute to the further development of SSH research design and communications, which are critical factors in the integration of valorisation as a concept in academic culture and activity.


As explained in the previous paragraphs, societal challenges are complex. Therefore there is a need for partners to work together within the quadruple helix of the four key societal partners in order to address these challenges, and the specific role for SSH research which has been acknowledged by the European Commission. To address these challenges ACCOMPLISSH has formulated the following objectives:

  • To establish a collaboration platform with partners from government, academic, private and third sectors (quadruple helix);
  • To deliver an innovative model of valorisation;
  • To analyse the potential and challenges to SSH valorisation;
  • To bring a unified approach to SSH research impact to European universities;
  • To serve as an expert platform from which SSH knowledge can be transferred;
  • To develop new methods of research design and communications;
  • To identify barriers and enablers of value chain innovation from the SSH perspective;
  • To provide training and tools for both SSH researchers and research users to bridge the academic/non-academic gap and interconnect;
  • To actively contribute to SSH research as a cross-cutting theme throughout Horizon 2020 and beyond.


Social, academic, business and government partners need to collaborate on a larger and more interconnected scale in order to better address our complex societal challenges. This project will create a platform for dialogue between partners and SSH researchers in particular to foster interaction and innovation in this respect.

At the same time, justification of the use of public funds in research has become increasingly important, leading to a shift towards a more knowledge-based approach to research questions which addresses important societal issues as well as end-user needs. Greater dialogue between industry, policy makers, users and researchers is required to establish shared research priorities. Underpinning the approach of ACCOMPLISSH is the concept of co-creation, a holistic process including the lead- and end-user16.

Co-creation is a form of collaborative creativity that is initiated to enable innovation with rather than for the involved stakeholders. Co-creation brings different parties together in order to jointly produce a mutually valued outcome. In this case co-creation takes place among research, business, government and societal organisations or citizens to identify the requirements and conditions that must be created to ensure effective valorisation of SSH research. Co-creation will bridge the gap between these various actors by developing and testing new models both from the supply side (SSH research / universities) and the demand side (governments, businesses and societal actors / citizens).


The project creates platforms for dialogue in both the quadruple helix setting and in smaller academic settings. The smaller platform looks into the barriers and enablers of co-creation from an academic perspective and brings forward new research design and communication approaches, with a specific role for research support officers as they help bridge the gap between Science and Society.

The wider platform facilitates a genuine dialogue on how to develop an innovative valorisation model by involving government, industry and civil society participants together with academic partners. All academic partners will introduce their regional partner networks as important stakeholders in the project.


The platform which will be developed in this project will significantly improve the valorisation of SSH research and the knowledge transfer of SSH. The central aim of ACCOMPLISSH is to accelerate the valorisation and impact of SSH research across the value chain of products, services and policy. The project consortium was carefully brought together based upon the individual highly relevant experience with co-creation, impact and valorisation. Second, the academic ACCOMPLISSH partners together in the consortium represent a well-balanced representation of the SH-disciplines indicated by the European Research Council. The Platform Core consists of the academic partners: both researchers and Research Support officers.

The expected impacts are:

  • Improved (general) awareness of the potential impact of SSH research (economic and societal impacts as well as commercial and policy-related impacts);
  • A real-time working and network environment for universities, companies and third sector institutions to engage in peer learning activities regarding use of SSH results;
  • An increase in the use of SSH research results in society (in general) (stakeholders);
  • Improved awareness of the possibilities of applying SSH research outcomes within the European innovation system;
  • Improved use of research findings in the development of products and services across the innovation value chain;
  • Strengthening of the impact of SSH research (to contribute to economic development and social progress and to help address societal challenges in Europe);
  • An improved understanding of what co-creation means and how it can be conducted.


Katalin Ábrahám
University of Debrecen
Hungary profile of Katalin Ábrahám

Katalin Ábrahám is a senior lecturer at University of Debrecen, Hungary at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy. She teaches various law and project management courses for BA (in social work and sociology majors) and MA (in sociology major) students. Her research field involves the social contexts of adult education. She takes part in several research projects targeting adult education, social policy and labour policy. Furthermore, she has substantial practical experience in coordinating research and training projects as well.< back

Rose-Marie Barbeau
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom profile of Rose-Marie Barbeau

Rose-Marie Barbeau is Research Impact Manager at the University of Glasgow. She coordinated the impact element of the University's 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission. Her academic background is in International Policy Studies (MA) and French Linguistics/Literature (BA Hons), and her pre-HE professional background is in the international development sector. She utilises the information and experience from the REF to assist Colleges and individual academics to understanding and expand their impact activity and research user relationships, supporting their knowledge exchange activity in order to maximise potential impacts. Through formal training modules, presentations and individual sessions, she assists individuals and teams in formulating and implementing impact plans, and advises on evaluation tools and other means of capturing/ documenting impact. Rose-Marie also manages the £900k University of Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund, advises on applications to other impact acceleration funds, and has been responsible for the development of a knowledge exchange & impact repository. < back

Fenna Beekmans

Member of the ACCOMPLISSH
High Level Expert Group
Europa decentraal
The Netherlands profile of Fenna Beekmans

