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Culture shift: a new Research on Research Institute (RoRI) seminar series
Around the world, the good, the bad and the ugly in research cultures are the focus of unprecedented scrutiny and debate. Imperatives of equality, diversity, inclusion, impact, integrity and sustainability are forcing overdue change to institutions, policies and practices. But there is still a long way to go.

Through this new RoRI seminar series, we aim to spotlight some of the most exciting thinkers, practitioners and research system entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of analysing, pioneering and propelling culture shifts across science and research.

Seminars take place on 3rd Thursday every month, (usually afternoon UK/EU / morning US/Canada) and are open to anyone with an interest in the subject.
16 June 2022
The quantified scholar, Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, University of California. We will also hear responses to Dr Pardo-Guerra from Prof. Sarah de Rijcke, Co-Chair of RoRI and Scientific Director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University and Dr Molly Morgan Jones, Director of Policy at The British Academy - followed by a discussion. This seminar is organised by RoRI and Sheffield Metascience Network (MetaNet) at the University of Sheffield. Watch the recording here.
16 July 2022
When priorities don't align with needs: the case of mental health research, Dr Ismael Rafols, University of Leiden. We will also hear responses from Sara Nässtrom, representing Vinnova in Sweden's National Strategy for Mental Health followed by a discussion. Watch the recording here.
15 September 2022
4-5:30pm (UK time)
Beyond counting beans: reimagining research indicators to favour diversity, Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communication, Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University (Perth, Australia). The talk will propose some simple, yet radical, shifts in how we think about research performance indicators. Using open data and transparent analysis it will imagine a world in which we stop asking how to count more beans, but instead how different they are.
Recording coming soon.
20 October 2022
4-5:30pm (UK time)
Decolonising the global governance of research, Joy Y. Zhang (Founding Director of the Centre for Global Science and Epistemic Justice at the University of Kent) and Saheli Datta-Burton (Lecturer in Science Policy at University College London) provide refreshing insights on this topic through a discussion of their new book, The elephant and the dragon in contemporary life sciences: A call for decolonising global governance. We will also hear responses from Katja Lasch, Director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Regional Office New Delhi and the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi. Recording coming soon.
17 November 2022
4-5:30pm (UK time)
Cite Black Women: A Critical Praxis, (The Cite Black Women Collective)
Christen A. Smith is a Black feminist anthropologist and the creator of Cite Black Women - a campaign that brings awareness to the race and gender politics of citation, and the erasure of Black women's intellectual contributions in global society.
This talk explores the revolutionary possibilities and the political stakes of citation as a radical Black feminist praxis. Following the experience of the Cite Black Women movement, it considers how can we can redress inequality through a radical engagement with citation as not only intellectual practice but also as political intervention. Recording coming soon.
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