This event will discuss the open access book Transforming Research Excellence: New Ideas from the Global South, edited by Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Robert Tijssen, Matthew Wallace and Robert McLean, published by African Minds in 2020.
There is a global aspiration for researchers and science organisations to become excellent, and this has become a driver of decisions by scientists, universities and funders.
This book highlights gaps and shortcomings in how the notion of ‘excellence’ is currently applied across research ecosystems. It argues that we must do better if scientific research is to fulfil its promise – as a productive force in creating a healthier, happier, more prosperous society, in particular in the Global South, where the hazards of striving for ‘excellence’ can lead to troubling effects. It is time for change, and this book highlights ideas for how we can achieve this.
In its ‘call to action’ the book calls for a more pluralistic view of what quality means and a better understanding of what it means to recognise the ‘best’ researchers.
This roundtable uses the book as a platform to discuss these important matters, and exchange ideas on practical actions that can be taken to improve the operationalisation of the notion of ‘excellence’ in the Global South.
The seminar will start with a presentation summarising key issues raised in the book, and will continue with a focused discussion involving stakeholders and practitioners in a panel.
The panel discussion will be followed by a facilitated interactive session engaging the participants through various online tools that can help capture practical and implementable ideas to take the ‘excellence’ agenda forward.