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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Source: https://ori.hhs.gov/Q4RE2017

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.