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Responsible Conduct of Research 1: An Introduction

October 31

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”Please note that you will be charged a course fee, if you do not cancel your seat on time. Please read the Graduate School’s cancellation policy:

This course is only intended for newly enrolled PhD students and authors (§15.2) with permission to hand in a PhD thesis without prior enrolment at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student or an author with permission to hand in a PhD thesis without prior enrolment at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, you will be placed on the waiting list until the enrollment deadline has passed. After the enrolment deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.

The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School). All other participants must pay the course fee.

Purpose of the course
The purpose of the course is to provide knowledge and training that will assist the participant in designing and conducting research projects in compliance with current regulations and norms regarding responsible conduct of research.

Learning objectives
After the course, the PhD student should be able to:

1) Describe and discuss the current regulations, local policies and norms regarding responsible conduct of research in relation to concrete research projects. Including:
– Responsible collection and management of data
– Responsible use of AI in research
– Responsible attribution of authorships
– Responsible communication of research results to the general public

2) Describe how possible transgressions of these norms are handled via the Named Persons, the University’s Practice Committee and the national Committee for Scientific Dishonesty

3) Explain and apply norms of Responsible Conduct of Research for the following specific subjects:
– Documentation of scientific results
– Handling and keeping of scientific data
– Authorship
– AI in research
– Conflicts of interest and commitment
– Communication with the public

Format of the course
The RCR teaching lasts one day and consists of four modules. Each module combines a lecture with student interaction.

Each course has about 45 participating PhD students.

Content of the course
Module 1: Overview of the field
Provides an introduction to good scientific practice, questionable research practices (QRPs), and research misconduct, and a presentation of the institutions dealing with QRPs and research misconduct. We also discuss how best to avoid research misconduct (especially plagiarism).

Module 2: Authorship and the Vancouver recommendations
Presentation of the norms regarding publication, various kinds of deviations from these norms, and handling of the many grey zone issues to which the application of these norms give rise.

Module 3: Research data management

Module 4: Conflicts of interest and commitment, communication with the public

The course curriculum consists of the e-book, RCR – A Danish textbook for courses in Responsible Conduct of Research, by Karsten Klint Jensen, Martin Marchmann Andersen, Louise Whiteley and Peter Sandøe (eds.).

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In order to pass the mandatory PhD course in responsible conduct of research, the participant must hand in an assignment where the participant describes and discusses relevant issues from the curriculum in relation to own research work.

Read more about the course and the assignment:

Participation in this course will be granted 1,5 ECTS.

Course Directors
Head of Graduate School, Professor Rikke Buhl (SUND), and Professor Peter Sandøe (SUND/SCIENCE).

The course takes place at Panum, Blegdamsvej 3b, 2200 Copenhagen N.
Room: Holst-auditoriet in the Mærsk Tower

Coffee/tea and vegetarian sandwiches will served during the course.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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