The Future of international collaboration
Join day 1 of the forum to hear from experts and peers who are exploring novel approaches to assess research collaborations. Discover solutions that can help you make confident, data-informed decisions, whether you’re looking to identify the right academic or industry partner to take your next project forward, or need to reduce the administrative burden required to meaningfully assess the outcomes of your organization’s current collaborations.
Research in an open, global landscape
New technologies are transforming the research world, not only in providing new machines and processes but also in enabling the immediate sharing of research ideas, data and outcomes. These changes re-emphasise the critical place that universities have as the environment in which people learn to handle knowledge and uncertainty. Such people are and will be essential to knowledge-based economies.
How has technology changed the way research is performed? It has facilitated such a growth in collaboration that less than half the output of advanced economies and research-intensive universities is solely their own. This signals a Fourth Age of research, beyond individuals, institutions and countries, where the leading edge of research shifts to a global network. Institutions not directly engaged with this knowledge network risk slipping further behind. Assessment of national and institutional performance becomes problematic. Restrictive ownership of IP assets is infeasible.
Research is no longer a world to itself. Collaborative research becomes open research, where not only data and reports but even research proposals are out for scrutiny, comment and continuous amendment. Collaborative, open institutions engage with research users but cannot claim exclusive ownership of their work. A changing assessment agenda seeks to define, and predict, the ‘wider impact’ of academic research. Critically, it is the agile use of knowledge, not its ownership, that becomes the determinant of success.
Further reading: New languages and landscapes of Higher Education (2017), P Scott, J Gallacher and J Parry (eds) Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198787082 (pp 149-170)
Bridging the Gap – Supporting Global Engagement Strategies through Collaboration
An often overlooked and underutilized office in higher education is the International Office. Often believed to only harbor duties concerning international students and study abroad programs, this office can also be an important stakeholder in an institution’s overall global strategic plan. This session introduces the audience to USF World, at the University of South Florida, and the role that its International Research and Global Engagement Data Manager has had in building a comprehensive database of international faculty activity, mapping the overall university’s global engagement, building bridges between business units on campus that all touch aspects of the global research administrative environment, and raising the global reputation of the university. Examples of how Clarivate InCites and bibliometrics adds value to our office will be highlighted, as well as how we have developed tools and strategies to widen the research and collaboration ecosystem on campus. Finally, ideas on how to expand the range of stakeholders currently invested in your institution’s future of international collaboration will be discussed.
Bibliometrics at your fingertips using InCites
With the Web of Science™ growing at an astonishing pace, analyzing the big data it generates becomes crucial. InCites™ has always been the go-to tool for Bibliometrics analysis, using the Web of Science Core Collection, but it continues to evolve to encompass additional use cases. In this session we will have the opportunity to communicate some of the most recent developments for this Benchmarking & Analytics tool and how they can impact the analysis capabilities within your institution.
Developing an Institutional Technology and Data Infrastructure for Team Science
As Miami’s first and only public research university, Florida International University’s (FIU) has positioned itself as one of South Florida’s anchor institutions with a vision to achieve exceptional student-centered learning and upward economic mobility, produce meaningful research and creative activities, and lead transformative innovations locally and globally, resulting in recognition as a Top-50 public US university.
In alignment with the vision, FIU recognizes the criticality of team science to solve the greatest challenges of our time and has made it a strategic priority to develop an institutional infrastructure in support of collaboration and connection. The National Cancer Institute’s Team Science Toolkit also lists ‘Institutional Infrastructure and Resources for Communication and Data Sharing’ as one of the key factors influencing the successful development of team science initiatives.
This presentation will examine the various technology and data components of FIU’s institutional infrastructure for team science, including the establishment of a Vivo-based research networking system named Scholars@FIU. It will detail how this initiative has become a central and integrated part of the broader University efforts to enable research collaboration and discovery.
National Cancer Institute’s Team Science Toolkit
Owning your institution’s online presence
The ability to successfully promote and showcase organizational research often raises complex questions with interlocking dependencies and workflows. In this presentation, we will highlight tools to aid you in identifying, mapping and overcoming potential workflow challenges to accelerate your research visibility.
The Importance of Global Partnerships in the Current and Post-COVID Era
Universities are founded on the independence of research, critical thinking, and academic freedom, playing an integral role in the pursuit of truth and maintaining democratic values through their most prized assets –evidence-based knowledge and graduates with an ability to challenge unfounded claims with facts.
Never have these assets been more valuable.
Over the last 18 months – since COVID-19 was identified as a global challenge – university researchers mobilized at an unprecedented pace: sharing knowledge and establishing collaborations and networks across disciplines, borders and sectors. Together, they developed vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tools and, equally important, they identified – and are working to address – the associated human, social, economic and ethical challenges, opportunities and risks.
Their work is far from over, but we’ve already learned so much. Well beyond the science, we’ve seen, first-hand, that diversity, collaboration and creativity are critical to both technological and social innovation and to building resilient communities at home and around the world.
At McMaster, our international collaborations are focused and deliberate – based on mutual respect and reciprocity – and play a major role in our strategic vision. Our ability to build bridges is rooted in our student and faculty exchanges and partnerships; heightening our global awareness and cultural understanding.
The Global Nexus on Pandemics and Biological Threats – headquartered at McMaster – epitomizes our approach to international research partnerships. Learn more about how our partners are working together to inform decision-making, influence policy and ensure society’s response, resilience and readiness for the next global threat.