Integrity and responsible practices in scientific research


The need for a « responsible » attitude has received growing concerns. The European Union has now even coined a new expression for its funding schemes « Responsible Research and Innovation ». Responsible behaviour in research, where scientists conduct research with honesty, fair attitude with their colleagues, and awareness of the societal outreach of their work, is not that simple. Students aiming at a career in research shall be given tools to nurture their community in a sense that will prevent misconducts and contribute to a responsible attitude towards society.

What would I consider to be a responsible research practice ? How do the research environment and research community may promote or hinder responsible research practice ? How can I position myself and take action ? 
This summer school, grounded in empirical evidence from the literature, is based on interactive sessions allowing participants to reflect upon and adopt their own attitudes at an individual and a collective level, with respect to their own research environment and research project. In addition, this training aims to strengthen confidence on the side of students to share spontaneously, within the student community and with mentors, the potential issues that they may face in their starting research activity.

Skills to be developed
  • Identify practices that are expected from researchers, for instance related to data handling, communication, publication practices, and relationships between members of the community. Analyse who defines these expectations. Distinguish questionable practices from misconducts.
  • Develop awareness about the norms and values that underlie scientific research practice.
  • Detect meta-information about reduced reliability of some publications (hidden conflicts of interests, non-reproducibility, misconduct...).
  • Develop a constructive attitude to promote scientific integrity : when facing questionable practices or scientific misconduct, or to prevent such situations.
  • Analyse the existence of social biases in the research community (e.g. gender bias), how they are studied, and their possible implications.
  • Position yourself with respect to the interface between society and the research community.
21 h collective training, 6h individual mentoring

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Practical information
  • Dates: September 1st (17h30) - 5th (16h30)
  • Place: Bidart, Basque Coast
  • Cost :
    • training (lunch & dinners included): 540€ TTC
    • accommodation,
    • Reduced training fee might be available depending on pending financial support from universities. If you absolutely need a reduced fee, please contact us to request it.