Symposium 2016- Social Sciences: Understanding policy impacts

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About the Symposium

Knowledge about social behaviour and institutions underpins notable advances in economic growth, technological innovation, health, education, good governance and the quality of life, but it also helps to understand why public policy sometimes fails to improve our lot. Much of this knowledge is either taken for granted or, increasingly, reduced to metrics of impact that belie the complexity of knowledge communication and influence.

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia’s 2016 Symposium—Social Sciences: Understanding policy impacts, considers alternative ways of demonstrating the impact of the social sciences for Australia. It does so informed by international comparisons, such as the impact agenda pursued under the UK’s Research Excellence Framework which accounts for 20 per cent of that assessment exercise, and similar moves to evaluate impact under discussion in Sweden, Netherlands and elsewhere.

With leading social science researchers, senior government officials and industry experts participating in this symposium, discussions will identify the wide range of contributions and benefits made by the social sciences, and consider how these benefits can best be communicated to various audiences. The one day symposium will produce a concise document, reflecting on the proceedings and making some recommendations for how we might better assess the impact of social science research on public policy.

location: Old Parliament House, Canberra

Cunningham Lecture 2016

“Will you still need me, will you still ….”

FEATURING

The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO

When Paul McCartney penned his famous song “Will you still need me…” in 1966, at the age of 16, the oldest of Australia’s baby boomers were turning 20.  Despite Paul contemplating turning 64 these boomers were on the cusp of adulthood and the inevitability of turning 64 was most probably the furthest thing from their minds and for most of them would have seemed an impossibility.

The movement of the bulge of boomers through the years, often referred to as “the pig in the python” provided fertile ground to be tilled by social science researchers.

How is this cohort of ageing boomers doing now – what are they doing, how healthy are they, where are they living, how are they fairing; how do they compare with the war babies and boomers in other countries; and what of their future.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Appointed as the Age Discrimination Commissioner in July, 2016 Kay came to the role with strong involvement in issues affecting older people. Kay left school at 15, managed a small business, and then returned to school and gained a BA (Hons) at the University of Sydney, a PhD in Psychology and a Dip Ed at Monash University. She taught allied health science students for 11 years. She studied gerontology at the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University. She then co-developed the first Victorian post-graduate diploma in gerontology and introduced gerontology into the undergraduate behavioural science courses.

Following her election to the Senate in 1987, Kay served on a number of Senate committees and held various shadow portfolios. In 1988 she was appointed as a Parliamentary Secretary and in 2001 was appointed to Cabinet and served in the Health and Social Security portfolios. She retired from Cabinet in 2006 and from the Senate in 2008. During her time in the Senate she pursued issues affecting older Australians and fought for the removal of the compulsory retirement age of 65 from the Australian Public Service and statutory authorities.

Kay has served on a number of not-for-profit Boards and in voluntary positions. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2016 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Event Schedule

7:00 pm

Presentation by New Fellows

AT COMMON ROOM, UNIVERSITY HOUSE, CANBERRA (Fellows and invitees only)

8:30 am - 9:00 am

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATIONS

AT THE MEMBERS DINING ROOM, OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA (Symposium registrants and invitees only)

9:00 am - 9:10 am

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

Professor Glenn Withers AO FASSA, President Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

9:10 am - 9:30 am

CONVENER’S INTRODUCTION

Professor Brian Head FASSA, The University of Queensland, Brisbane

9:30 am - 10:30 am

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Professor James Wilsdon, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Cultures of counting: where next for impact, indicators and interdisciplinary social science?

Q&A

10:30 am - 10:45 am

MORNING TEA

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION

Chair: Professor Glenn Withers AO FASSA

Making Social Sciences count- contribution, impact and gaps

Panelists:

Dr David Gruen, Deputy Secretary, Economic and G20 SHERPA, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Ms Serena Wilson PSM, Deputy Secretary,Social Security, Department of Social Services, Canberra

Professor John Daley, CEO, Grattan Institute, Melbourne

Professor Stephanie Fahey, Lead Partner for Education, Ernst and Young, Canberra

Associate Professor Claire Donovan, Brunel University, London, United Kingdom

12:00 pm - 12:45 am

LUNCH

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Understanding the impact and value of Social Sciences

