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?
Frank Coton
Senior Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Glasgow
Frank Coton is Senior Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), he also holds the title Vice Principal (Strategy and Resources) and is a member of the Senior Management Group of the University of Glasgow. He has University level responsibility for leading the development and implementation of the University Strategy, planning, budgeting and the processes and policies associated with academic career development.
Art Ellis
Senior Advisor
Before joining Elsevier as a senior advisor, Dr. Ellis was vice president for research and graduate studies at the University of California Office of the President, the position from which he retired in 2019. In previous appointments, Dr. Ellis served as provost at City University of Hong Kong; vice chancellor for research at the University of California, San Diego; director of the Division of Chemistry at the U.S. National Science Foundation; and Meloche-Bascom Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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