AiIG Early Career Scholars Lab 2024

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Second Edition

Pathways and Evaluation of Research Impact

Siena, 12th -13th September 2024


Where and When

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione e Scienze Matematiche – Università di Siena

Edificio San Niccolò, via Roma 56, Siena.

From 12 to 13 September 2024

First activity starts on the 12 at 9:00am, registration from 8:30am. Last activity ends on the 13 at 14:00pm.


Aims of the Early Career Scholars Lab

  • The Early Career Scholars Lab stems from the recognition of the growing need for our researchers to continue their education on all relevant aspects of their academic career, as well as the importance of strengthening the sense of community and identity of AiIG researchers.
  • It aims at:
    • Providing an educational opportunity to support the career path of early career scholars
    • Nurturing a sense of membership to the AiIG Community in young researchers
    • Providing a dedicated opportunity to create a strong community among AiIG early career scholars


Early Career Scholars Lab 2024 – Pathways and Evaluation of Research Impact

  • Young scholars are facing today unprecedented challenges deriving from numerous yet often contradictory requests on their research outcome. There is an increasing pressure to produce research outcomes that have an academic relevance and impact on the business and the society. Research impact itself is a complex and often not clearly defined target that needs to be effectively communicate to a variety of stakeholders.
  • The main objective of the AiIG Early Career Scholars Lab is to explore the multifaceted nature of research impact and to identify potential pathways and evaluation metrics of the research impact, within and beyond academia.
  • The Lab creates an opportunity to learn from the experience of more senior researchers, members of the AiIG community and external speakers, and to discuss among peers the main challenges and possible solutions.
  • The Lab includes a keynote speech, panels, seminars and peer discussions (laboratories).


Key dates

June 2024: Registration opens
4 June: Opening of the Early Bid registration

July 2024: Early Bid registration
Closing of the Early Bid registration
Deadline 4 July 2024

August 2024: Late Registration
Closing of the registration
Deadline 4 August 2024

September 2024: Start
12-13 September 2024


Registration and Fees

To participate at the II Early Career Scholars Lab payment can only be performed by Credit Card in the ECSL section of the AiIG website. Tuition fees depend on the participant status and are inclusive of participation, course materials, launches, coffee breaks, social aperitif and gala dinner.

Early bird – (before 4 July 2024)

€ 230.00 (excluding € 30 for 2024 AiIG membership)
€ 260.00 (including € 30 for 2024 AiIG membership)

Late registration – (after 4 July 2024)
€ 260.00 (excluding € 30 for 2024 AiIG membership)
€ 290.00 (including € 30 for 2024 AiIG membership)

Reserve your room soon, Strongly suggested.
Siena is a very popular destination, and September is high season for both business and tourism. Book your room soon!!

Preliminary Program

12 September

8:30 Registration

9:00 Opening – Pierpaolo Pontrandolfo, AiIG President

9:15 Keynote: Research impact and citation impact – are they the same and can we measure them? – Mike Thelwall

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Lab – What types of societal impacts does management engineering research have and how can it be evidenced? – Facilitated by Mike Thelwall, with the support of Andrea Fronzetti Colladon, Mario Rapaccini and Gianluca Murgia

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Seminar – A general framework for the assessment of the academic and social impact of research – Seminar by Cinzia Daraio and Panel with: Paolo Roma, Daniele Rotolo, Mattia Cattaneo

15:00 Lab – Academic publishing business models: Ongoing dynamics – Facilitated by Mattia Cattaneo, with the support of Andrea Fronzetti Colladon, Mario Rapaccini and Gianluca Murgia

16:30 Coffee break

17:00 Panel: AiIG initiatives to enhance the research impact – Pamela Danese, Matteo Kalchschmidt, Raffaella Manzini, Paolo Roma

18:00 Networking

20:00 Social Dinner


13 September

9:30 Seminar – Scientific research and entrepreneurship – Seminar by Michele Meoli

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Lab – Is it right to encourage researchers toward tech transfer and entrepreneurship? – Parliamentary debate Facilitated by Michele Meoli, with the support of Gianluca Murgia, Angelo Natalicchio, Pierluigi Zerbino

13:00 Lunch


Confirmed Speakers and Panelists

Mattia Cattaneo (Università di Bergamo)
Pamela Danese (Università di Padova)
Cinzia Daraio (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)
Matteo Kalchschmidt (Università di Bergamo)
Raffaella Manzini (LIUC – Università Cattaneo)
Michele Meoli (Università di Bergamo)
Pierpaolo Pontrandolfo (Politecnico di Bari)
Paolo Roma (Università di Palermo)
Daniele Rotolo (Politecnico di Bari)
Mike Thelwall (University of Sheffield)


Confirmed Mentors

Gianluca Murgia (Università di Siena)
Andrea Fronzetti Colladon (Università di Perugia)
Mario Rapaccini (Università di Firenze)
Umberto Panniello (Politecnico di Bari)
Angelo Natalicchio (Politecnico di Bari)
Pierluigi Zerbino (Università di Pisa)

Organizing Committee

Politecnico di Bari:
• Nunzia Carbonara
• Antonio Messeni Petruzzelli
• Umberto Panniello
• Daniele Rotolo

Università di Siena:
• Simone Gitto
• Gianluca Murgia