Institutions and their researchers face mounting pressure to demonstrate their wider value; for example, their contributions in areas such as open science, societal change, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, there are calls to improve recognition and incentives, and provide researchers with fairer career paths. The academic community needs a new evaluation structure that not only meets these needs, but is equitable, effective, and inclusive. In this session, we’ll share insights from two new reports that feature commentary from leaders of the academic community on what they would like to see change and how they see the system evolving.

What you’ll learn:

  • Support for change - there is a clear global trend towards more holistic research assessment, but many say change should happen faster

  • Barriers to change - what are the factors slowing progress the most?

  • Emerging consensus on a holistic framework - who is best-placed to lead change, and what are acceptable trade-offs?
Jay Siegel
Professor and Senior Advisor, Hong Kong University
Jay Siegel is Professor and Senior Advisor at Hong Kong University. He was previously Dean of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology at Tiajin University. Before that he was Director of Chemistry and Dean of Studies for the Natural Science at the University of Zurich. He has served on the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and has administrative experience with Higher Education start-ups in Vietnam.
Lily Kong
President, Singapore Management University
Professor Lily Kong is the fifth president of Singapore Management University (SMU) and the first Singaporean to lead the 23-year-old institution, and the first Singaporean woman to lead a university in Singapore. She is a social scientist with teaching and research awards to her name, nationally and internationally. Professor Kong has previously served as provost of SMU, vice-provost and vice-president of the National University of Singapore, and executive vice-president (academic) of Yale-NUS College
Nick Fowler
Chief Academic Officer, Elsevier
As chief academic officer at Elsevier, Nick Fowler leads the Research Networks group, which collaborates with senior leaders of the world’s leading universities, funders and research policymakers. He has set up collaborations with universities to address topics such as the future of academic assessment, advancing inclusion and diversity in recruitment, and measuring societal and economic impact. He is also Elsevier’s policy lead for areas such as open science and research evaluation. Dr Fowler serves as Elsevier’s representative on the board of the STM Association, the global trade association for science, technical and medical publishers. He has chaired the association since October 2020. He is also a council member of the UK Publishers Association. He served as its treasurer in 2012-13 and its president from 2013-14.
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