Fake news. Social media-driven populism. Cultural angst over globalization. Suddenly the world is awakening to a new technological reality and its much deeper social and cultural impact. The hopeful idealism of the internet as global connector and even peace maker is gone. As such, this has created an urgent need to retool and the opportunity to innovate in social sciences and humanities research. Against this backdrop of the renewed interest in social sciences and humanities research is the challenge of evaluating research performance in the field and how to best communicate research findings to a broader public for maximum impact. If these are the issues that concern you and are interested in the developments of humanities and social sciences along the Silk Road; then, you should attend the upcoming QS Subject Focus Summit on Humanities and Social Sciences Research in Venice!