VIRT2UE final conference

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VIRT2UE: A European Train-the-Trainer Programme for Teaching Research Integrity Final Conference

November 23rd 2021

13:30-17:00 (CET)

The VIRT2UE train the trainer programme, developed as part of the H2020 funded VIRT2UE project, provides trainers with the knowledge and skills to conduct a research integrity course from a virtue ethics perspective. Over 400 trainers across Europe who have participated in the blended learning programme have learnt how to stimulate researchers to reflect on the relevance of virtues for research practice, and to develop moral character. The final conference of the VIRT2UE project highlights the development of the programme, the implementation across Europe and beyond, the experiences of trainees and researchers, and discusses the future of the approach. We hope you will join us to learn more about VIRT2UE and how you can benefit from the programme in your own institution or research practice.


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Preliminary programme

13.30 - 13.40 Opening | Dorian Karatzas, Head of Ethics and Research Integrity Sector, EC, DG Research & Innovations

13.40 - 14.40 VIRT2UE Programme | Chair: Kris Dierickx, KU Leuven

  1. Why a virtue approach? - Daniel Pizzolato (KU Leuven)
  2. Which virtues are important in research? - Vicko Tomić (University of Split School of Medicine)
  3. With good reason for the benefit of the doubt - Armin Schmolmueller (OeAWI)
  4. Fostering virtues through participatory exercises - Margreet Stolper (Amsterdam UMC)
  5. Invited respondent – Mariette van den Hoven (Amsterdam UMC)
  6. Questions from the audience

14.40 - 14.55 Break

14.55 - 15.55 Experiences | Chair: Guy Widdershoven, Amsterdam UMC

  1. Video montage - training research integrity trainers in Europe
  2. VIRT2UE Programme Implementation - Tom Lindemann (EUREC)
  3. VIRT2UE Programme Evaluation - Astrid Hooghiemstra (Amsterdam UMC)
  4. Future of the VIRT2UE trainers’ network - Natalie Evans (Amsterdam UMC)
  5. Invited respondent – Julia Priess-Buchheit (Coburg University)
  6. Questions from the audience

15.55 - 16.10 Break

16.10 - 16.55 Implementation | Chair: Ana Marušić, University of Split School of Medicine

  1. Video montage - experiences of the VIRT2UE trainees
  2. Experiences of teaching young career researchers - Michael Mende (Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior)
  3. Exchange of knowledge for practitioners - Borana Taraj (EARMA)
  4. Institution-wide pilot of the VIRT2UE programme - Etienne Roesch (University of Reading)
  5. Questions from the audience

16.55 - 17.00 Closing | Guy Widdershoven, Amsterdam UMC