We would like to invite you to a closed meeting among YAE members as a consultation on your views about the current initiative to reforming the way research and researchers are evaluated in Europe. The meeting will be held online on Tuesday 4th October at 4pm CET – this will be an informal discussion among YAE members as the YAE Board would like to hear your views on this process. In particular, we are seeking a diversity of views in terms of the disciplines and geography that encompasses our membership.

To provide some background, the YAE has played an active role in a recent initiative between research stakeholders across Europe and the European Commission that culminated in the recent publication of a list of core commitments towards the research assessment reform. The agreement was put together after months of consultations among a coalition of a core group of 20 organisations (including the YAE), and more than 350 interested stakeholder organisations from across Europe. 

Briefly, these core commitments describe a new way to evaluate research outputs that recognises the diversity of research careers and contributions to science; bases research assessment primarily on qualitative evaluation by peers; abandons the “inappropriate uses” of journal and publication metrics; and avoids the use of international rankings of research organisations in research assessment. The agreement can be found here.

Please join us in this consultation so that we can have a better understanding of the position of the YAE membership on this matter. The session will be organised by Scott Bremer (YAE Activities Chair), moderated by Gemma Modinos (YAE Chair), and will have brief introductions to the topic and the YAE work on it by Moniek Tromp (YAE Vice-Chair), Katalin Solymosi (YAE Recruitment Vice-Chair), and Toma Susi (YAE member and former YAE Vice-Chair). You can also find more information on this initiative through the recent talk that Toma gave with the Commission for the European Research Area (ERA) here (video duration 11 mins).

Please register using this link:

Please note that the event is restricted to current YAE members only.

Login details will be circulated to registered attendees closer to the event. If you have any questions about the event please contact Scott (activities@yacadeuro.org) or Gemma (chair@yacadeuro.org).