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This half-day workshop will provide an introduction to research integrity and responsible research conduct in the context of the Biosciences'.

Bookings for this event have now closed, please contact to be added to a waiting list to attend this course when it is rerun in future.

We will discuss what research integrity is and what this means in daily practice. The session will include a mix of presented content, workshop activity and group discussion designed to make the session interesting, engaging and interactive, whilst also providing an opportunity for self-reflection. Attendees will gain a contemporary understanding of what RI is and the key issues currently facing Bioscience researchers will be highlighted. Tools and resources that are available to support researchers to avoid or address these issues in their own research practice will be promoted, enabling every individual to take responsibility and be accountable for their own research conduct with renewed confidence.

Who the course is for

This workshop is suitable for researchers at all stages of their career - from PhD students to senior Professors. An important aspect that we will explore is the different priorities that individuals may place upon the importance of research integrity, as well as the sources of conflict that can impact or influence their research conduct at various stages throughout their research career.

The course content/ programme

09:30-10:00     Registration

10:00-11:30     Part 1

  • What is Research Integrity?
  • What does RI mean in terms of your research conduct?
  • What are the consequences if you do not meet ‘expectations'?

11:30-11:45     Tea/Coffee

11:45-13:15     Part 2

  • Why does any of this matter?
  • What factors might influence your ability to meet expectations?
  • How might you overcome your risk factors, tensions or influences?
  • What could you do differently?

13:15-13:30     Workshop conclusions, questions & answers

The main learning aims of the course

Participants should be able to:

  • Explain what research integrity is and why it is important.
  • Recognise how research integrity and responsible research conduct is woven into the framework governing how Bioscience research is conducted in the UK, and what can go wrong.
  • Discuss how research integrity relates to current issues regarding the reliability and reproducibility of Bioscience research, the quality of research reporting and open data.
  • Have an awareness of the major research councils and charitable funding bodies expectations regarding the responsible conduct of Bioscience research, as well as initiatives seeking to improve research practices and resources that are freely available to help support researchers to meet expectations.
  • Reflect upon their personal priorities and identify the main factors/sources that influence their own research conduct, in order to begin to develop strategies to identify and resolve potential conflicts.
  • Identify and undertake further reading regarding good research practice and/or research integrity issues relevant to their specific field of research, research funder and/or establishment.

The Trainer

Dr Nikki Osborne is a Biomedical scientist with nearly 20 years' experience of working within Biological and Biomedical disciplines within the UK, Europe and beyond. During this time she has worked with academic, commercial, regulatory and non-governmental organisations to promote the responsible conduct of research through a range of initiatives involving: education, training, ethical review and policy work. Nikki is currently a member of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), a UKRIO(UK Research Integrity Office) advisor and SYRCLE (Systematic Review Centre for Laboratory animal Experimentation) ambassador. She is also a member of the ISTT (International Society for Transgenic Technology), an active AWERB member and serves on several 3Rs committees.

Over the last 10 years Nikki has developed a growing interest in research integrity issues, and what the responsible conduct of research means in practice for those working within Bioscience disciplines. She has published research papers, commentary articles, book chapters and blogs concerning the quality of research reporting, the importance of a good research culture and culture of care, research integrity and responsible research conduct in practice. In 2015 she formed Responsible Research in Practice, a company dedicated to supporting Bioscience researchers to become the best researchers they can by conducting responsible, ethical science that is evidence-based, reproducible, challenging and honest.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All attendees on this course will receive a certificate of attendance.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 9 CPD points. CPD is an important area of most career paths. It offers a mechanism by which you can document the work you do above and beyond your job role, aiding upwards progression. At the Society we promote the importance of CPD to all our members and provide a simple system for maintaining your progress throughout the year.

Our training is supporting of our professional registers competency framework where commitment to CPD and also competence in 5 key areas is required. Either for those who are currently registered and wanting to update their skills or for those who are looking to apply for registration. This course has been identified as supporting competency development for: registered scientist, chartered scientist or chartered biologist. Competency area: Personal responsibility.

(NB: Our training is there to support your skills development and attending this course only is not sufficient to meet the registers' competency requirement, this should be supported by other evidence of your competence in this area). 

We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This learning style of this course will be ‘hands on' and interactive, therefore capacity is limited to 20 places which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Society members - £80 + VAT
Staff and members of Member Organisation, SCAS members, staff of HUBS members - £120 + VAT
Non-members - £200 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.

Group-booking discounts of up to 10% are now available, for Members and Member Organisations who would like to send four or more of their staff on this course. If you would like to make a group booking please contact our training officer.

If you are booking on behalf of a colleague please add your contact details in the special requirements box.


For further information about the course please contact our training officer.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee pre-paid travel will be compensated.