Event details

Date: August 25-27, 2021
Format: Online attendance

Update: Online Only and free attendance

The Summer Seminar on Research Integrity will take place in an Online Only format, through live streaming. We decided this because there are still restrictions in place for travelling in Europe. The advantage is that attendance to the seminar is now free of charge. Register here!


Summer Seminar on Research Integrity: Progress Reports and Future Directions.

Our aim is to think together about the future directions of research integrity. Together with experts we will review initiatives that have been designed to foster responsible conduct of research, policies and guidelines that can strengthen institutions in holding research integrity in high regard and also how journals can contribute to integrity in publishing research.

The Summer Seminar offers a great variety of interactive lectures, with attention for learning about the relevance of different research integrity tools, alongside keynote speeches. We conclude each day by an interactive debate on what should be addressed next.

The seminar will be offered in an online-only format. You can attend the seminar through live streaming.

Join us during our this interactive Summer Seminar with experts from around the world, by registering here.

Call for proposals

Are you involved in relevant research on research integrity and excited to share about this? For participants of the seminar, we offer a call for proposals and the possibility to do a short pitch during the seminar. Send in an abstract (max. 200 words) before the 31rst of July to: abrahamkuypercenter@vu.nl 


The three-day program is as follows: the first day we will discuss tools that researchers could use themselves to foster integrity such as preprints, post-publication peer review, preregistrations and replication. We invite participants to try out these tools themselves and offer workshops on making a responsible publication plan. Day two focusses on policy-related initiatives and concentrates on how institutions could implement these initiatives themselves. On the third day, we will zoom in on publishers and discuss the epistemology of publishing as well as strategies for how publishers can deal with a changing publication system.

Please find the timetable here.


Dr. Natalie Evans: The embassy of Good Science. The Embassy of Good Science is an online initiative that brings together, and makes smart connections between, relevant research integrity guidelines and regulations, cases and scenarios, and teaching materials. The platform provides practical information about how to apply norms and principles in everyday practice and how to address them in teaching. In this session, we will describe and demonstrate The Embassy’s value for practice, education and policy. Dr. Natalie Evans is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ethics, Law and Humanities at AmsterdamUMC.

Dr. Maura Hiney: Developing evidence-based guidelines and SOPs for ensuring research integrity  – the SOPs4RI project. The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity provides a framework for developing and implementing national and local codes and guidelines on all aspects of research integrity. Having such a framework is an excellent starting point, but devising guidelines and processes (SOPs) for local implementation is not always straight-forward. To help to address this translation of policy to practice challenge, the EU-funded SOPs4RI project is working to develop an online, freely accessible and easy-to-use ‘toolbox’ that can help European Research Performing Organisations and Research Funding Organisations to cultivate research integrity and reduce detrimental practice. The ‘toolbox’ will provide an inventory of relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines that RPOs and RFOs can draw on when developing governance arrangements promoting strong research integrity cultures. Dr. Maura Hiney holds a PhD in Molecular Diagnostics and Epizootology from NUI Galway and is also a qualified nurse.

Prof. Mariëtte van den Hoven: The impact of positive approaches towards RCR education in practice. In her (interactive) talk titled she will address both the teaching philosophy that RCR education should pro-actively approach students and researchers via education, as well as that some data are shared how positive impact can be achieved. In this presentation, it will be described how taking a certain perspective on RCR education, namely one that takes empowering towards responsible conduct of research central to trainings and courses, has consequences for how one designs and builds courses and also which assignments and assessments seem most appropriate to the purpose of empowerment. Examples will be given based on the courses that were developed in the H2020INTEGRITY project. Mariëtte van den Hoven is professor at Amsterdam UMC on philosophy of medicine and ethics.

Prof. Ton Hol: How to treat allegations of breaches of research integrity, incl. importance of protecting whistleblowers and the scholars they accuse. In his presentation, Ton Hol focusses on the importance of protecting both complainant and accused in cases of scientific misconduct. Reputations and careers can be damaged severely when cases are not handled in a proper way. This is because of the attention of the media for this kind of cases, but also because whistleblowers are not always well protected. He will elaborate on the question of how to improve both procedures of handling cases and the academic policies to facilitate and protect whistle blowers. Several real life cases will be presented. Prof. Ton Hol taught legal theory at Utrecht Law School until he retired in 2020.

