Plenary Speakers

Joseph Cesario

Associate Professor of Psychology,
Michigan State University

Lex BouterDr. Joseph Cesario is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. He studies social cognition and decision-making. He is dedicated to reform in the practice, reporting, and publication of psychological science, and is co-founding editor (with Kai Jonas) of Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, the field's first peer-review preregistration journal.

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Anne-Marie Coriat

Head of Research Landscape,
Wellcome Trust

Lex BouterDr Anne-Marie Coriat is Head of Research Landscape at Wellcome. She has over 20 years’ experience working across research funders in strategic planning, policy, operational delivery and funding. She leads for Wellcome on supporting an environment in which research can flourish. Specifically maximising the credibility / usefulness of research and developing a more positive culture for careers in research. Anne-Marie received a degree in chemistry and environmental science, was a research technician at Baylor College of Medicine and worked as a hospital biochemist before completing a PhD in developmental biology in Manchester. Prior to joining Wellcome, Anne-Marie was Director for Skills and Infrastructure at the UK Medical Research Council and Chair of the Research Councils UK, Research Group.

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De Ming Chau

Senior lecturer,
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Lex BouterDr. Chau De Ming is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has been developing and designing Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) courses since 2013 and has conducted numerous RCR seminars and workshops in Malaysia and internationally. Dr. Chau is one of the pioneers of a national-level RCR programme in Malaysia and has recently co-edited and co-authored the Malaysian Educational Module on Responsible Conduct of Research. Dr. Chau is the current Chair of the Science Integrity Working Group of the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia and he is also leading the RCR flagship programme under the ASEAN Young Scientists Network.


Guoqing Dai

Director General,
Department of Supervision and Scientific Integrity,
Ministry of Science Technology (MOST), P.R.C.

Lex BouterDr. Dai is responsible for promoting scientific integrity, such as strategy development, policy making, misconduct investigation, information system management countrywide. He has abundant working experiences in the public service of scientific research supports and innovation environment improvement, especially the expertise in allocation and supervision of research grants. He was head of the Supervision Service Center for Science and Technology Funds and deputy director of Department of Research Conditions and Finance in the MOST before moving to the current position. Prior to his positions in the MOST, he worked in the Ministry of Commerce of China for 4 years.

Dr. Dai owns Ph.D in Management Science and Engineering and qualification in accounting.


Charlie Day

Office of Innovation and Science Australia (OISA)

Lex BouterDr Day is the CEO of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA). He has significant expertise in innovation, business development, technology commercialisation, venture capital and start-up creation. As CEO, Dr Day leads the Office of Innovation and Science Australia and supports the ISA Board’s implementation of long-term initiatives to boost Australia’s innovation performance.

ISA provides strategic, whole-of-government advice on all science, research and innovation matters. In January 2018 ISA released the Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation report, which sets out a path for Australia to become a leading innovation nation by 2030.

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Kylie Emery

Branch Manager,
Australian Research Council

Lex BouterKylie is responsible for policy and strategy development at the Australian Research Council (ARC) in areas such as research integrity, open data and open access, promoting gender equality in research and international engagement. Kylie also has responsibility for the policy underpinnings of the National Competitive Grants Program. Other areas of responsibility include non-financial corporate governance, and data provision and analysis.

Kylie joined the ARC in August 2015, and has worked in a range of areas in the public service, including a number of years as a government lawyer before moving to program and policy positions. From 2005 to 2007, Kylie was the program manager for the Cooperative Research Centres program.

Kylie has qualifications in arts and law.


Alan Finkel

Australia’s Chief Scientist

Lex BouterDr Alan Finkel AO commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.

As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel is leading the development of the national hydrogen strategy at the request of the Council of Australian Governments. He also led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”) and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.

Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. Dr Finkel was the 2016 Victorian of the Year and the recipient of the Mountbatten Medal (UK). A winner of the Clunies Ross Award for facilitating international neuroscience research.

