When science goes bad - scientific misconduct and how to avoid it
Communication Skills Research Skills
Monday, 18 November 2019, 9.30am to 12.30pmApply for this course
This half-day classroom based MSD Skills training course is suitable for all postgraduate research students and postdoctoral early career researchers keen to avoid scientific misconduct.
What kind of scientist are you?
Are you dodgy and deceptive, with a sense of entitlement and runaway ambition leading you to fudge data, hack p-values and regard publication by any means as more valuable than the scientific truths of the universe!?
Or, would you describe yourself as an honest, open and accountable researcher with high standards and a disinterested approach, entirely motivated by your small contribution to collective knowledge?
Whoever you are, you are welcome to this workshop which uses short presentations and interactive sessions to examine examples of bad research design, shoddy results and scientific misconduct giving you the opportunity to consider day to day scientific methods through a critical lens. By the end participants will be equipped with the means to identify quality science and conduct their own research with integrity.
1. Tragedies! - The slippery slope to scientific misconduct
2. Interactive session: Where did it all go wrong? Misconduct case studies.
3. Bad behaviour in clinical and laboratory science.
4. Interactive session: Can you spot shoddy science?
5. Why your PI hates you, and vice versa
This course will take place as a workshop with presentations interspersed with interactive sessions.
Total course length is 3 hours (3 sections of 30 min lecture plus 2 interactive sessions of 30 mins).