Meeting with the Spanish academic community

The Catalan Research Integrity Committee organised the meeting with the members of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO) and the Spanish academic community on 20 October in Barcelona. The attendees were greeted by the chair of the Catalan Research Integrity Committee, Prof. Dr Pere Puigdomènech and CEO of Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, Prof. Dr Jordi Camí. The attendees were greeted on behalf of ENRIO by ombudswoman Dr Loreta Tauginienė and member of the Advisory Council of the United Kingdom Research Integrity Office, Dr Pablo Fernandez. ENRIO members shared their experiences on how their countries promote research integrity. The attendees had the opportunity to look deeper into the Belgian, French, Lithuanian and Spanish practices.

The ENRIO General Assembly was held on 21 October. The candidacies of the chair and vice chair were presented and other issues of ENRIO performance were discussed. Dr Oldřich Tůma (Czech Academy of Sciences) was proposed for the office of chair for three years, and the candidacies of Dr Pablo Fernandez (Advisory Council of the United Kingdom Research Integrity Office) and Dr Loreta Tauginienė (Office of the Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania) were proposed to offices of vice chairs. The candidacies were approved unanimously by the ENRIO General Assembly.

The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania permitted the Office of the Ombudsperson to join the ENRIO association in November 2019 and to become one of its founders and members. At present ENRIO unites more than 30 members from 24 European countries.