What is the International School on Research Impact Assessment?

Research and innovation are essential to prosperity, human well-being, and sustainability. Research Impact Assessment RIA is fundamental in delivering effective R&D and in measuring the success of related investment. To this end, the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA) was founded to foster the science of RIA across all fields of sciences, and to support sustainability of research systems. ISRIA was founded by the Agency of Health Quality and Assessment (AQuAS), RAND Europe and Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) in 2013.

The inaugural School was hosted in Barcelona, Spain in Sep 2013, followed by a second edition in Banff, Canada in Sep 2014 and a third edition in Doha, Qatar in Oct 2015. The School has seen marvelous success in terms of participation, motivation and international visibility. This year’s edition of the ISRIA will be hosted by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from Sep 19th- 23rd, 2016, where international experts in the field of RIA will lead a five-day, hands-on school in Melbourne, Australia.

Who will be attending?

ISRIA is aimed at those working in program management, evaluation, knowledge translation, policy and decision making across different sectors, including government, research funding, academia, not-for-profits, and industry.

How will the participants benefit?

The School aims to enhance participants’ skills of RIA: how to plan, implement, and manage an RIA; how to communicate the results to intended audiences; how to measure and optimize returns of research investments.

ISRIA 2016 Host

The Fourth Edition of ISRIA will be hosted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). CSIRO is Australia’s national research agency. As a key player in Australia’s innovation eco-system, CSIRO has been pushing the edge of what’s possible for over 85 years. Today it has around 5200 talented people working out of over 50 centres in Australia and internationally. It is one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world, with work spanning across areas such as food, health and life science industries, energy, environment, information and communications, manufacturing and minerals.

CSIRO’s ability to achieve results is shown by the quality of its research. It is in the top 1% of global research institutions in 15 of 22 research fields and in the top 0.1% in 4 research fields. It has a strong track record of commercial success. Some of its top inventions include Wi-Fi, polymer banknotes, extended wear contact lenses and Relenza FLY vaccine.

For more information, please visit: www.csiro.au