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This conference looked at the next steps of research integrity and reproducibility - examining current practice, key developments and implications for funders, researchers and institutions.
It was an opportunity to discuss priorities for the new UK Committee on Research Integrity, alongside the ongoing parliamentary inquiry into what the Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology has termed the ‘reproducibility crisis’.
We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Co-chair, UK Committee on Research Integrity; James Parry, Chief Executive, UK Research Integrity Office; Rebecca Veitch, Head of Research Integrity, UKRI; Professor Lex Bouter, Tenured Chair, Amsterdam University Medical Centres and Vrije Universiteit; and Founding Chair, World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation; and Dr Elizabeth Moylan, Senior Manager, Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics, Wiley.
Sessions in the agenda looked at:
- realigning the system: priorities for ensuring that responsibility, honesty and integrity are at the heart of the research system
- research culture: the impact of current structures on research conduct
- reproducibility - implementing systems that support replicable research and promote collaborative working - options for improving research design and dissemination processes
- openness and transparency - publishing negative results, original code, data sets and research methods
- the role of key stakeholders: assessing how funding mechanisms, career development and publishing models can interact to promote good practice
- research leadership - strategies and interventions to promote cultural shifts across institutions and disciplines - balancing competition with collaboration
- funders - the influence of investment decisions on supporting integrity in research
- publishers - options for realigning incentives and improving systems of peer review
- the public and policymakers - engendering trust, and the potential of open and transparent practice to enhance research impact
- a global approach: priorities for establishing international principles on research integrity and practice
The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from BEIS; Defra; the DHSC; DSTL; Government Office for Science; the Welsh Government; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.