ON-MERRIT is pleased to announce its brand new series of virtual appointments!
They aim to present the project objectives and results on the one hand and explore several issues related to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Open Science with experts in those fields.
The burning issues tackled in the first batch of conversations are various. They span from research assessment and ways for RRI to change career progression and equal evaluation to Open Science as a driver to the change in research practices, from the difficulties in gender equality in research and academia to open science in the Global South.
Here’s the summary of the webinars and the topics that we will discuss over the next months. Register and stay up to date by following us on Twitter!
18 May 2021, 11:00 CEST. Matthew Effects in Science, Bernhard Wieser, Stefan Reichmann, Tony Ross-Hellauer. Registration
11 June 2021, 14 CEST. Open Science as a driver to change?, Paola Chiara Masuzzo. Registration
21 June 2021, 14:30 CEST. Researcher-level and university-level evaluation: same problem, same solution?, Lizzie Gadd. Registration
07 July 2021, 10:30 CEST. Open Science in Indonesia, Dasapta Erwin Irawan. Registration
Matthew Effects in Science.
Who might be left behind in the transition to Open Science? This webinar introduces participants to Robert Merton’s notion of the Matthew effect in academia and his later work on cumulative advantage (disadvantage). Against this backdrop of a close reading of Merton’s analysis, the webinar draws links to the recent reception of these two concepts in the Open Science discourse.
The webinar is related to research activities in ON-MERRIT, an EC-funded project to investigate how and if open and responsible research practices could mitigate or worsen existing inequalities in academia.
Open Science as a driver to change?
Open research is definitely amongst the hot topics of the moment: the COVID19 pandemic has brought an exceptional sharing of research data and an even more exceptional uptake of preprints publishing.
But is this methodological revolution here to stay? What is holding us back from making Open Science simply the default way of doing Science? And is Open Science responsible science by default?
In this ON-MERRIT webinar, Paola will illustrate the principles and motivation behind a complete transition to open research practices. She will make the case that the uptake of these practices needs to be a slow, responsible process, based on education and training of core and much-needed skills. Paola will also dedicate some time to the invisible side of open science, the one that can lead to the construction of more inclusive, fair, and just academic spaces.
Researcher-level and university-level evaluation: same problem, same solution?
The publication- and reputation-focussed evaluation of individual researchers leads to all sorts of well-documented problems. These include a reluctance to shift to open research practices, irreproducible science, and high retraction rates. Responsible evaluation approaches such as the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and the Leiden Manifesto seek to address some of these issues. However, less-well documented are the negative impacts of the publication- and reputation-focussed evaluation of universities, particularly by the Global University Rankings, from which much unhelpful researcher-level evaluation stems. This talk will explore the relationship between researcher-level and university-level evaluation, the resulting negative impacts and Matthew effects, and what we might do about them.