Westminster Higher Education Forum

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

Morning, Thursday, 11th October 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar examines the next steps for protecting research integrity in higher education - looking at ethics and best practice, reproducibility, the impact of the REF, and practical strategies for improving research integrity and governance.


It follows the recent report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry on research integrity, and delegates will discuss its recommendations, including:


  • UKRI establishing a system to scrutinise the investigation of misconduct by research institutions; and
  • Strengthening and updating the Concordat to support research integrity in relation to training, responding to allegations of misconduct, and the publication of ‘negative’ research results.

Overall, areas for discussion include:


  • Latest evidence on the current state of research integrity and potential drivers of recent upward trends in misconduct and mistakes in publishing;
  • The Concordat on research integrity - addressing the Select Committee’s challenges;
  • Next steps for policy and practice in tackling the key challenges to research integrity including the ‘reproducibility crisis’ and ensuring high ethical standards;
  • The role of the REF - both the impact of a ‘pressure to publish’ and the potential for the ‘Research Environment’ criteria to address integrity;
  • for improving research governance at an institution-level;
  • The impact on research integrity of the move to an ‘open data’ culture in academic publishing - and the preparedness of academics, institutions and publishers prepared; and
  • effectiveness of existing regulations and whether further system-wide measures are needed.


Guest of Honour

James Parry

Chief Executive, UK Research Integrity Office

Guest of Honour

James Parry

Chief Executive, UK Research Integrity Office

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Metcalfe MP

Member, House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee

Dr Elaine Morley

Senior Policy Advisor, UK Research and Innovation

Chairs

Baroness Young of Old Scone

Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee

Rt Hon the Baroness Neville-Jones

Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee

Speakers

Dr Stephen Eglen

Reader in Computational Neuroscience, University of Cambridge and Member, Bullied Into Bad Science Campaign

Wouter Haak

Vice President, Research Data Management Solutions, Elsevier

Dr Stephanie Mathisen

Campaigns and Policy Officer, Sense about Science

Dr Richard Watermeyer

Reader, Department of Education, University of Bath

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

Head of Data Publishing, Springer Nature

Professor Nick Plant

Dean, Research Quality and Impact, University of Leeds

Dr Daniel Hook

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Science

Samuel Roseveare

Policy Manager, Universities UK

Professor Gregor White

Head, School of Design & Informatics, Abertay University