Impact Seminar Series

Evaluating research and its impact – insights from the Chair of DORA

4 Nov 2021, 14.00-15.30

Professor Stephen Curry
Professor of Structural Biology, Imperial College London; and Chair of the Declaration on Research Assessment




The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) seeks to improve how we evaluate the outputs of scholarly research. It was developed in 2012, and has become a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines and a wide range of stakeholders, including funders, publishers, professional societies, institutions, and researchers.

In this seminar, Professor Curry (Chair of DORA) will share his thoughts on how we can overcome many of the challenges associated with evaluating research, including:

  • Why evaluating research is important.
  • Why evaluating research is hard.
  • How can we capture the impact of research?
  • How can we use metrics more responsibly?
  • How does evaluation intersect with open research, and work to create a more inclusive academy?
  • What are the implications of DORA on the impact agenda?


About Professor Curry

Professor Curry is Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Imperial College London. He is also a member of the Department of Life Sciences, where he has worked as a structural biologist with interests in protein-drug interactions and RNA viruses.

Professor Curry’s research and teaching have long been combined with strong interests the wider role of science in society. He 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 misuse 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, and can be found on Twitter as @Stephen_Curry.