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Program & Agenda

Date & Timings:

June 10th (Tue) - 0830 - 1700hrs
June 11th (Wed) - 0900 - 1500hrs


The APAC Research Intelligence Conference will be held at the Nanyang Executive Centre (NEC) inside the campus of Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Nanyang Executive Centre
60 Nanyang View, Singapore 639673
Phone No: +65 6791 1744



Day One - June 10, 2014






Welcome Speech
Mr. Lim Kok Keng, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Academic & Government, Elsevier (SG)


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: A Drive in Excellence
Prof. Bertil Andersson, President, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) (SG)

Abstract: Singapore is committed to becoming a truly leading knowledge-based economy and global R&D hub. On the back of generous funded Government strategic investments including to the universities, Singapore is well on the way to achieving this target. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is part of this strategy. As a young institution, less than 30 years old, it has achieved worldwide recognition through its commitment to excellence. This rapid advance (NTU is one of the fastest rising institutions in World university rankings and is now in the Top-50) is based both on generous Government funding and a commitment at all levels to the pursuit of excellence in both teaching and research. This is one of the best examples of Asia's rapid rise in higher education and contrasts with the situation in "the West" especially in Europe but also in North America where we have seen, at best, stagnation and even a diminution of investment.


Strategic Role of KAIST in Advancing Korean Economic Development
Prof. Byoung Yoon Kim, Vice President of Research, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (KR)

Abstract: Founded with a mission, KAIST successfully contributed to Korea's economic growth for the last 40 years by producing professionals to transform Korea into an industrialized nation. Now as an advanced nation, Korea faces a challenge of its economic growth slowing down. This session will introduce the critical role KAIST played in advancing its nation, and their new and robust movement in making a paradigm change to recharge the nation's industrial infrastructure and education system.


Coffee Break


The Global Trends on Internationalization and Assessing Impact Beyond Research
- What does Our Data and the Research Literature Tell Us? -

Dr. Anders Karlsson, Vice President, Global Academic Relations APAC, Elsevier (JP)

Abstract: Science progress along routes of collaboration, as well as friendly competition. Science is pursued to generate knowledge which ultimately will translate into impact, be it of different forms. The presentation will discuss: 1) Recent data on international collaboration trends 2) how internationally co-authored papers receive higher citations and how this can be interpreted 3) the current understandings of impact assessments and give examples on how Elsevier have supported.


Lunch and Networking


Concurrent sessions

Session 1 - SciVal
Marcel Vonder, Lead Product Manager SciVal, Research Management, Elsevier
Venue: Lecture Room 1

Abstract: In January 2014, Elsevier launched the new generation of SciVal which integrates the analytical capabilities of SciVal Spotlight and Strata, and much more. Subscription to the new SciVal is growing at a faster speed than ever since its launch reaching more than 130 adopters worldwide.

This session will tell you all you need to know about SciVal and how it adds significant value to establish and evaluate your institutional research strategy. Subsequently, the session will share how SciVal has been received so far and what we have learned from our customers since its launch. Last but not least comes the sneak preview of Scival’s development plan for the remainder of the year and beyond.

Session 2 - Analytical Services
Hiroshi Fukunari, Solution Consultant, Research Solution, Elsevier
Venue: Lecture Room 5

Abstract: Analytical Services offers customized analysis tailored to meet your research management needs. Join us to find out about our two new analytical reports introduced in Japan. The first analyses focus on “international collaboration” which is proposed by the Japanese government to advance its international competitiveness. This report measures the impact of your international collaboration partners using co-authored publications as its data source, and identifies beneficial partnership per subject area down to researcher level. The second half of the session introduces you to a quick-look-up tool for you to track university alumni that are publishing actively in different part of the world. These human capitals can be a strong connector to build new collaborative relationship, assemble prominent researchers to your conference, or to develop exchange program with institutions abroad.

Session 3 - Pure hosted edition
Tom Thayer, Product Manager Pure, Research Management, Elsevier
Venue: Lecture Room 6

Abstract: Pure hosted edition is the new Research Networking Tool which combines the functionalities of SciVal Experts and Pure, a comprehensive research information management system. The new Pure hosted edition will be setup and hosted by Elsevier just like SciVal Experts, and adds-on proven functionalities of Pure which supports reporting, collaboration, content management, CV generation, finding funding opportunities and importing data from online sources. Join this session to get an overview of the new system and see how other institutions implement Research Networking Tools.


Coffee Break


Promoting excellence through national research assessment exercises
Research Planning: Embedding analytics in a new research performance challenge process at the University of Warwick

Dr. Giles Carden, Director, Strategic Planning and Analytics, Warwick University (UK)

Abstract: The University of Warwick is one of the UK's top 10 research intensive universities. Professor Nigel Thrift, the University's Vice Chancellor and President has implemented a bold strategy to enhance Warwick's research performance. This has included a series of global HE alliances, considerable investment in the academic workforce and infrastructure. Warwick has also had to operate in an increasingly competitive environment which has been amplified by the UK Governments quinquennial national system of research assessment which is to inform the distribution of block grant research funding since the mid-1980s. Optimising research performance was a critical element of Warwick's strategy, so in 2008/09 the University introduced a new research planning and performance process: Research Assessment and Planning Group (RAPG). RAPG involved investment in the development of new enterprise wide dashboards on all the key input and output measures of research performance, reported at faculty, department and individual staff level. These analytics comprised research output and bibliometric data, doctoral student enrolment and awards and research income generation data. The analytics were complemented by narrative based information on research impact case studies. Performance meetings chaired by senior academic executives are held annually with senior executives from academic department to review performance and develop strategies to optimise research performance. Specific measures suggest a marked improvement in research performance has been realised since the new strategy was implemented.


