Prof. Zygmunt Lalak, the UW Vice-Rector for Research, was discussing the research assessment methodology, as well as the way forward for the LERU and CE7 during the seminar at Charles University in mid-March. The University of Warsaw is a partner in the LERU-CE7 collaboration to improve research and education conditions across Europe.

On 16th and 17th March Charles University in Prague hosted a seminar on research(er) assessment. The event was attended by over thirty academics and senior professionals from the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and seven leading Central European Universities (CE7). The University of Warsaw was represented by Prof. Zygmunt Lalak, the Vice-Rector for Research.


The participants of the meeting discussed further implementation of LERU’s paper “A Pathway towards Multidimensional Academic Careers – A LERU Framework for the Assessment of Researchers”, which was published in 2022, and the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment.


The first day of the seminar was devoted to the analysis of the current situation. Prof. Zygmunt Lalak, the UW Vice-Rector for Research, was discussing the research assessment methodology at the University of Warsaw. Prof. Bert Overlaet from KU Leuven presented the assessment of researchers while Dr Karin Gilland from the University of Zurich introduced the Research Assessment Reform Agreement.


The latter day of the seminar was focused on the future prospect, i.e. recent inspiring developments on research(er) assessment reform at the universities of: Copenhagen, Leuven, Zurich, and Helsinki.


About the LERU-CE7 cooperation

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is an association of 23 leading research-intensive universities from 12 European countries that share the values of high-quality teaching in an environment of internationally competitive research. The League is committed to: education through an awareness of the frontiers of human understanding; the creation of new knowledge through basic research, which is the ultimate source of innovation in society; the promotion of research across a broad front, which creates a unique capacity to reconfigure activities in response to new opportunities and problems.


In 2016, a close collaboration was established between the LERU and seven leading Central European Universities (CE7), consisting of: the University of Warsaw, the University of Belgrade, the University of Ljubljana, the University of Tartu, the University of Zagreb, Charles University in Prague, and Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.


The main objectives of the LERU-CE7 network aim to improve the framework conditions for research and education across a broad front in Europe, to stimulate collaborative research and education between talented people, and to show policymakers that there is more that unites research universities than divides them.