Symposium 1: Leadership in promoting a research culture with integrity in institutions

There is minimal research evidence on successful leadership styles and practices to promote a positive research culture with integrity in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Research Performing Organisations (RPOs). However, leadership is considered a key component to embedding good research practices in the research culture of a HEI/RPO system. Successful leadership styles and practices not only depend on the journey the system is on, but also on the infrastructure and resources available to the leader.
The symposium will share the diversity in international leadership experiences with Dr Seán Lacey (Research Integrity & Compliance Officer) bringing in leadership challenges and opportunities from the perspective of a leader in a new Technological University in Ireland. Dr Dena Plemmons (Director of the Research Ethics Education Program, University of California) will present on her experiences in curriculum development and training for leadership in research integrity, while Dr Bob Siegerink (Leiden University Medical Center) will provide insight into the modernisation of the system of recognition and rewards to improve the quality of research and leadership.
Participants’ voices will be actively solicited during the session through interactive polling, with a panel discussion closing out the symposium and responding to the polling results and participants’ questions.

Tamarinde Haven, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Moderators and contributors:
Moderator: Dr Tamarinde L. Haven.
Affiliation: Danish Centre for Studies in Research & Research Policy, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University.

Contributor 1: Dr Seán Lacey.
Affiliation: Research Integrity & Compliance Officer, Munster Technological University, Ireland.
Topic: Leadership in Research Integrity from a new Technological University perspective.

Contributor 2: Dr Dena Plemmons.
Affiliation: Director of the Research Ethics Education Program at the University of California, Riverside.
Topic: Training for leadership in research integrity.

Contributor 3: Dr Bob Siegerink.
Affiliation: Leiden University Medical Center.
Topic: Recognising and rewarding leadership, lessons from a Dutch reform movement, leadership in academic promotion.

Symposium 2: The impact of generative AI on integrity in education, research, and the translation of research into policy

The symposium explores the intersection of academic integrity, research integrity, and artificial intelligence (AI), examining the implications of the increased role of AI in education, research, and the translation of research into policy. The use of generative AI inclusive Large Language Models (LLMs) in scientific communication has enormous implications for trust in science and the integrity of education and research as it can potentially introduce bias, errors, and misunderstandings, posing both opportunities and threats to the sectors of education, research, and policy.

Sonja Bjelobaba, Associated Professor / Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Moderators and contributors:
The proposed moderators for this symposium will be Sonja Bjelobaba, vice-president of the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) and Jessamy Bagenal from The Lancet. They will be joined by a diverse group of panelists representing various disciplinary fields, continents, genders, and ethnic backgrounds and including but not limited to Sarah Elaine Eaton (COPE, University of Calgary), Tomas Foltynek (ENAI), Sarah Jenkins (Elsevier), and Effy Vayena (Professor of bioethics, Swiss Institute of Technology). The target audience includes researchers, educators, policymakers, students, and stakeholders from various countries, disciplinary fields, and career stages.

Symposium 3: Implications of research integrity for public trust in academic research

In a context where public trust in institutions, including academic ones, and expertise is supposedly eroding, academics have repeatedly referred to the need for strict alignment with principles of research integrity (RI). However, while it is intuitively appealing that research misconduct would harm public trust and RI principles might foster trust, evidence for this claim is thin. Initial studies seem to point to public agnosticism. Moreover, general statements about demanding RI to gain public trust obfuscate the potentially legitimate reasons for science skepticism, nor do they provide clarity on diverse stakeholders’ roles, including science communicators’, policymakers’, research funders’ and researchers’.
To address these questions, three Horizon-Europe-funded projects are currently studying public trust in research and the relation to themes like RI, open science, and science communication. In this symposium, the projects IANUS, POIESIS and VERITY will share their preliminary findings (3×20 min), focusing on different aspects of trust in science investigated in our projects, challenges and actions for different stakeholders. Subsequently, we will open up for an interactive audience discussion (30 min) to widen perspectives and explore our findings’ implications for non-European and policy contexts. The discussion will be structured around poll-questions based on project findings or open questions.

Serge Horbach, Danish Center For Studies In Research And Research Policy – Aarhus University, Denmark.

