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GW Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminar will feature distinguished speaker Helga Nolte, Head of the Ombud Office at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and freelance mediator, coach and trainer and Hjördis Czesnick, PhD, Head of Office, German Research Ombudsman, Berlin, Germany. They are Co-Chairs of the Working Group for the European Network of Research Integrity Offices
Handbook on Whistleblowing.

The goal of this interactive workshop is to create space for reflections about values and attitudes of science and the role of researchers. Attendees will learn to develop appropriate solutions for difficult situations they may face as they conduct their research.

The workshop seeks to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • sensitize for grey zones of questionable research practice;
  • analyze typical scenarios and discuss practical options for handling problems;
  • reflect on responsibilities of various actors and emphasize the importance of building a culture of research integrity;
  • impart knowledge about reporting mechanisms and informal and formal channels for discussing concerns in academic research settings;
  • raise awareness around tensions that can arise for whistleblowers and how and when to seek support;
  • encourage recognition of opportunities for change and improvement.

This session is open to faculty, postdocs, students, and staff at GW, Children’s National, and academic institutions in the D.C. region. It is designed to help attendees meet the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research training requirements set by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies.

Hosted by the GW Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its Office of Research Integrity & Compliance. For questions related to the event, contact Lela Abramishvili at

GW is committed to promoting the highest standards of ethical research and scholarly conduct while pursuing its research mission. This session is part of GW’s comprehensive Responsible Conduct of Research program, which includes events hosted by the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance and other campus partners.



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