Building on the success of last year’s conference, join us in Providence, RI, USA

Transforming the research portfolio for greater impact: methodologies, metrics, and meaning

Now in its second year, this unique conference offers the research community a unique opportunity to look at how data and evidence are transforming research policy and strategy. Join senior members from diverse stakeholder communities to debate possible futures of methodologies, metrics, and meaning of research evaluation. Join us in October and contribute to this international discussion with leaders across many fields of research, policy, funding and administration.
Speakers and panelists will explore The Structure of Research; Research, Policy and Strategy; Metrics, Evaluation and Behavior; and Careers, Review and Promotion.

Confirmed Speakers

Key Note 

Cornelia Dean,  Brown University

Neil Sarkar, Associate Professor of Medical Science; Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice; and Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics, Brown University


Anne Bowser, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Wilson Center

Barb Brownlee, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

David Eichmann, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa

Helen Marshall, The Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Anglia Ruskin University

Jill Pipher, Brown University

Catherine Roberts, American Mathematical Society

Organizing Committee

John Armstrong, Discovery Engine, Brown University

Maryrose Franko, Health Research Alliance

Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University

Christopher Moore, Discovery Engine, Brown University

Anne Seymour, Johns Hopkins University

Anne Stone, TBI Communications

Mike Taylor, Digital Science

Barbara Kern, University of Chicago

Bart Ragon, University of Virginia


Here’s what some of last year’s attendees had to say:

" excellent learning and networking opportunity."

"..the organisers did a great job in pulling together an interesting group of people and facilitating discussion."

"..the Q&A portion of each session was excellent."

"..made me reconsider some of the foundational ideas behind metrics."

"…good balance between technical and philosophical.."

"..this was an incredibly good value for not-your-average conference."

" ..thought-provoking content, excellent speaker choices, diversity in audience."

Benefits of attending

  • two days of deep discussions into the practices, policies, and methods that will enable research to understand its own impact and potential for success
  • bringing together leaders from a wide variety of disciplines, with contributions from a diverse, international audience
  • speakers and panellists will explore The Structure of Research; Research, Policy and Strategy; Metrics, Evaluation and Behaviour; and Careers, Review and Promotion