GYA member Paula Kivimaa is contributing to a high-level expert committee on research integrity and scientific responsibility appointed by IAC in collaboration with IAP.

GYA member Paula Kivimaa, from Finland, is contributing to a high-level expert committee on research integrity and scientific responsibility, appointed by the InterAcademy Council (IAC) in collaboration with the IAP: The Global Network of Science Academies. The committee has developed a short draft policy report on principles and guidelines on research integrity. The draft report is currently under the IAC peer-review process involving an additional set of experts from around the world. The report addresses issues of research management, reward, principles, practices and culture and will have use throughout the global science community. In addition to constituting a basic source for use by all the IAP and other academies, it will be provided to research funding agencies; university leaders; ministries of education, research, science and technology; scientific and professional societies and associations; relevant international scientific disciplinary unions; and other relevant international bodies.

As a second step, the joint expert committee will also develop international educational materials for individual scientists, educators, and institutional managers, addressing principles and guidelines for scientific responsibility, including scientific ethics, integrity, and responsibility for avoidance of misuse of science. The products will have use throughout the global science community. This project should be completed by late 2012.