Pre-Conference Workshop 4: Bioethics & Biosecurity Education Tools
Abhi Veerakumarasivam, PhD
Dr. Tatyana Novossiolova
May 31, 2016, 2–5 pm
Prior to the conference, all participants were made to choose from the eight workshops they would like to attend for the pre-conference workshop that took place on the first two days of the conference. The first workshop was “Bioethics & Biosecurity Education Tools“. Led by the expertise of Mr. Veerakumarasivam from University Putra Malaysia, this first part of the workshop focused on ethics of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program by promoting responsible science through active learning. With this, it was known that the most effective way for learners to retain knowledge is by “teaching someone else”. Mr. Abhi started with the basics by explaining the RCR and gradually moved to complex concepts of research misconduct, and authorship and publication. Along with this, different types of research misconduct were enumerated: falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism, while for the authorship and publication, the definition, the responsibilities, and the responsible and irresponsible publication practices were discussed. Before Mr. Abhi started off his lecture, he told the participants that it was his first time to speak before an international audience. It seemed like this was not true because, with his colorful outbursts of enthusiasm, the participants got to learn more than they could have expected.
Moving on in the workshop, the second part was spearheaded by Dr. Tatyana from
Bradford University. She tackled the diverse topic of Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC), which should be highly considered before doing a research because, with this, one would know the benefits of a research. She also discussed on how to develop active learning resources or tools for dual-use misuse by citing case scenarios for responsible conduct of research. She also shared some online resources of the tools that can be used regarding the matter.