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PSW PhD Day - Research integrity in the social sciences (10/06/2015)

As every year, we organize a PSW PhD day. The PhD students from IOIW are also invited to this event. The PhD day takes place Wednesday, June 10, from 8h30 until 12h30. The topic is research integrity in the social sciences. In the daily practice of your research, integrity is an important issue. The focus of the day is on maintaining integrity in your daily work.


  • 08h30: Registration and coffee
  • 09h00: Welcome in M.101 by the vice-dean for research, Dimitri Mortelmans
  • 09h15: Guest lecture: "The war for integrity: Getting out of the trenches and into no man's land" by Chris Hartgerink, Tilburg University (abstract, see below)
  • 10h00: Introduction to the workshops by Tim Engels
  • 10h15: Parallel workshops regarding daily integrity issues with Heidi Vandebosch, Dimitri Mortelmans and Stefaan Walgrave (part I)
  • 10h45: Coffee Break
  • 11h00: Parallel workshops (part II)
  • 11h30: Plenary feedback from the workshops
  • 12h00: Conclusions and summary regarding day to day integrity in social sciences research by Tim Engels
  • 12h30: Lunch

Keynote lecture - The war for integrity: Getting out of the trenches and into no man's land (by Chris Hartgerink)

The scientific integrity trinity reads "do not fabricate, do not falsify, do not plagiarize," but is it sufficient for integrity to not fabricate, not falsify, and not plagiarize? This and other institutionalized rules proclaim to promote integrity, but in effect only present boundary conditions where the bad scientist always does X and the good scientist always does Y. If we focus on these unrealistic superlatives of integrity that only provide abstract indications of what integrity ought to be, much middle ground is left that occupies our day-to-day work. How can we navigate integrity's no-man's land called daily practice? In this talk I will provide my approach to integrity, as a pragmatist, by focusing on these daily practices and how to stack the deck in your favour. Day-to-day micro-decisions define the integrity of a researcher and allow for mistakes because they occur frequently, whereas macro-decisions are infrequent and do not allow for mistakes. I regard the micro-decisions as the building blocks of integrity that allow one to be able to deal with the larger challenges that lay ahead, while providing a more lenient approach to integrity.


Date: June 10, from 8h30 until 12h30
Place: M.101

ONLINE REGISTRATION MANDATORY   (registration deadline: 24/05/2015)


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