Mrs Fenna Beekmans is director of Europa decentraal, a Dutch non-profit knowledge centre on EU legislation, which gives advice and provides information on the application of EU regulations to local and regional governments. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of implementation of European legislation as well as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), working both for government institutions and for businesses and consultancy firms. Fenna Beekmans has developed great expertise in the effects of European law on local and regional governments, as well as in European funds and (European) project management. Currently, she is also an appointed member of the REFIT Platform of the European Commission in her personal capacity. The REFIT Platform is a forum in which member states and stakeholders have a dialogue on how European legislation can be improved. Agreed opinions of the Platform are formally presented to the European Commission and are taken into account in the drafting of the Commission’s Work Programme.< back

Mislava Bertoša
University of Zagreb
Croatia profile of Mislava Bertoša

Mislava Bertoša is associate professor of linguistics and semiotics at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She is head of the Department of Linguistics, chair of the Section of Semiology and deputy head of the PhD programme in Linguistics. Her interests include onomastics, sociosemiotics, discourse analysis, and language and sexuality issues. She is editor-in-chief of the linguistic journal Suvremena lingvistika (Contemporary Linguistics).< back

Astrid Biele Mefebue
University of Göttingen
Germany profile of Astrid Biele Mefebue

Astrid Biele Mefebue is a lecturer and research associate at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Since October 2013 she is coordinator for teaching and fundamental research at the Diversity Research Institute. Coming from the field of sociology of work, her focus in projects, evaluations and courses is on questions of experiencing and dealing with diversity, equality and difference in organisations. In this context she uses quantitative as well as qualitative data. Following the concept of reflexive diversity research, she commits herself to an intersectional research strategy, analysing discriminations as well as privileges. In her postdoctoral project (habilitation), she analyses how organisations as employers (consciously and unconsciously) open up different degrees of scope for individual conceptions of life depending on employee backgrounds.< back

Peter Meister Broekema
London School of Economics
United Kingdomprofile of Peter Meister Broekema

Peter Meister Broekema (1981) is currently working at the London School of Economics (LSE) as a Grant Applications Manager in the Research Division. In this role, he supports academics in obtaining (large) grants and developing and managing projects. Recently, his team has received the ‘ARMA award for Research Management Team of the year’. Before moving to LSE, he worked at the University of Groningen as a Funding Officer and was one of the initiators of the ACCOMPLISSH project. He also worked as a Grant Advisor for large, medium and small enterprises and as a private consultant and project manager in the cultural and rural domain. He has been involved in numerous knowledge exchange and impact projects and is always looking for new collaborations and opportunities.

Peter holds a MA degree in Medieval History and one in Religious Studies and has a background in History (BSc), Religious Studies (BSc) Philosophy (BSc) and Journalism. Peter is married and has a small son. When he is not working, he enjoys sport (running, fitness and golf) and music.< back

Susie Mitchell

Member of the ACCOMPLISSH
Advisory Group
Glasgow City of Scienceprofile of Susie Mitchell

Susie Mitchell is Programme Director at Glasgow City of Science. Susie graduated from St. Andrews University with a BSc Hons in Cell and Molecular Biology. She came to Glasgow in 1996 to complete a PhD in cancer research at the University of Glasgow’s Beatson Institute where she won the Institute's John Paul Award for Research Excellence. She spent five years managing R&D within the NHS in Glasgow and then moved to public health policy for four years. Whilst there she developed a tool aimed at promoting health, equality and human rights in public policy-making. This work, published by the World Health Organisation, was rolled out across the NHS in Scotland. She would then manage equality strategy for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Susie joined Glasgow City of Science in 2013 – a pioneering, multi-sector partnership that aims to drive economic growth and social well-being through creative and collaborative research and innovation programmes. Susie is a Governor on the Glasgow School of Art Board and a Trustee of Scotland’s James Clerk Maxwell Foundation. She presented the Scots that Changed the World Series for the BBC World Service on Scottish scientists and is a professional session vocalist and songwriter. With a passion for creativity and science; she is interested in how multidisciplinary working can generate radical, responsible innovation that tackles societal challenges.< back

Elena Buck
University of Göttingen
Germanyprofile of Elena Buck

Elena Buck is a research associate and co-ordinator for administration and strategic development at the Göttingen Diversity Research Institute. Her academic background is in political science, sociology and economics. After her diploma in political science at Leipzig University, her interest in knowledge transfer and production between academic and non-academic partners remained important in her work in political education. Before joining the Göttingen Diversity Research Institute she worked at the Saxon Centre for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education where she was responsible for evaluation, quality assurance and diversity measures as well as facilitating workshops. Her current research interests focus on politics of belonging, naturalisation policies and intersectionality.< back

Marino Bonaiuto
Sapienza University of Rome
Italyprofile of Marino Bonaiuto

Marino Bonaiuto is full Professor in Social Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology at Sapienza University, Rome. He is President master in Psychology of communication and marketing and he is CIRPA director. Scientific Societies: AIP (Associazione Italiana Psicologia, sezione Psicologia sociale); IAPS (International Association People-environment Studies); IAAP (International Association of Applied Psychology); EASP (European Association Social Psychology); EAWOP (European Association Work Organizational Psychology); Reputation Institute; ISGS (International Society Gesture Studies).