Moderators and contributors:
Moderator: Jennifer Byrne, University of Sydney


Why warranted trust in science is never a given, while scepticism is an intrinsic component of trustworthiness – findings from the IANUS project
– Hub Zwart, Erasmus University Rotterdam

On the role of mediating actors in building trust through research integrity and societal integration – findings from the POIESIS project
– Serge P.J.M. Horbach, Aarhus University

Re-defining the ecosystem of trust in science: the role of stewards of trust in changing research environments – findings from the VERITY project
– Agata Gurzawska, Trilateral Research Ireland

Symposium 4: A snapshot of knowledge on research integrity from research presented in the doctoral forum of the world conferences: a bird’s eye view on the findings

In this symposium, we will hear from early-career researchers who carried out research on research integrity in their doctoral projects presented in the Doctoral Forum of the previous World Conferences (WCRI) on Research Integrity, focusing on the awardees. Considering the challenges that they faced in conducting their studies and the input from the WCRI and their supervisors, how did these studies evolve up to 2024? What knowledge have we gained from these awarded projects? After a brief introduction of the awardees and their projects, each will have 20 minutes to share post-award progress and the conclusions of their studies. These awardees will be invited to an informal follow-up session with participants interested in further details from the completed projects.

Carmen Penido, Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil.

Moderators and contributors:
Carmen Penido, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
Sonia Vasconcelos, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Doctoral Forum awardees of the last three last editions of the WCRI.

Symposium 5: Leveraging policies to influence and enhance responsible conduct of research (RCR)

The session takes stock of the influence of national and institutional policies in enhancing RCR in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). In Europe and North America, we see well-regulated policy-driven environments which have intentional (and unintentional) trickle-down effects on the institutional policies of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and research institutions. In the case of LMICs, such national policies may be non-existent or lack any authoritative implementation because governments must prioritise resources and strategic policymaking towards health care, education, infrastructure development over the perceived nice-to-haves, like research integrity (RI) policies. HEIs are left to develop their own policies and standards of behaviour to regulate their research environments. This translates into a patchwork of incongruent policies, creating challenging institutional environments and potentially limiting collaborations. Conversely, institutions in High-Income Countries (HICs), through collaborations, regularly have an opportunity to exert soft influence in building capacity, enabling policy development in LMICs and modelling responsible practices. In this session we will reflect on and discuss the RCR policy landscape in LMICs in order to constructively and critically engage on the purpose and intention of national policies and their influence on institutional practice of RCR and innovation.

Paula Saner, Research Integrity Manager, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Proposed moderators and contributors
Chair/moderator: Paula Saner, Research Integrity Manager, University of Cape Town.

Speaker 1:
Clarissa Robertson, Coordinator for the Social, Behavioural and Education Research Ethics Committee (REC: SBE), Stellenbosch University
Topic: How do national Ethics reglations impact RI/RCR practices and policies

Speaker 2:
David Blades, Senior Coordinator Research Integrity and Governance, RMIT
Topic: Management, development and implementation of institutional research policies, examples from an HIC context

Speaker 3 [to be confirmed]
Dorian Karatzas, European Commission, Head of Ethics and Integrity
Topic: What role do HICs play in capacity and policy development in LMICs?

Speaker 4
Roxana Lescano, WCRI GB, Peru
Topic: International collaboration as a tool to elevate and enact development of local policies and practice

Symposium 6: Research integrity: improving training and trainer quality

The symposium brings together experts and stakeholders from different areas of research integrity to discuss the key challenges 2,3,4 and 7 of the position paper “Seven challenges for research integrity education: current status and recommendations” ( The symposium strives to enhance opportunities for effective training and trainer quality in the future. The symposium features three up-to-date talks.
Firstly, the talk on “(Non-)Effective FAIR Training” (by Julia Prieß-Buchheit) documents step-by-step a study evaluating FAIR training pointing out the status quo of learning objectives in FAIR training and possible ways to measure them.
The “Improving Trainer Quality” (by Simson Mwale) talk unveils the Train-The-Trainer Path2Integrity program used worldwide as a possible solution to enhancing trainer quality. This presentation showcases lessons learned and ongoing efforts to support trainers in integrity and responsible conduct to improve research quality through individual capacity building (in Africa and beyond).
Finally, the “Measuring Effectiveness of RCR education” (by Mariette van den Hoven et al.) talk provides insights into an international meta-analysis on how to evaluate the impact of RCR education. It highlights the importance of observing the effectiveness of training programs to ensure that they foster research integrity and quality.

Julia Priess-Buchheit, Researcher/professor, Christian-albrechts-universität, Germany.

Moderators and contributors:
Moderator: Katharina Miller, Spain, (Miller International Knowledge).
Speaker 1:
Julia Prieß-Buchheit, Christian-Albrechts Universität Kiel, Germany.
Speaker 2:
Simson Mwale, Pan-African Institute of Research and Innovation (Zambia).
Speaker 3:
Mariette van den Hoven, Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands.

