Central Europen Centre for Women and Youth in Science
work package 5 - responsible conduct of research

This work package provides training to young women scientists in skills and competencies that are frequently overlooked in the education of scientists. This training has been devised in order to improve research practices, mentoring, management and communication practices, with an approach based on ethics and epistemology.



  • to encourage women’s active participation in research and raise their awareness on the key issues linked to changing modes of knowledge production and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
  • to have participants think boldly and broadly about their responsibility and gain a vision of the type of scientist they want to become
  • to foster intellectual entrepreneurship and creativity
  • to use reflection and collective action for project building and knowledge engineering
  • to build core competencies in Research Management, to develop technical skills related to decision making, problem solving and project management and to build and practice communication skills
  • to foster good supervisory practices
  • to transfer knowledge and competences to ensure dissemination of best practices


Most of the training events in this work package will draw from experience, using the RéflexivesŽ seminars model. Training in Responsible Conduct of Research means addressing a number of core areas including:

  • quality in research throughout the research process, i.e. not only at the level of materials and methods but in the definition of objectives as well as in the communication of results
  • responsible authorship, data ownership and sharing, collaborative science
  • publication practices, including plagiarism and assigning proper credit, citations
  • mentor/trainee responsibilities
  • research misconduct



  • organisation of training session 1 – October 2005
  • organisation of training session 2 – April 2006
  • results of assessment questionnaires – June 2006
  • training manual and CD-ROM in English – October 2006
  • skill-assessment reports – August 2006
  • material to be put on the website to be used by researchers to reinforce training and disseminate information – October 2006
Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science is a project funded by the European Commission
under Framework Programme 6 in the Structuring the ERA specific programme.