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Program NUAS Seminar September 9-10, 2015

Program - NUAS seminar/workshop, 9.-10. September 2015, Tromsø, Norway

"Strategic use of intelligence to improve decision-making in collaboration-, research- and HR-administration"

9th of September

1200-1300         Lunch

1300-1315         Welcome and short introduction

Pål Vegar Storeheier, research director, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

The universities’ traditional use of bibliometrics has often been limited to benchmarking and decision-making at an aggregated level. What is the potential of bibliometric intelligence at the operational level?

1315-1400         Strategic use of information in a competitive research world.

Ulf Petrusson, Professor, University of Gothenburg

The presentation will focus on the general challenges that universities face in an increasingly competitive environment in a knowledge-driven society.  The enhanced role and pressure for universities not only to educate citizens, but also to generate new and valuable knowledge through research and collaboration activities, requires university leadership to be more strategic and better informed in their decision-making.  Professor Petrusson will outline how universities can use various information sources in a structured manner in order to support strategic decisions that can enhance the university’s competitive advantage.

1400-1415         CRIS-systems: Challenges and learnings

Aija Kaitera, project manager, University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki (UH) has collected research input and output data electronically since the 90’s. A research project administration system was implemented in 2008, a research information system in 2010 and a modern reporting tool in 2012. Additional bibliometric and research funding information have been available all along. This presentation will give an overview of the current status of how UH is putting this information into use in operations management and strategic decision-making. Also daily challenges in managing information flow and collaboration in multiprofessional environment are discussed.

1415-1430         Short presentation of SciVal/Incites

Martin Kirk, director, Office of research services, University of British Columbia

The presentation will focus on research metric systems, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), how they are extracted and how they are utilized. Martin will demonstrate the various systems, identify the significant KPIs and how they are used by UBC to inform research strategy decision-making.

1430-1500         Strategic use of information.

Martin Kirk, director, Office of research services, University of British Columbia

This presentation will focus on KPIs utilized by UBC and how data is strategically utilized from Scival and other bibliometric systems. The presentation will demonstrate how various tools/systems are used to allow UBC to compare research performance with peer institutions, identify and demonstrate UBC research strengths and top performers, understand where UBC is growing/declining in our established research areas of strength, identify who UBC collaborates with/should collaborate with, recognize what research strengths UBC share with other institutions, elucidate who utilizes UBC research and give societal attention to UBC research (through social media etc).

1500-1545         Break

1545-1600         Strategic use of patent-information

Marianne Skånseng, Senior Patent Examiner, Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO/Patentstyret)

What kind of valuable information can we find in patent documents and how can we analyse this information and use it when making strategic decisions to increase competitiveness? Ms. Skånseng’s presentation will bring awareness on how universities can utilise patent information and various challenges they will meet.

1600-1610         Research performance and incentives

Halldór Jónsson, director, Division of Science and Research, University of Iceland

One way to challenge decreasing budgets and limited resources of universities is to introduce multiple incentives for academic staff in order to boost research output and quality. In order to motivate a given behaviour we need to initiate right type of incentives and we must regularly monitor how our “incentive system” works, in order to improve it and to make sure that it is heading our university in the right direction.

1610-1620         Bibliometric screening of candidates for proposals and cooperation

John Westensee, division manager, Research support and external relations, University of Aarhus

If we want to win excellence grants for our best researchers and coordinate large, international projects, we need to find our best candidates and compare them to their competitors in order to maximise our chances of success. We can use a variety of bibliometric and other tools to support the process. One effect of the approach is that we are able to decrease the number of unsuccesfull proposals and save valuable researcher time.

1620-1650         Potential uses of intelligence in recruitment and career development

Gudrun Gudmundsdottir, Director-Division of Human Resources, University of Iceland

What kind of employees are we looking for today’s Universities? Who is considered a good employee and how can we measure that when recruiting people? Gudrun will talk about how the University of Iceland is using some of these Intelligent tools and how tools like these can be used to make a decision when recruiting within the University sector. She will also talk about limitations and advantages from HR perspectives and how we combine technology and human perspectives when hiring the best employee.

1650-1730         Panel discussion

1730-1745         Information about the evening program

1930                    Dinner at Scandic Ishavshotell


10th of September

0900-0915          Practical information on today’s tasks

0915-1015          Group discussion

1015-1030          Pause

1030-1200          Group discussion

1200-1300          Lunch

1300-1400          Group presentations in plenary

1400-1500          Plenary discussion