The Culture of Scientific Research: lunchtime discussion event – 2 September 2014

WHAT: ‘The Culture of Scientific Research: A discussion event with the Nuffield Council of Bioethics’ – a lunchtime discussion event on the culture of scientific research jointly hosted by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Oxford Brookes University.

WHEN: Tuesday 2nd September 2014, 12.30-2.00pm

WHERE: Kennedy Room, John Henry Brookes Building, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane Campus, Oxford (sandwich lunch, from noon, in JHB307 next door to the Kennedy Room)

This event is part of a project being conducted by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The aims of the event are to promote debate and gather views on how the different features of the UK research environment are affecting, both positively and negatively, the work and behaviour of scientists at all stages of their careers. The findings of the project will be written up, published and presented to policy makers towards the end of 2014. We will be considering questions such as:

  • What motivates scientists and what pressures are they under?
  • What effects are funding and publishing systems having on the production of high quality, ethical scientific research?
  • Are current methods for assessing the quality of science working?
  • Is competition in science a good thing?

The event will be Chaired by Dr Andy Greenfield, Medical Research Council and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority with:

  • Professor Alistair Fitt, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange, Oxford Brookes University
  • Dr Emily Flashman, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, Oxford University
  • Professor Ian Walmsley,  Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics, Oxford University

Find out more at or contact Susan Brooks

The event is free and open to all but places are limited – so please book at

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