Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Credits: 2

Schedule: 01.06.2021 - 30.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Marina Biniari, Mikko Jääskeläinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Teea Mäkelä, Ilja Riekki

Contact information for the course (valid 25.05.2021-21.12.2112):

Course teachers:

  • Ilja Riekki,
  • Teea Mäkelä,
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CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is composed of three one-day sessions, each dedicated to a topic. The pedagogy is experiential, hands-on learning which exposes participants (as far as possible) to opportunities to creating impact from research. Each session mixes lectures, discussions, workshops, teamwork and guided exercises to make sure the participants apply the lessons to their own research. 

    During the first session, participants will first deepen their understanding of research impact and its importanceThey will then be guided through lectures and exercises in which they work out the impact potential of their own research and identify its beneficiaries, end-users, and stakeholders. By the end of the day, they will be equipped to conduct interviews with representatives of these groups, which is their task for the second session. 


    During the second session, participants will work through their stakeholder interviews and then spend the day learning about how to communicate effectively about their research impact, applying these learnings to their research through workshops and guided exercises. By the end of the day, they will be equipped to create their own communication plan for research impact. 


    During the third session, participants will take the work they have completed so far and begin devising a concrete roadmap for themselves to create research impact. They will learn about possible pathways to research and ecosystem resources supporting different pathways, and will spend the rest of the day applying these learnings to their own research.  


    After the end of the course, participants will be required to submit an essay reflecting on how the course affected their research plan and research impact roadmap plan for their own research. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is graded as pass/fail. Requirements for Passing grade are: 

    • Attendance
    • Completed exercises (beneficiary, end-user, and stakeholder interviews)
    • Completed impact statement of each participant's research
    • Completed communication action (social media post, popular article, presentation) for creating impact from participant's research)

  • Applies in this implementation:

    For 2 ECTS, the course workload is 55 hours.


Study Material
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Online materials distributed via MyCourses.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    • First session, June 1st: Identify Research Impact
    • Second session, June 10th: Communicate Research Impact
    • Third session, June 17th: Routes to Research Impact

    Note: All sessions are held online from 9.15 - 17.00.