Protecting research integrity: reproducibility, the impact of the REF and improving governance

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Protecting research integrity: reproducibility, the impact of the REF and improving governance

Thursday, 11th October 2018, Central London

This seminar examines the next steps for protecting research integrity in higher education.

The agenda includes keynote contributions from James Parry, Chief Executive, UK Research Integrity Office and Dr Elaine Morley, Senior Policy Advisor, UK Research and Innovation.

It will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss the recommendations from the inquiry being carried out by the Science and Technology Select Committee – looking at key issues around fraud, misconduct and mistakes in research and the publication of research results.

The seminar will also consider the upcoming response to the Committee’s report from the Concordat to support research integrity, and its next steps in providing a national framework for good research conduct and its governance.

Delegates attending will discuss the steps that might be taken to overcome issues around the reproducibility of research, as well as considering the impact of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on the research environment and what might be done to avoid creating a ‘publish or perish’ culture.

Further sessions will assess practical strategies for supporting research integrity and governance – including the potential use of open data.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • The latest evidence on the current state of research integrity and the upward trend in misconduct and mistakes in publishing;
  • Tackling the challenges to research integrity: addressing the ‘reproducibility crisis’ and the impact of the REF;
  • Best practice in research governance and the use of open data; and
  • The effectiveness of current regulation and whether further measures are needed.

A full agenda is available to download here

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