Bonaiuto is visiting Professor in Universities abroad; referee for scientific journals; referee for research grants funded by many bodies. Additionally, he is coordinator of scientific research units in public national (PRIN, University and Research Ministry) or international (EU 6th & 7th FP, H2020) grants; and in research projects funded by private companies; over 200 publications and over 150 contributions in scientific congresses. Lastly, he is a member of chartered Psychologists Lazio region, consultant within environmental and architectural psychology; work and organizational psychology; verbal, bodily and organizational communication.< back

Andrea D. Bührmann
University of Göttingen
Germanyprofile of Andrea D. Bührmann

Andrea D. Bührmann worked as acting professor at the Universities of Dortmund, Munich and Münster and as a visiting professor at the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna. In 2009, she became a special appointment professor in Münster and in 2011 was appointed professor at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. In 2013, Andrea D. Bührmann founded the Diversity Research Institute and, since then, has been the institute' s director. During the summer term of 2014, she worked as a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and during the summer term of 2015, she was appointed a visiting professorship at the Alpen Adria University in Klagenfurt.

In the past few years, Professor Bührmann has explored social transformation processes of work and their organisational structures. She currently heads several research and evaluation projects on the subject of diversity and is spokesperson for the joint research project entitled "'Diversity Turn' in land Use Science'". At the same time she works as an expert reviewer for the Austrian government and as an expert in diversity research and management, collaborating with various ministries on the state and federal levels in Germany.< back

Zsolt Bugarszki
Tallinn University
Estoniaprofile of Zsolt Bugarszki

Zsolt Bugarszki is a Hungarian social worker and expert of social policy living in Estonia and works as lecturer for Tallinn University School of Governance, Law and Society. His main field is mental health and community care and over the last 25 years he has been working in different Eastern European and Post-Soviet countries to promote the development of community based mental health services. Lately his interest turned toward creative, ICT supported innovations in the welfare system. Beside his lecturer work he participates in different development and experimental programmes to introduce innovative solutions to promote the social integration of vulnerable people.< back

André Caiado
University of Coimbra
Portugalprofile of André Caiado

André Caiado works as Project Management Officer at the Centre for Social Studies, where he is an essential support of the dissemination, outreach and knowledge transfer activities of the funded research projects of the institution. He has a Master's degree in International Economics and Management from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. He is graduated in Political Science and International Relations from the New University of Lisbon. He also attended the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. His master's thesis analyzed the role of economic diplomacy and the usefulness of official visits for businessmen. The investigation analyzed the businessmen's perception about official visits’ goals, in promoting their firms and business in the markets they had visited.< back

Gaspar Coll i Rosell
University of Barcelona
Spainprofile of Gaspar Coll i Rosell

Gaspar Coll i Rosell is currently director of the University of Barcelona Humanities and Social Sciences Park, opened in June 2015. In 1995, he was a Senior lecturer in History of Art at the University of Barcelona and in 2013 he …. Special Delegate to the Rector for the Humanities and Social Sciences Park (2013).

Gaspar Coll i Rosell gives Lectures at bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate level in areas of Ancient and Medieval Art and of Cultural Heritage and Museology. He conducts research into areas of medieval art, particularly illuminated manuscripts, and contributes to a variety of projects and the work of numerous competitive research groups. Additionally, he is author of several books, articles and specialist publications and involved in various teaching innovation projects and in the organization of academic programmes for the implementation of the European Higher Education Area. At last, he is member of numerous representative and governing bodies at the University of Barcelona.< back

Nadja Daghbouche
University of Göttingen
Germany profile of Nadja Daghbouche

Nadja Daghbouche (female) made her Diploma in Genecology at Technische Universität Braunschweig. She established the EU Office in 2005 and headed it since then. Next to this, she is the deputy head of the Research Department. From 2008 to 2010, she also set up the Research Service of the University of Göttingen, the predecessor of today’s Research Department. She is the university’s spokesperson for the structural funds of the European Union. < back

Trudy Dehue

Member of the ACCOMPLISSH
Advisory Group
University of Groningen
The Netherlandsprofile of Trudy Dehue

Trudy Dehue is a philosopher and sociologist of science, more specifically of the sciences studying human beings such as psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. She has been a full professor at the University of Groningen from 1995. After her retirement because of age she continues to work at her main topics. These are the traditions and decisions preceding the production of scientific facts and the ways in which these traditions and decisions (hidden in facts) can change individual lives and social realities. In relation to his, she studies the need of time for self-reflection by researchers as well as a renewed view of academic responsibility. In her view, academic responsibility also implies an improved dialogue with non-academics who need to be informed about the ways research outcomes are produced and who can, in relevant cases, be regarded as knowledge providers too.< back

