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How can "good research" be evaluated? On the current discussion about the reform of research assessment

Jan 09, 2023 | 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM

Stephen Curry, Imperial College London und DORA, am 9. Januar 2023 live in Berlin!

Stephen Curry is a renowned expert in the field of research assessment. Not least against the background of the European initiative to reform research assessment, he will address this topic in his talk entitled "How can "good research" be evaluated? On the current discussion about the reform of research assessment". We are very pleased that he will give his lecture in person at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Marta Sienkiewicz from CWTS in Leiden has agreed to be the discussant for this talk. Details on the venue can be found below. The language of the event will be English.

The lecture, which is aimed equally at students and an interested professional audience, will take place as part of the lecture series "Open Science and Research Quality" in the winter semester 2022-23, which is jointly organized by the Berlin University Alliance and its focus area Advancing Research Quality and Value, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the Robert K. Merton Center for Science Research. The lecture series began on October 17, 2022, and takes place every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. (c.t.).

As part of his visit to Berlin, Stephen Curry will also participate in a panel discussion on the topic of crediting in academia . The panel, "Credit where it's due. Just a matter of fairness?" will also take place on January 9, 2023 at 6:00 pm. The venue will be the Weizenbaum Institute. The event is open to all interested parties, registration is requested. The registration form and further information and can be found at this link.

 Venue Lecture Series

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, Hauptgebäude, 2. Stock, Hörsaal 3038

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Meeting ID: 694 1426 5610

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Not only since the pandemic has there been a consensus in science and society that research must meet the highest scientific standards. Science should produce valid research results and inform society and politics. This results in a whole range of requirements for modern "good" science. At the same time, the understanding of what constitutes good science can vary. Accessibility and transparency, traceability and verifiability, interdisciplinarity, and inclusion of non-academic actors are widely accepted as general characteristics in this context. How these criteria can be implemented in each specific field, on the other hand, is not always clear. While the question of sustainable improvement of research quality and the implementation of measures within the framework of the Open Science movement is already extensively discussed in some disciplines and good practice examples already exist in large numbers (e.g., in the life sciences), concrete recommendations for action in other disciplines can be searched for in vain (e.g., humanities). The variance of the different disciplines, the demand for more uniform standards in science and the related problems will be discussed in this event with different international speakers. The theoretical discussion will be framed by concrete "good practice" examples from different disciplines.

 The lecture is aimed at students of the MA program in Science Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and is open to Master's and PhD students of all disciplines and institutions of the Berlin University Alliance. The event is also open to an interested (professional) audience. Sessions of the lecture series are held in German and English.

Time & Location

Jan 09, 2023 | 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, Hauptgebäude, 2. Stock, Hörsaal 3038