Conference: Evaluation in an Uncertain World: Complexity, Legitimacy and Ethics.

21. September – 25. September 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark

“We live in an era of growing wealth of information and of improved means to collect, analyse and share it—yet, counter-intuitively, we live in post-truth times, where applying evidence is not always easy, straightforward or even valued. Against this backdrop we ask: what are the key issues concerning complexity, legitimacy and ethics that we as evaluators need to address in order to become channels for positive improvements in society? What can evaluation contribute to resolve the major issues of our times? Under what conditions can evaluators contribute to the debate? What are the implications for evaluation of the Anthropocene, this epoch in which we as humans so heavily impact on the world? Join us in answering these questions during the 14th European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference «Evaluation in an Uncertain World – Complexity, Legitimacy and Ethics».
The EES 2020 Conference aims to serve as a catalyst for innovative thinking on the role of evaluation and of evaluators; on the tools and approaches which we currently have and those we can create and adapt in the future; on how we can capitalise on the information we generate; and on the impact we can make.
Anchoring our thinking on the dichotomy between the wealth of information we have access to and the place our society gives to it, we have organised the Conference along four strands:

Theme 1: The Anthropocene and its complex problems: The role of evaluation

Theme 2: Adapting the toolbox: Methodological challenges

Theme 3: Propelling and provoking the agenda: The role and responsibility of evaluators

Theme 4: Greasing the wheels of evaluation: the role of evaluators, evaluation commissioners/ evaluator funders (donors) in ensuring that knowledge changes practice

These topics allow for (and require) more than the traditional paper, posters or round table sessions: we invite you to consider proposing innovate formats, including fishbowl sessions, thank tank sessions, as well as sessions on tools and birds of a feather sessions.
We wish to facilitate the most interesting, forward looking and engaging discussions we can and therefore encourage you to think innovatively about how to best approach the topic you wish to engage on. We are planning other opportunities for engagement among participants, including speed networking, pop up sessions and evaluation games.
The EES2020 Conference keynote presentations will involve a variety of formats with the intent of animating discussion further. Thus far we have confirmed a number of keynote speakers who will be part of keynote discussions, lightening talks and invitations to engage in critical and forward-looking thinking. Thus far the following scholars have confirmed their participation, but we are currently engaging in securing even more eminent personalities who we hope will join us in our exploration of the challenges and discovery of innovative solutions.
Professor Peter Dahler Larsen, Department for Political Science at University of Copenhagen
Professor Zenda Ofir, a South Africa scientist and independent international evaluation specialist
Sebastian Lemire, PhD, is a specialist in evaluation and applied studies in the education, market development, and social welfare fields
Estelle Raimondo, PhD, is an evaluation expert at the IEG’s Human Development Unit
Professor Frans Leeuw, Department of at Law, Public Policy and Social Science Research, University of Maastricht
Dr. Barbara Befani, Research Fellow, University of Surrey, Evaluation Researcher / Consultant
Astrid Brouselle, Director School of Public Administration University of Victoria BC Canada
Vesna Bajšanski-Agić, European Foundation Centre and Executive Director of Mozaik

We hope to welcome you in Copenhagen in September 2020 and to engage with you in inspired and inspiring discussions on what is yet to come in the evaluation world.”
Ananda S. Millard, Olha Krasovska and Mads Teisen
Programme Coordination Team

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Frühjahrstagung  der DGS-Sektion  Politische  Soziologie

#cfp Umstrittene Expertise. Konflikte um den Status von Expertenwissen in der Politik

#Soziologie Frühjahrstagung der DGS-Sektion Politische Soziologie am 07./08. Mai 2020 in Erlangen Deadline: 15.02.2020

Mein Beitrag: Evaluation im Spannungsfeld umkämpfter Expertise: Qualitätsansprüche zwischen Lernen und Legitimierung.

Hier geht es zum Call: PDF.

Evaluation, Events, Social Studies of Science

Eröffnung des Robert-Merton-Zentrums / Conference „Quality and Truth – Quo vadis Science?“

This week the Robert K. Merton Center in Berlin will be ceremonially inaugurated! It will bundle important resources in the discipline of social studies of science, which is becoming increasingly important for society. Here is the organizers’ invitation text:

“The Robert Merton Center for Science Studies of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin gladly invites you to its opening event on September 11, 2019 at the Tieranatomisches Theater in Berlin.

The Merton Center is proud to welcome three outstanding scientists for the scientific conference „Quality and Truth – Quo vadis Science?“:

  • Harriet Zuckerman (Columbia University): tba
  • John Ioannidis (Stanford University): “Improving biomedical research through openness and reproducibility”
  • Steven Shapin (Harvard University): „Is there a Crisis of Truth?“

Please register for this event by sending an e-mail with the subject „registration“ to: (Registration closes September 2, 2019.)
You are warmly invited to join us for a small reception after the talks (7pm).”

Where? Tieranatomisches Theater, Philippstraße 13, 10115 Berlin
Wehen? 4 PM


Konferenz: “Great Transformation: Die Zukunft moderner Gesellschaften”

Die Konferenz “Great Transformation: Die Zukunft moderner Gesellschaften” wird von der DFG-Kollegforscher_innengruppe “Landnahme, Beschleunigung, Aktivierung. Zur (De-)Stabilisierung moderner Wachstumsgesellschaften” und der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie ausgerichtet.

Zeit: 23. bis 27. September 2019

Ort: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

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Events, General

Zeit: 20.06.2019 18:00 Uhr – 20:00 Uhr

Veranstaltungsort: TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, H 111

Organisatoren: Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, HU Berlin und Institut für Architektur, TU Berlin

Vortragende Person: Jörg Rainer Noennig (HCU Hamburg), Martina Löw (TU Berlin)

“Die Veranstaltungsreihe wird Architekten, Stadtplaner, (Wissenschafts- und Kunst-) Historiker, Soziologen und Philosophen zu einem Gespräch über Architektur und Wissenschaft zusammenbringen. Mit dem Blick auf aktuelle und historische Lösungen für das Bauen für die Wissenschaft sollen auch Perspektiven für die Zukunft entwickelt und diskutiert werden: Braucht Wissenschaft (noch) ein spezielles Gehäuse? Wie verhalten sich die Ansprüche der Wissenschaft in Bezug auf Repräsentativität und Funktionalität zueinander? Formulieren Natur-, Lebens- oder Geisteswissenschaften unterschiedliche Ansprüche an ihre Bauten – und wie können Architekten diesen Ansprüchen überhaupt gerecht werden? Wie definiert sich die Universität architektonisch? Verändert die digitale Revolution die Forschungsorte und Wissensspeicher der Zukunft? Wie positionieren sich Universität und Wissenschaft architektonisch in der Metropole und welche urban-kommunikativen Angebote machen sie der Gesellschaft?”

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