Plenary sessions


Plenary A, Sunday May 28th

Opening session

Keynote Speakers
Vinod Subramaniam, Welcome to Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit
José van Dijck - In science we trust. But can we trust media as arbiter of science

"Het Acteursgenootschap" presents the Conscience App, a play about scientific integrity: from news headlines to daily work of academic researchers

Chair: Lex Bouter


Plenary B, Monday May 29th

Transparency and accountability

Institutions are often reluctant to expose themselves to the reputational risk that research malpractice has occurred and the possible criticism that may follow. National research institutes frequently use confidentiality as an excuse not to be transparent. Journals are reluctant to explicitly retract papers and to admit failures within their peer‐review systems. Researchers may not disclose conflicts of interest or provide honest assessments of research. Accountability is important for the research community itself and to the general public to promote greater trust in research and its outcomes. At the same time, there may be downsides to transparency especially in relation to personal privacy.

Keynote Speakers
Boris Barbour - The PubPeer community and research quality
Stephan Lewandowsky - Being open but not naked: Balancing transparency with resilience in science
Helga Nowotny – Locating ambiguity and making the invisible visible - what is really going on?

Chair: Tony Mayer


Plenary C, Monday May 29th

The role of governments

Governments are the primary sponsors of research in academia and national research institutes, seeing it as a key to economic development and growth. Thus, there is emphasis on the link to innovation and pressure on research institutions to deliver high‐impact research results in short time scales. Thus, government funding as at the heart of an increasingly pressurized research system which may create the conditions for research malpractice. At the same time, government funders stress the importance of top quality, internationally competitive and high impact research of the highest integrity.

Keynote Speakers
Jet Bussemaker - The importance of independent research in today's society
Naledi Pandor - Implementing a transformed Research Agenda in post-apartheid South Africa
Robert-Jan Smits - Research integrity: a responsibility for us all

Chair: Tony Mayer


Plenary D, Tuesday May 30th

The role of institutions

Research institutions by definition are where most research is carried out. However, they are not responsible for conducting research. Researchers, not institutions, conduct research and therefore bear the primary responsibility for assuring the transparency and accountability of their work. But do institutions share this responsibility and if so what can or should they do to assure access to research findings and their reliability? During this session, three institutional leaders will share their experience and recommendations on the steps esearch institutions should take to foster transparency and accountability in research.

Keynote Speakers
Bertil Andersson - Research and Research integrity- a key priority for a young and fast rising university
Mai Har Sham - Nurturing a culture of responsible research for best quality outcome
Jay Walsh - How people learn: the pernicious impact of doing wrong or just getting it wrong

Chair: Nick Steneck


Plenary E, Tuesday May 30th

Interventions that work

It is important to focus attention on effective steps that can be taken to foster responsible conduct of research and to prevent questionable research practices or worse. Several approaches are available: issuing codes of conduct, specifying procedures for e.g. internal audits or handling allegations of research misconduct, and making available educational materials or offering courses in responsible conduct of research. Unfortunately the evidence on the efficacy of these lines of action is still weak. The session will focus on examples for which at least some circumstantial evidence is available that it works.

Keynote Speakers
Klaas Sijtsma - Never Waste a Good Crisis: Towards Responsible Data Management
Patricia Valdez - The NIH perspective on Research Integrity
Ian Frackelton – Research Misconduct and the Law: Intervening to Name, Shame and Deter

Chair: Lex Bouter


Plenary F, Wednesday May 31st

Fighting the replicability crisis

Serious replication problems have been demonstrated for a number of disciplines. Arguable this is by far the most important evil in the domain of sloppy science. The main cause is selective reporting and the principal therapy consists of transparency. Nature took a lead in raising awareness to this. The Open Science Collaboration is an inspiring example on both how to diagnose and to solve the problem. The Lancet REWARD (REduce research WAste and Reward Diligence) campaign can inspire other disciplines to fight sloppy science, to prevent selective reporting and to improve transparency.

Keynote Speakers

John Ioannidis – Re-analysis and replication practices in reproducible research
Sowmya Swaminathan - The role of journals in promoting reproducibility
Brian Nosek - Cultural and mental constraints on research integrity

Chair: Lex Bouter


Plenary G, Wednesday May 31st

Harmonization of RI initiatives

Description Global efforts to promote integrity in research have traditionally been initiated at the country or institutional level, resulting in significant variations in the way transparency and accountability in research are addressed. There are also significant differences in the way professional organizations work to assure the reliability and access to the research in their respective fields. The speakers in this session will report on the steps some countries, universities and professional organizations have taken to promote the harmonization of research integrity initiatives.

Keynote Speakers
Maura Hiney - Efforts to harmonise codes of conduct for research integrity in Europe: Drivers, approaches and challenges in a multi-system context
Daniel Barr - Positive Impacts of Small Research Integrity Networks
Alison Lerner - Promoting Research Integrity in the United States

Chair: Nick Steneck


Plenary H, Wednesday May 31st

Amsterdam Agenda for Promoting Transparency and Accountability

Chair: Nick Steneck



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