Workshop using movie fragments from ‘And the band played on’ – general approach

From The Embassy of Good Science

Workshop using movie fragments from ‘And the band played on’ – general approach

Instructions for:TraineeTrainer

In a 2x 45 min workshop, the students get an impression of what research integrity is about and what kind of dilemma’s in research can occur. The main purpose is to raise awareness and to enable students to recognise and talk about issues in the conduct of research.

This is the general approach to the workshop. Several teaching method varieties are available, see the related pages.
Duration (hours)
For whom is this important?

What is this about?

After this workshop students can:

  • Recognize major and minor research integrity issues
  • Relate those issues to principles of good research
  • Talk about issues that occur in the conduct of research

What is this about?

Since most participants in this workshop have no experience as researchers yet, and this is a first introduction to the theme of research integrity for most of them, it is important to appeal to their imagination. In order to engage the participants in short time, fragments of a fiction movie are used. Movie fragments make it possible to quickly get a feeling of a situation, because it includes more information than only in written text. The acting, images and sound create an atmosphere, which makes it possible to identify or feel along with the characters in the movie and understand their choices or dilemma’s in the little time available in a workshop.

In this workshop the movie ‘…and the band played on’ is used to introduce a couple of themes in research integrity and to illustrate this with dilemma’s that can occur in research. This movie addresses multiple issues related to research integrity and research ethics and is therefore a fruitful source. Because this enables us to use fragments from one movie, the participants don’t have to ‘switch’ to a new story. The fragments can build on each other.

Why is this important?

After this workshop students can:

  • Recognize major and minor research integrity issues
  • Relate those issues to principles of good research
  • Talk about issues that occur in the conduct of research

Practical Tips

  • Familiarise yourself with principles of good research. Read for example descriptions on The Embassy of Good Science.
  • Read the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity hat applies.
  • Share the applying Code of Conduct for Research Integrity with the students prior to the workshop and ask them to read it in advance.
  • Upload the PowerPoint presentation and the movie fragments on the computer in the classroom, or on a mobile device or online platform that you can use in the classroom. You might want to open the links to the movie fragments on beforehand so you have them at hand at the taskbar.
  • It is recommended to watch the full movie or read about the plot online.
  • Ensure the required facilities prior to the workshop:
      • 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
      • This information package, and additional documents (glossary, description of debate and dialogue), to keep at hand.
      • Depending on the teaching approach(es) you chose:
        • Internet connection to use Mentimeter
        • Post-it’s / sticky yellows
        • Flip-over sheets and markers
        • A black- or whiteboard with chalk or markers and eraser
    1. Introduction

    Give a short introduction to the workshop and it’s rationale. Make sure the students know what they will be doing these two hours, and why.

    2. What is good research?

    Start the workshop with a short brainstorm on what good research is. You can write keywords that the participants mention on a black- or whiteboard, or use for example to create a wordcloud based on keywords the participants submit using their mobile phone, tablet or laptop. During the workshop you can refer to these keywords.

    3. Introduction to the movie

    Briefly introduce the movie. Don’t give away too much. The fragments will tell the story.

    4. Movie fragment

    Show the first fragment.

    5. Discussion

    Start a conversation with the students about the issue or dilemma presented in the fragment. Can they identify the issue at stake? Do they recognise this, or can they imagine that this would happen in research? What would they do if they get into a similar situation? Which character in the movie would they vouch for in this dilemma?

    6. Summarise

    Summarise the various aspects of the issue or dilemma and acknowledge that this is what can occur in doing research.

    7. Repeat the cycle with next fragment(s)

    Repeat steps 4-6 with the next fragment(s). With every repetition the participants might talk more freely or express their thoughts more easily. See if you can dig a bit deeper in the conversation: What values or principles are underlying the thoughts of the students, or the actions of the characters in the movie? Why does it hurt? Does this differ for various perspectives or stakeholders involved? Which principles of good research are at stake? What can one do in such a situation to deal with those harms?


    Close the workshop by thanking all students for their participation and openness. Repeat the message that it is most important to be aware of pitfalls in the conduct of research and to talk about issues they come across in their work. Show the QR code to the online evaluation form and share the link to the form on their online learning system or by email afterwards.


    Please contact Fenneke Blom for the movie fragments and accompanying Powerpoint presentation.