Alexis Dewaele
University of Ghent
Belgiumprofile of Alexis Dewaele

Alexis Dewaele is assistant professor at Ghent University within the department of Clinical-Experimental and Health Psychology. He is coordinating PSYNC, a research consortium within the field of clinical psychology. PSYNC focuses on working with different groups of stakeholders (policy actors, researchers, practitioners,…) and on different aspects of increasing research impact within the field of clinical psychology (from translation of research results into products such as eHealth tools and evidence based instruments to science communication). He is also part of the research team ‘Familylab’ that conducts fundamental as well as applied research in the field of couple and family psychology. Amongst others, his research interests and expertise focus on minority stress and (mental) health, online and offline survey methods, sexual minorities, and collaborative research methodologies. < back

João Paulo Dias
University of Coimbra
Portugalprofile of João Paulo Dias

João Paulo Dias is a sociologist, Master in Sociology of Law, Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, and Ph.D. in Sociology of Law at the same institution. He is currently Researcher, Executive Director and Coordinator of the Project Management Office of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra. As a researcher, he is author of several articles and books, including "Paths of judicial reforms" (2003), with João Pedroso and Catarina Trincão, "The world of the judiciary: the evolution of the organization and self-government" (2004), "The role of public prosecutors in the judiciary: a comparative study of Ibero-American countries" (2008) (Co-coordinator with Rodrigo Ghiringhelli de Azevedo) and "Public Prosecutors in the access to law and justice" (2013), among others. It focuses, in terms of research interests, on the issues of Access to Law and Justice, the role of public prosecutors and, in particular, the sociological characterization of the judiciary, namely judges and public prosecutors in a comparative perspective.< back

Peter Dobers
Dalarna University
Swedenprofile of Peter Dobers

Peter Dobers is a professor in management first appointed in 2005. His area of expertise includes collaboration and co-creation of universities, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, city management, regional development. In these areas, he has published more than 35 articles in international journals wide peer review processes, as well as more than 35 books and book chapters. He is principal editor of Business Strategy and the Environment, a 3-star journal according to the Association of Business Schools ranking 2015. He was the Dean of the Faculty Board at Mälardalen university between 2011-2013 and is Dean of the Faculty Board at Södertörn university 2016-2019. He is Board Member and Treasurer of ISDRS – the International Sustainable Development Research Society since 2008. He was guest professor in Corporate Social Responsibility at Umeå University, Sweden between 2006-2008 and guest professor in Sustainable Co-Creation at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 2015-2016. He has been part of two co-creation projects abbreviated KLOSS (Knowledge and Learning about strategic collaboration) and funded by Sweden’s Innovation Agency Vinnova, involving 11 universities in Sweden, and the academic leader of one of them. In ACCOMPLISSH, he represents Dalarna University and supports the country and node leader professor Jonas Stier, Dalarna University.< back

Dries Faems
University of Groningen
The Netherlandsprofile of Dries Faems

Dries Faems is Full Professor Innovation & Organization at the Faculty of Economics and Business (University of Groningen), Visiting Professor at the LUISS Business School, and Affiliated Researcher at the Research Centre of Organisation Studies (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). He also is the director of the Innovation & Organization research program at the SOM Research institute of the University of Groningen. He has published papers in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, organization Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Technovation, and Small Business Economics. His current research focuses on the governance of alliances and acquisitions, the role of Intellectual Property in appropriating value from innovation, and the impact of individuals’ cognitive styles on the performance of new product development projects.< back

Patrícia Ferreira
University of Coimbra
Portugalprofile of Patrícia Ferreira

Patrícia Ferreira holds a degree in Biology and a master in Science Communication. She has professional experience as communication specialist in health and development projects and in educational publishing. Since May 2012, she is a junior research fellow in the "Science, Economy and Society" research group at the Centre for Social Studies (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and has worked in research projects on public health, life sciences and public engagement with science and technology. Currently, she is a PhD candidate of the doctoral program "Governance, Knowledge and Innovation" at the same institution. Her field of research focuses on the application of social sciences (particularly, sociology of science and sociology of knowledge) to the development of new perspectives on knowledge production and communication practices in health promotion, food and health inequalities and development policies and programs.< back

Ferdinando Fornara
University of Cagliari
Italyprofile of Ferdinando Fornara

Ferdinando Fornara, PhD in Social Psychology (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), MSc in Environmental Psychology (University of Surrey, UK), is associate professor in Environmental & Architectural Psychology at the Department of Education, Psychology, Philosophy of the University of Cagliari (Italy). He is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Environmental Psychology (5-year IF=4.607) and of the Editorial Committee of the Bulletin of People-environment Studies. He is Representative of CIRPA (the Italian Inter-University Research Center of Environmental Psychology) at the University of Cagliari. He has been member of the Scientific Committee of various international conferences and held invited seminars on environmental psychology topics in various European universities, located in France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and UK. His research interests include perceived quality of healthcare and urban design, psychometric tools measuring lay evaluation of design attributes, and normative influence on pro-environmental choices.< back

Jenny Hasenfuss
Newcastle University
United Kingdomprofile of Jenny Hasenfuss

Jenny Hasenfuss is Institute Administrator in the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal. which is a cross-disciplinary research Institute focused upon addressing the challenge “How do people, communities and society thrive in times of rapid transformational change”.

