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Videos of the event organised by the DEI at the Hcéres on March 16, 2022.

Within the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union (PFUE 2022), the Europe and International Department (DEI) of Hcéres brought together partners and stakeholders in European higher education and research, to discuss the role of evaluation in the European area in the context of contemporary challenges such as internationalization and digitalization of higher education and research.

This event, despite restricted conditions still in effect because of Covid limitations, brought together more than twenty European agencies and actors of higher education and research on site, at the Hcéres, while more than 300 participants followed the sessions online, from all over Europe and beyond.

Opening Session. Assessing higher education, research and innovation in the EU


00.04 | Thierry Coulhon, President of the Hcéres

13.50 | Clément Beaune, Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

16.37 | Michaela Šojdrová, Member of the European Parliament (European People’s Party), Rapporteur on the European Education Area

25.27 | Claire Giry, Director General for Research and Innovation (DGRI), Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation



Session 1. The European HigherEd, research and innovation area on the international stage


0.14 |  Manuel Tunon de Lara, President of France Universités

4.37 | Anna Panagopoulou, Director of the European Research Area and Innovation, European Commission 

10.40 | Maria Leptin, President of the ERC (European Research Council)

16.47 | Mobility in Europe, Manuel Tunon de Lara

18.50 | From an international standpoint, Chan Basaruddin, Vice President of INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education)

23.00 | Questions from the and discussion

40.13 | Conclusions from morning talks (ouverture and first session), Thierry Coulhon, President of the Hcéres

Session 2, Round Table 1. Designing assessment. Feedback from the founders of the ESG


2.10 | Douglas Blackstock, President of ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education)

8.10 | Maria Kelo, Director of the Institutional Development of the European University Association  (European University Association)

11.00 | John Edwards, Secretary General of EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education)

14.50 | Maria Kelo, EUA

16.20 | Jakub Grodecki, Vice-president of ESU (European Student Union)

19.40 | Colin Tück, Director of EQAR (European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education)

24.18 | Douglas Blackstock, ENQA

27.58 | Jakub Grodecki, ESU

31.18 | Maria Kelo, EUA

33.30 | Colin Tück, EQAR

36.10 | Douglas Blackstock, ENQA

39.15 | John Edwards, EURASHE

Session 2, Round Table 2. First steps and perspectives of European universities


0.45 | Fabienne Péraldi-Leneuf, Vice President in charge of Europe at the University of Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne, Co-president Una Europa at Paris-1 

5.30 | Pierre Koch, Director of the Université Technologique de Troyes, coordinator of the European University of Technology (EUt+)

9.20 | Sofia Costa D'Aguiar, Director General of EELISA  (European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance)

15.30 | Discussions about European universities alliances and interdisciplinarity

19.44 | Jolanta Silka, Director of the AIC (Academic Information Centre, Latvia, member of the EUniQ project)

25.00 | Sandra Bezjak, Acting Director of ASHE (Agency for Science and Higher Education, Croatia)

32.00 | Discussions about delivering diplomas and accreditations 

38.09 | Questions and discussions with the public


54.09 | Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of the Higher Education Unit, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission

Session 3, Round Table 1. Comparing how European agencies assess research in 4 different countries


0.45 | Anders Södelholm, Director General of UKÄ (Swedish Higher Education Authority)

3.15 | Antonio Uricchio, President of ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes)

6.10 | Petr Noskievič, Board member at the NAB (National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education, Czech Republic)

8.45 | Theodor Leiber, Scientific Advisor and higher education researcher at Evalag (German Agency for evaluation in the Länder of Baden-Württemberg)

14.20 | Discussion and comparison between the different evaluation systems and methods of the 4 countries

21.17 | What other evaluation criteria than publications can there be?

38.46 | Are the criteria used to evaluate research, publications and research policies adapted to the humanities?

43.00 | Evaluation quality: what is your definition?

45.10 | What are the common missions of European agencies?

47.00 | What are the common objectives of research evaluation?

50.30 | What are the financial implications of research evaluation?

Session 3, Round Table 2. What are the challenges for the future of research assessment in the EU?


0.53 | The Dora Statement, Stephen Cury, Chair of DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment)

4.24 | Dora’s principles, Kostas Gilnos, Head of the Open Science Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission

8.56 | The need for reform,  Lidia Borell-Damian, Secretary General of Science Europe  

12.35 | Scientific integrity and Open science, Déborah Chery, Member of the working group on research integrity and assessment at Eurodoc (European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers)

16.40 | “We need to support young researchers”, Lidia Borell-Damian

18.30 | The evaluation of Open science, Déborah Chery

20.50 | Career advice and mentorship, Stephen Cury

24.10 | Publications, Kostas Gilnos

26.30 | Collective Community, Lidia Borell-Damian 

30.40  | Integrity and communication, Lidi Borell-Damian 

32.18 | Sharing data, Stephen Cury  

38.11 | Science Europe proposals in 2020 about peers’ evaluation, Lidia Borell-Damian

41.44 | Principles in last year’s study, Kostas Gilnos

44.41 | Proposals and international agreements, Stephen Cury

50.20 | Questions from the public and discussion

Closing Session. Thierry Coulhon (Hcéres) and Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (IHÉS)


0.04 | Thierry Coulhon, President of the Hcéres

3.02 | Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Honorary professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS)


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