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Maura Hiney

Head, Post-Award and Education,
Health Research Board Ireland

Lex BouterDr. Maura Hiney has worked as both a researcher and Director of Research Support Services at National University of Ireland, Galway. She is currently the Head of Post-Award and Evaluation at the Health Research Board Ireland (HRB), managing and evaluating a funding portfolio of approximately €200M, and developing supporting policies. Her Team has published two major impact assessments of national clinical research infrastructure and leaders in health research; a report on outputs and outcomes of HRB research; and the first Irish analysis of national health research investment activity.

Dr. Hiney has been influential in raising awareness of research integrity issues in Ireland, establishing a National RI Forum and developing a national RI policy. She is a member of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO), and chaired the Science Europe Working Group on RI. In 2017, she coordinated a revision of the European Code of Conduct on RI, on behalf of the ALL European Academies (ALLEA). She sits on the Policy Advisory Boards of the EU-funded ENTiRE and VIRT2UE projects, and is a partner on the SOPs4RI project.

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Matt Hodgkinson

Head of Research Integrity,
Hindawi Limited

Lex BouterMatt started in Open Access journal publishing in 2003 as an editor handling peer review with BioMed Central in London. He became a Senior Editor and Publishing Editor, and worked on the journals BMC Biology and Trials and the launches of BMC Research Notes, BMC Medical Genomics, and BMC Systems Biology. He moved to the Public Library of Science in Cambridge in 2010, as an Associate Editor and then Senior Editor on PLOS ONE, screening submissions, helping academic editors with difficult manuscripts, training editors in critical appraisal, and working on clinical trials, article-level metrics, publication ethics, and reporting.

He joined Hindawi in London in 2016 as Head of Research Integrity, overseeing the publication ethics processes and policies and representing the publisher at the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). He is an AuthorAID mentor, a member of the Council of Science Editors and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and has blogged at and

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Maria Leptin

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)

Lex BouterMaria Leptin received her PhD in 1983 from the University of Heidelberg for work carried out at the Basel Institute for Immunology. After postdoctoral work at the Laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge, a research visit at the University of California San Francisco and a group leader position at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen she became Professor of Genetics at the University of Cologne in 1994. In January 2010, Maria Leptin became the Director of EMBO and established a research group in Heidelberg at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

Maria Leptin is an elected member of EMBO, the Academia Europaea, the German National Academy, Leopoldina, and an Honorary Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. She is Deputy Director of the Christiane-Nüsslein-Volhard Stiftung, member of the selection panel for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators, has chaired an evaluation panel for ERC Advanced Investigator Grants, serves on the editorial boards of leading journals, on advisory boards of several academic institutions and selection panels for funding institutions

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In Jae Lee

Seoul National University of Education

Lex BouterDr. In Jae is a professor of Seoul National University of Education and has taught research ethics in universities and national research institutes. He is an adviser of the Research Ethics Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Education and a Secretary-General of Korean University Council of Research Ethics (KUCRE). And he has also worked as a member of a committee of investigation of research misconduct in universities and conducted various policy projects of the Ministry of Education for the plagiarism guideline establishment and a survey of research ethics activities in universities and national research institute as a research ethics expert since 2007.

He was a chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the International Forum on Research Ethics 2014 (2014 IFRE) that took place on 30/10/2014-31/10/2014 at Seoul National University. He has been in charge of The Center for Research Ethics Information ( since 2016. He published his book in 2015.

Ana Marušić

Professor of Anatomy and Chair,
Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health,
University of Split School of Medicine

Lex BouterAna Marušić is Professor of Anatomy and Chair of the Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health at the University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia. Prof. Marušić chairs the Research Committee of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Global Health. She is on the Steering Group of the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUality And Transparency Of Health Research) Network. She is also the Co-Chair of the Cochrane Scientific Committee. Prof. Marušić has more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and was heavily involved with creating the policy of mandatory registration of clinical trials in public registries which helped change the legal regulation of clinical trials worldwide.

