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Book donations by prominent scholars

Two distinguished visiting scholars in the field of science and technology studies (STS) signed agreements with Stellenbosch University (November 2014) to donate part of their extensive professional book and journal collections to the University's Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST). In the first photo Professor Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research and Innovation (left) , and Prof Johann Mouton, director at CREST, flanks Prof Arie Rip; and in the second photo Prof Peter Weingart is looking on as Prof Cloete signs. Professors Rip and Weingart are from The Netherlands and Germany respectively and will be working closely with the new Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science and Technology Policy (SCiSTIP) at CREST. Prof Peter Weingart is also the holder of the new SARChI research chair in science and communication, also hosted at CREST. Their collections of publications will add significantly to the learning materials available in the CREST resource centre and will be available to graduate students in STS.




About 50 researchers and research managers attended the annual Research Directors' Forum held at CREST on Wednesday 5 November 2014. The focus this year was on the value of metrics in research management. CREST director Prof Johann Mouton introduced the idea of the "age of measurement" and focused on the importance of context and purpose of measurement. He was joined by panel members Dr Therina Theron (Stellenbosch University); Dr Bertie Fielding (University of the Western Cape); Dr Rob Drennan (University of Pretoria) and Prof Gideon de Wet (University of Fort Hare) to debate the topic. Dr Nees Jan van Eck (CWTS, Leiden University) demonstrated two open source citation tools ("VOSviewer" and "CitNetExplorer") both developed at Leiden. The Forum concluded with a presentation and discussion on the professionalisation of research management and the way forward for the Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), led by Dr Therina Theron and Maryke Hunter-Husselman, both from the research office at Stellenbosch University.



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