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10/02/2022 – Failed it to Nailed it! Beyond RDM – Organisation and Impact for Networks & Projects

10th February 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm


Eventbrite Link: https://fi2ni-beyondrdm-190122.eventbrite.co.uk

This event forms part of the ‘Failed it to Nailed it series’. This series is run by the Artificial Intelligence for Scientific Discovery Network+ (AI3SD), the Cell Press Patterns Journal and the Physical Sciences Data-Science Service (PSDS).

This event is the first in our 2022 edition of the ‘Failed it to Nailed it’ series. This event takes a slightly different tack to our previous data sharing series, and is focused on going beyond traditional Research Data Management (RDM) and looking at how you can nail your network or project organisation and maximise your outputs and impact. This event will contain a series of talks on organising your projects, maximising your outputs and organising funding calls / sub projects. There will also be talks from industry professionals on how to use different systems to track and manage your research, including a talk about SciVal and Scopus. The event will also include an interactive panel session with Network co-ordinators from a range of networks who will discuss their experiences and recommendations from running projects.

This event is aimed at people who have a role in organising a research network or project, or are looking to organise in the future. But registration is open to all and you are welcome to attend if you have an interest in any of the talks on the agenda! Although many of our examples will come from science and engineering, our talks are applicable across most domains.


  • 13:00 – 13:05: Welcome – Dr Samantha Kanza & Dr Nicola Knight (University of Southampton)
  • 13:05 – 13:20: Organising your Networks & Projects – Dr Samantha Kanza & Dr Nicola Knight (University of Southampton)
  • 13:20 – 13:50: Hints and tips for optimising your researchfish dataGavin Reddick (ResearchFish Limited)
  • 13:50 – 14:05: Capturing and Tracking your outputs – Dr Samantha Kanza & Dr Nicola Knight (University of Southampton)
  • 14:05 – 14:20: Coffee Break
  • 14:20 – 14:50: Using Scopus and SciVal to track your research impact and find collaboratorsChristopher James (Elsevier)
  • 14:50 – 15:40: Panel Session with Network Coordinators
  • 15:40 – 15:45: Wrap Up

Abstracts & Speaker Bios

Organising your Networks & Projects – Dr Samantha Kanza & Dr Nicola Knight:
This talk will cover tips and tricks for how to organise your networks and projects, including how to set up your communication methods, how to structure and organise all of the different types of data that you collect and best practices for project management.
Bio: Dr Samantha Kanza is a Senior Enterprise Fellow at the University of Southampton. She completed her MEng in Computer Science at the University of Southampton and then worked for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence for a year before returning to do an iPhD in Web Science (in Computer Science and Chemistry), which focused on Semantic Tagging of Scientific Documents and Electronic Lab Notebooks. She was awarded her PhD in April 2018. Samantha works in the interdisciplinary research area of applying computer science techniques to the scientific domain, specifically through the use of semantic web technologies and artificial intelligence. Her research includes looking at electronic lab notebooks and smart laboratories, to improve the digitization and knowledge management of the scientific record using semantic web technologies; and using IoT devices in the laboratory. She has also worked on a number of interdisciplinary Semantic Web projects in different domains, including agriculture, chemistry and the social sciences.
Dr Nicola Knight is an Enterprise Research Fellow at the University of Southampton working on the Physical Sciences Data-Science Service (PSDS). She completed her Masters of Chemistry (MChem) at the University of Southampton previously before undertaking a PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Frey. Her PhD focused on the interface between Chemistry and Computing with research in chemical modelling, remote experiments and the implementation of IoT technology in scientific research. Nicola’s current research interests are in the use of computing in scientific labs and notetaking with particular interest in IoT technologies and streamlining the research process.

Hints and tips for optimising your researchfish data – Gavin Reddick
Gavin Reddick (Chief Analyst at Interfolio UK) will talk about practical things that researchers and universities can do to reduce the amount of time and effort needed to complete your annual reporting to funders via researchfish platform, as well as helping to ensure more accurate and useful data is collected. He will also touch on how you can get from researchfish and things you might want to use it for. 
Bio: Gavin Reddick is the Chief Analyst at Interfolio UK and is highly experienced with a range of research output data and sources. His background is quantitative and behaviourally focussed, covering a range of non-parametric models. Current and recent research evaluation projects include investigating the proximity and strength of links between funding and drug therapies, connections between research funding and Research Excellence Framework (REF) case studies, modelling the probability of inclusion in REF case studies, understanding collaborative research networks, and institutional assessments for a number of organisations. Gavin serves as co-chair of the Research, Technology and Development section of the American Evaluation Association, and member of the Technical Committee for Interoperability and Standards (TCIS) for EuroCRIS. Recent areas of interest include Open Access, Bibliometrics, Economic Leverage, Interdisciplinary Research and the publication/interoperability of collected data.

