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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fostering Responsible Conduct of Research in Time of Crisis — Virtual Conference

October 14 – 15, 2020

Dear Colleague,

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Peer Group on Responsible Conduct of Research is hosting a free, two-day virtual conference October 14-15, 2020.  This inaugural conference, Fostering Responsible Conduct of Research in Time of Crisis, explores how research is rapidly evolving in response to the pandemic health crisis through the critical lens of research integrity. This conference was created by the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) as a commitment to utilizing best practices and applications of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education in this evolving environment.

All Research Integrity Educators, Research Administrators and Leaders of Research Excellence affiliated with the BTAA are invited to join us in a conversation about the changing landscape of research ethics. We will discuss the foundational values and collectively define specific actions our institutions can implement to meaningfully improve the integrity of our campus research now and through future crises.

This conference is intended to build upon themes to give you a comprehensive professional development experience, which may also partially fulfil RCR education requirements of federally-funded grants. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on NIH grants, specifically T32 educational training, will find participation beneficial.

To learn more and register, please visit:

Please forward this information onto colleagues at your BTAA institution who are interested in RCR education. Do not hesitate to reach out to any of us if you have questions or suggestions. We look forward to your participation!

Sincerely yours,

BTAA Peer Group on RCR – 2020 Conference Planning Committee

Becca Hopson, Indiana University

Glenn Krell, Rutgers University

Christopher Lehmann, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Heather McFadden, University of Wisconsin – Madison

James Mohler, Purdue University