As Institute Administrator Jenny works with academics to meet the Institute objectives and to support the Newcastle University Mission to be to be 'a world class civic university'. Key areas of work include liaison with internal and external stakeholders, communication and dissemination of research, collation of resources on engaged research and project management of key strategic Institute projects. Her career to date includes roles in University external engagement, delivery of regeneration projects and multi-agency working.< back

Göran Hultin

Member of the ACCOMPLISSH
High Level Expert Group
Caden Corporation S.A.profile of Göran Hultin

Göran Hultin is Chairman and CEO ofCaden Corporation S.A. His work covers labour and employment policy, workforce development, industrial relations and labour migration in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Previously Mr. Hultin was Assistant Director General of the International Labour Office (ILO), globally responsible for advising Member Countries on employment policies, implementing programmes for job creation, HR strategies and skill development.

He is partner at Arklight Consulting Ltd and at The Future Work Forum and member of the China Association for Employment Promotion Expert Committee. Over the past twelve years he has advised ManpowerGroup on government relations and served as chair and expert on several committees and initiatives, including the World Economic Forum, European Policy Centre, The Hague Process for Refugees and Migration, the European Commission. Mr. Hultin’s education includes a M.Sc. Chem. Eng. from Finland; International Executive Programme INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France; Advanced Management, Marketing Programme Strathclyde University Scotland.< back

Jaliene Kwakkel
University of Groningen
The Netherlandsprofile of Jaliene Kwakkel

Jaliene Kwakkel has been Communication and Event manager at Sustainable Society at the University of Groningen since January 2014. Since March 2016 she has also been working on the ACCOMPLISSH project, where her responsibilities include organising events/meetings and all communication expressions. Jaliene studied Event Management and has a background in Communication and Information Studies. < back

Nicol Keith
University of Glasgow
The United Kingdomprofile of Nicol Keith

Nicol Keith is Professor of Molecular Oncology and the Institute of Cancer Sciences Director of Research Impact. This role reflects the importance the University places on knowledge exchange and impact resulting from research, which provide a benefit to the wider society and economy. Nicol has extensive experience in career and research development internationally and sits on several International funding committees which span disciplines from medical sciences through to social sciences and the humanities. His academic activities focus on translational cancer research including biomarker development, clinical trials and cancer cell immortality. The holistic approach he brings to career and research is aimed at contributing to the development of internationally-connected opinion leaders in cancer research and control. ACCOMMPLISSH supports this aim as it is an ideal and unique co-creation engagement platform to enable enduring and meaningful knowledge, skills and experience exchange to the benefit of science, humanities, society and economy.

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Christoph Köller

Member of the ACCOMPLISSH
Advisory Group
Görgen & Köller GmbHprofile of Christoph Köller

Christoph is a co-founder and managing partner of Görgen & Köller GmbH (G&K), a science consultancy company based in Germany. He especially supports research institutions and SMEs which intend to create impact of their research results in society and industry. He has developed and applied innovation evaluation and management methodologies as well as innovation processes which find widespread use by his clients. Christoph has conducted various projects in the field of innovation management and knowledge & technology transfer with major research facilities from Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Leibniz Association, and universities. He is currently engaged in projects focusing on the impact of humanities and social sciences in Germany and Europe. Christoph is frequently invited as an expert or speaker to workshops and symposia for innovation management and knowledge transfer, especially on the topic of knowledge transfer from humanities’ & social sciences’ research.

Furthermore, he belongs to several pools of experts and evaluators on knowledge transfer from research organisations, also focusing on the transfer from humanities and social sciences at EC, and at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He is member of the advisory board of the Austrian project “Knowledge Transfer Centres”. He recently established and leads a special interest group on social sciences and humanities valorisation at ASTP-Proton. < back

Balázs Krémer
University of Debrecen
Hungaryprofile of Balázs Krémer

Balázs Krémer dr. habil. (1957. Budapest, Hungary) Graduated at Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest, first got MA degree in majors Maths and Physics, second and PhD in Sociology. Started his career and worked for 16 years as research fellow at Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Science, mainly had been involved in researches on social welfare, industrial relation and labor market stratification. After the transition he was invited to fill government positions, directed national agencies on social policy and public employment services. During that time represented Hungary at committees and working parties in different international organizations (UN and UN affiliated organs, CoE, OECD, EU), also worked as consultant, expert by managing, monitoring and evaluating different development programs in Hungary, and in other CEE countries. From 2004 until now work as associate professor of University of Debrecen, Department of Sociology and Social Policy.< back

Karen Laing
Newcastle University
United Kingdomprofile of Karen Laing

Karen Laing is Senior Research Associate in the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching, in the School of Education, Communication and Language Science at Newcastle University, UK. She specialises in research that explores how societal structures, institutions and practices impact on vulnerable or disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities. This specifically includes studies on inclusion, partnership working, disadvantage, and participation. Much of her work is evaluation of interventions or practice and policy approaches to enhancing the wellbeing of children, young people and families. Her particular methodological interests, developed over the course of over 50 research projects, are in theory-based approaches, visual methods, and co-produced or participatory research with children and young people, families and communities and those who work with them. She works from a social policy perspective, while crossing disciplinary boundaries in family law, criminology, and education.< back

