Launch event: Research universities and research assessment
The League of European Research Universities is pleased to invite you to the launch event of its new position paper: ‘Research universities and research assessment’.
“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” said Albert Einstein. That brings us immediately to the heart of the paper. Should university research be assessed?
LERU’s view is that university assessment or evaluation is an important and integral part of the university enterprise. Recognising all the arguments for and against, it wishes to contribute the views of research-intensive universities to achieve a better understanding of research assessment.
This paper analyses what LERU universities consider to be the rationale for assessment, the internal and external drivers, the users and usages, the “pros and cons” and pitfalls, the variety of metrics used, different national and international models and emerging trends such as the increasingly important area of “impact”.
Finally, recommendations are given for the users of university research assessment, namely universities and researchers themselves, as well as governments, funders and other external agencies.
LERU invites you to discuss the paper with policy makers and stakeholders on Tuesday 19 June 2012 in Brussels.
08:30 – 09:00 Registration with coffee and pastries
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome by Prof. Dr. Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of LERU
09:10 – 09:45 Presentation of the paper by Dr. Mary Phillips, former director of research planning at University College London and former member of LERU’s Research Policy Committee
09:45 – 10:30 Responses from stakeholders and panel discussion
- Prof. Wiljan van den Akker, Dean of Humanities, Universiteit Utrecht
- Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
- Prof. Paul Wouters, Director Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Universiteit Leiden
Prof. Sweeney, Director, Research, Innovation and Skills, Higher Education Funding Council for England
Moderator: Dr. Katrien Maes, LERU Chief Policy Officer
10:30 – 11:00 Questions from the audience and Close
Venue: University Foundation, rue d'Egmont 11, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
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