8 March 2023 | 2nd TORCH Open Forum

Note: Agenda is in Dublin local time (GMT, CET-1)

Format: Hybrid & Streaming. All the plenary sessions will be live streamed on the CHARM-EU YouTube Channel. Cluster sessions can be joined online via teams. 

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09:00 – 9:30 | Registration


09:30 – 10:00 | Opening ceremony

Institutional welcome address.

Presenter: Jennifer Daly, Office of the Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin.


  • Linda Doyle. Provost and President, Trinity College Dublin.
  • Jordi Garcia. Vice Rector for Research, University of Barcelona.
  • Kate Morris. Head of Campus Engage, Irish Universities Association.

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10:00 – 11:15 | Plenary session | ERA's Policy Agenda 2022-2024 and R&I Cooperation Between European Universities

The development to date of the R&I cooperative support structures of the European Universities have both provided valuable insights into, as well as being influenced by, the development of many aspects of the ERA policy agenda. The ambition of the European Universities is to be innovative living labs for the agenda, piloting actions, pushing boundaries and promoting positive change for Europe and beyond. Through this session, we will provide information on the implementation of the policy agenda 2022-2024, with a particular focus on action 13 and action 17 as well as asking what happens after 2024?

(15 minutes presentations + discussion)

Chair: Meritxell Chaves. Secretary General, CHARM-EU.


  • Lidia Borrell. Secretary General, Science Europe.
  • Gareth O'Neill. Principal Consultant on Open Science, Technopolis Group.
  • Emmanuelle Gardan. Director of Coimbra Group.
  • Stephane Berghmans. Director of Research & Innovation, European University Association.

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11:15 – 11:30 | Coffee break


11:30 – 12:30 | Panel session | The European perspective on the reform of research assessment

This session presents the current European initiative towards reforming research assessment and fosters reflection on its relevance and impact on both national authorities/agencies and HEIs.

(12 minutes presentations + discussion)

Chair: Reko Leino. Vice Rector for Research, Åbo Akademi University.


  • Stephane Berghmans. Director of Research & Innovation, European University Association.
  • Jean-Emmanuel Faure. Team Leader of Research Assessment, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission.
  • Teresa Maguire. Director of Research Strategy & Funding, Irish Health Research Board.
  • Paul Boselie. Chair Recognition & Rewards in Open Science, Utrecht University.

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12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch Break


13:30 – 15:00 | TORCH Clusters | Progress on joint R&I strategies in European University Alliances

These sessions are focused on the Alliances' advances and concrete actions with regards to a number of R&I topics (hybrid format).

 - Cluster 1 | New approaches for diverse academic careers

Alliances present specific examples and/or pilots and action plans promoting Open Science and intersectional initiatives regarding equal opportunities, non-discrimination and inclusivity within the new research assessment frameworks (already carried out or planned).

(10 minutes presentations + discussion)

Chair: Catherine Comiskey. Trinity College Dublin.


  • Nina Shiel, Trinity College Dublin (CHARM-EU / TORCH). CHARM-EU Inclusivity Plan: An Intersectional Approach to Attain Equality in R&I.
  • Pia Voigt, Universität Leipzig. Daniela Pichler, Universität Graz (ARQUS R&I). How to foster Open Science - Results from an ARQUS-wide Survey among Researchers and derived Recommendations. 
  • Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska, University of Opole (FIT FORTHEM). Modelling Citizen Science for Education (MSCEDU): Insights from introducing Citizen Science to schools by FORTHEM Alliance universities.
  • Maria Pietilä, Jouni Kekäle, University of Eastern Finland (YUFERING). YUFERING portfolio in researcher assessment.
  • Mihnea Dobre, University of Bucharest. Rafaella Lenoir, Autonomous University of Madrid. Fabien Borget, Aix-Marseille Université (RIS4CIVIS). Exploring a Path to Research Assessment Reform in a European University Alliance: RIS4CIVIS.
  • Andreas Raggautz, Universität Graz (ARQUS R&I). Pilot: activity framework and research assessment reform.
  • Thrasyvoulos Tsiatsos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (EPICUR). The deployment of a model researcher assessment framework (EPIQAssess) in the EPICommunity platform.
  • Marjanneke Vijge, Utrecht University (CHARM-EU / TORCH). CHARM-EU: Towards Reforming Research Assessment.