 Theme area  Chair
 Health & education systems  Professor Ottmar Lipp FASSA
 Public & private social welfare systems  Professor Diane Gibson FASSA
 Equity, security, citizen rights & responsibilities  Professor James Walter FASSA
 Work life spectrum  Professor Janeen Baxter FASSA
 Living in evolving cities and environments  Professor Peter Spearritt FASSA
 Wealth & productivity  Professor Harry Bloch FASSA

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

AFTERNOON TEA

2:20 pm - 3:50 pm

REPORT BACK AND CONCLUDING DISCUSSION

Chair and Rapporteur: Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM, Company Director, Canberra

Report back by breakout session Chairs:

Theme area  Chair
 Health & education systems  Professor Ottmar Lipp FASSA
 Public & private social welfare systems  Professor Diane Gibson FASSA
 Equity, security, citizen rights & responsibilities  Professor James Walter FASSA
 Work life spectrum  Professor Janeen Baxter FASSA
 Living in evolving cities and environments  Professor Peter Spearritt FASSA
 Wealth & productivity  Professor Harry Bloch FASSA

3:50 pm - 4:15 pm

CONCLUSION & THANKS

Professor Glenn Withers AO FASSA, President, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

President’s Drinks

THE MEMBERS BAR, OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA  (Fellows and invitees only)

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Book Launch: Population ageing and Australia's future

THE MEMBERS BAR, OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA  (Fellows and invitees only)

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

2016 Cunningham Lecture - “WILL YOU STILL NEED ME, WILL YOU STILL….”  BY THE HON DR KAY PATTERSON AO PSM

AT SENATE CHAMBER, OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA (Public Lecture)

When Paul McCartney penned his famous song “Will you still need me…” in 1966, at the age of 16, the oldest of Australia’s baby boomers were turning 20.  Despite Paul contemplating turning 64 these boomers were on the cusp of adulthood and the inevitability of turning 64 was most probably the furthest thing from their minds and for most of them would have seemed an impossibility.

The movement of the bulge of boomers through the years, often referred to as “the pig in the python” provided fertile ground to be tilled by social science researchers.

How is this cohort of ageing boomers doing now – what are they doing, how healthy are they, where are they living, how are they fairing; how do they compare with the war babies and boomers in other countries; and what of their future.

7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Fellows Dinner

AT THE MEMBERS DINING ROOM, OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA  (Fellows and invitees only)

Recognition of Jubilee Fellows and induction of New Fellows.

 

7:45 am

New Fellows Induction Breakfast

AT FELLOWS/ GRADUATE LOUNGE, UNIVERSITY HOUSE, CANBERRA  (New Fellows only)

9:00 am

Panel Discussions

AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS  (Fellows only)

Panel A – Seminar Room, University House, Canberra

Panel B– Scarth Room, University House, Canberra.

Panel C – Ian Wark Theatre, Shine Dome, Canberra

Panel D – Becker Room, Shine Dome, Canberra

10:45 am

Annual General Meeting

AT SHINE DOME, CANBERRA (Fellows only)

1:00 pm

Lunch (following AGM)

AT SHINE DOME, CANBERRA (Fellows only)

Convenor, Panelists and Chairs

Professor Brian Head
Institute for Social Science Research and School of Political Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Professor Brian Head

Professor Brian Head

Professor Brian Head

Professor Brian Head

Dr David Gruen
Deputy Secretary, Economic and G20 SHERPA, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Ms Serena Wilson PSM
Deputy Secretary,Social Security, Department of Social Services, Canberra

Professor John Daley
CEO, Grattan Institute, Melbourne

Professor Stephanie Fahey
Lead Partner for Education, Ernst and Young, Canberra

Associate Professor Claire Donovan
Brunel University, London, United Kingdom

Mr Misha Ketchell
Managing Editor, The Conversation, Melbourne

Professor Glenn Withers AO
President - ASSA

Professor Janeen Baxter
University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Professor Ottmar Lipp
Curtin University, Perth.

Emeritus Professor Harry Bloch
Curtin University, Perth.

Professor James Walter
Monash University, Melbourne.

Professor Diane Gibson
University of Canberra, Canberra.

Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt
University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM
Company Director, Canberra.

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