Social sciences and humanities have a specific role, when it comes to the question of impact. They look at themselves and their own impact. But they are also deeply involved in developing the concept of impact in general. These disciplines have much contributed to the debate of re-defining impact that has developed from looking merely at research impact measured by h-factors, citations, and the amount of publications towards looking more broadly at societal impact.
The conference proceedings are the result of the conference “Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities for a European Research Agenda” during the Austrian Presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2018. The conference was part of the Austrian presidency’s activities in the field of Research & Innovation policy and served as a forum for policy makers and researchers to discuss matters of social sciences and humanities (SSH) research in the context of the evolving European research framework programme Horizon Europe.