Toivo Maimets
University of Tartu
Estonia profile of Toivo Maimets

Toivo Maimets received in 1991 his PhD degree for studies of human oncoprotein p53 (University of Tartu) and became Professor of Cell Biology at the same university in 1992. His research involves characterization of intracellular signal transduction pathways responsible for cell cycle regulation, DNA damage control and tumorigenesis. He is also developing methods for screening low-molecular weight compounds to modulate protein-protein interactions in vivo and use this to design new anti-tumour drugs. Maimets has been member of several international research organisations and advisory groups, including European Research Area Board (ERIAB),European Commission Research, Innovation and Science Expert Group (RISE), European Molecular Biology Conference (former president), Science Europe (former member of Board), European and American Associations for Cancer Research and Academia Europaea. He is also member of the European Medicines Agency Committee of Advanced Therapies and has served as a member and vice-president of UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (2004-2011). His list of publications includes around 70 papers in international research journals as well as many articles in local press to enhance public understanding of science. His research has been supported by numerous grants from Estonia and abroad. < back

Jorge Luis Méndez-Ulrich
University of Barcelona
Spain profile of Jorge Luis Méndez-Ulrich

Jorge Luis Méndez-Ulrich has a PhD in Health Psychology and Master Degree in Research Methods in Health Psychology by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is assistant professor at the Department of Research and Assessment Methods in Education of the Faculty of Education of the University of Barcelona, and member of the FODIP research group. He has worked at the office of the Commissioner of the Rector of the UB for Participation, Employability and Social Entrepreneurship, were he participated and/or managed projects regarding the employability of the students, gender equality issues, participative processes and the teaching and promotion of social entrepreneurship. His main research interests are childhood in social risk, health education, the behavioral determinants of Health and Illness processes, on-line learning and cognitive determinants of motivation. He also collaborates in teaching and research with the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Open University of Catalonia. < back

João Arriscado Nunes
University of Coimbra
Portugalprofile of João Arriscado Nunes

João Arriscado Nunes is Full Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics and Senior Researcher at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, of which he was Executive Director (1998-2000). He is co-coordinator of the Doctoral Programme "Governance, Knowledge and Innovation).

In 2011-2012, he was Visiting Researcher at Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ in Rio de Janeiro). His research interests include social studies of science and technology (namely social studies of biomedicine, health and the life sciences and public engagement with science and technology), political sociology (democracy and participation) and social theory.

He is the co-editor, among others, of Reinventing Democracy: Grassroots Movements in Portugal (London: Routledge, 2006, with Boaventura de Sousa Santos), The Dynamics of Patient Organizations in Europe (Paris: Presses de l'École des Mines, with Madeleine Akrich, Florence Patterson and Vololona Rabeharisoa); Objectos Impuros: Experiências em Estudos Sobre a Ciência (Porto: Afrontamento, 2008, with Ricardo Roque). < back

Arko Olesk
Tallinn University
Estonia profile of Arko Olesk

Arko Olesk is a researcher and a PhD student of science communication at Tallinn University, Estonia, focussing in his research on the interaction between scientists and the media. Previously he has worked as a science journalist in the popular science magazine Tarkade Klubi and daily newspaper Postimees.< back

Paola Perucchinipa
University of Rome Tre
Italy profile of Paola Perucchinipa

Paola Perucchinipa has a graduate degree in Psychology (University of Rome La Sapienza) a Ph.D. in Social and Developmental Psychology (University of Rome La Sapienza) and she is researcher in Developmental Psychology (University Roma Tre). Currently she is Full Professor in Developmental and Educational Psychology (University Roma Tre). Paola is coordinator of the Master Course in Primary Education at the Department of Educational Sciences, University Roma Tre. Treasurer in the Executive Committee of the Developmental and Educational Psychology Section in the Italian Psychological Association (AIP). Her main research interests are Communicative and gestural development in infancy; social cognition development; social adjustment in preschool and primary school children; conceptual development and instruction in science education; parents and teachers belief on children development and education. < back

David Budtz Pedersen
Aalborg University Copenhagen
Denmarkprofile of David Budtz Pedersen

David Budtz Pedersen is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen. His current research focuses on research and innovation policy with a special interest in research evaluation, impact assessment, and Open Science and Innovation. He holds PhD, MA and BA degrees in philosophy and science policy studies. David Budtz has about 75 entries on his list of publications ranging from research papers, research monographs, edited volumes, policy reports, op-ed columns, newspaper articles etc.

