Interdisciplinary research: opportunities and challenges (Lunchtime Debate Series)

Interdisciplinary research: opportunities and challenges (Lunchtime Debate Series)

Date:              Friday 26th May

Time:              12:00-1400 hours (including 30-minute lunch: 12:00-12:30)

Location:       Room C/O.13, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Interdisciplinarity has developed in many areas of science and research over the past half-century, as diverse disciplines increasingly work together to provide new insights into multifaceted research questions and to address complex policy areas.

At the same time, interdisciplinarity presents a series of challenges. It requires time, commitment and leadership skills to run new forms of collaboration.  There are calls for fresh approaches to evaluation and publication to take account of interdisciplinary research.

What are the critical issues? What are the possible solutions?

Our lunchtime debate features a panel with expertise in interdisciplinarity, who will share their views and experience. There will be an opportunity for the audience to participate with their questions and comments.


Research Assessment (Lunchtime Debate Series)

Research Assessment (Lunchtime Debate Series)

Date:               Wednesday 5th April

Time:             12:00-14:00 hours (including 30-minute lunch: 12:00-12:30)

Location:      Rooms C0.12/C0.13, School of Biosciences


The UK has been running national research assessment exercises in some form since 1986, more than 30 years. In the meantime, many other countries have introduced some form of assessment, often using different models and approaches.  The European Research Council focuses on so-called ‘ground-breaking’ or ‘frontier’ research.

Over the course of these past three decades, the research evaluation landscape has changed dramatically. New trends have emerged, such as impact, interdisciplinarity and collaboration with industry.

As research assessment has become ever-more sophisticated in its approach, so have the support processes and systems needed by every university.

As the UK gears up for its second Research Excellence Framework, our panelists share their experiences of the changing landscape and will explore, together with the audience, where research evaluation might go from here in the next 5 years, both in the UK and Europe.

Confirmed panelists to date:

Professor Yves Barde, Sêr Cymru Research Chair in Neurobiology (ERC panelist)

Jane Boggan, Deputy Director Planning and responsible for the REF at Cardiff

Professor Merideth Gattis, School of Psychology (ERC panelist)

Ole Petersen, Chair of REF2014 Biological Sciences Sub-panel and Member of Main Panel A