Nuffield Council on Bioethics Research Culture project

The Academy participated in the Nuffield Council on Bioethics project on the culture of scientific research

Status: Completed

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics published a report on the culture of scientific research in December 2014, which explored whether some aspects of scientific research culture are undermining efforts to maintain ethical conduct and produce high quality research.

Dr Rachel Quinn, the Academy's Director of Medical Science Policy, was a member of the project steering group and the Academy's President, Sir John Tooke PMedSci, co-signed the report foreward. The project concluded that aspects of the culture of research in UK higher education institutions can encourage poor research practices and hinder the production of high quality science.

Further information on this work, including a copy of the report, can be found on the Nuffield Council on Bioethics website.

The project was launched in February 2014 and aimed to:

  • Foster constructive debate among all those involved in scientific research about the culture of research in the UK and its effect on ethical conduct in science and the quality, value and accessibility of research.
  • Advance current debate through wide dissemination of the outcomes of these discussions.

The steering group included representatives from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics as well as organisations including the Royal Society, Society of Biology, Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry.

The project gathered views from those involved in science research, including through a survey and discussion events held during 2014.

This project relates to the Academy's work on the reproducibility and reliability of medical research.

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