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Research is a public good in itself, not only for the benefit of creating jobs and economic prosperity. Research is a public good in itself, not only for the benefit of creating jobs and economic prosperity. Flickr/International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

The benefits of research aren’t just economic

Forcing research and innovation to fit corporate needs exclusively sounds like a pretty blunt way to govern how public funds are awarded and used in universities. Granted, in a political environment touting…
Perhaps the best way to measure research impact is a judicious mix-and-match approach. Perhaps the best way to measure research impact is a judicious mix-and-match approach. eepingtime_ca/Flickr

Getting the mix right for assessing research impact

Outside professional sport, few industries measure the performance of their workforces more intensively than academia. There’s particular scrutiny on how much difference academic research has made to the…
The public needs to be convinced its money is being spent wisely. The public needs to be convinced its money is being spent wisely. TEDxBrainport

Scientists need to prove their research is worth it

Plato said true philosophers are “those who love to see the truth” – a desire to seek and expose fundamental knowledge. For most scientists, the search for truth, otherwise known as fundamental or basic…
Measuring the impact of research in the real world sounds a bit impossible, but Australia is going to do it anyway. Measuring the impact of research in the real world sounds a bit impossible, but Australia is going to do it anyway. Research image from www.shutterstock.com

Research meets the real world – now comes the hard part

So you’re just recovering from the last ERA (Excellence for Research Australia) assessment? Dust yourself off, Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA) is heading our way. This is the new paradigm…
Scientists are using Twitter to charge up their impact. Scientists are using Twitter to charge up their impact. nicolasjon

It’s time for scientists to tweet

Social media is no longer a new thing. But to scientists it still might be. There are few who are starting to take advantage of social media for professional reasons. What can other scientists learn from…
Do we need new vocabulary for measuring the “engagement”, “use”, “relevance” and “appropriateness” of research? Do we need new vocabulary for measuring the “engagement”, “use”, “relevance” and “appropriateness” of research? spettacolopuro

The ‘impact’ of research carries weight (but ripples matter more)

What has been the impact of the invention of the telescope? What has been the impact of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, or the splitting of the atom? Yes, that’s right: the idea of measuring the…
The university funding system discourages research on volunteers like these men who are risking their lives to help their community. The university funding system discourages research on volunteers like these men who are risking their lives to help their community. Flickr/Rob Down Under

In universities obsessed with research here’s what falls between the cracks

In Australian universities at the moment research is everything. They obsess over the rankings in the new ERA system which measures research performance. For academics publishing in the top journals isn’t…

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