Academic collaboration in this interconnected world involves increasing interaction among academics and research managers from different countries and disciplines. Further, stakeholders outside of academia should join these discussions for better research management and administration. It is only through weaving diverse trans-national, trans-disciplinary, and trans-sectoral threads into a diverse tapestry that we can succeed in facing the complex global challenges of today.
INORMS 2020 will be held under the main theme Promoting Diversity in Research and Research Management Collaborations: More Trans-national, More Trans-disciplinary, More Trans-sectoral, and will feature the following five sub-themes:
The problems facing the world today are complex global challenges that cannot be solved by researchers working in one country alone. Fortunately, the rapid globalization of society is producing increasing numbers of globally mobile, globally minded researchers who are working to solve these problems through collaboration on a global scale. However, the rapid globalization of the research environment does not come without problems of its own.
This theme covers the wide range of challenges associated with the globalization of research and academia, for example:
Keywords: collaboration, communication, funding, globalization, international, material transfer, project management, research agreement, research contract, research proposal
Researchers are not only expected to generate scientific achievements, they are also expected to bring the benefits of their work into the 'real world'. Research managers are thus required to promote collaborations between universities and industry or other non-academic sectors to facilitate connections between the people and skills needed to develop the research and implement or commercialize the results. The nature of such trans-sectoral research may invite (or necessitate) funding from unconventional sources, such as donations or crowdfunding. In such cases, research managers must also assist researchers in engaging with stakeholders and the public to ensure that the benefits of the research are widely understood.
This theme spans a wide range of topics, from basic knowledge and single-institution case studies to national and international frameworks and guidelines relevant to:
Keywords: commercialization, crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, fundraising, government, industry, intellectual property, non-academic, philanthropy, private sector, public engagement, public sector, research contract, technology transfer
The acquisition of university and research budgets is becoming ever more dependent on performance evaluations, from those of individual research projects to assessments of entire universities. In some parts of the world, universities are striving to be placed among the top-ranked institutions globally, using metrics to identify their strengths and weaknesses. In others, the spotlight is on the benefits of research outside academia, and maximizing and communicating research impact has become a top priority.
This theme covers the topics of the two INORMS working groups established at INORMS 2018 in Edinburgh: the Research Evaluation Working Group and the Research Impact and Stakeholder Engagement Working Group. It focuses on the many approaches that have been proposed for the fair evaluation of research, each with its pros and cons, as well as the need to demonstrate the impact of research outside the academic setting. Topics may include:
Keywords: assessment, bibliometrics, institutional research, metrics, research strategy, science policy, social responsibility, sustainable development goals, university ranking
A successful career in research or research management requires continuous education and professional development. Exposure to new ideas and cultural environments, established scientists, or enthusiastic early-career researchers from other sectors and research fields stimulates both researchers and research managers to assess their current skills and expertise, broaden their horizons, and develop new goals for their future career progression.
This theme covers existing professional development strategies for both researchers and research managers at all stages of their career, the need to adapt such strategies to a changing research landscape and increasingly diverse personnel, as well as proposals for new training programs that require collaboration, in areas such as:
Keywords: career development, career transition, certification, professional recognition, training curriculum, transferable skills
Conducting research does not only come with joy. Researchers are often under immense pressure to complete experiments and publish innovative findings within a limited grant period. In such circumstances, both researchers and research managers must understand and ensure compliance with all aspects of research ethics and good research practice.
This theme explores research managers' responses to challenges in research ethics and compliance, including, but not limited to:
Keywords: compliance, data management, data repository, good research practice, governance, misconduct, open science, research ethics
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