Symposium 7: The intersection of research integrity and academic integrity: multi-country perspectives

Historically, academic integrity has been viewed as a matter of student conduct. This view was relevant in an age where students’ only role was to learn in a classroom. Since the 1980s there has been an increase in the number of students who work while attending post-secondary institutions, as well as those research and publish. The rise of the PhD by publication means that graduate students are simultaneously learners, researchers, and mobilizers of knowledge. Yet, few graduate students receive training on research integrity or publication ethics. Moreover, most academic integrity policies make no provisions for research or publishing and most research integrity policies are directed towards professors or researchers and omit students. There are significant policy gaps in universities and research institutes to account for students and precariously employed researchers, leaving them vulnerable to mistreatment, as well as unintentional errors. We are unaware of any conference symposium that has directly addressed this specific area. There is an urgent need to update our understanding of academic integrity to include research integrity and ethics. This session brings together scholars of both academic integrity and research integrity from Canada, Ireland, Finland and Estonia to offer multi-country perspectives on policy and praxis.

Sarah Elaine Eaton, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.

Moderators and contributors
The proposed symposium will feature 4 speakers and 1 moderator from 4 countries (Canada, Ireland, Finland, and Estonia). Each of the countries represented by the panellists has a different level of regulation and different research innovation systems. We propose that presenters speak for 15 minutes each, with limited questions after each presentation. The session will conclude with a moderated discussion involving all speakers and the audience. Each proposed speaker has been contacted by the moderator and has agreed to speak on the topics proposed below.

Moderator: Associate Prof. Sarah Elaine Eaton, University of Calgary, Canada has a research program focused on academic integrity, fraud, and corruption in higher education. She is leading a multi-university transdisciplinary research team to study the ethical implications of the use of artificial intelligence for teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education. Through her research she proposes that a holistic and comprehensive approach to academic integrity must include but extend beyond historical norms that focus merely on student conduct, to include broader applications of integrity that include research, publication, and leadership.

Presenter #1: Erika Löfström is professor of Education at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Finland, where she leads an international Master’s program in education. Her research areas include research ethics and integrity and related teaching, learning and supervision processes, as well as academic writing. She teaches research ethics and integrity, and supervises Master’s students and PhD candidates. She chairs the University of Helsinki Ethics Expert Board, which advises the Rector on ethical matters. Löfström is actively involved in European development work in research ethics and integrity, and hopes to unravel learning processes and develop approaches to analyse these.

Presenter #2: Dr Anu Tammeleht is a research fellow in ethics and a methodologist/trainer of research ethics at the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu, Estonia. She is also a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. She is a designer of research ethics and integrity training resources and a facilitator of trainings of different formats at higher education institutions in Estonia. Her research area involves development of ethics competencies and evaluating the effectiveness of research ethics and integrity training. She also contributes to developing the national research ethics and integrity system through national surveys, policy recommendations and presentations. She believes that a systems approach to research ethics and integrity would help develop the culture of integrity and enhance the quality of research overall.

Presenter #3: Brenda M. Stoesz, University of Manitoba, Canada, is a Senior Faculty Specialist (Science of Teaching and Learning & Academic Integrity) at the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Stoesz provides support for university educators through facilitation of workshops and the development of teaching and learning resources, specifically those related to academic integrity. As a researcher, her interests vary widely from academic integrity and learning technologies to assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders and processing of visual stimuli. Dr. Stoesz is the founder of the Manitoba Academic Integrity Network (MAIN) and works to connect this network to others across Canada and around the world.

Presenter #4: Dr. Iain MacLaren, University of Galway, Ireland, is the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) which is responsible for the professional development of academic staff and others who teach and which offers a flexible programme of courses under its Masters in Academic Practice. With CELT’s guidance, the university has recently introduced an extensive new policy framework for academic integrity and created two new posts of Research/Academic Integrity Officer, each of which is a senior academic position. The connections and ambiguities between the two domains are currently being explored with a view to a more holistic approach which builds on existing strengths in training and professional development for staff and students (which includes existing compulsory integrity training required by a national funding agency for research). Iain is a member of the steering committee of Ireland’s National Academic Integrity Network and has research interests in reflective practice and higher education policy.

Symposium 8: Toward responsible clinical trial data sharing practices

Data are the core output of empirical research. The value and trustworthiness of research will be enhanced by sharing of data, metadata and data-analysis plans. Open data enables detection of questionable research practices like p-hacking and selective publication and investigating allegations of fabrication and falsification. Despite sharing clinical trial data is considered by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) as an “ethical obligation”, data sharing practices are suboptimal and data sharing statements are all too often empty promises. Greater rewarding of best practices can incentivize data generators, particularly those who work in low- and middle- income countries. Improving actual data sharing practices suppose an active involvement of many stakeholders including sponsors, funders, editors, and clinical trial participants. It also takes training a new generation of researchers who are able to share and reuse data responsibly.
In this session, we plan 1/ to present how to improve data sharing for research projects involving researchers in LMICs, 2/ to discuss COPE position on management of empty promises about data sharing, 3/ to discuss the ethics and incentives for clinical trial data sharing, and 4/ to present a comprehensive initiative to train researchers and staff.

