Sustaining Excellence in Academic Research in the Context of the New Normal

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2021)
Title: Sustaining Excellence in Academic Research in the Context of the New Normal
Stream: Educational Research, Development & Publishing
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Mario Pace, University of Malta, Malta


During the past 18 months, public health mitigation strategies across the globe have affected research to varying degrees. By way of example, university research in China was subject to strict control measures and was specifically focused on the mitigation of the spread of the virus across the country. In other parts of the globe, such as in the United States and in Europe, the majority of research activities considered as “nonessential” were suspended for specific time frames by various institutions. These not only included laboratory research in the physical and life sciences but also field-based activities involving direct human contact, such as educational research. In the first part of the paper a twofold analysis of the subject in question will be presented, namely “Sustaining Excellence in Academic Research”, and secondly, “The Context of the New Normal” while the second part will identify a variety of challenges and their unequal impact on different groups in the research community as a result of the pandemic. More than ever before, the need is felt for high-quality research that can serve as a source of reliable information, innovation, and “know-how” that is shared through various means across the globe. The current COVID-19 situation should not lead us to put a pause on our research activities but, on the contrary, as a global research community we should look at it as an opportunity to sustain excellence in academic research by aligning our ongoing work with the changing and pressing realities of the time.

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