When research integrity gets challenged — 3rd Interuniversity Symposium on RI



Palace of the Academies, Brussels

3rd Interuniversity Symposium on Research Integrity


Vlaamse Commissie voor Wetenschappelijke Integriteit
Universiteit Gent
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Universiteit Antwerpen
Universiteit Hasselt

In conducting research in a careful and unbiased way, scholars and scientists can face numerous challenges and questionable incentives. Research integrity has long become a topic of global interest. Since 2015, the Flemish universities jointly organize a yearly symposium on this subject. We invite researchers, young and senior, as well as university policy makers, to join us for the 3rd Interuniversity Symposium on Research Integrity.

The plenary programme features presentations on the potential of open science for RI, recent (international) developments and a panel debate with journalists and academic stakeholders on public communication about fraud cases in the media. During the breakout sessions participants are invited to deliberate on concrete but fictional cases.

On this occasion, the co-organizing Flemish Commission for Research Integrity will be officially recomposed. Four new members of the commission will be inaugurated. This commission of nine professors acts as a general advice body for RI matters in Flanders, and is authorized to give a second advice on specific complaint files that were previously investigated by the Commission for Research Integrity at a Flemish research institution.



1 Registration 09:00 - 09:20
2 Welcome and introduction 09:20 - 09:30
Sabine Van Doorslaer, Member VCWI (speaker)
3 Plenary session: International developments and research integrity 09:30 - 10:50
Sabine Van Doorslaer, Member VCWI (chair)
Three plenary keynote talks

3.1 Research Integrity procedures in the Netherlands
Roel Fernhout, President LOWI (the Netherlands) (speaker)
3.2 The revised European Code for Research Integrity (ALLEA)
Els Van Damme, Member of ALLEA Permanent Working Group Science and Ethics (speaker)
3.3 The role of Methodology and statistics in Research Integrity
Geert Molenberghs, Professor in statistics, Hasselt University & KU Leuven (speaker)
4 Break with coffee, tea and water 10:50 - 11:10
5 Plenary session: dilemma games 11:10 - 12:15
Ludo Froyen, Member VCWI (chair)
Stefanie Van der Burght, Research Integrity Officer, Ghent University (moderator)

Where is the border between sloppiness and negligence? Participants will discuss concrete but fictional cases, moderated by research integrity officers of universities.

6 Lunch 12:15 - 13:25
7 Plenary session: Open science and Research Integrity 13:25 - 14:30
Marcel Ameloot, Member VCWI (chair)
Jan De Houwer, Professor in Psychology, Ghent University, member of VCWI (speaker)
Pieter Van Dessel, FWO postdoctoral fellow, Ghent University (speaker)

We discuss the implications of recent developments in the open science movement for research integrity and provide a hands-on demonstration of what the Open Science Framework offers researchers to improve the openness and integrity of their research.

8 Break with coffee, tea and water 14:30 - 14:50
9 Plenary session: Cases and the media 14:50 - 16:00
Maxie Eckert, Journalist De Standaard (panel member)
Wim Pinxten, Professor UHasselt (moderator)
Dominique Soenens, Journalist Apache (panel member)
Peter Van Aelst, Professor in Political Communication, UAntwerpen, member of Jonge Academie (panel member)
Chris Van Geet, Vicerector Biomedical Sciences KU Leuven (panel member)
Panel debate with journalists, a university leader and a young researcher.

10 Closing session: the Flemish Commission for Research Integrity 16:00 - 16:15
10.1 Looking backward and forward: the VCWI
André Van Steirteghem, Chairman of VCWI (speaker)
10.2 Formal installation of new VCWI members and thanks to leaving members
Jacques Willems, Chairman of Supervisory committee VCWI (chair)
11 Conclusions 16:15 - 16:20
Jacques Willems, Chairman of Supervisory committee VCWI (speaker)
12 Networking reception 16:20 - 18:00