Education Events A0124535 Research Integrity Round 22 September 2021

About the event

The Research Integrity Rounds are organized 3 times a year for master students and research staff.

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About the event

The Research Integrity Rounds are organized at Radboudumc to stimulate dialogue and debate about matters of research integrity.

All members of the academic community, from student to PhD candidate to professor, are invited to join this exchange.

Please note that PhD candidates can add the Research Integrity Rounds to their Training and Supervision Plan (TSP).


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Bianca Gremmen-van Bergen

(06) 27 20 96 01

Research Integrity Round 22 September 2021 The Dark Side of Science: Misconduct in Biomedical Research

Interested in meeting a scientist with a sixth sense for detection of research integrity issues? Our guest is Dr Elisabeth Bik, an internationally well-known science integrity volunteer and occasional consultant, who scans the biomedical literature for images or other data of concern and has reported over 4,000 scientific papers.

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Research Integrity Round 22 September 2021 The Dark Side of Science: Misconduct in Biomedical Research

Our guest at the online Research Integrity Round of 22 September is Dr Elisabeth Bik. She appears to have a sixth sense for detecting integrity issues and you might know her from her frequent Tweets at @MicrobiomDigest about her most recent discoveries. During her lecture she will introduce us in the rather messy but also astonishing world of image duplication, paper mills, predatory journals and fake conferences. Bik’s frequent discoveries have made her well known in the international scientific community, but also feared and fiercely criticized, not in the least by those whose work is revealed as sloppy, questionable or even fraudulous.

Biography Dr Elisabeth Bik
Elisabeth Bik, PhD, is a science integrity consultant who specializes in finding image duplications in scientific papers. After receiving her PhD in Microbiology at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, she worked 15 years at the Stanford University School of Medicine on the microbiomes of humans and marine mammals. From 2016-2019, she worked at two microbiome startup companies. In March 2019, she left her job to become a science integrity volunteer and occasional consultant. She can often be found discussing science papers on Twitter at @MicrobiomDigest, writing for her blog ScienceIntegrityDigest or searching the biomedical literature for inappropriately duplicated or manipulated photographic images and plagiarized text. She has reported over 4,000 papers for issues with image duplication or other concerns. Her work has been featured in Nature, Science, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, and The Times (UK). In April 2021 she was awarded the Peter Wildy Prize by the UK Microbiology Society for her contributions in science communication.

Questions for the guest
During the webinar you can submit your questions for Dr Bik through the chat.

Time and location
Wednesday 22 September 2021 16:00 – 17:30 hrs
The meeting will be a webinar. The webinar link will be sent to you after registration.
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Target group
All master students, researchers and others interested in Bik’s ‘detective work’ and often surprising discoveries, are invited to attend this event and join the discussion.

Please note that PhD candidates can add the Research Integrity Rounds to their Training and Supervision Plan.

Previous editions

The Research Integrity Rounds have been organized since September 2018.

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Previous editions

  • March 2021: Research Integrity Rounds - College Tour. Dorine Swinkels - professor of Laboratory Medicine, Maroeska Rovers - professor of Evidence-based Surgery and Marcel Olde Rikkert - professor of Clinical Geriatrics. View the webinar  
  • December 2020: “Recognition and Rewards for Radboudumc Academics”. Guests: Prof. Jeroen Geurts (Director ZonMw), Dr Annemijn Algra (UMC Utrecht, Young Science in Transition), Dean Prof. Jan Smit. View the webinar
  • September 2020: “Sex and gender and research integrity: a tale of how and who”. Guests: Prof. Hanneke Takkenberg (Erasmus University), Prof. Sabine Oertelt, Dean Prof. Jan Smit. View the webinar  
  • March 2020: “Can we change science? Yes, we can?” Guest: Prof. Frank Miedema, one of the persons who started the Dutch Science in Transition movement in 2013
  • December 2019: “Facing Integrity Challenges: How does Peer Review cause or resolve issues?”. Guests: Serge Horbach, researcher and expert on peer review in relation to scientific integrity, and Prof. Roshan Cools, researcher and editor of a scientific journal
  • September 2019: “Scientists on the sofa. How to survive as researcher without losing your integrity”. Guests: Joeri Tijdink, author of the book “Wetenschappers op de sofa”, DCMN director Prof. Guillen Fernandez and PhD candidate Tamara van Woezik
  • March 2019: College tour with three experienced Radboudumc researchers (Prof. Alessandra Cambi, Prof. Judith Prins, Dr Edo Richard) who spoke about their experiences with perverse stimuli but also about their passion for research
  • February 2019: Introduction of the new Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity with the interactive play “The ConScience App” followed by a discussion based on the new code
  • December 2018: Movie ‘On being a scientist’ with a discussion led by one of the initiators of the movie Prof. Frans van Lunteren, Professor of history of the Natural Sciences at Leiden University
  • September 2018: Authorship of Master students: a matter of scientific integrity?

Research Integrity Round 9 December 2020 Enthusiasm among young researchers for the new Recognition and Rewards System

Do you think we assess each other adequately and justly at Radboudumc? How can we create a more collaborative environment that would foster scientific integrity? read more