Jonathan Adams, Our Chief Scientist, to Talk at CABS Interdisciplinary Research Summit
Educational institutions play a central role in translating how scientific discoveries and inventions are commercialized. This summit, organised by The Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), will bring researchers from business schools, and from a number of disciplines together to debate and discuss common challenges and investigate new opportunities.
During the conference CABS states that particular attention will be paid to:
- How interdisciplinary research can address today’s ‘grand challenges’
- The sources of funding available for interdisciplinary research
- How interdisciplinary research is judged by the REF
- The challenges facing early career researchers wishing to undertake interdisciplinary research
- The challenges associated with getting interdisciplinary research published
- How business schools and interdisciplinary collaborators can work together to produce research that delivers real-world impact
When: 19 October 2016 09:00 AM
Where: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
Jonathan Adams, our Chief Scientist, will take part in a session beginning at 11:30 AM:
Evaluating interdisciplinary research: looking ahead to REF 2020
Reflections on how the Research Excellence Frame Work (REF), post-Stern Review, will judge interdisciplinary research.
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“…we found that the biggest problem is that the metadata around these research components are too distant from the research activity itself to give a consistent and informative result.”
Digital Science’s work for HEFCE on the REF impact case studies confirmed what has long been argued – the UK’s research is increasingly interdisciplinary, especially where it is delivering significant socio-economic impact. However, not all analysts of interdisciplinarity have uncovered such a clear outcome. In partnership with Research Councils UK, Digital Science has worked to explore the data indicators that have been used to identify and quantify the interdisciplinary nature of research inputs and outputs; we found that the biggest problem is that the metadata around these research components are too distant from the research activity itself to give a consistent and informative result. Indicators based on author addresses and article reference lists can not only be misleading, but also contradictory. Only text analysis on a full project description, such as a grant application, gives a valid perspective of the underlying activity.
See the full programme here.