5th Annual PRIDE Conference 2023 at the University of Porto

4 & 5 May 2023 – The 5th Annual PRIDE Conference is held at the University of Porto, Portugal

Research Conduct and Integrity - the Challenges for the Doctoral Journey


There’s a tightrope that today’s researcher walks, between (1) a science that advances by the taking of risk (to ask the unasked questions) within an institutional structure (academy, funder) that encourages that risk by valuing research excellence, and (2) the lowering of risk demanded by both academic and funder policies (DPM, Open Access, ethical guidelines, RIOs, etc.) and by extension, society in general (“science must be certain”).

As a researcher, you’re always bending or breaking the rules, but working in an environment where you can’t make mistakes. An environment that favours the competitive spirit, that (often) fails to encourage the collaborative project, becomes an environment that more and more people reject: “fixing the leaky pipeline” won’t happen just by coaching women to be more assertive… and young men researchers are joining them – plus see the more recent article in Nature regarding professors leaving the academy, tired of the unhealthy environment, refusing to accept the “sacrifice” and the scramble to the top.

In this context, guidelines and requirements – enacted in all good intention to promote good research (and save institutional embarrassment?) – become understood as yet another layer of constraint, of administrative obstacle and intervention. For administrators, this can instantiate and be experienced as walls of resistance or disinterest; result in an attempt to pile on more and more policy and regulation.

How can we, as PRIDE, understand what’s going on for researchers in the world of academic research today? How do we support supervisors, doctoral candidates, postdocs walk that tightrope? How can we make the carrot more appetising, instead of lengthening the stick?


Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias,
4200-465 Porto

Thursday 4/5/2023 –  Research Culture – Research Integrity

09:30 Welcome Note University of Porto
09:45 Research Culture
Chair: Lucas Zinner
‘The bad, the ugly and the good’ – is the system broken and what can we do?
Speaker: Lucas Zinner, Tanita Casci, Alexandra Bitusikova

12:00 Introduction Breaking down the dichotomy of “Us V. Them” – Taking ownership
Chair: Verity Elston

12:30 Interactive Business Lunch

14:00 Session 1 Supervision – Mentoring – Wellbeing. A question of leadership?
Chair: Melita Kovacevic
Speaker: Maresi Nerad, Nicola Dengo, Ronny Bruffaerts

16:00 Grab a coffee and come back

16:15 General Assembly

Evening: Social Dinner


Friday 5/5/2023 – Research Assessment – Research Integrity

09:00 Keynote: How things have changed in Research and Doctoral Education.
Chair / Speaker: Kenneth Wann

10:00 CHANGE Policy / Research Assessment
Speaker: Melita Kovacevic

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Session 2 Concepts / State of the Art: Publication & Communication
Chairs: Chiara Lauritano, Mathias Schroijen
Speakers: Enrico Bucci, James Bulley, Alexandra Freeman

12:30 Interactive Business Lunch – “Café Culture”
Moderation: Madeleine Harbich, Allison O’Reilly, Michael Wimmer

14:30 Session 3 Towards a new PRACTICE: Research Assessment – Research Integrity -Research Culture
Chairs: Allison O’Reilly, Michael Wimmer
Speakers: Liz Simmonds, James Morris

15:30 Closing / Summary / Vision: A healthy research culture

16:00 Farewell drinks

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Our Speakers

Host and Venue

João Pedro Pêgo & Ana Freitas
FEUP – University of Porto

FEUP is well invested in supporting the doctoral process of our PhD students, as well as in promoting a smooth transition to their career paths. They are the future industry and higher institutions leaders and so, most valued persons. It was a natural step for the Teaching and Learning Lab of FEUP to join the PRIDE network, where we can meet with other professionals in doctoral education and learn from each other. The workshop and conferences organized by PRIDE excel in every aspect. We are very happy to have joined PRIDE and look forward to meeting you soon.