More information about the Living Room of Science
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 to convey the use of the most appropriate research practices within the academic community. Given that the majority of these practices are subjective and undocumented, it is difficult for early career scientists to identify them or put them to practice. Proclamations such as “this is how we always do it”, “get used to it”, or “this is what it takes to survive in academia” occur more frequently than they should. The contemporary debate about appropriate scientific practices is fierce. Therefore, communicating, sharing and understanding ethical principles of responsible research conduct are crucial for the future of academia.
During the conference 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, we invited several experts to share their experiences, click here for an overview. 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.
The project is carried out as part of a larger project organized by the Young Dutch Academy of Sciences, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy has a tradition of reaching out to and representing early career scientists. Being an inherently multidisciplinary group of scientists, together we offer the helicopter view necessary to provide a complete and balanced discussion.