Path2Integrity, INTEGRITY and VIRT2UE, three projects funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society programme, develop educational materials, tools and resources to foster a culture of research integrity in and beyond Europe that shall increase public trust in research and promote good scientific practice among students and researchers of various ages and career stages. All three projects share the goal of supporting a widespread adaptation of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and an internalisation of its values and principles.
The projects have formed a cluster to realise synergies, create opportunities for mutual learning and sharpen their distinctions. As fostering a culture of research integrity via education is complex, the cluster starts from the assumption that it is necessary to use multiple pedagogical approaches and methodologies and to also address hitherto neglected yet critically important target groups. Research integrity education should be a subject of lifelong learning for everyone interested or involved in research.
The overview of the cluster presented below highlights how the three projects relate to each other and how they interact with the European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity (ENERI) and The Embassy of Good Science, two important networks in responsible conduct of research. The overview helps everyone interested in promoting good scientific practice to better navigate the landscape of research integrity education in Europe. It facilitates a clearer understanding of where the projects overlap, how they differ and what their unique characteristics are. In particular, the overview shows the specific pedagogical approach taken by each project, their respective target groups and their common objectives.