The Impact Agenda – an ESRC-funded seminar series
Seminar 4: New methods and technologies to create and capture impact
Wednesday 19 October 2011
Wilkins Old Refectory, Main Quadrangle,
University College London, Gower St
(Entrance is via UCL Front Lodge on Gower Street)
Rob Procter, Director, Manchester eResearch Centre, University of Manchester
Julia Lane, Program Director, NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy research program
Peter van den Besselaar, Professor of organization science, VU University Amsterdam
This seminar is part of the ESRC-funded methods@manchester seminar series on the Impact Agenda.
The series adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to examine and clarify the concept of ‘impact’ in the context of academic research in the humanities and social science. The aim is to identify the processes that influence impact and explore mechanisms that maximise it.
This seminar will ask how new ways of measuring impact influence the science system:
• What are the key challenges for impact measurement?
• What new kinds of tools and data are available and how might they be used?
• How might new tools change research programme management and science policy-making goals and practices?
• How might researchers maximise their visibility within these new kinds of datasets (e.g. publishing, social networking, blogging)
|9.30||Registration and coffee|
Challenges in determining the impact of research in the biosciences: a funder perspective
Making science metrics more scientific
|14.00||Impact assessment as part of research evaluation – the role of productive interactions
Peter van den Besselaar
How a focus on assessing re-use could link the open and impact agendas and drive research productivity
Rob Procter is Director of the Manchester e-Research Centre where his research focuses on socio-technical issues influencing the take up of digital innovations in research. He was Research Director of the ESCR-funded National Centre for e-Social Science from 2004-09 and is now a member of the Digital Social Research Directorate.
Julia Lane is the director of the Science of Science & Innovation Policy programme, National Science Foundation. Her other activities include leading the STAR METRICS program and co-chairing the NSTC's Science of Science Policy interagency group and leading the development of the R&D Dashboard.
Cameron Neylon is a biophysicist with an interest in how to make the Internet more effective as a tool for science. He writes and speaks regularly on scholarly communication, the design of web based tools for research, and the need for policy and cultural change within and around the research community.
Liz Allen leads the Evaluation team at the Wellcome Trust where she is responsible for developing methodologies and implementing approaches to enable impact to be defined and tracked and the evaluation of research and funding initiatives. Recently Liz and her team have been working to develop more systematic ways of capturing and tracking the research and career impacts of Wellcome supported researchers.
Peter van den Besselaar is Professor of organization science at the VU University Amsterdam, focusing in his research on the organization and dynamics of science, and on e-social science. He has published extensively in the field of bibliometrics and science policy studies.