Research Assessment – Navigating Pitfalls and Promoting Change




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The main theme of the Munin conference is scholarly communication in its myriad of forms. The push for a reform of research assessment argues for precisely the need to recognize and reward a wider set of research activities and competencies. The demand – and initiative – for change will surely impact how and where research is disseminated and communicated. A key question then is how to evaluate research activities and outputs beyond academic publications.

With this panel we welcome a discussion on research assessment that brings together perspectives from all the topics of this year’s Munin conference. We invite you to add your insights and diverse expertise to this panel that will reflect on questions such as: how do we measure the impact of citizen science, or document quality in innovative research practices and scholarly outputs? And how to ensure consensus on assessment methods for a wider and more inclusive range of research activities within a diverse academic landscape?


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Author Biographies

Yensi Flores Bueso, University College Cork

Dr. Yensi Flores Bueso is a passionate molecular biologist and holder of a Marie Curie Fellowship that brings together the Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the Cancer Research Centre at University College Cork, Ireland. In addition to her scientific work, she is a dedicated advocate of diversity and inclusion within academia through her membership of the Executive Committee of the Global Young Academy (GYA) and the steering board of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA). She participates actively in science policy and science communication initiatives, advocating for research assessment practices that foster diversity, inclusion, and fair evaluation, with a particular emphasis on early career researchers worldwide.

Hervé Dole, University of Paris-Saclay

Prof. Hervé Dole is a professor of astrophysics and and vice-president for arts, culture, science and society at Université Paris-Saclay. As a scientist, he is a specialist of galaxy clusters in the early Universe and their infrared radiation. He is involved in European space missions Euclid and Planck, and NASA space missions such as JWST and Spitzer. As university vice-president, he promotes the arts and culture at the university for students and colleagues, helps foster prestigious partnerships with for example the Centre Pompidou, Louvre and Villa Medicis, and builds stronger relations between science and society, especially with schools.

Kirstie Whitaker, The Alan Turing Institute

Dr Kirstie Whitaker is a passionate advocate for making science “open for all” by promoting equity and inclusion for people from diverse backgrounds. She leads the Tools, Practices and Systems research programme at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s National Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Kirstie founded The Turing Way, an openly developed educational resource that enables researchers and citizen scientists across government, industry, academia and third sector organisations to embed open source practices into their work. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley, is a Fulbright scholarship alumna, and was a 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for Science.

Jan-Gunnar Winther, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Jan-Gunnar Winther currently holds positions as pro-rector for research and development at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and Specialist Director at the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI). Winther was director of the NPI from 2005 to 2017 and director of the Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic at Nofima, and later UiT, in 2018–2023. He has been Adjunct Professor at École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne and at the University Centre in Svalbard. He is the chair of the Board of GRID Arendal and deputy chair of the Board at SALT. Dr. Winther serves on several national and international committees and delegations including EU Mission Board, UN, WEF, IPCC, China Council, Arctic Council, and the Antarctic Treaty.

Tanja Larssen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Tanja Larssen is a senior adviser on Open Science in the central administration at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She coordinates UiT's initiatives on Open Science, works on development and dissemination of policies and guidelines, prepares statistics and analysis, and represents UiT in national and international working groups and networks. She is UiT's system administrator for Cristin (Current Research Information System in Norway).

Tanja has a master’s degree in archaeology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a master’s degree in documentation science from UiT. Tanja is a member of the Munin Conference’s organizing committee and is a chair for this discussion panel.



How to Cite

Flores Bueso, Y., Dole, H., Whitaker, K., Winther, J.-G., & Larssen, T. (2023). Research Assessment – Navigating Pitfalls and Promoting Change. Septentrio Conference Series, (1).