Online Ethics Center for Engineering and science
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What is the OEC?

The Online Ethics Center (OEC) is a repository of resources on the ethics of science, engineering, and research that help engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens understand and address ethically significant topics and problems that arise in the practice and results of science and engineering.

A five-year improvement effort to update and expand site, with new features and content, began in 2014 with an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). More information about the OEC can be found in the About section.

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  • ORI offers RCR Instructor Workshop

    PostedThursday, August 17, 2017 AT 2:25 PM

    RCR Instructional Workshop

    Do you teach the responsible conduct of research?

    If the answer is "Yes," there's a special workshop designed especially for you.

    The Office of Research Integrity and the University of California San Diego are co-sponsoring a two-day, train-the-trainer workshop on September 12-13, 2017, in San Diego, California.  The workshop will address the many facets of RCR instruction, including assessment, engaging students, educational resources, and teaching strategies.

    EARLY BIRD RATE:  $500

    AFTER AUGUST 10:  $600

    Register Now at https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?Eventid=2023840

    LOCATION:
    La Jolla Shores Hotel   
    8110 Camino Del Oro
    San Diego, California 92037
    United States  
    (855) 923-8058

    Questions?
    Tracey.Randolph@hhs.gov

    Comments from past participants

    “I was prepared to be impressed, but I was seriously impressed.”

    “I have been running RCR programs in my own silo for ...

  • Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education Call for Comment

    PostedMonday, August 14, 2017 AT 3:18 PM

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century invites your response to the Committee’s recently released Discussion Document and Call for Community Input.

     

    The Discussion Document outlines sets of competencies that may serve as core educational elements at both the master’s and Ph.D. levels. The Call for Community Input welcomes general reactions to the competencies and also provides questions for more specific feedback.  The Discussion Document and Call for Community Input will remain open for comment until September 22, 2017.

     

    If you are interested in attending the Committee’s next meeting on September 14 from 1:30-5:00pm PST at the University of California, San Francisco, please use this link for in-person attendance or this link for information on the webcast. Please direct any questions about the Discussion Document, Call for Community Input, or ...

  • Ethics Assessment of Research and Innovation: Looking to the Future - Brussels, Belgium 18-19 September 2017

    PostedWednesday, August 2, 2017 AT 1:11 PM

    This conference at the MCE Conference and Business Centre in Brussels brings together all relevant stakeholder groups and experts to look at the future trends in the ethics of R&I.

    Conference topics include:

    --current ethical problems and issues in research and innovation;

    --standards, frameworks, and methods for enhancing ethics assessment of R&I;

    --ways to support the activities of research ethics committees;

    --policies to strengthen ethical R&I practices in the EU and beyond;

    --ethics of R&I for universities, industry, research funding organizations, and civil society organizations;

    --ethics of R&I in the humanities and social sciences, the engineering sciences, the computer and information sciences, the natural sciences, and the medical and life sciences;

    --methods for promoting social responsibility in R&I - i.e. ethical impact assessment. 

    The conference will present results from the SATORI project.  For more information visit the ...

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The OEC seeks submissions of high-quality ethics education resources in science and engineering for inclusion in its collection. Interdisciplinary materials are particularly welcome, as are resources that promote active learning at the undergraduate or graduate level. Materials are also needed to assist faculty new to teaching in science and engineering ethics. For more information on resource submissions, see the Submit Materials page.

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