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Research Impact & Evaluation in the Open Scholarship Era

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 9am – 2pm

Research Impact & Evaluation in the Open Scholarship Era

A symposium dealing with cultures of evaluation in academia as part of Trinity’s Unboxing Open Scholarship series.

At a time when there is increasing demand for measurement of research impact, there are also broader concerns about over-reliance on citation metrics for recruitment, promotion and research funding. How do we then incentivise open research behaviour in a system that rewards publishing in so-called ‘high impact’, often closed, journals?

Join us in the Trinity Long Room Hub for discussion on this topic and more including:  

  • What are responsible research metrics and why are these important?
  • What is the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)?
  • What does DORA mean for Academic Careers and the practice of research more generally?
  • What initiatives are Ireland’s funding agencies introducing to embrace DORA and other responsible research metrics principles?
  • What role, if any, do funders have in influencing institutions’ research assessment practices?
  • How does Trinity currently evaluate research assessment?
  • What does the future of research assessment look like?

Our keynote speaker is Professor Stephen Curry, the Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Imperial College London and the current Chair of the DORA Steering Committee. Professor Curry is a long-time advocate for responsible research metrics and will speak about the motivation for Imperial College London to sign DORA in 2017, the impact this has had on the institution and researchers, as well as his views on the future trajectory of research evaluation. The title of his presentation is “Open Scholarship, research assessment and DORA: Re-engineering the measures of success”.

A presentation detailing Trinity’s current approach to research assessment will then be facilitated by Trinity’s Programme Manager for Research Informatics, Niamh Brennan and the Director of Strategic Engagement and Impact at Trinity’s Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Sarah Bowman.

We will then proceed to a Funders’ Panel session chaired by Dr. Graham Love, former chief executive of the Higher Education Authority and currently a partner in the consulting services practice in Mazars with representatives confirmed from the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and The Wellcome Trust.

Finally, a panel of researchers at different career stages will discuss research evaluation in the context of their own careers. This session will be chaired by Dr. James Smith, a Government of Ireland (IRC) postdoctoral research fellow in Geography and advocacy coordinator for the Open Library of Humanities.

Throughout this symposium there will be ample time for questions and participants are encouraged to follow discussions and engage on social media by using the #TCDResearchImpact
Please sign-up early as places are limited. This event is supported by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Faculty & Staff
Cost: Free, but registration is required:…

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