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Deusto Conferences

Main Conclusions

Deusto’s commitment to society

One of the main conclusions of the Conference was that one mission of today’s Universities is being agents of social change and that this mission should be developed with more courage and conviction. At the University of Deusto this mission is achieved not only through education and training, but also through research and transfer activities. Deusto research pursues an impact beyond academia and focuses on the transformation of today’s society, leading to fairer and more diverse societies, where inclusive social development and welfare are enhanced.

As regards research, Deusto has been taking very important steps (...) It is a challenge and a need for Universities to bring in research impact to society

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The University of Deusto is recognised for its commitment to society and to a more inclusive, human, fair and sustainable world

As regards research, Deusto has been taking very important steps (...) It is a challenge and a need for Universities to bring in research impact to society

Adolfo Morais Ezquerro, Vice Minister for Universities and Research, Basque Government

"University research has a role to play as an agent of social change"

José María Guibert

Rector of the University of Deusto

In Deusto, we believe that research is crucial for our world, as the challenge is that this research has an impact on the society.

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University research has a role to play as an agent of social change

In Deusto, we believe that research is crucial for our world, as the challenge is that this research has an impact on the society.

José María Guibert, Rector of the University of Deusto

"Service and commitment to the society is our insignia"

Cristina Iturrioz Landart

Vice Rector for Research and Transfer, University of Deusto

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Service and commitment to the society is our insignia

Cristina Iturrioz Landart, Vice Rector for Research and Transfer, University of Deusto

In this context, the Rector and the Vice rector for Research and Transfer of the University of Deusto, briefly presented the Strategic Master Plan of “Social Impact of Research” , which sets the roadmap with key actions for the promotion and dissemination of research with impact at Deusto.

Showing concrete examples of projects with societal impact

The Conference took stock of the social impact of Deusto research, demonstrating with concrete initiatives how it responds in a transformative way to pressing societal challenges.

Social agents (public administration entities, NGOs, professionals, social players, school students and teachers) presented together with Deusto researchers concrete examples of research projects with an impact on society. They have demonstrated the impact of University research on important societal issues such as:

  • Ageing and health care
  • Connected industry
  • Justice and social inclusion
  • Education for citizenship
  • Basque SMEs
  • Waste management
  • Gender, media and their impact on education
  • Ageing and social services

"We have to show that our research is bringing about improvements to the society..."

Rocío García Carrión

Ikerbasque Research Follow, University of Deusto

...transferability to other contexts and communities, as well as sustainability over time. The Dialogic Literary Gatherings are tangible examples of this.

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We have to show that our research is bringing about improvements to the society

...transferability to other contexts and communities, as well as sustainability over time. The Dialogic Literary Gatherings are tangible examples of this.

Rocío García Carrión, Ikerbasque Research Follow, University of Deusto

Various initiatives presented (e.g. Social Impact Briefings, Storytelling and Expert Services) are the result of actions developed under the "Social Impact of Research" Master Plan, as well as the collaborative work generated in the framework of the Interdisciplinary Research Platforms of the University of Deusto.

Interdisciplinarity, cooperation and co-creation with social agents

Another main conclusion of the event was that interdisciplinarity and co-creation with social agents are crucial to develop research with impact.

"Research with social impact needs to leave the University walls. We need to establish a dialogue with social agents..."

Cristina Iturrioz Landart

Vice Rector for Research and Transfer, University of Deusto

...to: on the one hand, help us to guide our research activities; and on the other hand, to help social agents to tackle the challenges they face everyday. That is why cooperation and co-creation with others are a priority for us

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Research with social impact needs to leave the University walls. We need to establish a dialogue with social agents...

...to: on the one hand, help us to guide our research activities; and on the other hand, to help social agents to tackle the challenges they face everyday. That is why cooperation and co-creation with others are a priority for us

Cristina Iturrioz Landart, Vice Rector for Research and Transfer, University of Deusto

"We are working with the people and the community, for the people and the community"

Rosa María Santibañez Gruber

Professor of Social Pedagogy, University of Deusto. Adviser to the Caixa ProInfancia project

We are working in a coordinated way, both in the research and implementation phases of the project.

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We are working with the people and the community, for the people and the community

We are working in a coordinated way, both in the research and implementation phases of the project.

Rosa María Santibañez Gruber, Professor of Social Pedagogy, University of Deusto. Adviser to the Caixa ProInfancia project

"The participation of social, economic and cultural players is fundamental to identify answers to current social exclusion problems"

Maite Peña López

Member of the Parliament, Social Policies, Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa

With the Social Inclusion Plan (Elkar-EKIN), the Department of Social Policy of the Municipal Government of Gipuzkoa, seeks to take and develop a leading role, based on the cooperation with different players. The participation of social, economic and cultural players is fundamental to identify answers to current social exclusion problems. The University of Deusto is amongst these players. (...) Gipuzkoa´s future, specially in what relates to social services, is a challenge that concerns everyone, from the small to the big company, schools, everyone… We have to work together and we should be all involved in the maintenance and development of the social protection services. The collaboration with other institutions, with the University and the society is fundamental

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The participation of social, economic and cultural players is fundamental to identify answers to current social exclusion problems

With the Social Inclusion Plan (Elkar-EKIN), the Department of Social Policy of the Municipal Government of Gipuzkoa, seeks to take and develop a leading role, based on the cooperation with different players. The participation of social, economic and cultural players is fundamental to identify answers to current social exclusion problems. The University of Deusto is amongst these players. (...) Gipuzkoa´s future, specially in what relates to social services, is a challenge that concerns everyone, from the small to the big company, schools, everyone… We have to work together and we should be all involved in the maintenance and development of the social protection services. The collaboration with other institutions, with the University and the society is fundamental

Maite Peña López, Member of the Parliament, Social Policies, Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa

Main challenge: identifying, measuring and recognising the social impact of research

One of the main challenges of University research with social impact is to identify, evaluate, measure and recognise how excellence research generates benefits for the society. For that purpose, the University of Deusto has created a label identifying and recognising those university projects that have an impact on society - Label Deusto Research Social Impact

"Our main challenge is to assess and measure how excellent research is generating social benefit"

Eva Ferreira

Director of Unibasq - Agency for Quality of the Basque University System

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Our main challenge is to assess and measure how excellent research is generating social benefit

Eva Ferreira, Director of Unibasq - Agency for Quality of the Basque University System

 

...but also identity and recognise how many researchers work in projects with social impact and in co-creation with other organisations

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With the Label Deusto Research Social Impact we will be able not only to identify the number of citations and publications of a research project

...but also identity and recognise how many researchers work in projects with social impact and in co-creation with other organisations

Cristina Iturrioz Landart, Vice Rector for Research and Transfer, University of Deusto

 

1st Conference on Deusto Research Social Impact - Bilbao

20/03/2017 - I Jornadas de Impacto Social de la Investigación de Deusto

1st Conference on Deusto Research Social Impact - San Sebastian

27/03/2017 - I Jornadas de Impacto Social de la Investigación de Deusto - Donostia

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