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Research Hive Seminars 2021

The Sussex Research Hive Seminar series returns for 2021, bringing together the research community, from Sussex and beyond, to explore and discuss issues that are currently affecting researchers. We will hear a range of perspectives from researchers and practitioners, and open the conversation up to our peers.

Supported by SAGE Publications and hosted by the Library, these events are open to everyone engaged in, supporting or curious about the research process. Where possible slides and recordings of the sessions will be made available.

Digital communities: connecting researchers at a distance

Tuesday 30 March, 2pm-3.30pm, Zoom

A supportive research community is vital for researchers to thrive. The pandemic has completely transformed the ways our communities interact; gone are the coffee catch ups and corridor encounters. While we are all looking forward to the coming ‘unlockdown’, it is safe to assume that many of our pandemic practices are here to stay. So how can we recreate those spaces and foster stimulating professional relationships while maintaining digital wellbeing?

Drawing inspiration from Café Scientifique, research librarian, Katherine Stephan, has been running interdisciplinary Research Café’s at Liverpool John Moores University. She talks about how these events have been successfully relocated to an online space and continue to benefit researchers.

Tyler Shores is the Manager of the ThinkLab Program at the University of Cambridge and is interested in academic social media use and digital wellbeing. His current research explores digital distractions.

Dr Natalia Cecire is the chair of this event.

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Own it: The impact of rights retention

Tuesday 20 April, 2pm-3.30pm, Zoom

Plan S is an initiative for open-access science publishing launched in 2018 by "cOAlition S", a consortium of national research agencies and funders from thirteen European countries. Many aspects of Plan S have now come into force, including the Rights Retention Strategy.

Sally Rumsey, Open Access expert at Jisc and Professor Johan Rooryck, Executive Director of cOAlition S, talks about what this means for our researchers and, in particular, how the changes to rights retention for authors might impact our future dissemination of research. Professor Martin Eve, founder and CEO of the Open Library of Humanities, considers the role and responsibilities of publishers.

Dr Maria Mercedes Frabboni is the chair of this event.

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Exploring DORA: responsible metrics, research evaluation and you

Monday 24 May, 2pm-3.30pm, Zoom

The University of Sussex was an early signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and recently affirmed our commitment to this, ensuring that the University moves away from traditional ways of ranking research to a fairer, more inclusive system. This will have an impact on research advancement and career development for researchers at all stages.

Dr Lizzie Gadd, founder of the Bibliomagician blog, discusses responsible metrics, in general, and recent policy changes by UK funders and what that means for the sector. Professor Robin Banerjee talks about the specific work being carried out by Sussex and how we are practically implementing our DORA action plan.

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Thank you, next: the future of research assessment

Wednesday 9th June, 2pm-3.30pm, Zoom

As the research landscape, and the policies and technologies that underpin it, continue to evolve, we look towards the next iteration of research assessment. After more than three decades of performance-based funding allocation, is it time for transformative change? The challenges for future evaluation exercises are numerous, more diverse forms of research output, the limitations of peer review and focus on responsible metrics. There are also questions around the impact Covid-19. For many, particularly those with childcare and other caring responsibilities, this has been ‘a lost year of research’. How will this be accounted for and what more can assessment frameworks do to respond to inequalities?

Dr Catriona Firth, Associate Director for Research Environment at Research England and Professor Alis Oancea, Philosophy of Education and Research Policy at University of Oxford consider what the future holds for research assessment.

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