The Steneck-Mayer Lecture is named after Nick Steneck and Tony Mayer, the founders of the World Conferences on Research Integrity.
The World Conferences began when Nick Steneck, then working as a consultant to the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, had the idea to convene an international conference. When seeking support and funding for such a conference, he met with officials in Europe, who consistently recommended he approach the European Science Foundation for support. ESF Executive Director, Bertil Anderson, enthusiastically embraced the idea and appointed Tony Mayer, then the Chef de Cabinet and Head of Strategy at the ESF, as Co-chair of the effort . It was the beginning of a productive collaboration and deep friendship between the two.
The 2007 World Conference in Lisbon, Portugal was imprinted with Steneck and Mayer's principles for organizing a conference on research integrity, including: taking a broad perspective on research integrity instead of a narrow focus on scientific misconduct; emphasizing discussion, exchange of ideas, and useful outcomes; involving people from many countries; and including representatives from organizations spanning the research process – universities, research institutes, government agencies, funders, publishers and so on.
One of the outcomes of the Lisbon Conference was the decision to have another meeting, which gave rise to the current, continuing series of conferences. Thanks to Steneck and Mayer's hard work, persistence, and unwavering commitment, the World Conferences have become the premier global event on research integrity.
The lecture should focus on one or more important issues that affect researchers, research institutions, and/or the research system at large. It is intended to be an original, insightful, creative and inspiring contribution to the Conference.
Lex Bouter, Tony Mayer, Nick Steneck, Melissa Anderson, Sabine Kleinert, Sonia Vasconcelos, Susan Zimmerman ✝
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