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- Cluster 2 | Intensifying R&I cooperation between universities

Alliances present specific examples and initiatives towards building collaborative frameworks for joint and shared R&I-related activities. It focuses on the creation of common science agendas and collective/pooled structures seeking long-term sustainable and effective cooperation (i.e. join support research offices; virtual networks of TTOs; joint research institutes; mutual agreements regarding ethics and integrity; researchers’ networks; shared infrastructures protocols; etc.) (already carried out or planned).

(10 minutes presentations + discussion)

Chair: Ferenc Takó. Head of CHARM-EU Office, Eötvös Loránd University.


  • Nicole Birkle, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (FORTHEM). The FORTHEM Joint Research Services and Policy Office.
  • Isabel Salgueiro, Polytechnic University of Madrid. David Schkade, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (EELISA InnoCORE). EELISA InnoCORE and EELISA Unfolds: opening up our innovation ecosystems, building joint initiatives for innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Gwendoline Traisnel, Université de Bretagne Occidentale (SEA-EU / ReSEArch-EU). Building a common strategy in a multidisciplinary alliance: identifying and matching the research forces with societal challenges. 
  • John Barimo, University College Cork. Banu Liman, Koç University. Roberto San Salvador, University of Deusto (UNIC). Towards a strategy for 'engaged' research and a collaborative roadmap with cities and city stakeholders.
  • Pádraig Murphy, Dublin City University (ECIU SMART-ER). Organising alliance institutions to pilot bottom-up challenge-based research.
  • Ciro Franco, Sapienza University of Rome (RIS4CIVIS). Sharing of Research Infrastructures, for the benefit of CIVIS Alliance community.
  • Martin Galvin, University College Cork. Sari Hirvonen-Kantola, University of Oulu. Sara Bjarstorp, Malmö Universitet (UNIC). Infrastructure for Research - UNIC Centre for City Futures.
  • Aranud Fabre, University of Montpellier (CHARM-EU / TORCH). TORCH TTOs virtual network.

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- Cluster 3 | Promoting inter/transdisciplinary research driven by societal challenges

Alliances present specific examples and initiatives to construct joint transdisciplinary, challenge driven research (already carried out or planned).

(10 minutes presentations + discussion)

Chair: Raul Ramos. Vice Rector for Internationalization Policy, University of Barcelona.


  • Albert Diaz, Vicente Royuela, University of Barcelona (CHARM-EU / TORCH). TORCH Common Science Agenda: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Develop SDG-driven Research Challenges.
  • Ludovic Thilly, Université de Poitiers. (EC2U / RI4C2). Inter-disciplinary research promoted by the EC2U Virtual Institutes.
  • Daithí Mac Síthigh, Institute of Art, Design + Technology (FilmEU). Dynamic research clusters in film and media arts. 
  • David Sitbon, Université Paris Cité (Circle U). When Circle U. meets interdisciplinarity.
  • Sébastien Huber, European University Institute (CIVICA). Promoting interdisciplinary research centred around CIVICA's four thematic priorities.
  • Aine Moore, University College Dublin (Una Europa). Una Europa’s vision towards interdisciplinary hubs for research.
  • Nicole Birkle, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (FORTHEM). The New FORTHEM Research, Innovation and Transfer MIssion - background and content.

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15:00 – 15:30 | Short break


15:30 – 16:30 | Panel session | University with and for Society: promoting Citizen Science within Open Science

This session focuses on hands-on experiences from Citizen Science initiatives within universities (research processes that involve citizens, local communities and the wider society and allow for active and participatory research) and aims to put forward some useful take-home messages for HEIs about contributing to the reinforcement of societal trust in science, shaping public opinion and increasing citizens' scientific knowledge and awareness.

(10 minutes presentations + discussion)

Chair: Gemma Marfany. Rector's Delegate for Scientific Dissemination, University of Barcelona.


  • Marko Joas, Vice Rector for Collaboration. Mats Lindfelt, Director of Research Services, Åbo Akademi University. Piloting Citizen Science Support through Small Scale Projects – The Case of Åbo Akademi University.
  • Lukas Worschech. Head of Division Research and Technology Transfer, Julius-Maximilian-Universität Würzburg. Citizen Science as part of knowledge transfer actions with SMEs. 
  • Ellen Roemer. Hochschule Ruhr West. Opportunities for Citizen Science Projects - Experiences at Ruhr West University of Applied Science.
  • Josep Perelló. Director of OpenSystemsUB, University of Barcelona. Co-designing Citizen Social Science for Collective Action: The experience of the CoAct EU Project.

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16:30 – 16:45 | Closure

Closing remarks.

Speaker: Brian Broderick. Associate Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin.

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