Capturing and Tracking your Outputs – Dr Samantha Kanza & Dr Nicola Knight:
This talk will look at how to capture a wealth of different outputs. Gone are the days when journal papers were the only items to be considered outputs, there are so many different types of outputs that can be produced when working as part of a Network or large scale project. These can include videos, reports, presentations, posters, interviews and much more. This talk will look at creating templates for some of these items, how to capture these, different methods for storing and sharing them, and how to collate together all of your outputs in your institutional repository.

Using Scopus and SciVal to track your research impact and find collaborators – Christopher James: 
During this presentation, Chris James, a Senior Product Manager for Elsevier, will introduce Scopus and SciVal and demonstrate how the products can be used as part of your workflow to track your and others’ research impact and identify peers for potential collaboration opportunities. Information gathered from these products can also be used to help support grant applications and identify relevant parallel areas of research. This session will be comprised of a short presentation, followed by a live demo and time for Q&A at the end.
Bio: Chris James is Senior Product Manager for SciVal, part of the team responsible for the design and development of new features to help their global customer base meet their research strategy challenges. He was responsible for the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in SciVal and is currently working with his customers to deliver new data and metrics, to help provide evidence of societal impact.

Organising funding calls / sub projects – Dr Samantha Kanza & Dr Nicola Knight:
This talk looks at how to organise and track funding calls and sub projects, detailing how to organise the call, what information needs to be shared with others, and how to organise the different types of documents and data associated with these.

Panel Session with Network Coordinators

  • Beth McEvoy (Queen’s University Belfast) – eFutures Network
    Beth McEvoy has 15 years experience in strategy consultancy, and in conducting and managing research; working across the public, private and third sectors. Beth has a degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, and an MA from Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Debra Fearnshaw (University of Nottingham) – Connected Everything II
    Debra is an experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in Higher Education and Third Sector organisations. Highly skilled in Operations Management, Coaching, New Programme and People Development, Bid Writing, and Operating Budgets. Strong research professional with a MA Social Policy focused in Social Policy / Politics from University of Nottingham. Recently projects included a secondment to EPSRC to complete a strategic EDI project and a Faculty of Engineering review of REF Impact and how future portfolios can become more diverse and inclusive.
  • Dr Natalie Theodoulou (The University of Manchester) – SPRITE+ Hub
    Natalie conducted her undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Oxford before joining GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as a Medicinal Chemist. During her 5 years at GSK, Natalie completed her Industrial PhD in Chemistry (in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde) and worked on a variety of drug discovery programmes for cancer, respiratory and infectious disease. In addition to her lab work, Natalie supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students and worked with researchers from various institutions on academic-industry partnerships and collaborative networks. Natalie undertook a leading role in the GSK Chemistry community through the organisation of international conferences, training events and academic lecture programmes. Following a position in the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Salford, Natalie joined the University of Manchester as a Research Impact Officer in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In this role, Natalie supported academics to deliver impact from their research and managed various funding schemes and multidisciplinary research networks. Natalie has since joined the SPRITE+ team as Project Manager, responsible for managing all operational activities to ensure delivery of the work programme.
  • Dr Pamila Sharma (The University of Manchester) – Digitalised Surface Manufacturing
    Pamila is an accomplished manager with over 15 years of experience in higher education and research sector. Core Competencies- Network and Business development, Project management, Finance and budgeting, Website building and Social media, Process establishment and review, Grants and publications support, Data analysis and reporting, Committee management.
  • Dr Sinziana Irimia (Aston Business School) – UK Manufacturing Symbiosis Network Plus
    A professional engineer and PRINCE2 certified practitioner, I currently manage the UK Manufacturing Symbiosis Network Plus (UKMSN+) project, aiming to promote the shift from the linear, traditional: Take-Make-Waste to a circular manufacturing model: Make/Remake-Use/Reuse. After my first role in the automotive industry with Cummins Turbo Technologies (Cummins Inc), where I acquired valuable skills in product development (New Product Introduction, NPI) and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS / 6S), I completed a PhD in graphene (bio)sensors at Newcastle University (School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering). The research project involved the exploration of graphene low-cost synthesis methods, material characterisation, prototype manufacturing and proof of concept / detection of capacitive graphene sensors using prostate specific antigen (PSA). At MD-TEC (Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham) I worked with SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and the NHS on medical device development, especially human factors testing and regulations (CE marking, ISO and IEC standards).


10th February 2022
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