International Programs on Responsible Science

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The United States National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (The National Academies) have been working since 2011 with partners across the globe to establish international educational institutes on the responsible conduct of science. These institutes bring together life scientists, chemists, physicists, doctors, nurses, and any other collegiate-level educators who want to understand more deeply what developing a culture of responsible science means. The institutes are typically 5 days long and are an immersive learning experience where participants are taught about the pedagogical technique of active learning, which aims to engage students to take control of their own learning. Active learning has been demonstrated numerous times to result in better retention of material for longer periods of time, as well as providing for a more inclusive and supportive learning environment.

Seven institutes have been held to date: three regional institutes that brought participants from across the MENA region together in a central location, an institute in Southeast Asia, two institutes in Egypt led by former Egyptian participants in the first two MENA Institutes, and an institute in India. Numerous other smaller workshops have been held in support of these activities, delivering the active learning pedagogy and culture of responsible science in a more compressed manner than the traditional institute.

The National Academies staff are advised by a committee of expert scientists and educators from the USA, UK, and institute region. Selected institute participants are further trained as facilitators and are invited to new institutes to teach and lead group work. In addition to these individual partners, the National Academies also partner with institutions and organizations in the countries in which we work.

Our collaborators are:

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Akademi Sains Malaysia, Nitte University, TWAS, Ain Shams University, Mansoura University, Damanhour University, Cairo University, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute India, Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia, and University of Malaya.

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The materials discussed at the Institutes are based on The National Academies’ Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Biology Education, which focus on undergraduate-level biology education in US-based universities and colleges. More information about the Summer Institutes can be found here.