Guest lecture Brian Martinson: Systemic Threats to Research Integrity Require Systemic Responses

February 16, 2017Simon Building, Tilburg University
Last modified: June 28, 2017

On Thursday Feb. 16th (14:00-15:00), Dr. Brian Martinson will give a guest lecture at the Simon Building of Tilburg University on research integrity. Dr. Martinson is a leading scholar in research integrity and responsible conduct of research and is well known for his classic Nature paper “Scientists behaving badly”. In his thought-promoting talk he will discuss some of the systematic threats to research integrity in contemporary science, and ways to deal with them.

Details

Simon Building Pavilion (Room S8 on the ground floor), Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 225, Tilburg
Thursday the 16th of February 14.00-15.00

Abstract

Scientific research is not something that takes place in a void. As an expression of complex human behavior, it has deep social and psychological elements. The behavior of individuals engaged in all aspects of the research process is subject to influence from the environments in which they conduct their work, the incentive and reward structures within which they operate, and both the opportunity structures and resource constraints with which they are confronted. As such, we must recognize that threats to the integrity, quality and value of research arise not only from instances of intentional deceit (fraud), but from other, more nuanced, and seemingly more common behaviors that reflect negligence, carelessness, or “sloppiness” on the part of individuals engaged in the research process.

The objectives for my talk are 1) that participants will come to understand that research ethics must be about more than just avoiding research misconduct or mistreatment of research subjects, and 2) participants will gain insight into why research ethics MUST include consideration of not only the individual researcher, but ALSO the working environment in which the research process takes place.

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