Good Nordic Practices in Peer Review



An International Seminar

Good Nordic Practices in Peer Review

30 October 2009

Academy of Finland, Assembly Hall

Vilhonvuorenkatu 6, Helsinki, FINLAND

Organised by the NordForsk NORIA-net Project on the

Development of Peer Review in the Nordic Context

The project charts current activities and experiences with peer review method in research evaluations in all Nordic countries and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the method as it is used today. It identifies examples of good practices in the use of peer review. Based on this groundwork, the project seeks to develop a set of principles for the use of peers in assessment and evaluation of research and research applications, and to develop a Nordic network for planning joint Nordic peer review activities and for organising Nordic expert panels to evaluate research grant applications.

The partner organisations of the project are: Academy of Finland, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, Swedish Research Council, The Islandic Centre for Research, and The Research Council of Norway.

The seminar is directed to research funding and science policy experts, as well as to research administration personnel in universities and other research institutes.

Friday 30 October

9:00-9:05 Words of welcome, Risto Vilkko, Academy of Finland

9:05-9:45 Nordic Perspectives in Peer Review

Harry Zilliacus, Senior Advisor, NordForsk

9:45-10:15 Experiences of International Peer Review: NORFACE ERA-NET Research Programme "Migration in Europe"

Eili Ervelä-Myréen, Programme Manager, Academy of Finland

10:15-10:45 Consistency of Evaluation of Research Grants by Independent Reviewers and by Two Consensus Panels

Mikael Fogelholm, Director of the Health Research Unit, Academy of Finland

10:45-11:00 Coffee break Academy of Finland

11:00-11:45 Processes for Peer Review: Models and trends in several research funding agencies

Marianne Wikgren, Senior Analyst, Swedish Research Council

11:45-12:30 Peer Review as a Policy Instrument: Challenges and options in the review of grant proposals

Liv Langfeldt, Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Working-group sessions:

Closed or open peer-review? (Impartiality, confidentiality, anonymity)

Chair: N.N., Research Council of Norway

Evaluation criteria (rating, ranking)

Chair: Maria Thuveson, Swedish Research Council

Selection of reviewers (pool of experts, specialised or general expertise)

Chair: Magnus Lyngdal Magnusson, RANNÍS

Working groups begin with a short (ca. 10 min.) introduction by the Chair of group, succinct background information sheet, and open questions for discussion.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:30 Short presentations by the working-groups. Panel discussion.

16:30-17:00 Closing of the seminar, Risto Vilkko

Online registration at with the keycode: review

Further information: Risto Vilkko, Academy of Finland, tel: +358-9-77488232, email: 

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