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A networking organisation for plants-related research and impact

The word ‘Impact’ has a specific meaning when it comes to research and academia. It captures the effect that research has on the wider world, outside of academia, and this is becoming increasingly highly valued both in the REF process and by funders. The two most widely cited definitions of impact are as follows:

"Impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. This occurs in many ways – through creating and sharing new knowledge and innovation; inventing groundbreaking new products, companies and jobs; developing new and improving existing public services and policy; enhancing quality of life and health; and many more."

- UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 

 'an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia'

Research Excellence Framework (pg 90)

There are many services and organisations within the University who can help you to ensure your Pathways to Impact statement and actions are practical, relevant and effective. CambPlants is one of these organisations, specialised in helping with plant-related research impact.

To find out more about the help and resources available, take a look through these pages, and contact us if you have any questions or would like to chat more widely.  


Aside from CambPlants, the following organisations and links also provide help and inspiration for Pathways to Impact:

We can offer you links to relevant research initiatives, free support and business networks.