The Ombudsperson was elected to the Transitional Board of ENRIO

On the 26–27 of March, a remote meeting of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO) was held. It was attended by representatives from Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Finland, Norway, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Luxembourg, and other countries.

Ethics in social sciences and humanities was discussed during the ENRIO meeting. The discussion was joined by representatives from Norway, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, and Lithuania. They summarised their country’s achievements in ensuring ethics in social sciences and humanities: guidelines were published in some countries, and sanctions were introduced in others (e.g., in the absence of implementation of the Guidelines for Good Research Practice in Germany within two years, the research funding organisation does not provide funding for scientific activity). The importance of evaluation of compliance with research ethics was also on a focus. During the online meeting, it was emphasized that open discussions about research ethics and its violations take place only in a democratic society.

On the 27th of March, the ENRIO’s transformation into a legal entity was discussed. Fifteen organisations, including the Office of the Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures, have expressed their wish to become founders of ENRIO. In the light of the situation in Europe following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the process of establishing ENRIO as an association will begin in late spring.

The Transitional Board of ENRIO, consisting of eight members from Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Slovenia, Lithuania, and Finland, has also been elected for one year. Lithuania will be represented by the Ombudswoman for Academic Ethics and Procedures Loreta Tauginienė.