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Training Course in Research Ethics/ Integrity

October 2020-July 2021 | i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde

Monthly Seminars

 

This course aims at providing the participants with knowledge and skills of research ethics/integrity. With a broad program on various topics, the course will promote the discussion of case studies within a reflective approach, bearing in mind that this is a field of knowledge with a strong impact on work environment and effective team work. By understanding and critically debating research ethics/integrity-specific issues, the participants will not only increase their awareness and knowledge of the given topics, but they will also be able to design alternative procedures, deliberate on ethical issues and prevent misconduct and questionable practices.
Due to a growing number of scientific fraud reported cases, many documents and guidelines have been issued by the European Community. However, the answer to this problem cannot be restricted to norms and regulatory measures, since without reflective training, this normative approach will fall short of its objectives. Lifelong training in research ethics/integrity is required in order to refocus the attention on good practices, healthy work-life balance, effective team work and reliable science.

 

Target audience: PhD students and Postdocs in Biomedical Sciences (in case students in Social Sciences and Humanities are interested in the program, they can also apply).

Requirements: Personal laptop will be necessary to the online sessions.

 

Program

For each face to face session, there will be a one-hour online session during the week prior to in room session, with introductory material and activities. Blended learning course approach.

 

1. Fundamentals of Bioethics and Research Ethics

Date: Online session: 29.09.2020, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 06.10.2020, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S and Joana Araújo, Instituto de Bioética, UCP (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: To provide input on the main bioethical principles underlying international and national documents on research ethics and integrity and analysing how each of these principles is enacted in the everyday life of a researcher. To promote deliberation on some of these guidelines and norms, based on personal experience and on the acquired knowledge.

 

2. Good Research/er: what it is and why it matters

Date: Online session: 03.11.2020, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 10.11.2020, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S and Rita Faria, Faculdade de Direito da Universidade do Porto, "Conflicts of interest and interference in commissioned scientific research" (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: To stimulate reflection about the meaning of integrity, good research and good researcher, by discussing cases suggested by the participants and other cases proposed the lecturers.

 

3. Preventing and Managing Conflicts: Communication and Decision Making

Date: Online session: 07.12.2020, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 15.12.2020, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S and Pedro Cunha, Universidade Fernando Pessoa (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: To present different ethical decision models and to train in ethical deliberation; to anaylse and discuss the different cognitive biases and be aware of moral disengagement strategies; to promote the importance of constructive dialogue in order to avoid conflicts and to provide strategies to solve them (when they are not prevented).

 

4. Authorship Issues

Date: Online session: 05.01.2021, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 12.01.2021, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S and Rita Alves dos Santos, Integrity Project, i3S (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: To discuss good practices and misconduct related to authorship, exploring the reasons and the consequences of Guest, Gift and Ghost Authors. The i3S official authorship guidelines as well as other international documents will be analysed and different case-studies will be debated.

 

5. Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism and Questionable Practices

Date: Online session: 02.02.2021, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 09.02.2021, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S; Rita Alves dos Santos, Integrity Project, i3S and Joana Araújo, Instituto de Bioética, UCP (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: To get accurate knowledge on the meaning of Research Misconduct (Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism) and to discuss real and hypothetical situations. The grey areas of research misconduct, often known as Questionable Research Practices, will also be discussed through examples, so that PhD students and postdocs can reflect on their own practices and be more critical on the way they conduct their own research.

 

6. Data Management/Manipulation

Date: Online session: 02.03.2021, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 09.03.2021, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S and Rita Alves dos Santos, Integrity Project, i3S (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: To raise awareness on the meaning of terms and concepts, such as data, data management, data manipulation (research fraud) and to promote reflection and discussion on case studies.

 

7. Privacy, Confidentiality and Data Protection

Date: Online session: 06.04.2021, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 13.04.2021, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Corino de Andrade, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S and Elisabete Castela, DPO Porto, University Hospital Centre (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: To clearly define the difference between privacy and confidentiality and to raise awareness on the importance of respecting these principles at research institutions like i3S; to point out the seven principles of the General Data Protection Regulation and to analyse the impact of GPD on the responsibilities of researchers.

 

8. Biobanks and Genomic Research

Date: Online session: 04.05.2021, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 11.05.2021, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S; Cíntia Águas, Conselho Nacional de Ética para as Ciências da Vida - CNECV (theoretical and practical - 17:00-18:00) and Luísa Pereira, i3S (theoretical and practical - Biobanks and Genomic Research - 16:00-17:00)
Objectives: To raise awareness on the meaning of the term biobank and on the ethical issues underlining this topic: protecting the rights of the individuals whose samples or data are in biobanks (information, autonomy, confidentiality, protection of private life), assuring the non-commercial use of human body elements and the optimal use of samples and data; to discuss how genomics can help health sector biobanks to become more rationally constituted and exploited and reflect upon different stakeholders' views on biobank-based genomic research.

 

9. Human Research Ethics

Date: Online session: 01.06.2021, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 08.06.2021, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S; Manuel Pestana, HSJ, FMUP and Ana Sofia Carvalho, Instituto de Bioética-UCP (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: To raise awareness on the ethical issues underlining research with human beings throughout History (informed consent; secondary use of data; the use of placebo; vulnerable groups of subjects and the researcher's responsibility; respect for confidentiality). To revisit and discuss the key principles of human research ethics, mainly the respect of persons, beneficence and justice/equity; to understand the key role of Ethical Committees; National and international guidelines and regulations will be used as the basis for the discussion.

 

10. Vulnerabilty and Equity in Human Research |I ntegrity and Ethics in Animal Research

Date: Online session: 06.07.2021, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 13.07.2021, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S; Filipa Júlio, Vice-President of the Portuguese Huntington Association (Associação Portuguesa dos Doentes de Huntington), BSc in Psychology - Clinical and Health Psychology, Universidade do Minho and Anna Olsson, i3S (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: to debate the different perspectives on the term Vulnerability and the impact of these different views on Equity in research; to understand the importance of discussing ethical issues in research within a dialogical approach, including the voices of all the stakeholders.
To get to know the guidelines of animal research ethics and the fundamentals that justify them; to be aware of the meaning of misconduct and the need to promote integrity in animal research; to be informed on the procedures to get ethical approval for a project involving animal research.

 

11. Mentor and Mentee responsibilities; Career Development

Date :Online session: 14.07.2021, 12:30-13:30 | Classroom session: 20.07.2021, 16:00-18:00, Auditorium Mariano Gago, i3S
Speaker: Susana Magalhães, i3S and Paula Pérez - i3S (theoretical and practical)
Objectives: To discuss the role and responsibility of supervisors/mentors and students/trainees, exploring the problems that often occur and how to avoid them; to be able able to distinguish between personal conflict and bad supervision and to be aware that incorrect supervision is considered to be a Questionable Practice in the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity; to be aware of the signs of lab bullying and what to do when one is victim.

Registration

Fees:
i3S members – no fees
External members – 25€

 

Course registration conditions:

  • Registration is free for i3S members, however is mandatory;
  • 40 available registrations for i3S members and 10 available registrations for external members;
  • External registration includes access to all training package (the 11 modules).

Registrations for external members are closed. If you wish to stay in the waiting list, please fill in the folllowing form: 

i3S members will receive the registration link by email.

 

Selection criteria:
First come first served for applicants that fulfilled the requirements.

 

Registrations deadline: 22nd September 2020 (Payment deadline for External members: 22nd September)

 

More Information:
Advanced Training Unit | E-mail: training@i3s.up.pt | Tel: +351 226 074 900