The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) organised its 10th thematic workshop, “Ethics and Integrity in Doctoral Education and Research Training,” on 18 and 19 January 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. Hosted by the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, the event saw the largest attendance in CDE history with 138 participants from 87 higher education and research institutions from 25 European countries.
Workshop participants gathered to discuss the latest European policy developments and exchange good practices related to this topic. Keynote speakers Göran Collste of the Centre for Applied Ethics at Linköping University in Sweden and Maura Hiney of the Health Research Board in Ireland started the programme by establishing the shared responsibility of and interest in ethics and integrity for university and research institution staff on all levels.
Three parallel sessions then invited EUA-CDE members to share their own experiences and good practices related to ethics and integrity in doctoral education. These sessions, which included four contributions each, focused on training early-stage researchers, fostering supportive work environments and conducive institutional strategies and national debates and their practical implementation.
The second day of the workshop began with a master class on training the trainers, providing practical insights to help the participants in getting their own research ethics and integrity training on track. The master class was given by Nele Bracke, Katrien Daemen-de Gelder and Dieter De Bruyn from the Ghent University Doctoral Schools.
Finally, the workshop brought together the different threads running throughout the programme in a panel discussion, connecting the relevance and importance of this issue established by the keynote speakers to the practical insights gained during the parallel sessions and master class. The panel discussion was broadcast live on Facebook and included Nele Bracke; Christian Dumpitak of Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Dusseldorf and the German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training; Vidar Enebakk from the Norwegian National Research Ethics Committee for the Social Sciences and the Humanities; Carmen Navarro Aragay from the Agency for Quality Assurance at the University of Barcelona; Kenneth Wann from the University Graduate College of Cardiff University and Nalin Thakker from the University of Manchester.
For more information on the workshop programme and to download the presentations, please see the event webpage.
Picture © Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
The latest edition of the CDE Bulletin was also presented at the event. Normally reserved for members only, this special edition, “On the Cutting Edge of Research: The Open Access Challenge”, is openly available.