Universitas Mercatorum: «The evaluation of research for development is increasingly decisive»

Research, research and more research. The global world has increasingly placed research at the center of their activities, recognized by all as one of the essential drivers of progress in every field.

The international conference “Research Evaluation: State of the Art and Future Scenarios”, held at the Coffee House of Palazzo Colonna and hosted by the Universitas Mercatorum, highlighted the growing importance of the evaluation of scientific research in the field of policies and of the management of academic and research institutions.

With the establishment of the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research System (ANVUR) ​​in Italy, together with incentive schemes such as the Evaluation of Research Quality (VQR) and the National Scientific Qualification (ASN), there has been a a significant impact in improving the scientific productivity of the institutions, reducing the disparities between the universities of Northern and Southern Italy.
The debate involved industry experts at a global level, with particular attention to topics such as the use of modern technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, and the promotion of gender equality in research.
Professor Giovanni Cannata, Rector of the Universitas Mercatorum, underlined the fundamental role of research systems in supporting the competitiveness of countries and socio-economic development, highlighting the need to explore new future scenarios for research evaluation activities .
Professor Antonio Uricchio, President of ANVUR, highlighted how the Evaluation of Research Quality represents an extraordinary opportunity for Universities and Research Institutions in promoting internal policies aimed at appreciating scientific production and its impact on society.
The conference reaffirmed the importance of research evaluation as a key element to support innovation and scientific progress, while offering valuable insights for the formulation of more effective and inclusive policies.