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APA pre-convention workshop on scientific integrity

Focus is on practical issues surrounding the responsible conduct of research.

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Education and Science Directorates are sponsoring a one-day workshop on scientific integrity in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, prior to the APA convention. 

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral scholars) and their training advisers (principal investigators and supervisors) to learn how to meet federal training grant requirements in the responsible conduct of research and how to engage the entire research team in open, productive conversations about day-to-day research issues that affect scientific integrity.

Rather than the typical offering of lectures and discussions about “regulatory requirements and compliance,” the goal of the workshop is to engage trainees and training advisers in thoughtful conversation about scientific integrity in a practical setting. The workshop will include coverage of the philosophical foundations of research ethics, and participants will engage in group-work through case studies to help create an open dialogue between trainees and training advisers about day-to-day considerations in scientific integrity. Exposure to and engaging in open dialogue about scientific integrity will increase the likelihood that such dialogue will continue when both trainees and training advisers return to their own institutions and research settings.

The target audience for the workshop series includes graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and their training supervisors. Although groups from the same laboratory are especially encouraged to attend, a single member from a laboratory may also attend. Registration will be limited to 40 participants.

Further details and an enrollment form are available online. For more information, contact the APA Science Directorate Research Ethics Office.