Building ethical bridges between higher education, business, and society – what can we learn?

From 16 to 20 May, the BRIDGE project held meetings and training sessions for the Lithuanian academic community: master’s program students, doctoral students and their supervisors. 41 representatives of research and higher education institutions took part in the training held from 17 to 19 May. Participants were introduced to the basic concepts of academic integrity and the boundaries between academic integrity and research integrity. The meetings also showcased the results of the project: checklists for master’s program and doctoral students and their supervisors to help them plan and prepare for research projects and to prevent breaches of academic ethics; a case study game for students and their supervisors to learn about academic and research integrity issues, cases of breaches, and solutions; and a guideline for students and their supervisors involved in, or planning to participate in, citizen science projects, or in collaborations with business in the science-specific fields and higher education. During the training, participants were invited to discuss, share their experiences, carry out practical tasks, engage in role-playing, etc.

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Project coordinator Dr Sonja Bjelobaba (Uppsala University, Sweden) gave a training session on academic writing to master’s students and doctoral students, touching on the main issues of academic ethics and providing practical tips and examples of methodological material on how to organise the writing process properly and avoid breaches of academic ethics. In a workshop for scholars and researchers, the speaker discussed research ethics issues, problems, and solutions (e.g., checking for predatory journals on the publisher screening platform “Think. Check. Submit.”), which must also be made known to students – the future researchers. The project partner from the Czech Republic, Dr Dita Dlabolova (Mendel University Brno) presented examples during the practical session showing where the limits of plagiarism are and why proper citation of authors is important.

The project partners met on 16 and 20 May to discuss the project’s achievements, publicity, and prospective plans. It was noted that the feedback received from the meeting participants confirms the relevance of the tools developed during the project. It is hoped that the insights of the academic community will be used to further refine and adapt these tools to the needs of the academic community. Information about the project, its results and other relevant information is posted on the project website and social networks. We invite you to follow the project news: http://www.academicintegrity.eu/wp/bridge/