Workshop on research culture

From The Embassy of Good Science

Workshop on research culture

Instructions for:TraineeTrainer
This workshop is designed to raise awareness of the current research climate in which the participants are doing their research, to let them diagnose research integrity issues that come with that research culture and to propose ways to deal with those.
Participants need to be familiar with the organisation of research, have some experience with writing a research paper and are aware of the peer review and publication processes in research.
Duration (hours)
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Practical Tips

  • Read the Code(s) of Conduct for Research Integrity that apply.
  • Familiarize yourself with the institution's regulations, policies and facilities for research integrity.
  • Create an account of get access to the existing account on ( and create (or duplicate) slides to use in Part 2 (a series of statements on
  • research culture, followed by one open question to submit other factors of research culture that foster or threaten responsible conduct of research).
  • Select a case for part 3. Use the cases that are submitted to also select topics for Part 1 and 2.
  • Review the statements used in Part 2. Do you wish to update these based on your previous experiences or the submitted assignments?
  • Ensure the required facilities prior to the course day:
    • A room that is large enough for the teaching approach of your choice
    • A computer, screen and sound system that allow you to use the PowerPoint presentation and show the movie fragments
    • Depending on the teaching approach(es) you chose:
      • Internet connection to use Mentimeter
      • A black- or whiteboard with chalk or markers and eraser

Start with an introduction to the workshop. In case this workshop is part of a larger (blended learning) course, please recap the previous course parts.

Part 1 - Dilemma's in casuistry

This exercise is 'Dilemma's in casuistry - interactive lecture' (soon to be described in more detail in another instruction). The room is divided into four corners, A to D. A short introduction to a case is presented, followed by a dilemma. The course participants have to choose which option (A to D) in the dilemma they would do, by going to the corner of their choice. The teacher discusses the options with the participants by inviting some of them to explain their choice and by responding to each other. Than the case continues and a new dilemma occurs (several times). The dilemma’s and choices are related to the information in the online module and to the rules and regulations that apply.

Part 2 - Research culture experienced by participants

Participants vote to statements regarding the research culture, to give an impression of how we are doing, and what PhD candidates experience. The voting is anonymous, but the teacher will invite the audience to elucidate and to share examples. See the instructions Research culture experienced by training participants.

Part 3 - Virtues and norms

See the instructions Virtues and norms (VIRT2UE exercise).

Part 4 - Factors in research culture

In this exercise the group, consisting of researchers, discusses factors in the research culture that foster or threaten the responsible conduct of research. They link the factors to their own practice and come up with ways to deal with the threatening factors and to make use of the fostering factors to foster responsible conduct of their research. See the instruction 'Factors in research culture - rotary style working group discussion'.

Round up and evaluation

Recap of the workshop. Teacher asks participants what they've learnt, e.g. by listing their take home messages.

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