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Research integrity


EMBO is engaged in supporting the scientific community to create an environment that fosters the highest scientific and ethical standards. The fundamental principles of research integrity, or responsible conduct of research, are (from the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity):

  • Honesty in all aspects of research
  • Accountability in the conduct of research
  • Professional courtesy and fairness in working with others
  • Good stewardship of research on behalf of others 

EMBO is committed to the above principles and supports researchers in embedding them in their everyday work. EMBO does this by analysing issues related to responsible conduct of research, providing workshops and online training, engaging experts and giving talks at conferences.


A list of resources related to research integrity can be found here.


EMBO activities in research integrity include:


Research integrity workshops

EMBO offers one-day workshops to discuss research integrity issues, dilemmas and uncertainties in scientific research, and to encourage responsible research practices among life scientists. The workshops are organized and delivered in close collaboration with an EMBO Member in host institutes in EMBC Member States. Read more on the workshops here.

EMBO Members interested in co-organizing a workshop should please contact the Science Policy Programme. 


Online training

EMBO provides its Members and their lab staff free access to an online training course on research integrity, of which the Science Policy Programme was a developer. They can contact the Science Policy Programme for instructions and access codes.

EMBO Long-Term Fellows are required to take this course, and will receive information on how to access it from the Fellowship Office

EMBO Young Investigators are also required to take the course, and will receive information on how to access it from the Young Investigator Office. The course is also available to their lab members. 


Talks and sessions

EMBO contributes to conferences and meetings by organizing sessions and panels on research integrity in which experts share their insights and expertise.

A selection of past events:

Research Integrity: Funders on the Case  Panel session at ESOF2018, Toulouse  10 July 2018

Assuring responsible conduct in researchers' day-to-day work  Panel session at the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity, Amsterdam  30 May 2017

Selective publication and the replicability crisis Talk by Lex Bouter, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, at The EMBO Meeting, Mannheim, Germany  12 September 2016

Why research integrity isn't just 'somebody else's problem' Talk by Liz Wager, Side View, UK, at The EMBO Meeting, Birmingham, UK  6 September 2015


Other engagements

World Conferences on Research Integrity (WCRI)

The 6th World Conference on Research Integrity was in Hong Kong, 2 - 5 June 2019. Michele Garfinkel organized a session on researchers and institutional roles in resolving diverse views of responsible conduct of research.

EMBO has been a contributor to the World Conferences on Research Integrity since their inception in 2007, with financial support and by organizing conference sessions. These biennial conferences bring together research integrity experts, administrators, funders, editors, scientists, policy makers and representatives of scientific academies to discuss the topic of integrity in scientific research. The 5th World Conference on Research Integrity took place in Amsterdam, 28-31 May, 2017, and focused on transparency and accountability in science.


Science Policy lecture grants

Talks on research integrity are included in the funding scheme.