Éric Archambault appointed to Australian Research Council Technical Working Group as international industry expert

Published on April 19 2016

Dr. Éric Archambault, President and CEO of Science-Metrix, has been appointed to the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) newly formed Engagement and Impact Technical Working Group. With more than 20 years of experience in science policy analysis and scientometric methods, Dr. Archambault will be an invaluable contributor to the 13-member group.

In light of the recent significant shift in Australia’s S&T policy through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Technical Working Group is one of two working groups assisting in the development of a research engagement and impact assessment for Australia. ARC Chief Executive Officer Professor Aidan Byrne noted, “These working groups will provide critical advice and support to the Engagement and Impact Steering Committee as we develop this new assessment. The groups are made up of experts from across the sector, including international experts, and I have the utmost confidence they will contribute greatly in this development process.”

The Technical Working Group will provide expert advice on the development of indicators to support the engagement and impact assessment of Australian university research. Group members will provide advice regarding the development of an appropriate methodology, the assessment requirements of different disciplines as well as end-users across business and other sectors, and the development of appropriate measures and indicators of research impact and engagement. Once finalized, the ARC’s assessment is intended to incentivize Australian universities to improve their collaborations with industry and focus on research that delivers direct benefits for the nation.

Dr. Archambault’s participation in the Technical Working Group will continue through until the end of 2017.

About the ARC

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government. The ARC advises the Government on research matters and administers the National Competitive Grants Programme, a significant component of Australia's investment in research and development. Through Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) the ARC is also tasked with identifying excellence in research, by comparing Australia's university research effort against international benchmarks, creating incentives to improve the quality of research and identifying emerging research areas and opportunities for further development. The ARC's mission is to deliver policy and programmes that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.