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Two regular sessions in the scientific programme at ESOF 2012

Is collaboration with Russia vitally important for Europe?

Type: Science Programme, Policy
Organiser: Nelly Didenko

With Russia investing in research and encouraging expatriate scientists to return, what can be done to foster positive relations and harness expertise in the sciences as well as humanities? Both Russia and the EU stand to gain by increasing levels of collaboration in areas of strength such as space and social sciences. What is the balance between basic and applied research in Russia, and how is the EU perceived in Russian scientific institutions?


Alik Izmail-Zadeh
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Peter Tindemans
Secretary General of Euroscience

Vanessa Campo-Ruiz
European Science Foundation, France

Vladimir Burdyuzha
Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Physical Institute

Research Integrity: Developing codes of conduct for researchers

Type: Science Programme, Policy
Organiser: Tony Mayer, Nanyang Technological University

Research is a growing area for professional employment throughout the world and its continued growth of and respect as a profession rests first and foremost on its integrity. This session dealt with the development of research standards in the form of codes of conduct and other best practice guidelines for researchers. Most researchers and research organisations believe that self-regulation is essential to the promotion of integrity in research, but self-regulation cannot succeed without common standards of behaviour. A number of codes have and are being developed. The aim of the session was to provide the essential background for a vigorous debate within the audience about the desirability of regulation and self-regulation through the establishment of internationally accepted norms of behaviour.


Maura Hiney
Health Research Board, Ireland

Melissa Anderson
University of Minnesota, USA

Nicholas Steneck
University of Michigan, Institute for Clinical and Health Research

Pieter Drenth
Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences

Sabine Kleinert
The Lancet Committee on Publication Ethics, UK


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