1:AM Impact assessment in the funding sector: the role of altmetrics
15:15 – 16:30: Impact assessment in the funding sector: the role of altmetrics
Funders are continually seeking to better understand the impact and reach of the research they fund, and in particular the audiences within those interactions. Altmetrics can potentially offer a valuable aid in collating such data. In this session key players from a variety of funding bodies in the UK will consider the implications of this.
Chair: Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist, Digital Science
James Wilsdon, Chair of the HEFCE Steering Group on Metrics
James Wilsdon is Professor of Science and Democracy in Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. He is also Director of The Nexus Network, a new ESRC- funded initiative, which aims to foster joined-up thinking, policy & practice on food, energy, water and the environment.
Since September 2013, he has been Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, which works to make the case for UK social science with policymakers, the media and the wider public.
He was recently appointed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to chair an independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment, which will report in 2015.
Adam Dinsmore, Evaluation Officer, Wellcome Trust
Adam Dinsmore is an Evaluation Officer working within the Wellcome Trust’s Strategic Planning & Policy Unit. The Unit providesanalysis, research and advice on policy and evaluation issues relevant to the Trust’s mission to achieve extraordinary improvements in human and animal health by supporting the brightest minds in biomedical research.
Adam has previously worked as a researcher for the IOE’ s Centre for Research in Autism & Education (CRAE), and Mencap Liverpool. In addition to his interests in alternative metrics of scholarly impact Adam has written and presented on a variety of topics including the provision of healthcare to people with learning disabilities, and the identification of appropriate priorities for autism research in the UK.
Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy & Communications, Science Foundation Ireland
Dr Abigail Ruth Freeman was appointed as Director of Strategy and Communications in 2013.
Prior to her current appointment Dr Freeman has held a series of positions at Science Foundation Ireland. Most recently she was the Director of Programmes, Enterprise and International Affairs, with responsibility for overseeing all SFI research funding programmes and management of funded awards, as well as the Foundation’s activities in conjunction with industry and international partners. Prior to this, Dr Freeman held roles as both Director of Enterprise and International Affairs and Head of Industry-Research Development. Dr Freeman joined SFI as a Scientific Programme Manager in November 2006.
Prior to joining SFI Dr Freeman was working as a researcher at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She holds PhD and Bachelor degrees in Genetics from TCD. During her time there as a student she was awarded a Trinity scholarship, the Eli Lilly Chemistry Prize and the Roberts prize for Biology. Dr Freeman’s PhD research, on population genetics in hybrid zones, was funded by a prestigious studentship from the Wellcome Trust and was carried out at TCD and ILRI, Nairobi. She was a founding member of the Trinity Research Staff Association; the first Irish association representing contract researchers.
Liz Philpots, Head of Research, Association of Medical Research Charities
Liz’s role at AMRC is to support member charities in their grant-giving activities, from providing advice on developing a research strategy to evaluating the impact of research portfolios. Liz oversees AMRC’s data and knowledge management and strategy, providing sector-wide analyses of figures and trends in medical research grant-giving. She also manages the five-yearly audit of members’ peer review practices, which ensures that all members are operating according to AMRC’s principles of peer review.
Following her PhD and post-doctoral research in neuroscience, Liz moved into grant management and administration in the public and charity sector. Most recently she was R&D manager at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, where she worked closely with the associated academic and clinical trials units, and developed skills in intellectual property, contract negotiation, understanding the NHS and working across cultural and organisational divides.