During the ECDP conference the animation “My adventures among the scientists – By Sir prof.dr. Jeffrey Mosquite, esq, PhD.” will be showed in the Living Room of Science. For a sneak preview see the video below. Tickets for non-conference participants cost only 25 euros!
Science has always been a dynamic process with continuously developing, often implicit rules and attitudes. While focus on innovation and knowledge production are essential to academic progress, it is equally important is to convey the use of the most appropriate research practices within the academic community. Rules and traditions regarding responsible research practices differ greatly between fields and disciplines, however. Given that the majority of these practices are subjective and undocumented, it is difficult for early career scientists (early career scientists ranging from PhD students to young faculty members) to identify them or put them to practice. We, the Young Academy, organize The Living Room of Science for generating, gathering and sharing knowledge on responsible research practices across all research disciplines. This platform will help young scholars to choose a more independent path regardless of discipline-specific rules and habits: statements as “This is simply how we always do it” will no longer be looming.
During conferences, we organize a “Living Room of Science” to encourage interactions among scholars and henceforth stimulate the formation of informed opinions on conducting ethical studies. Also, several experts share their experiences. These presentations will not take the form of ‘Thou shalt …’: if we were to include such phrases, we would replace one dogma with another. Instead, the presentations are organized in such a way that awareness of the dilemmas and pitfalls involved are created and that solutions and best practices are offered; most importantly, an informal and interactive environment will be created such that the information available should stimulate the young scientist’s own critical thinking about the subject.