February 1st
February 16th
Intro to the science of science with books
Career Development Course

Introduction to the Science of Science

This course aims at providing an overview of the field of Science of Science (Research on Research), and of the tools and indicators used to measure research performance and activities.

Participants must bring their laptop with them to the training.


Lecture 1 – Course overview and evaluation. Introduction to Scientometrics.

                   Definitions and terminology. Historical view of scholarly communication.

Lecture 2 – Bibliometric databases. Leiden manifesto for research metrics.

Lecture 3 – Authorship and scientific credit. Individual researcher’s performance. The h index.

Lecture 4 – The journal Impact Factor and other alternative journal-metrics.

Lecture 5 – Citations and scientific impact.

Lecture 6 – Scientific collaboration and teamwork. 

Lecture 7 – University rankings. The Shanghai ranking and other institutional-rankings.

Lecture 8 – Research productivity: Impact of gender and geography.

Lecture 9 – The Matthew effect in Science. 

Lecture 10 – Evaluation.

Course in English
Registration deadline



-          To give an historical overview and background of the field of scientometrics;

-          To provide insights on the evolution of academic communication and publishing;

-          To give an overview of the different bibliometric data sources;

-          To understand and interpret research indicators;

-          To understand the limitations of research indicators;

Practical Informations

Practical Informations

1/02 & 2/02 – salles annexes BDD 1 & 2

16/02 – salles annexes BDD 3 & 4


Participants must bring their laptop with them to the training.


01/02 (Lectures 1 & 2) : 14h-15h30 / 16h-17h30

02/02 (Lectures 3 to 6) : 9h-10h30 / 11h-12h30 / 14h-15h30 / 16h-17h30

16/02 (Lectures 7 to 10): 9h-10h30 / 11h-12h30 / 14h-15h30 / 16h-17h30

Informations pratiques détaillées

Participants must bring their laptop with them to the training.

Selection result
Jan. 29, 2024
There is no registration fee for this course
Institut Curie - Bâtiment de Biologie du Développement - Annexes
11 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie
75248 Paris cedex 05

Maximum Number of Participants

18 people

Number of Participants

18 participants

Selection Criteria

First come, first served.

This course is for Institut Curie personel only.



David Pina

David Pina is Portuguese, born in Paris. After spending his childhood in France, he moved back to Portugal, where he graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 1999. He completed his PhD at the University of Salamanca, Spain, in 2004, studying the structural stability of proteins, and subsequently was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut Curie in Paris, France, and the University of Cambridge, UK. 

In 2007, he joined the European Commission as a project adviser within the Marie Curie Actions. Since then he has been responsible for the management of different programmes of FP7, Horizon 2020, and now Horizon Europe. He is currently Head of Sector in the European Research Executive Agency, supervising the implementation and grant management of research projects’ portfolios, in aspects related to the grants' administration, finance, monitoring and compliance. On top of his scientific background, he graduated also in Public Administration from the University of Poitiers, France, and holds a Master degree in Public Law from the University of Rouen, France. Portuguese and French are his mother tongues, and he speaks fluently English and Spanish.

In the last few years, he has developed a particular interest in scientometrics, science policy and research evaluation and has published articles in those topics in journals such as PLOS ONE, eLife, F1000Research and Research Evaluation. 


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