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Lex Bouter

Lex BouterLex Bouter is professor of Methodology and Integrity in Amsterdam. Before that he held a chair in Epidemiology and was rector of his university. He served on many boards and committees and was vice-chair and methodologist of the Dutch Central Committee on Research involving Human Subjects. Lex Bouter is currently involved in teaching and research regarding responsible conduct of research, questionable research practices and research misconduct. Lex Bouter authored about 700 publications contained in Web of Science, which have been cited more than 42,000 times. He has supervised 74 PhD students, of whom to date 14 were appointed as professor.


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Tony Mayer

tonymayerTony Mayer is an earth scientist. He conducted research at Leicester University and University College, London before pursuing a career in research management at the UK Natural Environment Research Council. He is currently the Europe Representative and Research Integrity Officer at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and is also the Treasurer and Governing Board member of EuroScience. He was previously the Director of the COST Office in Brussels and Head of Strategy at the European Science Foundation, Strasbourg. He was the co-chair and co-organiser of the First (Lisbon) and Second (Singapore) World Conferences on Research Integrity.

Nick Steneck

N Steneck 1Nicholas H. Steneck is a Professor Emeritus of History of Science, University of Michigan. His historical publications range from discussions of medieval science (Science and Creation) to modern policy disputes (The Microwave Debate). From 1991 to 1993, he chaired the Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Research Integrity. He co-organized and co-chaired the first and second World Conferences on Research Integrity (Portugal 2007, Singapore, 2010) and is co-chairing the fifth World Conference (Amsterdam, 2017). He was instrumental in the development of the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity. In 2012, he began working as an author and advisor for the international, online education company, Epigeum (owned by Oxford University Press).

Paul Taylor

Paul TaylorDr Paul Taylor is the Director, Research Integrity, Governance and Systems at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Paul recently started at RMIT after 13 years at the University of Melbourne where he established the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity. Paul has considerable experience in research integrity policy development, research misconduct investigations and in the development and delivery of training and education in research integrity and ethics. He is currently a member of the committee reviewing the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, an editorial board member for the BioMed Central journal Research Integrity and Peer Review, a member in the International Research Integrity Advisory Board for Epigeum, and has participated and presented in WCRIs since Singapore in 2010.

Ping Sun

Sun PingDr. Ping Sun worked at the Secretariat, Office of Research Integrity, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), China from 2007 to October 2015. He previously worked at the Chinese Ministry of Education, and is now the vice general manager of an education consulting company. He participated in various activities related to RCR education and research in China, as the MoST ORI acts as the Secretariat of the Joint Committee for Promoting Research Integrity, which consists of 12 departments and academies in China. He conducts research and coordinates relevant research projects, and has been active in international cooperation in the field.

Zoë Hammatt

hammattMs. Hammatt, a licensed attorney, provides research integrity consulting and grant writing services for institutions and corporate clients. She previously served as Director of the Division of Education and Integrity at the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, Legal and Regulatory Specialist for an NIH-funded Translational Research Network, and Director of the Research Integrity Program and Research Integrity Officer at the University of Hawaii. Ms. Hammatt has handled numerous cases of misconduct and questionable research practices and contributed to policy development and teaching in medical ethics and research compliance. She is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Research Integrity network and has been involved with the WCRI since 2014.

Roberta D'Alessandro


Roberta D'Alessandro is professor of Syntax and Language Variation at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where she is also Principal Investigator in an ERC consolidator project. She is a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), where she takes active part in the Working Group "Science and Education for Youth". She is a member of the International Council for Science, committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science.

Before moving to Utrecht University, Roberta D’Alessandro was chair professor of Italian language and culture at Leiden University. At Leiden, she directed several research projects, and participated in others, also in collaboration with foreign institutions. Previously, she worked as a research associate at the Lab for Language asymmetries at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. She was also was a Marie Curie Fellow at Cambridge University, UK, and before that a research assistant at Microsoft-Butler Hill in Seattle, USA. She was a member and international officer of the Young Academy of the KNAW.

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Leatus Lategan

leatus lateganProf. Laetus O. K. Lategan is currently the Dean for Research and Innovation at the Central University of Technology, Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa ( He completed doctoral studies with the University of the Free State in Philosophy and Theology. Professionally he has an extensive background in senior and executive management. His research interest is in the areas of research ethics, healthcare ethics and doctoral education. He is the (co-)author of close to 200 publications in the areas of ethics, higher education and research development. He is the editor of the Journal for New Generation Sciences (ISSN 1684-4998).


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