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Become a certified trainer on research integrity and ethics

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The Virt2ue Project, founded by the European Commission in 2018, has developed a new blended learning train the trainer program on Research Integrity which provides participants with the knowledge and skills to conduct a research integrity course. Trainers are taught how to foster reflection on scientific virtues in researchers, and how to promote understanding of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

This free training program will be offered at different locations across Europe.

The training will offer:


  • 25 trainings in 10 different EU countries
  • Face to face lessons by experts near you
  • Online toolbox with exercises to train yourself and build your training
  • A community of trainers

The approach

A virtue ethics approach to teaching research integrity

The train-the-trainer program has an aspirational approach, and focuses on what it means to be a good and virtuous researcher. Instead of teaching about rules and norms, the training focuses primarily on promoting reflection on personal attitudes and behaviors. Participants learn how to train others to reflect on concrete cases and moral dilemmas in research, and to use tools that foster reflection in others. This will foster skills that enable trainees to integrate the European Code of Conduct in their day-to-day professional life.

Blended learning

The VIRT2UE train-the-trainer program combines online and face-to-face components. Online materials are designed for individual learning and reflection and provide an introduction to the main research issues and philosophical concepts in research integrity. The face-to-face training develops participants’ teaching skills and provides opportunities for interactive, reflective and case-based group activities. The online and face-to-face courses are complementary. Online preparation is required for the face-to-face exercises, and the online exercises need to be supported by experiences provided in the face-to-face meetings.

Adaptability

To enable contextualized research integrity teaching across Europe, the VIRT2UE Train-the-Trainer program provides adaptable course material. The exercises represent a toolbox from which trainers can build their own courses tailored to the needs of their students. Trainers are encouraged to adapt the materials and modules, as long as the underlying virtue ethics approach and learner-centeredness are maintained.

The VIRT2UE toolbox will be completely open source and available on The Embassy of Good Science, an online wiki-platform which serves as a hub for all of those committed to ‘good science’. The platform’s wiki functionalities allow for extra flexibility because trainers can access the training material directly online, suggest changes, and build new modules and share them with a community of trainers.

Program requirements

By registering for the VIRT2UE train-the-trainer program you have the opportunity to become a certified trainer in the field of research integrity and ethics.

Online course

The interactive online modules provide a basic understanding of relevant concepts, like virtues, values, norms, moral dilemmas and moral conflicts. They also provide an overview of the principles underlying the European Code of Conduct on Research Integrity. It is crucial for participants to complete the online course in advance of the face-to-face training in order to acquire a shared understanding of the program’s core concepts.

Face-to-face training

In the face-to-face training, participants learn and practice five exercises, supervised by a trainer. Participants meet twice: the first time in a two-day meeting and the second time in a one-day meeting. During the first meeting, participants learn to use the five exercises. Between the two meetings, participants practice the exercises in their own institution or setting. In the second meeting they reflect on their experiences of practicing the exercises and practice selected exercises again under supervision.

Certificate

Program participants receive a certificate when they have completed the online and face-to-face courses and trained ten further researchers. The training of ten further researchers can be completed during or after the duration of the program.

Find a face-to-face training near you

The first trainings in 2020 are now open for registration. Trainings will be hosted in more than 10 countries on more than 15 different locations. See the table below for more details.

Registration

Via e-mail to trainings@virt2ueconsortium.eu.

Look at our information leaflet available here.

When and where?

Due to COVID-19 pandemic many trainings have been postponed. Below you find new dates for the trainings for the fall of 2020 and the winter of 2021. Many of the trainings will be held online, however, some trainings are held face-to-face. If new (travel) restrictions are established because of COVID-19, the trainings will be held fully online. We will keep you updated on when the trainings will take place, and if they will be held face-to-face or online.

Country group

Location

Date(s) 1st round

Date 2nd round

Germany

Sankt Augustin

4/5 March (finished)

Tbd

Online (1st meeting), Sankt Augustin (2nd meeting)

14/15/16 September

Tbd

Online (1st meeting), Sankt Augustin (2nd meeting)

Tbd

Tbd

Online (1st meeting), Sankt Augustin (2nd meeting)

Tbd

Tbd

UK & Ireland

Online

Online programme with multiple short sessions 5 October – 15 February

Online

Online programme with multiple short sessions 6 October – 16 February

Online

Online programme with multiple short sessions, dates tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

France & Luxembourg

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Belgium

Online

12 & 19 November

Tbd

Netherlands

Partially or fully online

Partially or fully online programme with multiple short sessions from mid-October – mid-February (possible face-to-face meeting in Utrecht early January) See the dates and sign up here.

Italy & Malta

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Spain & Portugal

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Austria

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Latvia, Lithuania & Poland

Online

22/28/29 September and 1 October

Tbd

Finland & Estonia

Online

4/5 June & early August (finished)

1 February 2021

Norway, Finland, Sweden & Iceland

Online

11/18 November

16 February

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania

Tbd

Tbd

Tbd

Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic & Hungary

Split

14/15 September

Tbd

Turkey

Istanbul

24/25 February (finished)

23 November

Ankara

5/6 October

14 December




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