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Morning Symposium 18th September - 'Research Impact & Evaluation in an Open Scholarship Era'

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 9am – 2pm 

At a time when there is increasing demand for measurement of research impact, there are also broader concerns about over-reliance on citation metrics for recruitment, promotion and research funding. How do we then incentivise open research behaviour in a system that rewards publishing in so-called ‘high impact’, often closed, journals?
Join us in the Trinity Long Room Hub for discussion on this topic and more including:  

  • What are responsible research metrics and why are these important?
  • What is the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)?
  • What does DORA mean for Academic Careers and the practice of research more generally?
  • What initiatives are Ireland’s funding agencies introducing to embrace DORA and other responsible research metrics principles?
  • What role, if any, do funders have in influencing institutions’ research assessment practices?
  • How does Trinity currently evaluate research assessment?
  • What does the future of research assessment look like?

Professor Stephen Curry, the Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Imperial College London and the current Chair of the DORA Steering Committee. Professor Curry is a long-time advocate for responsible research metrics and will speak about the motivation for Imperial College London to sign DORA in 2017, the impact this has had on the institution and researchers, as well as his views on the future trajectory of research evaluation. The title of his presentation is “Open Scholarship, research assessment and DORA: Re-engineering the measures of success”.
A presentation detailing Trinity’s current approach to research assessment will then be facilitated by Trinity’s Programme Manager for Research Informatics, Niamh Brennan and the Director of Strategic Engagement and Impact at Trinity’s Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Sarah Bowman.
We will then proceed to a Funders’ Panel session chaired by Dr. Graham Love, former chief executive of the Higher Education Authority and currently a partner in the consulting services practice in Mazars with representatives confirmed from the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and The Wellcome Trust.
Finally, a panel of researchers at different career stages will discuss research evaluation in the context of their own careers. This session will be chaired by Dr. James Smith, a Government of Ireland (IRC) postdoctoral research fellow in Geography and advocacy coordinator for the Open Library of Humanities.
Throughout this symposium there will be ample time for questions and participants are encouraged to follow discussions and engage on social media by using the #TCDResearchImpact

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This event is supported by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund. 

Citizen Science & Open Scholarship Workshop - 11th September

Venue: Tangent Events Space, TCD Business School

This workshop will focus on a practical example of a web-based Application Access Earth that enables Citizen Science. The Access Earth team will facilitate a presentation that covers its functionality and utility, as well as highlighting the data that was generated during a previous Unboxing Open Scholarship mapping accessibility event on Aug 28th. 

This workshop will include discussion on the utility, purpose,legal and ethical considerations of open data; what engaged research looks like; how to effectively validate data generated from Citizen Science approaches; and the propriety uses of open data in a socially responsible manner all of which is grounded in an Open Scholarship case study approach.

The aim of the workshop is to explore the virtues of citizen science, to evaluate the practice of citizen science and real world consequences at a very immediate and local level, and to engage with an application that seeks to improve the lives of people with accessibility needs.

To register your attendance, please visit

To follow online discussion, please use #TrinityAccessEarth


12-12.10pm: Welcome from the Dean of Research & Librarian & College Archivist

12.10-12.30pm: Introduction to AccessEarth (Matt McCann, CEO, AccessEarth)

12.30 - 12.50pm: Presentation of data from accessibility mapping event on Aug 28th

12.50 - 1.15pm: The Merits of Open Data and Citizen Science (Sarah Bowman, Director of Strategic Engagement & Impact at Trinity Centre for Ageing & Intellectual Disability) 

1.15 - 1.35pm: Questions & Comments from the Floor

1.35 - 2pm: Light Lunch

Celebration of TCD Student Publications - 11th September

Venue: Regent House, Trinity College Dublin

Join us for an evening event celebrating Trinity's Publications and their research endeavours on the 11th of September. TCD is host to over 23 student-led vibrant publications and titles covering a wide breadth of activity and disciplines. During this event, we will learn more about the various publications, their history and research focus, plans for the coming academic year and how through their work they continue to put research at the heart of Trinity College Dublin. You will also learn about an exciting new Student Open Access Project called SOAPbox where College aims to work with a number of student publications to fully integrate their work into the Open Research environment. 

We are also lucky to be joined by our Provost who will speak at the beginning of the event.

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#ResearchMatters #TCDSOAPbox

5pm: Provost's Welcome

5.10pm: Chair of Trinity Publications, Lauren Boland - 'The role of student-run publications in Trinity enriching the student experience'
5.20pm Dean of Research Prof Linda Doyle - 'Student-Led Research & Open Access'
5.30pm: Publications in 3 - A 3 minute presentation from each Journal/Title about their work and vision for 2019/2020
6.20pm: Reception begins
7pm: Event concludes

eLife's Support for a Culture Change in Academia to help Researchers Thrive - 24th September

Venue: Mhairtin Ui Chadhain Theatre, Arts Building, TCD

Time: 18:00 - 19:15

eLife is a non-profit organisation inspired by research funders and led by scientists. Their mission is to help researchers accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. eLife was founded in 2012 an since then has been pushing the boundaries of conventional research to innovative new methods of peer review, open source software and cultural change in academic. Whilst eLife is focused primarily on

biomedical and life sciences, there are lessons all disciplines can take away from their engagement and initiatives in Open Scholarship which stand to benefit the wider research eco-system

On September 24th, we will be joined by eLife's Community Manager Kora Korzec who will speak about eLife's initiatives that aim to shift what is valued in research so that the basic paradigms of 'Publish or perish' give space to 'Share and shine' for the benefit of research and all involved in conducting and learning from it. Kora will facilitate a 30mins presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Please sign-up to attend this event here: 

In Conversation with Dr Richard Gallagher, President & Editor-in-Chief at Annual Reviews - 11th October

12-2pm, Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building

Dr. Richard Gallagher is the current President & Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews, a Palo Alto, California-based independent nonprofit science publisher. With over 25 years’ experience in science editing and publishing, he is now leading efforts to position Annual Reviews, one of the world’s most prized repositories of scientific knowledge, as a public resource to promote engagement with research and enable rational debate on key societal issues.

Richard will facilitate a presentation highlighting how Annual Reviews has been engaging with Open Access, what measures they have introduced to embrace the Open Research environment and his views on what the future entails for academic publishing. Annual Reviews are trying a “subscribe-to-open” model in which its papers are offered for free once it reaches enough subscription revenue to cover its costs. This approach has recently been discussed in Open Access circles across the world. 

After Richard's presentation, he will sit down with TCD's Librarian & College Archivist Ms. Helen Shenton to explore further some of the pertinent themes addressed during his presentation before the session is opened to the floor for questions and comments