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Testimonials in memory of Puay Tang

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Our dear colleague and founder member of EvalHum and ENRESSH, Dr Puay Tang, passed away recently. We are seeking testimonials from all those who knew her as friend, colleague and researcher of dedication and talent.

Dr Puay Tang

Leonie Van Drooge

I am so sorry to hear about Puay. Fierce and powerful Puay, who showed that physique has nothing to do with force and power. Smart and sharp Puay, who sometimes kept quiet and at the background, and then stepped forward and contributed knowledge, insight, experience. Or wit. Of course, I enjoyed talking with her about clothes, shoes, bags, shops. And food.

I have some memories of Puay that make me smile, even now. I know her ever since the SIAMPI project. She managed to get a letter from the director of the social science center that was her case study for SIAMPI. A very nice interaction, that letter! She read the letter out loud at the final meeting in Brussels. That was one of the few times I saw her actually perform. She wanted, and managed, to bring every word of the letter to the audience.

Kate Baker
I have known Puay over many years from the PRIME network of excellence back in FP6 to working closely with her on the FP7 SIAMPI project where we struggled together with assessing the social impact of research. She brought intellectual sharpness to all our debates together with her unique freshness, energy and humour. She was exceptionally good company and always collegial and supportive in sharing experiences of academic and university life. To say she will be missed is a great understatement.

Ioana Galleron
Puay, you were there at the British academy when I first started to get publicly involved in the defense of the SSH. I was nervous because it was my first speech in English, and in such a prestigious place. You found the words to reassure me. So was your presence all along our too short collaboration: energetic, optimistic, pushing us all to go further and do better. Thank you and farewell!

Ad Prins

I met Puay during the SIAMPI project in which I worked with Jack and Jordi. Smart, funny, cheerful and cordial, she once in a while popped up, usually at the end of our sessions, making fun of her habit of “shopping”, meanwhile also discussing serious matters about our joined topic. It is a great loss, especially for Jordi.

Jack Spaapen

It will not be hard to write up stories about the academic achievements of Puay, her teaching and research qualities, or about her unconventional fashion statements that nevertheless fitted her so well, or about her sharpness, her openness, her kindness, but I will remember Puay because she had the unique ability to light up any room, even a room filed with more or less serious academics. That light I will carry with me.

I don’t remember how I met Puay. She was just there from the beginning of the EvalHum adventure in promoting the Social Sciences and Humanities, an instant friend. A small group attended the meeting I and Ioana Galleron organised at the British Academy in December 2012. We all went off to a pub after and started planning projects and meetings. From then on, we saw a lot of Puay and Jordi as we exchanged emails and ran events whilst trying to get the essential networking funding. We tried the ESF, we tried H2020, we tried COST. We had many refusals, but with Puay’s enthusiasm we kept on trying, and finally won with ENRESSH. It was a privilege to know her for her knowledge and capacities as a researcher, but above all as a genuinely nice person who was just fun to be with. The news of her passing away came out of the blue. I am utterly devastated and, like so many, will miss her greatly. Rest in Peace Puay, your memory will live on!

Sad News

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Devastating news

Dr. Puay Tang

It is with great sadness that the chair and steering committee of ENRESSH  inform you of the death of a dear MC Member and founder of ENRESSH, Dr. Puay TANG. Her untimely death came as a sudden shock to those of us who knew her and was caused by an incurable disease that was discovered at a late stage. It is very hard to accept because Puay, besides being a very fine scholar and a wonderful colleague, was such a lively personality with lots of humour.

She was involved in many projects on evaluating the impact of research, and had published extensively on the subject.

Many of you will not have met Puay, nor her partner Jordi Molas Gallart, MC Member from Spain, and yet they were both with the movement from the outset and helped set up the network that was to become ENRESSH. Puay had been unable to participate at meetings for some time due to new responsabilities at the University of Sussex, but she was always with us. She was involved in many projects on evaluating the impact of research, and had published extensively on the subject. Those who knew her will remember her joyfulness and enthusiasm. Her death is a huge loss for all of us.

ENRESSH will honour Puay’s memory on our website. If you knew her, please feel free to send us a few words saying how you met Puay, on what kind of projects you cooperated with her, or whatever other ideas you have about her. We would like to gather all these testimonials and publish them.

Ioana Galleron

on behalf of the Steering committee of ENRESSH

Impact cases as a new academic genre

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Marta Wróblewska presenting her study of the impact case as a new academic genre at the Research Council of Norway today. Looking forward to see the results of her STSM-project comparing British and Norwegian case studies of societal impact!


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Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the 5th PUBMET2018 Conference on scholarly publishing in the context of Open Sciencewhich will be held on 20-21 September 2018 at the University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia, and is organized by the University of Zadar, the University of Zagreb and the Ruđer Bošković Institute, under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Education and OpenAIRE Advance. This conference provides a platform for researchers, editors, publishers, librarians, repository managers, and policymakers to discuss recent trends in scholarly publishing and metrics, and timely topics related to Open Science.

Please check our website at to find more information about speakers, workshops, social events and other information. The special session on Friday – SPARC Europe session – will focus on how to manage copyright, moral and exploitation rights, and Creative Commons to work optimally for a range of stakeholders in the scholarly communication.

There is still some time to submit an abstract for PUBMET2018 and you can also register using the REGISTER link. We have special discounts for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. We also organize sightseeing of beautiful Zadar, as well as an optional boat trip on the Zrmanja River.

As the hosting city of Zadar is indeed the pearl of Dalmatia and Adriatic sea, with a wealth of cultural, historical, but also modern attractions. Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first sea organs in the world.

After visiting the conference website, please address any questions regarding registration, accommodation and on-line submission to the organizers (

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Zadar!

Sincerely yours

On behalf of the Organizing  and Programme Committee

Jadranka Stojanovski

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A call for 5 topics has been opened:

T1.1 Preparation of survey on evaluation and career (WG1);

T1.2 Peer Review as an Evaluation Process in the Social Sciences and  Humanities (WG1);

T2  Delineating the field of SSH impact: lessons from an expert survey (WG2);

T3.1 Metadata standards in the frame of the ENRESSH-VIRTA information  service (WG3);

T3.2 Coverage of SSH publications in major international indexes (WG3.

Dates to remember

Deadline for applications to be submitted: 01/05/2018 Notification of

application outcome: 10/05/2018 Period of STSM: between 01/06/2018 and 30/10/2018

More information: