Event | “Encouraging social innovation in Europe, from research to action” on March 11th, 2022

Impact Tank invites to a web conference with presentations and round tables on social innovation on March 11th with researchers and other experts from all over Europe.

Ten researchers and experts from all over Europe will speak at the webconference “Encouraging social innovation in Europe, from research to action” on March 11, 2022.

The conference will be held in English, on Zoom from 9.30 to 12.00 (Paris time) and is open to all. To attend, registration is required via this eventbrite link.

Organised by the Impact Tank in the framework of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU and labelled by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, this event aims to put action-research on social innovation at the heart of the European agenda.

Please find below the detailed programme:


During two round tables, academics, social entrepreneurs and institutional representatives from all over Europe will:

  • Make an assessment of research perspectives on social innovation development in Europe;
  • Share the lessons taught by action-research projects and discuss the concrete ways of promoting social innovation, from higher education to entrepreneurship;
  • Put action-research on social innovation at the heart of the European agenda.
Welcoming Speech

Agnès Audier

President, IMPACT TANK 

How to develop social innovation at the European level ?

Jürgen Howaldt

Professor, TU Dortmund University Director, Social Research Center

How to scale-up social innovations and make them inspire public policies ?

Amélie de Montchalin

Ministre de la Transformation et de la Fonction publique

Risto Raivio

Senior Expert, European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

To what extent measuring the impact of social innovation is necessary and how to generalize its pratice ?

Lisa Hehenberger

Associate Professor, Esade Director, Esade Center for Social Impact Social Impact Expert and Advisor

Gorgi Krlev

Senior Researcher, Centre for Social Investment (CSI) of Heidelberg University, Visiting Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford

How to promote social innovation on the field, from higher education to entrepreneurship ?

Carmen Paunescu

Professor, Bucharest University of Economic Studies

Key learnings with French perspective

Thierry Sibieude

Professeur titulaire de la chaire Entrepreneuriat et Innovation à Impact, ESSEC Business School

Discussion on action-research projects

Frank Moulaert

Economist, Professor, KU Leuven

Anna Seravalli

Design Researcher, Assistant Professor, Malmö University

Yuna Chiffoleau

Directrice de Recherche, INRAE