Consultation on Changing the Research Assessment

Organized within the framework of the European Researchers’ Night 2020 (Humanities Rock!) ( (27 November 2020).


  • DORA declaration
  • European guidelines
  • Good practices from abroad
  • Slovenian framework

DATE: Friday, 27th November 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

VENUE: The consultation will take place on Zoom and will be livestreamed via YouTube (accessible via the link under the tab “YouTube”).

LANGUAGE: Foreign lecturers will speak in English. Chairpersons will introduce the presenters in Slovenian.

REGISTRATION: To attend the consultation via ZOOM registration is mandatory and free of charge (REGISTRATION). Participants will receive e-mail with ZOOM link few days before consultation. No registration is needed for livestreamed video via YouTube (accessible via the link under the tab “YouTube”).

AUDIENCE QUESTIONS: All questions for speakers can be previously sent to:

TARGET AUDIENCE: University teachers, researchers and associates from all scientific fields, Slovenian academic publishers, Central specialised information centres (CSIC), librarians…

ORGANIZERS: Rectorate of the University of Ljubljana (within the framework OpenAIRE-Advance) and Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts.

CONSULTATION CHAIR: Assoc Prof Dr Jasna Mažgon, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

CONTACT: Dr Mojca Kotar (, +386 1 241 86 79) or Dr Matevž Rudolf (, +386 1 241 11 81)

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA):

Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics

The Metric Tide




TimeDurationSpeaker, chairTopic/title of presentation
10.00–10.10 10 min.Prof Dr Roman Kuhar, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana Need to change the research assessment
10.10–10.4030 min.Prof Dr Stephen Curry, Chair of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)DORA – the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
10.40–11.1030 min.Prof Dr Dr René von Schomberg, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and InnovationResearch assessment in relation to open science
11.10–11.4030 min.Dr Nele Bracke, Ghent University, Research DepartmentGhent University’s policy on research and researchers’ career assessment
11.40–12.1535 min.Break
12.15–12.3015 min.Dr Tomaž Boh, Director-General, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport about changing the research assessment in Slovenia
12.30–12.4515 min.Assoc Prof Dr Robert Repnik, Director, Slovenian Research AgencySlovenian Research Agency about changing the research assessment in Slovenia
12.45–13.4560 min.CHAIR: Prof Dr Janja Hojnik, Vice-Rector, University of Maribor
Dr Tomaž Boh, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
Assoc Prof Dr Robert Repnik, Slovenian Research Agency
Prof Dr Jurij Jaklič, School of Economics and Business and Habilitation Commission of the University of Ljubljana
Res Assoc Dr Tea Romih, National Institute of Chemistry and The Young Academy of Slovenia
Discussion about changing the research assessment in Slovenia
13.45Assoc Prof Dr Jasna Mažgon, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of LjubljanaWrap-Up

Dr Tomaž Boh has been employed at Ministry of Education, Science and Sport since 2009, where he was state secretary during years 2015–2018. Before that he was employed for two years at the Slovenian Research Agency, where he was responsible for making analyses in the area of scientific policy, while also monitoring indicators of research and development policy and carrying out a number of other important tasks. At the moment he is Director-General at Science Directorate at Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.

Dr Nele Bracke is a senior research policy advisor at Ghent University’s Research Department. Her main areas of interest are human resources (HR) for researchers, research culture and research evaluation. Together with a colleague in the HR Department, she co-ordinates the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). She is also one of the university’s research integrity trainers. From 2007 until 2018, she worked for the Doctoral Schools Office, as policy advisor for doctoral affairs and training manager of the transferable skills programme for PhD candidates. Before joining the Research Department, Dr Nele Bracke worked as a researcher and lecturer in the History Department.

Prof Dr Stephen Curry is Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Imperial College, London, and Professor of Structural Biology at the Department of Life Sciences. His research and teaching have long been combined with strong interests on the wider role of science in society. Prof Curry is active in public engagement, having made and presented a number of science videos. He has keen interests in science policy, particularly in R&D funding, in research evaluation (and the use and mis-use of metrics), and in scholarly publication. He is Chair of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). He has written extensively about science and the scientific life in the Guardian and on his Reciprocal Space blog.