Daniel Lakens: The replicability crisis; the way forward. In the last decade we have seen great interest in improving research practices. There is a lot to learn, but we have only so much time. How do we decide which topics to learn more about, to improve our research the most? How do we deal with the fact that our understanding of best practices is always limited, and that our research is never perfect? And how can we make it easier for researchers to learn and apply best practices? In his talk, Daniel Lakens will elaborate on these questions. Daniel Lakens is an experimental psychologist working at the Human-Technology Interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology.

Prof. Ana Marušić: Perspective from a journal editor: how to deal with a changing publication system. Allegations of research misconduct often follow the publication of a research study in a journal, as the published articles is a document of research actions. Thus, journal editors are well places to detect scientific misconduct, as well as to prevent it and promote responsible conduct of research. However, there are many challenges in today’s world of digital publishing and enhanced publications. This talk will explore these challenges to the integrity of the published record. Ana Marušić is Professor of Anatomy and Chair of the Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health at the University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia.

Prof. Julia Prieß-Buchheit: RI Education – An Overview. In her talk, Julia Priess-Buchheit will explain why many higher education institutions implement research integrity education and which challenges they face in such implementations. She will outline that sensitivity, choice of action (reasoning), and motivation (commitment) are three different learning goals in research integrity education that foster research integrity. In practice, these learning goals sometimes blur into each other and lead to a counteracting use of learning methods. Additionally, she will show that institutional and cultural context influence learning research integrity and sometimes also counteract the training objectives. Considering the status quo of empirical results on RI training, she will explain the current knowledge gap on RI education: Does RI training sometimes fail to reach its objectives because of how trainers conduct it or because institutional and cultural influences reverse the RI learning outcomes? Julia Prieß-Buchheit is a professor of Education and Didactics at the University of Applied Sciences Coburg.

Michael Willis: The significance of preprints and evolving models of peer review. Even before the pandemic, the role of preprints within the scholarly research and publishing process was increasingly prominent. There was also increasing momentum in evolving new models of peer review. The pandemic has accelerated the rate of change in an unprecedented way. This talk will explore these developments and examine the challenges and opportunities they provide. Since 2019 Michael Willis has been a Researcher Advocate, exploring how publishers can best meet the needs and aspirations of researchers as editors, reviewers and authors in the submission and peer review process.

Brad Wray: The Epistemology of Scientific Publication. The scientific journal is the forum in which scientists report new discoveries.  Because scientific discovery is not a straightforward process, but often involves setbacks and reinterpretations, journal articles are not aptly characterized as a fixed record of what scientists know.  In this talk, Brad Wray will examine how the scientific journal figures in the development of scientific knowledge, given that it is not a repository of settled knowledge, as many mistakenly think. Brad Wray works at the Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus University, in Denmark.

Chris Hartgerink: Imagining future(s) for easier and better research work. The context in which we do our research has become detrimental to the research and the researcher — reproducibility issues, mental health issues, and precarity in employment contracts are prototypical examples. What do we dream of when we dream what research could be like? I ask myself this question a lot, and would like to discuss with you some of our options, and hear your dreams. I’ll specifically expand on how research publishing can be a vehicle for good, showcase some of our efforts to realize this at Liberate Science. Chris Hartgerink is the founder of Liberate Science GmbH.

Sarah de Rijcke: Developments in research on Responsible Research Assessment. In her talk, Sarah will discuss the state-of-the-art of Research on Responsible Research Assessment (RRA), and the emerging RRA priorities in the international policy landscape. Sarah de Rijcke is Professor of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and Scientific Director at CWTS, Leiden University, and Co-Chair of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI).

Marjan Bakker: Research integrity in statistics: (mis)reporting and researcher degrees of freedomIn her talk, she will discuss different aspects of research integrity in statistics. First, when analyzing data, a researcher needs to make many decisions which can all result in different statistical outcomes. This is also called researcher degrees of freedom. I will discuss several examples, the consequences, and what we can do to prevent the opportunistic use of these researcher degrees of freedom. Furthermore, misreporting of statistical results is common. She will present research on this misreporting and how these errors can be prevented by using Statcheck. Marjan Bakker is s an assistant professor at Tilburg University at the Methodology and Statistics department, where she is part of the meta-research group.

Catriona Fennell: Research Integrity in the spotlight; a Publisher’s Perspective. Catriona Fennell is a Journal Manager for Elsevier since 1999.


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Organising committee

This Summer Seminar is organised by:
Lex Bouter
Joeri Tijdink
Dorien van der Schot
Samira van der Loo

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For questions or more information, please contact:

Samira van der Loo
project manager Abraham Kuyper Center@: s.vander.loo@vu.nl

This seminar is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, as a part of the research project ‘Epistemic Responsibilities in the University‘.