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.
Burgess Langshaw-Power and Alexander Caro, on behalf of the Science Policy Research Unit class of 2016
Puay, many knew you for your impactful work in academic and publishing circles. However, we knew you best as an enthusiastic and compassionate individual and as an adept professor. Your purple-tinged hair belied the passion and seriousness with which you took your work. You cared deeply about the success of your students and held us to the highest standards. In return, you gave us your best everyday. Whether academic, professional, or personal, it was you to whom we turned to for support. You served as a mentor to many, providing an ear and wisdom when your students were faced with any challenge.
We have lost a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. Thank you, Puay, for all that you have done. We will never forget you.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
on behalf of the Steering committee of ENRESSH
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!
The ENRESSH Training School on
Evaluation procedures and their impact on SSH careers
will take place in Vilnius from the 7th – 11th January 2019
A new paper on SSH evaluation has been published in Revista Española de Documentación Científica (CSIC journal) by Elea Giménez Toledo.
The paper is available in both Spanish and English:
The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) has awarded ENRESSH member Judit Bar-Ilan the ASIS&T Research in Information Science Award. https://www.asist.org/news/bar-ilan-wins-research-award/
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 http://pubmet.unizd.hr 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 (email@example.com).
We’re looking forward to seeing you in Zadar!
On behalf of the Organizing and Programme Committee
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: https://enressh.eu/stsm/