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First ENRESSH Training School

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The first ENRESSH training school is now over leaving a group of very satisfied and exhausted trainers and trainees. To catch up on what went to, just take a look at the ENRESSH downloads page and you’ll find the working materials and presentations online. Many thanks to Paul and Antun for having made this such a successful event!

Downloads are here!


Our Members in Movement: Claudia Oliveira in Brussels

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Claudia Oliveira, MC substitute for Portugal, has started a new position as Horizon 2020 National Contact Point and EU Adviser for Social Sciences, Humanities and Culture at ABAE – Agence Bruxelloise pour l’Accompagnement de l’Entreprise (Brussels Agency for Business Support). Claudia will be focusing on advising all Brussels-based entities (public & private, universities included) on how to get funding for a research project, and will serve as the intermediary between her community and the European Commission in what R&D&I is concerned for SSH thematic.

Michael Ochsner is spreading the word

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Michael Ochsner was invited for a presentation and panel discussion at a workshop at the University of Graz entitled „And how do you want to be evaluated? A discussion on the evaluation of research performance in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies“. He presented the work of ENRESSH and especially the Work Group 1 to a public of Austrian SSH scholars, deans, vice-rectors and a representative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Research.

More information (in German) can be found here:

ENRESSH November Newsletter

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Work goes on apace and you can now read all about what is happening in our latest newsletter. The November issue contains updates about work group activities, introduces new member Christophe Köller and has a message to the action from Professor Rūta Petrauskaitė of the Lithuanian Research Council along with other featured articles.


WG1 Report on Projects on SSH Scholars’ Notions of Research Quality in Participating Countries

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What does research quality mean? This question becomes important when research is evaluated, but remains largely unanswered, especially regarding the social sciences and humanities (SSH). This report gives an overview on empirical projects that explicitly investigates the notions of research quality of SSH scholars. Such projects are scarce and often not much known, yet are of great importance as only with knowledge on what is to be measured, we can find adequate indicators for research quality.
See the report on the ENRESSH deliverables page:  WG1 Report on Projects on SSH Scholars’ Notions of Research Quality in Participating Countries


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In February 2018, the European Network for Research Evaluation in Social Sciences and Humanities (ENRESSH) holds a training school in Zagreb, Croatia, on the theme of the societal impact of research in social sciences and humanities (

ENRESSH is a 4 year research network (2016-19) funded by the European Co-Operation In Science and Technology (COST) mechanism exploring research evaluation in social sciences and humanities, and in particular the conceptual, practical and policy responses necessary to deal with the fact that SSH research is in many ways very different to science & technology disciplines that all too often form the basis for research and science policy (COST Action CA15137).

ENRESSH has a Working Group that is studying appropriate approaches to evaluating the wider social impact and public value of research in the social sciences and humanities.  In the first year we have undertaken a taxonomy of SSH societal research impacts as well as organising a policy roundtable on policy approaches for SSH impact measurement.  This year we are currently exploring how policy frameworks stimulate, motivate and drive researchers towards making their research more or less societally valuable.

As part of this, we are organising a Training School in Croatia in February 2018 to do two things; firstly to disseminate the lessons from the network’s activities to date, but also to mobilise a community of interested researchers who are interested in the network’s activities in the remainder of the project’s life.  We therefore do not envisage a clear transmit/ receive split between trainers and participants but a higher-level think tank activity for slightly more experienced staff to create a dialogue between peers under the guidance of mentors.

The training school lasts for four days. The first three days are a mix of findings from the ENRESSH network, high-level keynote lectures, teamwork on problem solving and discussion groups, covering theories of SSH impact (Day 1), practices of SSH impact creation (Day 2), and policies for stimulating SSH Impact (Day 3).  The final day involves a world café to bring the key discussion points from the first three days together to create a common knowledge base and closing statement.  Each day will be led by a separate expert in these three areas, and each group activities will take place under the mentorship of an experienced SSH Impact research from the ENRESSH project.

We are currently inviting applications to attend from interested researchers, practitioners or policy-makers to participate in this dialogue.  Application involves sending a short statement of motivation and an example of SSH research impact with which they are familiar.  This research impact case will be used along with those of the other participants to ensure that the discussions remain grounded and help produce a shared understanding of participants in SSH research impact evaluation.

This training school is funded by COST, and each successful applicant will be awarded a travel bursary of €700 to cover their attendance (max 25 participants).

The closing date for the call for applications is 30th November 2017.

More information is available at the call for applications to attend here:

If you have any questions or comments then please do not hesitate to get into contact with the ENRESSH WG leader Paul Benneworth (