In a Nutshell

The research impact of academic departments in the humanities and social sciences are increasingly being compared to those of engineering and the natural sciences. Methods for quantitatively evaluating research performance in one domain are sometimes haphazardly applied to very different fields, and these create complications. A further dimension is the rapid informatisation of social sciences and humanities research, including the use of big data, analysis of social media, etc., which is rapidly changing how research is conducted. These changes pose challenges, especially for those involved in managing humanities and social sciences departments’ research activities and research impact.

With these developments in mind, the organizing committee has identified three conference tracks under the theme of “Embracing Innovation for Constructive Global Engagement: The Role of the Humanities and Social Sciences”:

Track 1: Big Data in Humanities and Social Sciences Research

Track 2: Communicating Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Track 3: Measuring Research Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences

In addition, there will be a track on humanities and social sciences research and education along the Silk Road.

By bringing together senior leaders from humanities and social science departments as well as other important thought leaders around these themes; the Summit provides a platform for the sharing of new ideas and best practices, as well as a unique opportunity for networking and dialogue. The aim of the Summit is to foster a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing humanities and social sciences research and to begin articulating a practical vision for moving the field forward.

The successful management of the above mentioned areas is the key to a department’s long-term success, including its performance in the QS World Rankings by Subject.

Organised in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University and held in the historic city of Venice, Italy; the Summit is also the perfect venue to expand and strengthen your personal and institutional network with other departments and stakeholders from Italy, Europe and beyond, including the Silk Road region connecting Asia and Europe.