Ethics and Integrity in Doctoral Education and Research Training

Credits: U. NOVA Lisboa Rectory

The EUA-CDE thematic workshops provide a forum for exchange and discussion between members. The tenth edition focused on ethics and integrity in doctoral education and research training.

Developing an ethos of research integrity has been highlighted by EUA-CDE as one of the main challenges that have appeared in the academic landscape in the past five years. As social awareness of this issue continues to grow, universities are confronted with new ethical questions brought by digitalisation. Moreover, the increasing pressure on young researchers to publish has started to impact and compromise good practices in research conduct.

The thematic workshop promotes an exchange of ideas on the shared responsibility between staff on all institutional levels to train young researchers in good research ethics and integrity. While supervisors will continue to play a key role in passing on good research conduct, there is a clear need for a more structured approach that is supported by university leadership and implemented by management and supporting staff. This includes the availability of training courses, a supportive work environment and conducive institutional strategies.

The thematic workshop is open only to EUA-CDE members. It brings together and promotes exchanges between university leaders, vice-rectors, deans and heads of doctoral schools, researchers, administrators and other stakeholders interested in the development of doctoral education. The workshop is a forum for discussing new and exciting ideas in the field of doctoral education, exchanging experiences, mutual learning and building new partnerships and collaborations during the many networking opportunities.


  • Day 1

    13:30 - 14:30
    Welcome address
    • Prof António Manuel Bensabat Rendas, Rector of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
    • Prof Luke Georghiou, Chair of the EUA-CDE Steering Committee
    • Prof Patrícia Rosado Pinto, Head of NOVA Doctoral School, Portugal
    14:30 - 16:00
    Plenary Session
    • Chair: Prof. Luke Georghiou, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
    • Prof. Göran Collste, Centre for Applied Ethics, Linköping University, Sweden
    • Dr Maura Hiney, Health Research Board, Ireland
    16:30 - 18:30
    Parallel Sessions

    Training early-stage researchers

    Chair: Prof João Valente Cordeiro (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal)

    • ‘Marathon or Steeplechase: Introducing a scientific integrity course within the Life Science Zurich Graduate School’ – Susanna Bachmann (University of Zürich and ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
    • ‘Developing Good Research Practice at a Young Doctoral School: Achievements and challenges’ – Mar Marcos (University of Cantabria, Spain)
    • ‘Research Ethics Training for Students with Science and Technological Background: Challenges and proposals’ – Dr Jose Félix Lozano (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain)
    • ‘Research Integrity and Experimental Design: Course for doctoral students in life sciences’ – Dr Erkki Raulo (University of Helsinki, Finland)

    Fostering supportive work environments and conducive institutional strategies

    Chair: Prof Mary McNamara (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland)

    • ‘Research Ethics at Coventry University: A multi-service approach within an international corporate responsibility’ – Prof Olivier Sparagano (Coventry University, United Kingdom)
    • ‘(In)definitions of Scientific Misconduct and Consequences on Promoting Supportive Work Environments’ – Dr Rita Faria (University of Porto, Portugal) and Marijke Van Buggenhout (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
    • ‘Integrated Approach for Ethics in Research for Young Researchers at the University of Liege’ – Dr Ir Isabelle Halleux (University of Liège, Belgium)
    • ‘Provisions and Practices on Ethics and Integrity in Doctoral Education in an International Research Institution in the Social Sciences’ – Veerle Deckmyn (European University Institute, Italy)

    National debates and their practical implementation

    Chair: Prof Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

    • ‘Implementation of Scientific Integrity Activities for Early-stage Researchers: Experiences from six years of “Good-Scientific-Practice Courses” at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and current discussions among graduate institutions of German universities‘ – Dr Christian Dumpitak (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (UniWiND/GUAT), Germany)
    • ‘The Development of a Sustainable, Shared-ownership Model of Research Integrity Training‘ – Rachel Keegan (Dublin City University, Ireland)
    • ‘National Online Research Ethics Curriculum in Finland‘ – Dr Henriikka Mustajoki (University of Tampere, Finland), Dr Markku Ihonen (University of Tampere, Finland) and Dr Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen (University of Tampere, Finland)
    • ‘Enforcing Research Ethics Amid University Transformation: Russian experience‘ – Prof Romanna Safir (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia)
  • Day 2

    09:00 - 12:30
    Masterclass - Train the Trainers: getting your own research integrity training on the rails
    • Dr Nele Bracke (Ghent University Doctoral Schools, Belgium)
    • Dr Katrien Daemen-de Gelder (Ghent University Doctoral Schools, Belgium)
    • Dr Dieter De Bruyn (Ghent University Doctoral Schools, Belgium)
    14:00 - 15:30
    Panel discussion

    Chair: Prof Edwin Constable (Universität Basel, Switzerland)

    • Dr Nele Bracke (Ghent University Doctoral Schools, Belgium)
    • Dr Christian Dumpitak (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (UniWiND/GUAT), Germany)
    • Dr Vidar Enebakk (The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committee for the Social Sciences and the Humanities, Norway)
    • Dr Carmen Navarro Aragay (Agency for Quality Assurance, University of Barcelona, Spain)
    • Prof Kenneth Wann (University Graduate College, Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
    • Prof Nalin Thakker (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
    15:30 - 16:15
    • Prof Alexandra Bitusikova (Special Adviser, EUA-CDE, Brussels)
    • Prof Patrícia Rosado Pinto (Head of NOVA Doctoral School, Portugal)
    • David Oliva Uribe (Head of EUA Council for Doctoral Education, Brussels)
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