Transparency and reliability are one of the key factors of a successful scientific activity. The transparency can be achieved by establishing an international scientific committee responsible for supervision and verification of scientific work. Such committees can be established for the HEI’s projects or units. The committee’s work will improve the HEI’s scientific staff competencies and will be an opportunity for exchange of experiences and knowledge between the engaged institutions. Working with experts from various countries and institutions will be a way to improve communication and cooperation between the engaged institutions and will also increase the HEI’s visibility. The committee members can also be engaged in scientific staff selection and evaluation processes. The experts selection can be based on the HEI’s international partnerships and HEI’s staff personal networks.
However, the existence of such committee(s) shall respect the relevant institutional regulations and project funding agreement requirements. Nevertheless, although similar bodies might exist as part of the instututional structures, the practice might provide some inspiration about the mandates it can have.
Improved skills and knowledge Better communication and cooperation Improved visibility
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|Target groups||R2 - R4 researchers|
|Types of contracts of researchers||Permanent employee Visiting scholar Fixed term employee|
|Career stages of researchers||1-3-years of experience 3-10 years of experience 10-15 years of experience More than 15 years of experience|
|Lengths of stays of researchers||More than 12 months|
a) approval of the competition criteria and rules prepared by the unit,
b) approval of the scope of requirements for the potential manager or leader,
c) evaluation of applications and issuing recommendations related to the employment of the most suitable candidate(s).
Challenges (factors to consider):
The committee members should have full independence from the HEI’s bodies to be seen as a reliable and objective group of experts.
You have to assure that the members of the committee have a leading position in the relevant field of research but on the other hand, they should not be the direct competitors for the researchers of your unit.
The financial conditions depend on how prestigious your unit/institution is. The more prestigious your projects are, the lower financial expectations the committee members will articulate.
Consider also inviting to the committee some members from outside academia (commercialization), IPR issues need to be taken into account if relevant..
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@ Other HEI: to exchange experts, recommend the experts, and help in practical arrangements such as contacting the expert or handling administrative and legal issues connected with the expert’s engagement. The partner may also advise on the best suitable format and periodicity of the committee’s work
@ Financing agencies: they can serve as repositories for good practices on how to evaluate research and how to cooperate with experts.
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The main role of the partner institution - another research entity or HEI is to exchange experts or recommend experts from their staff or their research network. The partner could also disseminate information and promote the committee’s work among the partner’s academic staff to encourage similar activity on the partner’s side.
International Centre for Interfacing Magnetism and Superconductivity with Topological Matter ( MagTop), a research centre with the mission to boost the excellence and internationalisation of research in Poland, has established an International Scientific Committee that supervises MagTop activities. The committee members are experts from nine institutions from various countries. Apart from supervision activities, the committee has an advisory role and is also responsible for team’s evaluation and selection of group leaders.