Workshop for emerging researchers from universities in switzerland and members of leru universities in europe

The University of Geneva is organizing an interdisciplinary workshop for emerging researchers in SSH. This international workshop will focus on methods and challenges for the evaluation of SSH research projects, and also on the evaluation methods applied to the careers of SSH researchers. After the workshop, a “SPOC” (small private open course) related to the workshop will be produced and made available.

The goal of this project is to increase participants’ awareness of the different dimensions of the evaluation of research. Indeed, researchers constantly undergo evaluation procedures. When they wish to publish their research, it must first be approved by peers and/or publishers. Their performance contributes, directly or indirectly, to the evaluation of their university. This is most apparent when their CV is analyzed during the employment application process. For these reasons, it is essential that beginning researchers understand the impact of evaluation on their future professional careers, as well as the implications for the evaluation of their institution.

Are there specificities to SSH evaluation? What are the stakes for the careers of researchers? What are the stakes for institutions in a context of increasingly strained budgets? The question of the quality of intrinsic SSH evaluation --if there is such a thing--will be one of the main themes of the workshop. In this context, the young researchers will work together to define a common basis for the evaluation criteria of quality research, and they will reflect on the specificities of SSH. It is hoped that their discussions will result in instruments that more appropriately assess the quality of careers and projects.

This project is part of the SUC P-3 research program “Performances de la recherche en sciences humaines et sociales” (2013-2016). The goal of this program is to encourage innovative methods in this field. Call for participation and preliminary programme here

Contact: Dr. Laure Ongois Zaugg (service-recherche@unige.ch).