Steering committee


Melissa Anderson

AndersonMW PrefMelissa S. Anderson is professor of higher education at the University of Minnesota. Her work over the past 25 years has been in the areas of scientific integrity, research collaboration, and academy-industry relations, with particular attention to the research environment. Professor Anderson chairs the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves on the editorial boards of Science and Engineering Ethics, the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, Research Integrity and Peer Review,and Accountability in Research. She served as co-chair, with Sabine Kleinert of The Lancet, of the Third (Montreal) and Fourth (Rio de Janeiro) World Conferences on Research Integrity.

The University of Minnesota

Sabine Kleinert

sabinekleinertSabine Kleinert studied Medicine in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the USA, and trained as a Paediatrician in the UK and Belgium. After further specialist training in Paediatric Cardiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and research training at the Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, USA, she joined The Lancet as a full-time Medical Editor in 1998. In March 2002, she became Executive Editor, and in July 2006 Senior Executive Editor. She joined the Committee on Publication Ethics in 1999, was elected to Council in 2002, and served as Vice-Chair from 2006 to March 2012. She was a member of the planning committee of the first and second World Conference on Research Integrity and she co-chaired the planning committee for the 2013 and 2015 World Conferences on Research Integrity.

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).

Sonia Vasconcelos

soniaSonia Vasconcelos is associate professor at the Science Education Program of the Institute of Medical Biochemistry Leopoldo de Meis (IBqM), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She teaches science communication, research methodology, and research ethics/integrity. Sonia is currently vice-coordinator of the Professional Masters Program in Science Education at IBqM and co-chair of the Graduate Council for Research Ethics at UFRJ. She has been among the organizers of Brazilian Meeting on Research Integrity, Science and Publication Ethics (BRISPE), held biannually in Brazil since 2010. She was local co-chair of the 4th World Conference on Research Integrity (4WCRI).

Susan Zimmerman

Susan V. ZimmermanSusan Zimmerman is the Executive Director of the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research, a body created by Canada’s federal research agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) with responsibility for research ethics and responsible conduct of research

Ms Zimmerman has an undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania), and law degrees from McGill University and the University of Toronto. She has acted as counsel to health care institutions, to Health Canada and to federal law reform commissions. She has also been a university lecturer in health law and ethics. In her current role, she is responsible for RCR policy and education, as well as the management of RCR compliance for all federally-funded Canadian institutions.

Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research


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