Research Integrity and Ethics Office

Workshops and Events

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​RIEO plays a key role in identifying and equipping personnel involved in research with the tools required to carry out their work in a manner abiding by statutory and institutional requirements. Courses such as the Image Integrity workshop are aimed at raising awareness on possible areas of research misconduct and how conduct and reporting of research can be done in both an ethical and efficient manner.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS​

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Activation of the Human Tissue Framework
 

This talk will be held in NTU, on 16 October 2019.

The Ministry of Health will be activating the Human Tissue Framework (HTF) under the Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA) in Q4 2019

Organised by Research Integrity and Ethics Office, this talk aims to guide faculty and researchers who are currently (or will be) involved in the collection, use or storage of human tissues to ensure your research activities meet legal requirements. Please click here for definition of human tissues. 

Click here to register for the talk. For more information, please write to IRB@ntu.edu.sg.


 

RECENT EVENTS

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Research Integrity Seminar


On 7 Aug 2019, RIEO held a seminar on research integrity to showcase  NTU's abstracts presented at the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity

This seminar featured 3 oral presentations, of which 2 were awardees of the 2018 Research Integrity Grant Call that was aimed at raising awareness of good research work carried out by NTU's researchers.

The 2019 Research Integrity grant call has been launched to further research on understanding the behaviours affecting the practice of research integrity and ethics in NTU. 

 For grant call information, visit here.

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​6th World Conference On Research Integrity: 2-5 June 2019

This Conference was Held In Hong Kong, From 2-5 June 2019.

Jointly Organised By Hong Kong And Melbourne , The Conference Aims To Provide A Forum For Exploring Open Research, Research Reproducibility And More Responsible Research Application By Addressing Issues Of New Challenges Of Research Integrity. 

There were sessions on improving the quality and reliability of science through best practices in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). NTU participated with 7 poster and oral presentations, which is a testament to NTU's commitment to continuously develop  and foster best practices in research integrity, and to remain current in the evolving research scene.

Visit The Website for conference resources.

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Applying Under the New Exempt Review Category

At the recent NTU-IRB roadshow held on 22 May 2019, NTU researchers were introduced to the new Exempt category which aims to facilitate prompt processing of IRB applications classified as the lowest risk.

Participants were introduced to the 6 categories under Exempt Review, followed by an analysis of research studies that are included or excluded from this form of review. Participants were also provided with an overview of the application and submission process.

To qualify for Exempt Review, researchers must ensure that their study meets all of the 6 criteria stated in the guidelines.

Please write to irb@ntu.edu.sg for any enquiries.

Basics in Animal Behavioural Neurosciences

On 14 and 15 Mar 2019, RIEO and LKCMed co-organised a workshop on "Basics in Animal Behavioural Neurosciences" to guide researchers on good practices in animal behaviour experiments.

Held over two days, the workshop featured subject experts Dr Frederic Chua, Dr Hannes Hentze and Dr Zoe Bichler who touched on topics such as experimental design, study conduct, data analysis and ethical aspects of such studies. The seminar was followed by a practical session for hands-on application as well as subsequent data analysis techniques.

For queries regarding the workshop, please write to rieo@ntu.edu.sg.


​Doing Research? Your Legal Obligations Under The PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION ACT (PDPA): 16 August 2018

O​rganised by Research Integrity and Ethics Office on 16 August 2018. 

The talk by Mr Jerry Tan, Director in the Corporate Governance Group at NTU covered the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) obligations and the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU.

Visit the website to learn more about the NTU PDPA Statement.

4th International Conference on Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond 2018: 9-1​1 May 2018​​

This conference was held in Ephesus, Turkey, from 9-11 May 2018.

Jointly organised by Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Mendel University in Brno, and the European Network for Academic Integrity​, the conference aims to provide a forum for sharing best practices a​​nd experiences by addressing issues of academic integrity.​

Visit the website​ to learn ​more about the ​​suggested approaches to promote academic integrity.
​IRB Refresher Course

On 13th March 2018, trainers from CENTRES (Clinical Ethics Network+ Research Ethics Support) conducted a workshop for NTU IRB members on ethical principles when involving human subjects in research. CENTRES is a national training platform catered to enhancing capabilities of ethics committees' work in Singapore.

Ms Sumytra Menon, Programme Director at CENTRES, and her team, tailored the workshop towards the nature of Social Behavioural and Educational research. There were breakout session where case examples were discussed with the assistance of facilitators.

The aim is to ensure that the ethical standards of research in NTU is com​parable to internationally accepted standards.​

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Asia Pacific Research Integrity Network Meeting: 26-28 Feb 2018​​

​The third APRI meeting was held in Taipei, Taiwan, from 26-28 Feb 2018.

The APRI network meetings aim to promote dialogue and the sharing of resources between institutes to identify best practices in upholding research integrity. To learn more about the origins of the network and its objectives, click here

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Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Animal Experimentation: 16 Jan 2018

On 16 Jan 2018, Dr Frederic Chua, Attending Veterinarian at NTU-IACUC, gave a talk on animal welfare ethics and on the legal and regulatory aspects of animal experimentation.

A key theme of the workshop was the responsible use of animals, and so attendees were informed of how this could be practiced through the implementation of the 3Rs: Replacement, Reduction, Refinement.

If you are keen on attending similar courses in future, register your interest with us.

NTU President's Talk on Research Integrity: 6 Oct 2017​

On 6th October 2017, a second high level meeting on research integrity was held at the EM​B learning studio. This was a follow up to the first held on 8th June 2017, and was targeted at senior management and members of the newly formed  Research Integrity Committee​.

The talk was chaired by NTU President and covered the measures implemented to promote the responsible conduct of research in the University. He also touched on the need for greater faculty involvement in research integrity matters.

Click here to access the session's recording and log in with your username and password when prompted. 

2nd International Day of Action against Contract Cheating: 18 Oct 2017 

Contract cheating is defined by Dr Thomas Lancaster as "the process through which students can have original work produced for them, which they can then submit as if this were their own work. Often this involves the payment of a fee and this can be facilitated using online auction sites". 

More can be done by institutions to prevent and identify cases of contract cheating; these methods are covered in the Institutional Toolkit to Combat Contract Cheating

Course on Research Integrity: 11 Aug 2017

​The C​ourse on Research Integrity is an annual course conducted by Prof Tim White, Prof Kingsley Bolton and Prof Peter Looker, for IGS/MSE graduate students. The most recent course was conducted on 11 August 2017 and the recordings of these lectures can be accessed via Training on Research Integrity.

Image Integrity- Best Practice in Preparing Imagery for Publication: 5-8 Jun 2017​

The first workshop organised by RIEO was held at The Hive, NTU, from 5-8 Jun 2017. Reputed speakers Jana Christopher and Dr. Holger Lorenz, were in town to conduct the course on image manipulation techniques and the Do's and Dont's of imagery manipulation. For requests on course materials or any futher information / feedback, plea​​se Contact Us.

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5th World Conference on Research Integrity: 28-31 May 2017

The conference was held from 28-31 May 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where speakers from various institutes shared their views on issues pertaining to research integrity such as authorship, responsible conduct, replication, to name a few. NTU's Professor Bertil Andersson was one of the keynote speakers and touched on the importance of research integrity at NTU. The presentation material can be accessed via Research and Research Integrity - a key priority for a young and fast rising university.

A key item on the agenda at this WCRI was the formulation of the Amsterdam Agenda to advance efforts in promoting research integrity. While the version provided is a post-conference draft, the final document will be rel​Eased in July this year.​


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