Stichting Honours Biomedische Wetenschappen Utrecht

Stichting Honours Biomedische Wetenschappen Utrecht


Seminar: ‘Dark side of Science’

Dark Side of Science: to shine a light on scientific misconduct

Have you ever thought about scientific misconduct and integrity? How often do misconducts occur in science?  If I find some misconduct, where do I need to go? Scientific misconduct, or as we will call it this evening: the dark side of science! During the evening there will be an interactive debate containing three speakers. First, there will be some background by a researching studying this. Then, a personal story will be shared by Adrien Melquiond, a researcher who witnessed scientific misconduct at close and finally someone will tell you what to do when you experience scientific misconduct.

The interactive lecture will be on the evening of the 20th of September and starts at 17:30 (CEST). It will be held live in blue lecture hall located in the Hijmans van den Berghgebouw due to COVID-19 there will be a maximum of people that can attend physical.

Meet our speakers

Prof. Dr. Lex Bouter

Professor Lex M Bouter, PhD, has a tenured chair in Methodology and Integrity at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. Before taking up the current position he was professor of Epidemiology. Lex Bouter has a keen interest in clinimetrics and systematic reviews. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the REWARD (REduce research Waste And Reward Diligence) Alliance. He is currently mainly involved in teaching and research regarding responsible conduct of research, questionable research practices and research misconduct.

Dr. Adrien Melquiond

Dr. Adrien Melquiond has a background in biology and studied bioinformatics in Paris, where he also received his PhD, which was focussed on computer simulations of amyloid fibril formations to analyse the structural protein formation processes. During and shortly after his PhD he experienced scientific misconduct in the lab where he worked. After this, he did two post-docs at Utrecht University and become involved in the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center (UBC). Currently, he is the coordinator of the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center and Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics at the Center of Molecular Medicine (CMM), University Medical Center Utrecht. Thereby, his daily work mostly focuses on teaching bioinformatics in various bachelor and master courses.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Hans Heesterbeek

Prof. Dr. Ir. Hans Heesterbeek is chair of the scientific integrity committee of Utrecht University. They investigate official complaints about the violation of scientific integrity. To do so they have 63 statements set in a code of conduct. After this investigation the committee reports to the board of the university.

The program for the evening is as follows:

17:30 Beginning of the interactive lecture and welcoming by Activity committee

17:45 First speaker: prof. dr. Lex Bouters on his research of scientific misconduct

18:30 Second speaker: dr. Adrien Melquiond on his personal experience with scientific misconduct

19:00 Third speaker: prof. dr. Hans Heesterbeek on being the chairman of the Committee Scientific Integrity at Utrecht University

19:45 Closing statement by the Activity committee

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