Preconference activities, Sunday May 28, 2017

6-hours workshop from 10.00-17.00       € 80
3-hours workshop from 10.00-13.00 or 14.00-17.00         € 40

Fees include coffee, tea and water during breaks as well as lunch from 13.00-14.00
Limited entree on first come, first serve basis

6-hours workshops

Workshop 1

 Title:   The role of text and image processing in fostering responsible research practices
 Maximum participants:   80
 Extra information:   Although the responsibility for the integrity of research ultimately lies with researchers, all stakeholders involved do try to ensure the integrity of research in their part of the research and publication process. As research output increases, a variety of tools are needed for proper and scalable execution of this responsibility. Recent advances in e.g. text mining and image manipulation technologies have led to intriguing attempts at the automation of e.g. detection of rigorous research and image manipulation. This workshop aims to bring together those interested in exploring current and future applications of technology for better science and reducing research waste.
 Organizer:   Dr. Gerben ter Riet: Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Workshop 2

 Title:   Train the Trainers: RCR courses and workshops
 Maximum participants:   50
 Extra information:   This interactive workshop is designed to assist faculty and research support staff in developing and delivering courses or workshops on the subject of responsible conduct of research (RCR). The morning session will focus on goals, content, and pedagogical approaches for such teaching. In the afternoon, participants will develop either generic or discipline-specific training modules. On successful completion of this workshop participants will be able to (all with regard to RCR teaching and learning): (1) Articulate rationales; (2) Describe suitable topics useful to be addressed; (3) Identify approaches, tools, and resources; (4) Design and teach effective exercises and formats.
 Organizer:   Dr. Stefanie van der Burght, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium and Dr. Mike Kalichman, UC San Diego, San Diego, USA

3-hours morning workshops

Workshop 3

 Title:   How to set up a national or regional network for research ethics and integrity?
 Maximum participants:   60
 Extra information:   Research ethics and integrity is not new to research. Yet there are still too many cases of scientific misconduct. In addition, research ethics and integrity systems are not as common as one would have expected. The system should be characterised by clear policies, management structures and procedures, training/mentoring and early warning mechanisms.
In setting up a system, the focus should be on a dialogue that informs research ethics and integrity, how to manage these expectations and values and how to set up a framework that can direct responsible conduct of research.
This dialogue can be translated into a framework that can assist in setting up a system for research and integrity. Target audience: Research Ethics and Integrity Managers, Research Managers and Officers, Research Leaders and Teams. A maximum of 60 participants can be accommodated in this three hour workshop.
 Organizer:   Dr. Laetus Lategan, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Workshop 4

 Title:   Maximising the research value through responsible publication: implementing practical steps to improve the reliability, usability and impact of (health) research
 Maximum participants:   80
 Extra information:   Complete, accurate and transparent reporting is an integral part of responsible research conduct. Selective reporting and other deficiencies severely limit the reliability and usability of research and are wasteful.
Reporting guidelines are important tools to help researchers to report their studies fully.
Our workshop will summarise the latest research investigating the published scientific literature, introduce key reporting guidelines and the EQUATOR Network’s online resource portal ( We will discuss practical steps researchers, educators, institutions and journals can do to improve research reporting transparency, completeness and impact.

 Organizer and contact:



Professor Doug Altman, UK Equator Centre, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, NDORMS,University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom Jennifer de Beyer, UK Equator Centre, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, NDORMS,University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Workshop 5

 Title:   Research to Publication: how educators can ensure the ethical and scientific integrity of health research
 Maximum participants:   80
 Extra information:   Estimates suggest that 85% health research is wasted, usually because it asks the wrong questions, is badly designed, not published, or poorly reported (source: This is unethical because it wastes grants and precious resources, including the time and commitment of research ethics committees and - often - of patients who take part in studies.
In this workshop we will draw on BMJ’s Research to Publication e-learning programme (designed both for self-directed learning or for blended learning within a university curriculum) to explore the key issues that educators should focus on to ensure responsible conduct and dissemination of health research.
 Organizer:   Dr. Trish Groves, BMJ Research to Publication, London, United Kingdom


Workshop 6

 Title:   How to investigate research misconduct
 Maximum participants:   100
 Extra information:   This workshop will provide new and intermediate members of the research integrity community with information from experts about the conduct of investigations into complaints about research integrity. The presenters, drawn from across the globe, are experienced both in investigations and in presentations. We will provide an overview of the three main steps to considering a complaint of research misconduct - the preliminary assessment, the investigation and implementation of outcomes. We will also discuss the various ways in which research misconduct is defined and how institutional definitions are important. Attendees at the workshop will hear about the common points of failure in these investigations and how to avoid them, The importance of procedural fairness or natural justice will be highlighted.
 Organizer:   Dr. Paul Taylor, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

3-hours afternoon workshops

Workshop 7

 Title:   Using moral case deliberation to foster responsible conduct of research
 Maximum participants:   50
 Extra information:   Moral case deliberation (MCD) is an established technique to stimulate moral learning. MCD is a reflective dialogue following a structured method moderated by a trained facilitator, in which a concrete moral issue is analysed in order to come to a shared moral understanding and a deepened insight into values and norms relevant in the situation and an appropriate course of action. Evaluation research shows that MCD is a fruitful method for clinical ethics support.  In the workshop, we will elaborate how the method is used in our course on research integrity for PhD students, and provide a concrete example for the participants.
 Organizer:   Dr. Fenneke Blom, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Workshop 8

 Title:   How to handle allegations of (suspected) breaches of research integrity?
 Maximum participants:   50
 Extra information:   Before the conference, participants will be invited to answer questions regarding their current practices and bring protocols to support beginning integrity officers. During the workshop, first, representatives from different nationalities will present their approach to various issues, e.g., safeguarding confidentiality, protection of whistleblowers, mediation or legal judgments, handling anonymous complaints. Thus, practice variation will become evident and pros and cons of different approaches can be discussed. Secondly, cases will be presented step by step and participants invited to discuss their way of addressing those. We thus hope to invoke a lively discussion and clarify ways of handling allegations.
 Organizer:   Dr. Hanneke de Haes, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Workshop 9

 Title:   RIOs and dealing with research misconduct: sharing practical knowledge, needs, tips and resources
 Maximum participants:   50
 Extra information:   Research Integrity is increasingly pursued in institutions all over the world. WCRI brings together RIOs from a number of countries, and all have their views on best practice and have common experiences to share. We propose to provide a forum of RIOs to identify key challenges, as well as giving expert advice on resources and materials, and sharing experts’ various methods and lessons learned.
 Organizer:   C. K. Gunsalus, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA




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