Please note, the event has been rescheduled to Tuesday 7th December 2021 at 16:00-17:30 UK time.

Seminar synopsis

Impact is increasingly ‘on the agenda’ for academics yet gaining sufficient traction and access to decision makers to influence policy can be challenging, particularly as the other demands on academics are also increasing. This seminar focuses on how academics contribute to the understanding of policy issues and reframing debates from a conceptual perspective. The seminar will also explore instrumental impact and how to influence the development of policy and shaping legislation.

In this session, Jo Meehan will discuss how her research has impacted policy through her work with various government policy makers and advisors, including the Open Innovation team, the NHS, the Home Office, and the Cabinet Office. Jo will openly reflect on her experiences, successes, and failures, and share her advice on developing an impact strategy.  In this two-way exchange, Meg Lynch will outline the scope of actions as a policy advisor for the Open Innovation team in researching and analysing policy. Meg will discuss her experience in collaborating with academic experts to analyse current policies, develop more effective strategies, and persuasively communicate these changes to policy audiences.

This event is part of the Impact Seminar Series:
Session 1: Media Impact - Wednesday 10th November 2021, 16:00-17:30
Session 2: Policy Impact - Tuesday 7th December 2021, 16:00-17:30
Session 3: Community Impact - Date TBC
Session 4: ESRC Impact Toolkit - Date TBC


Provider Information

BAM Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management SIG


Who Should Attend?

The event speaks to Sections C1, C2 and C3, as detailed in the BAM Framework 


Dr Jo Meehan

Dr Jo Meehan

Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool

Meg Lynch

Meg Lynch

Senior Policy Advisor, UK Government Open Innovation Team

Chaired by 

Kate McLoughlin, OL&SCM SIG Chair 


Benefits of attending 
  • Learn about and engage with academic impact
  • Features a range of activities that shifts understanding and advancing scientific method, theory and application across and within disciplines
  • Open up pathways to impact beyond the academic community
  • Communicate research to a policy audience in a concise and relevant manner
  • Hear the policy advisers perspective about how to engage with policy



Please contact the BAM Office at [email protected] with any queries.  


Event Fee 

BAM Members: Free 

BAM Student Members: Free 

Non-Members: £25

Non-Members, Students: £15