Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Monthly webinar from the UK Research Integrity Office on research integrity and related issues.
The focus of this webinar was consent. Informed consent is an essential element of research integrity and one of the founding principles of research ethics. It is a communication process between the researcher and the research participant. For a human participant to voluntarily enter research they must have the full information about what it means for them to take part. Only then can they give consent before they enter the research. The speakers discussed best practice in obtaining consent in different research disciplines.
Professor Inke Näthke described policies and processes in place to obtain consent from participants in research studies in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. This included consent required for surveys that are conducted as part of public engagement projects where opinions are compared before and after an ‘intervention’ often in the form of an activity related to education about scientific ideas. In addition, she described how changes in research practice (such as overseas research and social media use) have informed revisions of local policies.