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Mark McMillan

Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education and Engagement) & Chair of RMIT Academic Board
RMIT University

Lex BouterProfessor Mark McMillan is a Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW. He is a Professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education and Engagement) at RMIT University.

In 2013, Professor McMillan was awarded the National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year award. He has received his Bachelor of Laws from The Australian National University, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The Australian National University, a Master of Laws and a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Arizona, a Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership from the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and a Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Heritage, Language and Culture from Charles Sturt University.

Professor McMillan was admitted to the Roll of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory as a Legal Practitioner in 2001. He is a current board member of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and the Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Professor McMillan’s research interests are in the area of human rights and, in particular, the expression and fulfilment of those rights for Indigenous Australians. He is currently working on an ARC grant relating to Indigenous governance and jurisdiction for native nations. He intends on expanding his research outcomes to include the application of ‘constitutionalism’ for Indigenous Australians, with a particular emphasis on the use of current constitutional law for the protections envisioned for Indigenous people in the constitutional referendum of 1967.


Frank Miedema

Professor of Immunology, Dean and Vice-Chairman of the Board,
University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht University

PLex Bouterrofessor Frank Miedema (1954) studied biochemistry at the University of Groningen, specializing in immunology, with a minor in Philosophy of Science. He obtained a PhD from the University of Amsterdam at the Central Laboratory of the Blood Transfusion Service (CLB), now Sanquin. There, from 1983, he was project leader of a project about immunovirology of HIV/AIDS which is a part of the Amsterdam Cohort Studies. In 1996, he was appointed full professor at AMC/University of Amsterdam and became the Director of Sanquin Research in 1998. In 2004, he became the Head of the Department of Immunology at the University Medical Center Utrecht. From 2009, he is the Dean and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board at the University Medical Center Utrecht.

Since 2016, Professor Miedema has been active in promoting science in the Netherlands and the EU. He is one of the initiators of Science in Transition ( Science in Transition believes that the scientific incentive and reward system are in need of fundamental reform. Next to Science for Science (articles in journals), the added value for society needs to be more appreciation, and societal stakeholders should be involved more integrally in the production of knowledge.


David Moher

Associate Professor,
School of Epidemiology and Public Health,
University of Ottawa

Lex BouterDr. David Moher is a Senior Scientist of Clinical Epidemiology Program in Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, where he directs the Centre for Journalology (publication science) ( He is also an Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health in University of Ottawa, where he holds a University Research Chair.

Dr. Moher received a MSc in epidemiology, and PhD in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. He spearheaded the development of reporting guidelines including the CONSORT and PRISMA statements; and he also directs the Canadian EQUATOR centre. Dr. Moher led a program to develop a set of core competencies for scientific journal editors. He also leads an active program investigating deceptive journals, and is actively developing a program to investigate alternatives for assessing scientists in academic medicine.

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Bhushan Patwardhan

University Grants Commission in New Delhi

Lex BouterProfessor Bhushan Patwardhan is the present Vice Chairman of University Grants Commission in New Delhi, an apex regulatory body for providing grants and maintenance of standards in Indian higher education. He is a biomedical scientist and a Fellow of National Academy Sciences, India. He pioneered efforts to establish a Center for Publication Ethics at the Savitribai Phule Pune University.

Professor Bhushan Patwardhan is also the Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published by Elsevier, and is on different Editorial Boards of reputed Journals. He is a recipient of prestigious orations, awards, and several research grants. He has guided 20 PhD students, 8 Patents, over 120 research publications and 7,200 citations.


Deborah Poff

President, Leading with Integrity;
Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics;
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Academic Ethics; and
Editor-in-Chief, Advances in Business Ethics Research

Lex BouterDr. Deborah Poff, Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Guelph; M.A., Philosophy, Carleton University; B.A (Hons.) Philosophy, Queens University; and B.A. (Hons.) Psychology, University of Guelph, is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of applied ethics. Specifically, Dr. Poff works in the area of Business and Professional Ethics, Healthcare Ethics, Research Ethics and Publication Ethics.

