• Sarah de Rijcke

Symposium: Future directions for Science and Evaluation studies, March 12, 2020, Leiden University

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

The FluidKnowledge team cordially invites you to the Symposium "How does evaluation shape knowledge creation? Future directions for Science and Evaluation studies."

Date: 12 March, 2020

Time: 13:00-17:00h, followed by a reception. Free entry, registration required.

Location: Room SA49, Pieter de la Court Building, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden

Final Program

13:00 – 13:30h | “Science & Evaluation Studies: Introduction”

Sarah de Rijcke, Centre for Science & Technology Studies, Leiden University

13:30 – 14:00h | “It must be otherwise. Is understanding the effects of evaluation enough?”

Maximilian Fochler, Department of Science & Technology Studies, University of Vienna

14:00 – 14:30h | “Diving into Scottish marine policy. Towards a form of deliberative self-evaluation”

Niki Vermeulen, Science Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh

14:30 – 15:00h | “Deo comparata, invenitur quasi nihil, or, the develishness of comparison”

Willem Schinkel, Department of Public Administration & Sociology, Erasmus University

15:00 – 15:30h | Coffee & tea

15:30 – 16:00h | "(Un)doing evaluation: cultures, tools, and contestations of quality determinations”

Rebecca Elliot, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics

16:00 – 16:30h | “From indicators to indicat-ing? Participatory research metrics for research communities in-the-making”

Noortje Marres, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick

16:30 – 17:00h | “Fluid impact”

Peter Dahler-Larsen, Department of Political Sciences, University of Copenhagen

17:00 – 17:15h | Closing remarks by Sarah de Rijcke

Followed by reception (registration required).


Evaluations have become a permanent element of the workings of present-day universities. And there are many different reasons for this. One is very simple: universities and other knowledge institutions are part of a wider culture that is being flooded with rankings and ratings. Since the advent of the internet, this has only increased. We count, measure and rank till we drop: from the restaurants we visit and the hotels we book, to the quality of the educational institutions where we send our children. But how exactly does evaluation affect science and scholarship?

The intricate ways in which evaluation, valuation and knowledge production interact are poorly understood and undertheorized. Broadly speaking, the new field of Science and Evaluation Studies sets out to analyse the conditions for conducting research, in relation to developments in the content of the research. And this involves three central questions: 1) How do we evaluate science and scholarship? What kinds of ideas about research quality, the societal relevance of research, good governance, the importance of certain forms of collaboration, and careers can be seen in formal evaluation systems and informal evaluation criteria? 2) How do evaluations interact with science itself? How do evaluations interact with scientific research and the many different policy and funding instruments that make use of evaluations? And 3) Is this really how we want to evaluate science?

We have asked six international experts to give input talks in connection with one or more of the following questions:

What are the most promising questions for social scientific research on interactions between evaluation, knowledge creation, and science-society relations? What is at stake, and for whom? How can different disciplines and methodologies (e.g. scientometrics, ethnography) interact with each other most productively? And how to conceptualize and operationalize collaborations with field experts (e.g. ocean scientists, policy makers, wider publics)?

** Please register if you would like to attend this event **

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 805550.