The Changing World of Research Support and the Challenges of Impact from Basic Science: Some Reflections
Dr. Douglas Robertson, Director of Research Services Division, The Australian National University (AU)

Abstract: The presentation will have two distinct but related components. The first part will reflect on the changing nature in university research support over the last thirty years, a period which has seen the development of a research support profession with an increasing administrative burden in the operation of research. The experience, whilst heavily UK based seem to being played out globally? The second part will focus on how research, particularly basic science makes an impact. National governments continue to commit funding to basic science but at the same time they increasingly look to the economic case for making such investments – is there a way to square the circle?


Coffee Break


Panel discussion
Moderator: Mr. Marcel Vonder, Lead Product Manager SciVal, Research Management, Elsevier (NL)



Day Two - June 11, 2014




University Internationalization and its impact
Prof. Hirofumi Seike, University Research Administrator; Associate Professor, Tohoku University (JP)

Abstract: Tohoku University has the long history as an international center of research and education by embracing students and scholars from abroad since its foundation in 1907. As the current tertiary education and academic research activities are increasingly international, Tohoku University is keenly aware of the necessity of being globally open and innovative to further develop as a leading comprehensive university. In this presentation, we will review Tohoku University's efforts in university internationalization and outcomes thereof.


Research Excellence and Internationalization at the University of Hong Kong
- Striking the Right Mix of Metrics and Faculty Expertise -

Prof. Paul K.H. Tam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), University of Hong Kong (HK)

Abstract: In recent decades, The University of Hong Kong has undertaken a striking transformation from a predominantly teaching university into a research-intensive university with a world class reputation. The lecture will discuss our strategies over the past decade which have focused on (1) building on the strong foundation of bottom-up, blue sky research to encompass the new emphasis on (2) facilitating consensus-based strategic thematic research which is collaborative and multidisciplinary, (3) nurturing the next generation of researchers, (4) creating an impact on society through knowledge exchange and (5) expanding international and Mainland collaborations. The tools to enhance these policies revolve around promulgating the University’s commitment to provide the best environment for researchers to fully realize their potential to attain excellence, and a performance, merit-based allocation of limited resources informed by a holistic assessment of metrics and faculty expertise.


Coffee Break


Evidence-based decision making in academic research
Dr. John Green, Life Fellow, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge (UK)

Abstract: This talk will assert that creating and managing a research strategy in universities requires an evidence-based approach, using information abstracted from data in order to enable a university to identify its strengths and decide where to focus its resources. The end goal is to increase research income and to increase the quality of a university's outputs. This involves matching opportunities, identifying peer groups, identifying possible collaborators, promoting mobility, and understanding and benchmarking against our competitors (who can also be our collaborators). Proven examples of how tools can be used to obtain information will be used, focussing on the need for robust benchmarking - "comparing apples with apples".




Concurrent sessions

Session 1 - SciVal
Marcel Vonder, Lead Product Manager SciVal, Research Management, Elsevier
Venue: Lecture Room 1

Abstract will be the same as mentioned in Day 1 concurrent sessions.

Session 2 - Analytical Services
Hiroshi Fukunari, Solution Consultant, Research Solution, Elsevier
Venue: Lecture Room 5

Abstract will be the same as mentioned in Day 1 concurrent sessions.

Session 3 - Pure hosted edition
Tom Thayer, Product Manager Pure, Research Management, Elsevier
Venue: Lecture Room 6

Abstract will be the same as mentioned in Day 1 concurrent sessions.


Innovation - Scientific and technical foundation development for altmetrics in the US
Dr. William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach, Mendeley (US)

Abstract: As with many industries, academic research has been thoroughly changed by the Internet. Scientific results are now communicated via the Web and increasingly carried out through that medium as well. As the mix of research outputs has grown to incorporate more than just the traditional academic publication, so has the need to share, discover, and assess these varied outputs. The National Information Standards Organization recently concluded a project to assess the research assessment needs of researchers, librarians, administrators, funders & publishers and will soon be releasing a whitepaper reporting the results of these discussions. The report will cover new channels for disseminating results, best practices for reporting, aggregating, and analyzing metrics (altmetrics), current challenges, and future directions. This talk will provide an update on the current state of altmetrics in the US, EU, and South America, discuss the consensus derived from the NISO project, and describe the technical infrastructure that enables the use of these data in discovery and assessment.


Panel discussion
Moderator: Prof. Khor Khiam Aik, Director, Research Support Office and Bibliometrics Analysis, Nanyang Technological University (SG)



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