Workshop on Data4Impact Methodology and Indicators

Are you interested in exploring the methods and results proposed by Data4Impact for research impact assessment?

WHEN – June 24, 2019 (9:30 – 16:00) 
WHERE – Covent Garden, REA, Brussels


Recent economic and societal developments created a strong demand for additional evidence for the performance of the research and innovation (R&I) systems, and the societal impact they bring. However, this increased demand is not being met by current R&I indicators, as data collection typically stops at the end of research funding, while most results and impacts materialise in the medium- and long-term of the R&I lifecycle.

Data4Impact addresses this problem by capitalising on the latest technological developments in big data technologies and analytics (Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning) in order to provide better R&I monitoring and impact assessment. Combining data from different sources and applying our methodology on publicly-funded health research in EU member states, we have developed a set of indicators aimed at examining the academic, economic and overall societal impact of such activities.

To the best of our knowledge, Data4Impact is the first research project to track the results and impacts of R&I activities after the end of research funding. It is also the first project which attempts to establish links between EU research activities and health innovations and products which are currently on the market.

Our end-product will be an open, data and visualisation tool that can be used to:

1. identify and monitor the direct links between research activities and the resulting technological innovations and impact, and

2. examine the evolution of different health-related topics over time as outcomes of research and technology, and with regard to the public interest.

In this hands-on, interactive workshop, we aim to gather feedback on the chosen methodology, the coverage and latency/timeliness of the developed indicators, to maximise the relevance for all stakeholders involved (particularly for funding agencies and policymakers).

Workshop registration is by invitation only. Please register with your email address below to attend this event.



On the evening of Sunday 23 June at 19:00, Data4Impact consortium will host a dinner for all the workshop participants. Please make your travel plans accordingly.

Time Activity Speakers

Presentation of Data4Impact results

9.30 – 10.00


For security reasons, every person requesting access to a Commission building must provide his/her passport or another form of identification. Please make sure to arrive at least 30 min prior to the start of the event to have enough time for registration, especially if you have not provided your personal data beforehand.

10.00 – 10.30

Opening Remarks

Vilius Stanciauskas (PPMI)

10:30 – 10:45

Conceptual Framework and Overview of Indicators

Alexander Feidenheimer (Fraunhofer ISI)

10:45 –  11:00

Tracking of Research Outputs

Ioanna Grypari (ATHENA RC)

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

11.15 – 11:55

Academic Impact & Societal Relevance of Research

Ioanna Grypari (ATHENA RC) & Vassilis Antonopoulos (QUALIA)

11:55 – 12:05

Economic Impact

Vilius Stanciauskas (PPMI)

12:05 – 12:30

Societal & Health Impact

Vilius Stanciauskas (PPMI) & Gustaf Nelhans (University of Boras)

12.30 – 13.30


Breakout Sessions

13:30 – 14:45

Parallel Session 1: Academic Impact (led by Haris Papageorgiou – Athena RC)

  • Relevance of metrics produced by Data4Impact
  • Utility of indicators
  • Vote on Indicators

Audience will be split into two discussion groups, members from the Data4Impact team will guide the discussion in each breakout group


Parallel Session 2: Economic & Societal Impact (led by Vilius Stanciauskas – PPMI & Gustaf Nelhans – University of Boras)

  • Relevance of metrics produced by Data4Impact
  • Utility of indicators
  • Vote on Indicators

14:45 – 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 – 15:15

Presentation of Breakout Discussion Results

Group leaders present the results of the breakout discussions
15:15 – 16:00

Panel Discussion & Wrap-Up

Panelists will include policymakers, service providers and experts




We recommend you to arrive to the REA premises in the Covent Garden building on Place Rogier by public transport or via alternative mobility forms. It takes 5 minutes to walk to the Covent Garden from Gare du Nord/Noord Station and 15-20 minutes to get to the Covent Garden from Gare du Midi/Zuid Station by metro.

Due to limited space in the REA building, there is no parking available for external visitors.

For more details, please consult a map of the surroundings of the REA premises.



Place Rogier 20, 1020 Brussels (in front of the Covent Garden)


Crown Plaza

Rue Gineste 3, Sint-Joost-ten-Node, 1210 Brussels (110 meters from the Covent Garden)

Standard room: 143.50€
Deluxe room: 163,50€

Progress hotel 

Du Progress 9, Sint-Joost-ten-Node, 1210 Brussels (120 meters from the Covent Garden)

Standard room: 143.50€
Deluxe room: 163,50€


Avenue du Boulevard 17, 1210 Brussels (260 meters from the Covent Garden)

125€ ; 140€ (with breakfast)

Le Plaza

Bd Adolphe Maxlaan, 118-126, 1000 Brussels (350 meters away from the Covent Garden)

Classic room: 135€
Deluxe room: 165

Best Western

Rue Royale 160, 1000 Brussels (850 meters/1 stop by metro away from the Covent Garden)

110€; 119€ (with breakfast)

Motel One

Rue Royale 120, 1000 Brussels (1.1 km/2 stops by metro away from the Covent Garden)

Standard room: 89€
Business balcony room: 119€

For further information and questions, please contact Sonata Brokeviciute at sonata[at]