In 2007, he became a member of the European Commission’s FP7 Programme Committee for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities, dealing with analysis and priority-setting in SSH research. In 2012, he supported the Danish Presidency of the European Union in the areas of science and innovation, co-organising the high-level conference “Science in Dialogue” at University of Southern Denmark. More recently, David was the successful coordinator of Denmark’s campaign to host Europe's largest interdisciplinary conference "Euroscience Open Forum 2014" in Copenhagen. Dr. Budtz Pedersen regularly acts as adviser to European governments, funding agencies and knowledge-based companies.< back

Ida Raffaelli

Member of the ACCOMPLISSH
Advisory Group
University of Zagreb
Croatiaprofile of Ida Raffaelli

Ida Raffaelli is a professor at Department of Linguistics at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia. Her main research interests are semantics, syntax, cognitive linguistics and diachronic semantics. She was editor in chief of the linguistic journal Suvremena ingvistika/Contemporary linguistics (2005-2015). She is co-organizer and lecturer at the International Interdisciplinary Summer School of Academic Communication for PhD students from all scientific fields (held in Split, in collaboration with Professor Ana Marušić). She was collaborator on the international project EOSS (Evolution of Semantic Systems) and head of the Croatian research team, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (2012-2014). She was member of the steering committee (and leader of the Croatian research team) of the European Science Foundation Research Networking Programme «The European Network on Word Structure. Cross-disciplinary approaches to understanding word structure in the languages of Europe” (2011- 2015). She is author of two scientific books (monographs) and more than twenty scientific articles.< back

Mark Shucksmith
University of Newcastle
United Kingdomprofile of Mark Shucksmith

Mark Shucksmith is Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal and Professor of Planning at Newcastle University. By background Mark is a rural sociologist, and his research interests span poverty and social exclusion in rural areas, rural development, agricultural policy, and affordable rural housing. He is a Trustee of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and was a Commissioner at the Commission for Rural Communities/ Countryside Agency from 2005-13. He was appointed in 2007-08 by the Scottish Government to Chair the Committee of Inquiry into Crofting, whose recommendations led to the Crofting Reform Act 2010. Mark was Vice-President of the International Rural Sociological Association from 2004-08 and was Programme Chair for the European Society of Rural Sociology Congress in 2015.

Recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis, Regional Studies, and Social Policy and Administration among many others. His most recent book is the Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies (2016).< back

Sharon Smit

University of Groningen
The Netherlandsprofile of Sharon Smit

Sharon Smit is Director Sustainable Society at University of Groningen since 2012. Before that she worked at several governmental organisations in the field of Strategy and Policy Development. Both on a personal and professional level she is highly interested in building bridges and connections between people and between organisations. She is convinced that the role of academia is changing and develops models and methods for science to have (more) societal impact. Sharon is coordinator of the ACCOMPLISSH project and strategic coordinator of the PERSON platform and Earthquake Centre.< back

Margriet Stel
University of Groningen
The Netherlandsprofile of Margriet Stel

Margriet Stel is Project Manager for the ACCOMPLISSH project at the University of Groningen since April 2016. In September 2015 she started working at the university. Besides her role in the project management of ACCOMPLISSH, she is also a project controller for several other projects within the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. She worked for several years as a project auditor for the European Regional Development Fund for the national government. As a result she has gained a lot of experience with subsidy projects. She endeavours to support researchers as much as possible so they can focus on the content of in the project.< back

Jonas Stier
Dalarna University
Swedenprofile of Jonas Stier

Jonas Stier is a professor of intercultural studies at Dalarna University, Sweden. His expertise includes interpersonal and intercultural communication, inclusion and identity and diversity and he has been involved in several international research projects and co-production projects on gender and ethnic diversity in preschools, inclusion in schools and citizenship education. Several of his books and scientific articles have been recognized as important scientific contributions to the academic and communities.

Stier is the manager of the Dalarna University research spearhead Culture, Identity and Representation and a guest professor of sociology at Mälardalen University. He has been served as an expert for the European Council on ethnic and cultural diversity in the social services and on intercultural dialogue. To the project, Stier brings experience on intercultural interaction, cross-cultural value differences and intercultural communication. Additionally, he has experiences of co-creation with non-academic stakeholders as well as intersectional and comparative perspectives of co-production, internationalization, and comparative methodologies.< back

Claudia Sueltmann
University of Göttingen
Germany profile of Claudia Sueltmann

Claudia Sueltmann made her Diploma in Geography at the University of Göttingen and started as a research manager in the EU Office of the University of Göttingen in 2006. Since 2010, she is also the deputy head of the EU Office. She is in charge of H2020 and other research programmes funded by the EU and advises researchers during the proposal phase and project implementation. < back

Margit Sutrop
University of Tartu
Estoniaprofile of Margit Sutrop

Margit Sutrop is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Tartu. She is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Arts and also the founding Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics. Her current research interests comprise moral and political philosophy, bioethics, and ethics of technologies, research ethics, philosophy of education, and aesthetics. Since 2004 she has been working as an independent ethics expert for the European Commission. She is an author of one monograph, an editor of 13 books and an author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and volumes. She has been the grant holder of more than 50 international and local research grants. Currently she is leading the big research project “Disagreements. A Philosophical Analysis” (2014-2019) and is involved in the Horizon 2020 project “Promoting Research Integrity (PRINTEGER)” (2015-2018) and several other projects.< back

