The missions with which the legislator has tasked the AERES require to be called on a great many experts from different academic, cultural and geographical backgrounds. This diversity is a source of wealth for the Agency which, in return, requires the consistency of evaluation procedures and equal treatment of the evaluated institutions to be ensured.
The expert’s role
During the evaluation, organised by a scientific delegate and, for the department 1 (evaluation of institutions), a project manager, the expert is expected to:
- read all of the documentation handed out by the AERES
- take part in the on-site visit for reviewing institutions, research units and doctoral schools, as well as the Agency’s committee meetings for evaluating bachelor’s and master’s degrees
- take part in all preparatory and post-evaluation meetings for the review
- contribute to the draft evaluation report.
In addition to his or her responsibilities as an expert, the committee chairman must also:
- run and coordinate the committee’s work by checking that the Agency’s procedures are implemented
- write the draft report on the basis of the experts’ contributions
- take part in the scoring meetings for the department for the evaluation of research units
The expert’s contributions are governed by the Agency’s evaluation charter and ethical rules. The expert must carry out an impartial and objective review. By accepting this mission, he or she particularly undertakes to comply strictly with the regulations concerning confidentiality and professional secrecy, and above all to:
- use the information he or she receives only in the context and for the requirements of the review
- report to the Agency, upon his or her appointment as an expert, any information, fact or right likely to bring about a proximity, community or conflict of interests.
In accordance with the principle of transparency, he or she accepts that his or her curriculum vitae be made publicly available on the AERES website.