Florian Naudet, Professor Of Therapeutics, Université de Rennes, France.

Moderators and contributors:
Florian Naudet, MD, PhD, Professor
Université de Rennes and Institut Universitaire de France

Proposed lecturers:
1. Clinical trial data sharing and the global south:
David Serwadda
Makerere University School of Public Health, Kampala, Uganda.
2. COPE positions about management of empty promises
Daniel Kulp, PhD, senior director (American Chemical Society)
COPE (chair)
3. Ethics and incentives for clinical trial data sharing:
Jennifer Ellen Miller, PhD, Associate professor
Yale School of Medicine
4. An initiative to train researchers and staff (SHARE-CTD doctoral network)
Ulrich Mansmann, PhD, Professor
LMU (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)

Symposium 9: A policy agenda to address industry influence on research integrity

Corporations across sectors engage in systematic behind-the-scenes efforts and strategies to shape the available scientific knowledge and to influence experts in ways that allow maximizing earning-capacity. Meta-research has documented associations between industry sponsorship and author conflicts of interest with biases favoring commercial interests at all phases of the research process including agenda setting, framing research questions, study design, reporting of results, drawing conclusions, and dissemination. Despite concerns about diminished public trust, compromised research integrity, and harms to public health, little has been done to implement meaningful policy change regarding industry’s activities related to scientific research. Drawing from perspectives in biomedicine, rhetoric, political economy, and investigative journalism, presenters will describe the multi-faceted, strategic mechanisms by which corporations seek to influence scientific research including research funding, industry affiliation, publication planning, ghost writing, and author conflicts of interest across scholarly disciplines and industry sectors. We will report on our research that sought to map the range of relevant policy mechanisms to address the risks of industry sponsorship, author conflict of interest, and ‘ghost management’ more broadly. Participants will be engaged in a structured and interactive discussion to chart a research and policy agenda to address risks to research integrity from industry sponsorship.

Lisa Bero, Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorada, United States.

Proposed moderators and contributors
Quinn Grundy, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto

“Industry influence on science: A view across multiple sectors” (10 minutes)
Lisa Bero, PhD, Chief Scientist, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, Professor of Medicine and Public Health University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“Mapping the policy landscape to address industry sponsorship bias and conflicts of interest in drug and device research” (10 minutes)
Scott Graham, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Writing at the University of Texas at Austin

“Comparing problem framings and policy solutions to conflicts of interest in research across disciplines” (10 minutes)
Andreas Lundh, MD PhD, Associate Professor, Cochrane Danmark & Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Odense (CEBMO), University of Southern Denmark

“A policy framework to counter ‘ghost management’: Lessons from the agro-chemical and pharmaceutical industries” (10 minutes)
Marc-André Gagnon, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
Co-presenters will include investigative journalists based in Europe (e.g.

Presentations will be followed by interactive discussion, which aims to map a research and policy agenda for addressing risks to research integrity posed by industry involvement in scientific research (50 minutes)

Symposium 10: Governance of research integrity in the era of open science

Rosemarie De La Cruz Bernabe, Professor of Research Ethics and Research Integrity, University of Oslo, Norway.
The academic world has officially entered the era of Open Science (OS) where scientific knowledge, whether in the form of data, methods and processes, laboratory notebooks, scientific analysis, and results are more accessible to academic and citizen scientists;where the public has not only access to science but more opportunities to contribute to it;and where interdisciplinary, international, and multi-stakeholder collaborations are encouraged, all for the greater benefit of science and society. However, effective implementation of OS requires an effective ethics and integrity-based governance structure, as well as a ubiquitous mindset. In the presence or absence of these factors, or in the case of presence in what degree, inequalities, biases, and questionable research practices are created, recreated, or strengthened. A strong governance structure founded on ethics and integrity is crucial for successful OS implementation. The ROSiE Symposium aims to explore the various aspects of OS and discuss the practices and governance required for responsible implementation in Europe. The symposium will provide insights from experts directly involved in OS and its governance and will present the ECoC OS complement and the first-ever ethics and integrity guidelines in Europe,i.e., the ROSiE General Guidelines on Responsible OS,as well as the Field-Specific Ethics and Integrity Guidelines.

Moderators and contributors:
Rosemarie Bernabe, Professor of Research Ethics and Research Integrity, Project Coordinator of ROSiE, University of Oslo; Adjunct Professor Medical Research Ethics, University of South-Eastern Norway.

Teodora Konach, Austrian Agency for Research Integrity.

Eva Méndez, Deputy Vice President for Scientific Policy-Open Science at UC3M.

Dirk Lanzerath, Professor of Ethics and Research Ethics, University of Bonn; Secretary-General, European Network of Research Ethics Committees.

Henriikka Mustajoki, Secretary General, Open Science at Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.