Quest for Research Excellence 2017

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Location: The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Date:  August 7-9, 2017

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The Office of Research Integrity, The George Washington University (GWU), and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research are pleased to co-sponsor the 2017 Quest for Research Excellence Conference.  The event will be hosted by GWU.

The goal of the Quest for Research Excellence conference series is to fuel knowledge sharing among all the parties involved in promoting the responsible conduct of research and scientific integrity, from scientists to educators, administrators, government officials, journal editors, science publishers and attorneys. True to this ambition, the theme of the 2017 conference is “breaking down the silos”. The conference will focus on five topics from the perspectives of various stakeholders. These topics include research misconduct, the responsible conduct of research, the legal implications of research misconduct, scientific publications and open science. Each of these topics will be the focus of a 90-minute plenary session led by a panel of world-renowned experts. Breakout sessions will give participants an opportunity to discuss cross-cutting topics in small interdisciplinary groups.

We are pleased to announce that Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Nature publications, will be delivering the keynote address.

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5th WCRI 2017

I received this email today. - Ken

Join us in Amsterdam, for this not-to-be missed conference on Research Integrity

Dear colleagues,

The 5th World Conference on Research Integrity starts in 46 days in Amsterdam, on May 28th!

  • Registration will be handled online ⇒ to online registration form
  • We have interesting keynote speakers, varied concurrent sessions, poster walks, the Amsterdam Agenda and more. See the program at a glance.
  • Join us for a boat tour through the canals of Amsterdam to the Maritime Museum for the WCRI conference dinner on Tuesday May 30, 2017!

Please forward this e-mail to colleagues who may be interested.

We look forward seeing you in Amsterdam,

Nick Steneck, Tony Mayer and Lex Bouter

Co-chairs 5th World Conference on Research Integrity, May 28-31, 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

News from the NAE Center for Engineering Ethics and Society

I received this announcement via email this morning. - Ken

Special Issue on Engineering Ethics

The spring issue of The Bridge, the NAE’s flagship quarterly journal, is focused entirely on engineering ethics. Article topics include ethics in business, codes of ethics, environmental injustice, corruption, and teaching ethics. The issue is available online:

New Report on Fostering Integrity in Research

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are releasing a new report on Fostering Integrity in Research, which examines challenges to scientific integrity facing the research enterprise and recommends steps that individual scientists, research sponsors, research institutions, journal publishers, and professional societies should take to meet these challenges and better protect integrity in research. To celebrate this reports release, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are holding a Public Briefing Event on Tuesday, April 11 at 2:00 PM EDT in the Lecture Room at the National Academy of Sciences Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington DC.

During the Public Briefing Event, discussion of the report will be led by three members of the authoring committee:

  • Robert Nerem (chair), Institute Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
  • C. K. Gunsalus, director, National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, Urbana, Ill.
  • Brian C. Martinson, Senior Research Investigator, HealthPartners Institute, Minneapolis

Those who cannot attend the briefing in person may watch a live webcast at:

Fostering Integrity in Research will be available after the release event at:

Webcast Event: Ethics and Autonomous Vehicles

On April 24th the NAE and the AAES will host the annual professional societies convocation. This year’s meeting is focused on autonomous technologies and systems and the afternoon will specifically address the ethics of autonomous vehicles. Your may watch the live webcast on April 24th at:


CEES Staff at the National Academy of Engineering

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Rachelle Hollander, Director (
Simil Raghavan, Associate Program Officer (

CEES focuses the nation's talents on addressing the ethical and social dimensions of engineering, as both a profession and an agent of innovation. If you wish to learn more about CEES publications and activities, please visit the CEES webpage and checkout the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science for ethics education materials.

CEES focuses the nation's talents on addressing the ethical and social dimensions of engineering, as both a professions and an agent of innovation. If you wish to learn more about CEES publications and activities, please visit the CEES webpage and checkout the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science for ethics educator materials.

For comment

I recently received this email from Carolyn Broccardo, Ph.D., PMP, of Colorado State University, where she is the Responsible Conduct of Research Coordinator in the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office. I am sharing this with Dr. Broccardo's permission. - Ken

I want to let you know that the RePAIR Consensus Guidelines are now posted for public comment by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). This document is the output of a 20 member working group convened during the July, 2016 conference entitled Keeping the Pool Clean: Prevention and Management of Misconduct Related Retractions. I would like to thank those of you who contributed to this document, and especially Noémie Aubert Bonn for her assistance in writing and revising this document. Noémie and I will be presenting this work at the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity this May in Amsterdam - perhaps we will see some of you there! Please submit any comments to me by May 1, 2017.

In the December 2016 newsletter of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), the article on page 5 begins as follows.

The purpose of the Short Course on RCR Instruction (SCoRCRI, pronounced “sorcery”) project is to help new or inexperienced responsible conduct of research (RCR) instructors to develop and implement “best practices” in RCR instruction. The course presenters, comprised of experienced RCR instructors and researchers, will define distinct topics, lead active discussions and exercises, and identify useful resources (case studies, short writing assignments, etc.) that will provide a foundational understanding of RCR and the tools needed for successful RCR instruction. The active learning approaches most effective for adult learners will be prominent.

In 2006, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) started a project called RIO Boot Camp (Wright and Schneider 2010) as “part of a major ORI initiative to support and to professionalize the role of Research Integrity Officers,” or RIOs (ORI 2016). Until now, there was no analog for instructors of RCR.

I was the author of that article, and I can't think of a better topic for my inaugural blog post here on TeachRCR. I hope you'll read the whole article on the ORI Web site. There will be more news about SCoRCRI before long.