Researchers that impact society
Maastricht University has ambitious plans to increase its visibility and societal impact through valorisation. We have developed several workshops that should help them develop their ability to engage in the “scholarship of engagement.”
This notion of academic scholarship calls on academics to make an effort to ensure that their research will have its societal impact. In that respect it is critical to acknowledge that not all such engagement will result in financial transactions.
As an academic community we should debate to what extent we would want to limit our notion of valorisation to monetising of  research outcomes (Transfer of outcomes based valorisation) or  research capacity (Contractual servicing based valorisation). Is seems logical to also embrace opportunities for  societal value creation (Outreach based valorisation) for which no direct monetary reward can be obtained.
To increase the awareness for valorisation of young researchers, the university has mandated that each doctoral dissertation should have a section in which the doctoral candidate explains what could be valorised from their research. We regularly provide a workshop to help doctoral candidates to craft this section.