Dr. Poff was previously the President and Vice-Chancellor of Brandon University. From 1994 to 2004, she was the Vice-President Academic and Provost at the University of Northern British Columbia. In 2004, she was awarded a Fellowship in Public Policy with the Sheldon Chumir Foundation in Ethical Leadership.

Dr. Poff is the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Academic Ethics. She is also the Editor-in-chief of a book series, Advances in Business Ethics, and the Editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics. She has a forthcoming edited collection entitled ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and University Governance’. Dr. Poff has numerous publications in journals, book chapters and books. In 1995, she was awarded a life-time honorary membership by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women in the category: Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship. In 2016, she was awarded the Order of Canada. Dr. Poff has served on many national and international boards, and is currently the incoming Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics.


Mai Har Sham

Associate Vice-President (Research), The University of Hong Kong

Lex BouterProfessor Sham is the Associate Vice-President (Research) of The University of Hong Kong. She assists the university senior management team in recommending policies, processes, and strategies for enhancing the University’s research capacity and performance. Her portfolio includes research data management and education, research integrity policy review, promoting responsible conduct of research, research postgraduate education, cross faculty research collaboration in Hong Kong and mainland China. Professor Sham has delivered plenary and keynote lectures on research integrity issues in different continents. She is a member of the planning committee for the Asia-Pacific Research Integrity (APRI) Network, and a Co-Chair of the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity.

Professor Sham obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. She received her postdoctoral training in Developmental Genetics in the National Institute for Medical Research in London, U.K., before joining the University of Hong Kong. She served as Assistant Dean (Research) and Head of the Department of Biochemistry in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, and is currently Convenor of the Research Cluster of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. Her research programmes cover areas of gene regulation in development, molecular control of neural crest and placode differentiation, genetic bases and mutant mouse models of human diseases, and neural stem cells.


Li Tang

Fudan University

Lex BouterLi Tang is professor in public policy at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, China. Dr. Tang’s research is focused on science, technology and innovation policy, research assessment, and program evaluation. As principal investigator Dr. Tang has undertaken research projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Social Science Fund of China, and the Ministry of Education of China.

She won the Excellent Youth Award of the Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy in 2018. Her research has appeared in Research Policy, Journal of Technology Transfer, Science and Public Policy, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Informetrics. She is a co-inventor of the US granted patent “Identification disambiguation in databases”.


Qi-Kun Xue

Member of The Chinese Academy of Sciences
Professor of Physics, Vice President of Tsinghua University
Director of Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Sciences

Lex BouterProf. Qikun Xue received his PhD degree in condensed matter physics from Institute of Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1994. He was elected into The Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. Since 2005, he has been a professor in Department of Physics, Tsinghua University. He became the Vice President for Research of Tsinghua University in May 2013 and the Director of Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Sciences in December 2017. He won the Future Science Prize for Physical Science in 2016 and the TWAS Prize in Physics in 2010.

His research interests include scanning tunneling microcopy/spectroscopy, molecular beam epitaxy, low-dimensional and interface-related superconductivity, topological insulators, and quantum size effects in various low-dimensional structures. He has authored/coauthored ~400 papers with a citation of ~17000 times. He has presented more than 150 invited/keynote/plenary talks at international meetings/conferences.


Christa Van Zyl

Director, Office of the Deputy CEO for Research
Human Sciences Research Council

Lex BouterDr. Christa van Zyl is a Director in the Office of the Deputy CEO for Research in the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). She has a strong interest in the promotion of research integrity amongst researchers, research managers and the broader research community. Having been appointed as the first research integrity officer at the HSRC, she learned about this important area of work through self-study, reflection, planning and hosting of collaborative workshops, and networking with peers. This led to her involvement in the African Research Integrity Network (ARIN) where she currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee.

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