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The 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity will build on the momentum of the previous World Conferences:
The First World Conference on Research Integrity (Lisbon, 16-19 September 2007) was the first occasion for national leaders to meet to consider integrity issues. The Conference was initiated by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI).
It was co-sponsored by the Portuguese EU Presidency, with additional financial support from the European Commission, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the European Molecular Biological Organisation (EMBO), the UK Research Integrity Office, the International Council for Science (ICSU), NATO, and the OECD Global Science Forum.
The Conference attracted 275 participants (including 70 speakers) from 47 countries, including research funders, administrators, university presidents, journal editors, policy makers and leaders of professional societies.
The Second World Conference on Research Integrity (Singapore, 21-24 July 2010) showed evidence of greater movement toward international agreement on fundamental aspects of research integrity.
It was sponsored by Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, and A*STAR (the Agency for Science, Technology and Research). The long list of supporters included funders of the previous conference (ESF, ORI, COPE, EMBO, ICSU), as well as the China Association for Science and Technology, the National Research Foundation, U.S. National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Research Councils UK, Thomson Reuters, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and others.
The 340 participants from 51 countries included 104 speakers in the areas of national and international research-integrity structures, harmonizing policies and promoting international collaboration, codes of conduct, and training for responsible research.
A significant outcome of the second conference was the release of the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity. This Statement represents the first international effort to set out principles and responsibilities for research integrity. It provides guidance and a foundation for the development of expanded and localized standards and policies worldwide.
New Directions for the 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity
The 3rd World Conference in Montréal will direct international attention to integrity challenges in research that crosses national borders, disciplinary lines or sectoral boundaries (academic, governmental, corporate). International and cross-sectoral collaborations are common. Cross-national exchange of scientists and postgraduate students is increasing. The research environment is ever more competitive, with financial constraints and institutional expectations to commercialize research findings.
The Conference will focus on a broad set of issues related to trust in science, including political and media issues, responses to misconduct, and correction of the scientific record. The nature of science and research is changing at a rapid pace, and trust in science is dependent on maintaining the highest standards for integrity in an increasingly complex research environment.
New developments in research pose new problems for ensuring integrity. Another point of focus therefore is challenges in research integrity that are related to emerging technologies and scientific frontiers.
The Montréal Conference will also extend work begun at the earlier conferences on the development of international responses to integrity issues through policies, codes, standards and training. Presentations on progress in national and institutional efforts will contribute to the global momentum for ensuring integrity in research.