There is broad agreement on the urgent need to reform existing ways of assessing research and researchers. Relying predominantly on journal- and publication-based metrics can be a hurdle to the recognition of diverse contributions and may negatively affect the quality and impact of research. A growing group of stakeholders has recently come together as the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) to enable the needed systemic reforms. With a renewed focus on qualitative assessment by expert peers, questions to consider include:

  • What are the impacts for evaluating research excellence across the research system?
  • Are there concerns about valuing a broader range of contributions and practices?
  • How do we cope with increased demand for peer review and the potential for bias?

In our first webinar we will identify the aspects that the participants find most important. Then, in our second and third webinar we will aim to address and discuss them in depth. Participation in our webinars is free for AERG members but registration is required.

The registration link will be provided to AERG members.

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Born and educated in Finland, Toma received his award-winning doctorate from Aalto University in 2011, moving to Austria two years later, where he completed an ERC Starting Grant project and is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna. His work focuses on electron microscopy and modeling of low-dimensional materials, authoring over 80 peer-reviewed articles and reviews and contributing open data and code as well as an open grant application. He coordinated open science policy as the Vice-Chair of the Young Academy of Europe, chaired an open science task force at the Initiative for Science in Europe, and was a member of the core drafting group for the European agreement on reforming research assessment. Toma serves on the Editorial Board of Scientific Data and the Scientific Advisory Board of Open Research Europe, and was elected onto the first Steering Board of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA).

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