Research Evaluation (Lunchtime Debate Series)

Research Evaluation (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:

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)

Professor Val O’Donnell, Co-Director of Systems Immunity Research Institute (Marie Curie Fellowships evaluator)

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

A discussion on Brexit: the impact on science and innovation in the UK and the rest of Europe

A discussion on Brexit: the impact on science and innovation in the UK and the rest of Europe

Date: 8th May 2017

Time: 13.30-18.00 GMT

Location: The Royal Institution in London, UK

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has thrown the world of science and innovation into great uncertainty on both sides of the channel. The ramifications of Brexit are still unknown, but it is certain to affect jobs, funding and collaborations for decades to come. On the eve of Europe Day 2017, EuroScience, Academia Europaea and the Royal Institution with support from Elsevier have come together to hold a summit for scientists, policymakers and key influencers to debate the wide-ranging consequences of this historic decision. The event is scheduled on May 8, 2017 on the occasion of Europe Day from 13.30 – 18.00 GMT, at The Royal Institution in London, UK. As you may recall, Europe Day is on May 9, celebrating the 1950 “Schumann Declaration” which was at the beginning of what is now the European Union. EuroScience is very committed to the idea of a European science and innovation community, witness our biennial ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) events and our web magazine EuroScientist, and we are very glad to have assured the cooperation of the Royal Institution and Academia Europaea as well as the support of Elsevier for organizing this debate. After short introductions two panels will discuss what BREXIT in any of its variants might mean for UK science on the one hand, and for the remaining European science on the other, based on data on the mutual collaborations and interactions in this area. The panels will identify strategies for sustaining science and innovation in the UK and the remaining EU 27 as well as risks and negative impacts involved.


1.00pm – 1.30pm Coffee and tea

1.30pm – 1.40pm Welcome by Professor Lauritz Holm-Nielsen, President EuroScience

1.40pm – 3.30pm Panel on the impact on UK science and innovation

3.30pm – 3.50pm Break

3.50pm – 5.40pm Panel on the impact on science and innovation in the remaining EU-27

5.40pm – 6.00pm Wrap up and closing

Panellists and moderators:

Among the panelists are:

  • Prof Dame Janet Thornton, MAE, Director-emeritus European Bioinformatics Institute, member of the Scientific Council of the ERC
  • Prof Alex Halliday, MAE, Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society
  • Prof Nicole Grobert, Oxford University and Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd
  • Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland
  • Prof Ole Petersen, MAE, Vice-President Academia Europaea
  • Dr Rolf Tarrach, President European University Association
  • Panellists will speak in a personal capacity.


  • Mr Clive Cookson, Financial Times
  • Prof Gail Cardew, Professor of Science, Culture and Society and Director of Science and Education, Royal Institution

The debate in detail

Download the programme

How to register:

Registration is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register click here.

Facts and figures:

A special booklet will be available with some key facts and data on various interactions in the area of science, higher education and innovation between the UK and other European countries. It can be downloaded here one month ahead of the debate.


Euro Science


The Royal Institution


With support of Elsevier


Interdisciplinary research: opportunities and challenges (Lunchtime Debate Series)

Interdisciplinary research: opportunities and challenges (Lunchtime Debate Series)

Date:              Friday 9th June 2017

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.

Confirmed Speakers to date:

  • Dr. Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy and Health Policy, HEFCE
  • Professor Nicholas Pidgeon, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
  • Professor Nicky Priaulx, Professor of Law, Cardiff School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University
  • Dr. Ian Viney, Director of Strategic Evaluation and Impact, MRC Head Office (London)

The panel will be chaired by Professor Ole Petersen (School of Biosciences), who is Academic Director of the Cardiff Hub and Vice-President of Academia Europaea.