Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland

Save the Date - REAC webinar on evaluation of research

The Research Evaluation Advisory Committee will host a webinar titled Research Evaluation with a Wide Net: Capturing Outputs, Impact and Engagement on September 10 from 13:00-15:00. The event will be conducted in English and consist of presentations followed by panel discussions with participation from the audience.

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 will centre 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?

Speakers at the webinar will include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The webinar will be followed up with a face-to-face workshop on the same topics to be conducted in Icelandic. The workshop will be conducted in the week of 27 September - October 1, date to be determined. 

More information on the webinar and workshop, including how to register for these events, will be shared in the coming weeks.

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Posted on 1 Jul 2021.

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