Jennifer Wallace

Member of the ACCOMPLISSH
Advisory Group
Carnegie UK Trust
United Kingdomprofile of Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace is the head of policy at Carnegie UK Trust. Jennifer leads the policy team. She joined the Trust in 2011 with more than ten years experience in research and policy development. Previous roles in both the public and voluntary sector included research and advocacy on education, local government and housing. Her work has led directly to positive change in legislation, policy and practice. Jennifer holds the degrees of MA (Hons) in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh and MPhil in Social Science Research from the University of Glasgow. She is a Trustee of Evaluation Support Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.< back

Gunhilde Ricarda Wilz
University of Göttingen
Germany profile of Gunhilde Ricarda Wilz

Gunhilde Ricarda Wilz made her Diploma in Translation for French and Spanish at the University of Heidelberg in 1989. Since 2010 she is the administrator for EU-projects at the EU Office of the University of Göttingen.< back

Mark Tewdwr-Jones
Newcastle University
United Kingdom profile of Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Director of Newcastle City Futures and the fifth holder of Newcastle University's 1946 Established Chair of Town Planning and a member of the Global Urban Research Unit at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Among Mark's achievements over the last 25 years are aspects of devising foresight methods for the future of places and cities, visual methods for active citizen and business participation in cities, strategic spatial thinking and spatial governance, the study and representation of cities historically in film and television, behavioural dimensions to planning theory, and the relationship between planning and other policy fields such as housing. He currently leads the Newcastle City Futures RCUK Innovate UK Urban Living Partnership pilot for Newcastle and Gateshead, one of five national pilots.

He was previously Government Advisor on planning, land use and housing issues to ministers in UK Government, the Welsh Government and Scottish Government, and served as a lead expert for the Government Chief Scientist Sir John Beddington’s Foresight project on Land Use Futures; more recently he has been involved in Sir Mark Walport's Future of Cities Foresight project. He directs Newcastle City Futures (NCF), and chairs the City Futures Development Group. NCF designs innovative cross sectoral and collaborative initiatives in the North East to improve research, resilience, wellbeing and policy. < back

Liz Todd
Newcastle University
United Kingdom profile of Liz Todd

Liz Todd is Professor of Educational Inclusion at Newcastle University. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Renewal which forges partnerships between the university and external organisations in order to contribute to creative solutions to societal challenges. She is well known for her work on the interaction between communities and schools, the engagement of young people in development and research, and respectful democratic approaches to change (personal and organisational). Liz is also Deputy Director of SOLE Central and a member of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching. One of her books, with Cummings and Dyson, Beyond the school gates; can full service and extended schools overcome disadvantage? was highly commended by the Society of Educational Studies in 2012.< back

Amber Yu
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom profile of Amber Yu

Amber Yu is a Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer at the Institute of Cancer Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Before this position, Amber was a cancer research scientist for 8 years. With a PhD degree in cell biology, her particular research interests focused on tumour cell invasion and experimental cancer therapies. As a cancer researcher, she was really enthusiastic and engaged in science communication and values research impact. During this time, Amber became more closely involved with people and groups involved in impact and the benefits of the impact agenda motivated her to transition her career toward research management.

Now, as an Impact Officer, Amber focuses on contributing and supporting the ACCOMPLISSH project in its aims to reach societal impact. Her aspiration is to become a go-to person for staff to discuss their research, in order to understand impact. Amber is passionate to use her understanding of research to contribute to building an effective model of knowledge exchange, collaboration and impact generation across all disciplines.< back


The ACCOMPLISSH project has started March 1 2016
and will run for three years.



May 8-10

Dialogue Platform Core Groningen (NL)
(closed meeting for the university partners)

November 20-22

Opening conference "SSH Impact and Action"
Rome (IT) (open conference)

November 22

Dialogue Platform Wide Rome (IT)
(closed meeting for quadruple helix partners)



Dialogue Platform Core Zagreb (HR)
(closed meeting for the university partners)


Dialogue Platform Wide Tallinn (EE)
(closed meeting for quadruple helix partners)



Dialogue Platform Core
(closed meeting for the university partners)


Dialogue Platform Wide Groningen (NL)
(closed meeting for quadruple helix partners)



Closing Conference Barcelona (SP)
(open conference)


The project’s findings will be disseminated mainly by

  • The ACCOMPLISSH website
  • Opening European Conference in Rome
  • Dialogue Platform Core meetings
  • Dialogue Platform Wide meetings
  • Advisory Group meetings
  • High Level Expert Group meetings
  • Steering Committee meetings
  • Closing European Conference in Barcelona
  • Newsletters
  • Publications

ACCOMPLISSH will also communicate with its target audiences by

  • Press releases
  • Invitations
  • Direct mailing and personal and group briefings

Logo's academic partners

Top 100 University - University of Groningen
University of Glasgow
Aalborg University - Linking life and learning
Dalarna University
University of Zagreb
University of Tartu
Sapienza - Università di Roma
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Ghent University
Tallinn University
Universitat de Barcelona
Centre for Social Studies
University of Debrecen
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, NE1 7RU
Linked third parties
University Cagliari
Universita degli Studi Roma Tre


University of Groningen
Sustainable Soiety

Grote Kruisstraat 2/1
9712 SK Groningen

Main contact person:
Sharon Smit
Director Sustainable Society


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