Amsterdam, Netherlands

Research Integrity: How to Conduct Responsible Research

online course
when 10 January 2022 - 14 January 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 800

This course reviews research integrity in academia in both the conduct of science, the evaluation of science, the peer review system and in the academic community at large.

This course is a highly interactive course where participants engage with different issues such as replication, the peer review crisis, and what a responsible research culture looks like. We also look into the future of academia and specifically open science.

The integrity of scientific research has received an increase in attention in recent years. Researchers, policy makers, politicians as well as universities at large have raised concerns about the way academic research is organised and about the influence of the research culture on research practice.
Academia is currently facing a challenging set of problems: first, the prevalence of research misbehaviour was found higher than desirable; second, the reproducibility crisis and the factors contributing to the impossibility to replicate a large set of research results; and third, the issue of research waste, which is mainly due to poor reporting and the failure to publish negative or ambiguous results.

By making PhD candidates or Master students who are preparing for a career in research aware of these issues, and by training them in the required skills and tools needed to address these issues, we prepare them to remain responsible researchers in an environment that might lure them into sloppy science, even unintentionally.

Course leader

Dr Natalie Evans

Target group

Open to Master’s students, PhD candidates, and professionals from all disciplines.
This course is aimed at novices in qualitative research. We invite students and scholars who are planning on doing qualitative research. We focus on research in the field of health professions education but will also touch upon other areas.

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Course aim

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

- Know what the current status of academic research requires;
- Know whether there is a replicability crisis and what remedies are coined to improve science;
- Apply the code of conduct for research integrity within student’s own work;
- Reflect on research integrity dilemmas within specific fields;
- Know how one can spot unprofessional conduct of research;
- Know what research integrity will look like in the future and how experts expect academic research to be organised

Credits info

2 EC
Contact hours: 15

Fee info

EUR 800: Fees:
- Students and PhD Students: €600
- Professionals: €800
- Students, PhD students and employees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC: €500
Applications received before the 1st of October (Early Bird Discount) receive €50 discount!

The tuition fee includes:
- Application and registration
- Exclusive course content for a limited number of students
- Individual/group guidance from course organiser
- Access to all online VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
- A certificate of attendance after completing the course
- A transcript of records mentioning the grade and the obtained ECTS
- Full support of the winter school team
- Optional online social activity


VU Graduate Winter School offers several scholarships. More information can be found on the website.

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