Prof Dr Janja Hojnik is Doctor of Juridical Science, Bachelor of Laws, BSc (Econ), with State Juridical Exam, Full Law Professor of the University of Maribor, Faculty of Law and Jean Monnet Chair Professor of EU Law. Vice-Rector of University of Maribor for Quality, HR and Legal Affairs (2018-2022). Before that Vice-Dean for Research and International Relations (2015-2018) and Head of Doctoral Programme (2016-2018) at Faculty of Law UM. Teaching and researching in the field of EU Law. Initiator of the University of Maribor accession to DORA, participant of various events and projects concerning evaluation of research, especially in the field of law. Co-author of the first monography on evaluation of academic legal research in Europe (Edward Elgar, 2019). Most recently author of a paper titled “What Shall I Compare Thee to? Legal Journals, Impact, Citation and Peer Rankings”, that was accepted for publication in the journal Legal Studies (Cambridge University Press).

Prof Dr Jurij Jaklič is a Professor of Information Management at the School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana. He holds a bachelor degree in applied mathematics from the University of Ljubljana, an MSc in Computer Science from Houston University (USA) and a PhD in Information Management from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana. His current main research interests encompass the fields of information quality, adoption, acceptance and business value of business intelligence and analytics, business process management, and digital transformation. He is the (co)author of around 100 papers and research reports; many of them have been published in international scientific journals such as International Journal of Information Management, Information systems management, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Decision Support System, Supply Chain Management, Information Research, and Simulation. He has been involved in several research and consulting projects in the areas of business intelligence, business process renovation and IS strategic planning.

Prof Dr Roman Kuhar is a professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology and he is also the dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He teaches courses on gender, sexuality, LGBT, popular culture and everyday life. He has been affiliated with the Peace Institute, the Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies (from 2000 to 2015). He has worked as a researcher on numerous European research projects on gender equality, discrimination of LGBT, homophobia, citizenship and human rights. Dr Kuhar is the author of several scientific articles and books, an associate co-editor of Social Politics and a board member of Journal of LGBT Youth and Družboslovne razprave, as well as vice-president of the Slovenian Sociological Association.

Assoc Prof Dr Jasna Mažgon is a professor of Educational Methodology at the Department of Educational Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. In her research work, she deals with research methodology in the field of education and, as a methodologist, she cooperates with various professional institutions dealing with the development of the educational system in Slovenia. She is a member of the Council for Quality and Evaluation at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. Since 2017, she has been the Vice-Dean for Doctoral Studies and Scientific Research at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.

Assoc Prof Dr Robert Repnik is an associate professor of physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor. In his research work, he deals with the field of liquid crystal physics and didactics of physics. For his extraordinary work, Dr Robert Repnik received Bronze and Silver Emblem of University of Maribor as well as Bronze and Golden Plaque of The Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia. Since 2020 he is vice-dean for collaboration with private institutions, international cooperation and pedagogical study at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor. With October 2020 he started his term as a director of the Slovenian Research Agency, the body in charge of disbursing public funding for scientific research in Slovenia.

Dr Tea Romih received her PhD in nanotoxicology from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, in 2016. In August 2019, after three years of working outside academia, she obtained a research position at the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the National Institute of Chemistry. Since 2016, she has been active in The Society of Slovenian Doctoral Students and Early-Career Researchers – The Young Academy of Slovenia, which she currently chairs. The Young Academy of Slovenia is a member of the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers – Eurodoc. Both Eurodoc and The Young Academy of Slovenia are committed to advanced practices of open science and research assessment and are signatories to the DORA Declaration. Dr. Tea Romih also translated the Declaration into Slovenian in 2019.

Prof Dr Dr Phil René von Schomberg is a Science, Technology and Society (STS) specialist and philosopher. He authored or (co-)edited 14 books. He holds Ph.Ds from The University of Twente, The Netherlands (Science and Technology Studies), and Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (Philosophy). He has been a European Union Fellow at the George Mason University, USA, in 2007 and has been with the European Commission since 1998, where he is now leading a team on Open Science (Directorate-General for Research and Innovation). He is also a guest professor at the Technical University Darmstadt. He is running a blog.

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