Informatics Europe through the Department Evaluation initiative introduces a new service aimed at the assessment of research quality in the fields of Informatics, Computer Science and IT. The service is offered to Informatics Europe members and to all other Departments, Faculties, Schools and Research Institutes in Informatics, Computing, etc in Europe and beyond. It is characterized by an exclusive, peer-review driven evaluation process based on the standards and experiences of Informatics Europe.
On 20 November at the 2012 European Computer Science Summit, held in Barcelona, the first Research Evaluation Certificate was awarded to the Department of Informatics of the University of Zurich. The evaluation at the University of Zurich was performed in July by a committee of highly respected experts in the field, chaired by Prof. John Mylopoulos. The evaluation report and results were already presented and the outcomes and advices thoroughly discussed between the Department of Informatics of the University of Zurich and the Department Evaluation Committee of Informatics Europe.