On November 16, 2011, the Rathenau Institute and the VU University Amsterdam organize a symposium on Dynamics of Academic Leadership. The symposium addresses the conditions that are necessary for high levelperformance and creativity in research, and the implications for researchmanagement and policy. Paul is one of the invited speakers. He will discuss some of the programmatic aspects and preliminary results of a large European FP-7 project: Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms (ACUMEN). ACUMEN is aimed at understanding theways in which researchers are evaluated by their peers and institutions,and at assessing how the science system can be improved and enhanced. The project is a cooperation among several European research institutes, with Paul as the principalinvestigator and CWTS’s Clifford Tatum as project manager.