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This newsletter informs you about the final INSPIRE symposium last January, exciting upcoming events and interesting vacancies in the field of research integrity.

27th January: INSPIRE Symposium

On the 27th of January, NRIN organized the final symposium of the INSPIRE project in Utrecht. As you might know, the aim of this project has been to carry out an exhaustive, systematic inventory of initiatives, asses and classify them according to a checklist, select the best practices, and make the selection freely available in a toolbox on The Embassy of Good Science. More specifically, one of the symposium's purposes was to launch the spectrum of initiatives selected by the INSPIRE project, and therefore we invited 5 projects to present their initiatives. We received a preview of the soon to launch Dilemma App by the Erasmus University Rotterdam; have been introduced to the Qualification Portfolio the UMC Utrecht uses for job interview procedures and learned more about the tasks of data stewards at the Delft University of Technology. Next, Prof.dr. Julia Prieß-Bucheit, who is the project coordinator of the H2020 project PATH2Integrity, gave a presentation on the training material they develop for everyone involved in research, directly or indirectly, including secondary school students, undergraduates, graduates, and young researchers (we highly recommend you to take a look at their website! After two interactive sessions on education and implementation, we concluded the day with plenary talks by dr. Claire Fenton (Wellcome Trust) and dr. Rita Struhkamp (ZonMw), who gave us an insightful and clear talk about the initiatives funders implement to foster research integrity.

With more than 50 participants from different countries and professional backgrounds, cheerful reactions, and new connections, we all truly enjoyed an inspiring day!

The INSPIRE checklist for initiatives to foster responsible research practices is now available!

Part of the INSPIRE project was to develop a checklist to assess and classify initiatives that foster responsible research practices. Following a Delphi method including two online surveys and a workshop, a checklist was drafted, piloted and revised until consensus among the INSPIRE team was achieved. The result is an extensive yet practical checklist that can be used by many stakeholders and for multiple purposes. It is used for the taxonomy of the spectrum of initiatives that soon will be made available at The Embassy of Good Science. The checklist can also be used by stakeholders to assess and improve their initiatives themselves, or by others who plan to implement an existing initiative, for example which they found in the spectrum on The Embassy!
Read more about the checklist development at NRIN and download the checklist from Zenodo.

Cooperation to survey requested

To those who teach, or have access to student groups in the undergraduate or graduate phases (including PhD), the Horizon2020 Integrity project developed a survey in order to inquire the knowledge and needs of students with regards to research integrity. The results of this (fully anonymous) questionnaire is being developed and spread in 10 European countries, and will not only offer an interesting insight in the status quo of knowledge and needs, but will also be used to develop innovative educational tools that will fill educational gaps. 

Information letters for student groups are available. If you want to send these together with the link, you can ask for these attachments by sending an email to (information on the questionnaire is also given in the online survey tool). If you share the link with students, the project members would appreciate it if you send them an email to what groups you have sent the link. For additional questions about the survey or the project, you can visit or contact the coordinator of the project, dr. Mariette van den Hoven,  

The survey link:   

Summer Seminar on Research Integrity:
Progress Reports and Future Directions

Every year the Abraham Kuyper Center (AKC) organizes a Summer Seminar focussing on a specific topic. The theme of this year’s Summer Seminar is: Research Integrity: Progress Reports and Future Directions, and NRIN will co-organize this event. The aim of the course is to think about the future directions of research integrity. Together with experts, participants will review initiatives that have been designed to foster responsible conduct of research, as well as policies and guidelines that can strengthen institutions in holding research integrity in high regard. And, not insignificant, how journals can contribute to integrity in publishing research.

Speakers are known, and the final program will be online soon! Check the site of the AKC for more info and registration!

Grace van Arkel joins NRIN as honorary fellow

From the 1st of March 2020 Mr. dr. Grace van Arkel will join NRIN as an honorary fellow, focusing on research integrity. Previously, Grace was the official secretary of LOWI, the independent Netherlands Board on Research Integrity, and representative of the board within ENRIO (European Network for Research Integrity Offices). Between 2017-2019 Grace worked at Maastricht University where she conducted an EU funded research project on the varying structures and procedures on research integrity within Europe. As an honorary fellow, Grace will continue this project and shift her focus on the comparison between countries with the purpose of fostering good research practices and mutual learning.

Vacancies in research integrity

Are you interested in working in the research integrity field? Check out NRIN's news page 

Upcoming events

21 February 2020

Changing publication practices – From predatory to Plan S

Brussels, Belgium

5-7 October 2020

ENRIO Congress on Research Integrity Practice

Helsinki and Espoo, Finland

26-28 August 2020

Summer Seminar Abraham Kuyper Centre. Research Integrity: Progress Reports and Future Directions

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

30 May-2 June 2020

7th World Conference on Research Integrity

Cape Town, South Africa

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