Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland

REAC Webinar: Research Evaluation with a Wide Net - Capturing Outputs, Impact and Engagement

The Research Evaluation Advisory Committee hosted a webinar titled Research Evaluation with a Wide Net: Capturing Outputs, Impact and Engagement on September 10 from 13:00-15:00. The event was conducted in English and consisted of presentations followed by panel discussions with participation from the audience. The webinar is now available in its entirety below, along with links to presentations.

The Research Evaluation Advisory Committee (REAC) is a subcommittee of the Quality Board, charged with supporting the evaluation of research management in the universities and proposing ways that research outputs and impact could be evaluated in the future, in line with international best practices.

The webinar centred on three key questions of current importance to the Icelandic research community:

  1. How do we characterise research outputs across academic disciplines? 
  2. How can we capture the impact of research beyond academia – on the economy, society, culture, public policy, services, health, the environment or quality of life.
  3. Can we balance quantitative research metrics and qualitative narratives in evaluating research?

 

13:00-13:10 Welcome and introduction

Riitta Pyykkö, Member of the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education and Former Vice Rector at the University of Turku.

13:10-13:40 International experts present their most recent thinking on the three key questions (10 minutes each)

  • Transition to Open Science: Rethinking Recognition and Rewards. Frank Miedema, Vice-Rector for Research at Utrecht University and chair of the Utrecht University Open Science Program, as well as former dean and vice chairman of the Executive Board of the University Medical Center Utrecht. Miedema is one of the initiators in 2013 of Science in Transition who believe that the academic incentive and reward system is in need of fundamental reform. Next to Science for Science (articles in ‘high-impact’ journals), the impact on society must be valued more and societal stakeholders should be involved more integrally in the production of knowledge. Download PDF.
  • Research Evaluation Systems and their Purposes. Gunnar Sivertsen, Research Professor and Head of Bibliometric Research at the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) in Oslo, Norway. Sivertsen’s research contributes to science-based innovation in the development of research evaluation, research funding, and the use of indicators. He has advised the development of the research evaluation and funding systems in several countries. Download PDF.
  • Considering Artistic Research Evaluation. Paula Crabtree, Vice-Chancellor at Stockholm University of the Arts, Executive Board member and Founding member of EQ-arts and former vice chairman of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA). Crabtree also has extensive experience in evaluation of arts education at tertiary level and research in the arts. Download PDF.

13:40-14:45 Panel Discussions with audience participation

Moderator: Riitta Pyykkö , Member of the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education and Former Vice Rector at the University of Turku.

Panel Discussants:

  • Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland.
  • Paula Crabtree, Vice-Chancellor at Stockholm University of the Arts, Executive Board member and Founding member of EQ-arts and former vice chairman of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA). 
  • Ragnhildur Helgadóttir, Rector of Reykjavík University.
  • Frank Miedema, Vice-Rector for Research at Utrecht University and chair of the Utrecht University Open Science Program, as well as former dean and vice chairman of the Executive Board of the University Medical Center Utrecht. 
  • Gunnar Sievertsen, Research Professor and Head of Bibliometric Research at the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) in Oslo, Norway. 

14:45-14:55 Wrap-up

Philip Winn, REAC Chair, Member of the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education and Emeritus Professor, University of Strathclyde.

14:55-15:00 Closing of the webinar and announcement of follow-up workshop

Riitta Pyykkö, Member of the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education and Former Vice Rector at the University of Turku.

 

 

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Posted on 3 Sep 2021.

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