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A Discussion with Diederik Stapel and Marcel van Assen

As the Louis Bonaparte Society is maturing and expanding throughout the years, we, the board, are thinking about new ways to promote intellectual interdisciplinary discussion, in addition to the circle and plenary meetings. As part of this development, we will be trying out a new concept on the evening of the 16th of December.

On the evening of the 16th of December, the Louis Bonaparte Society will organize its first discussion event. During this event we will engage in a discussion on scientific misconduct. What is the current rate of misconduct in science? What is the reason or the cause of the amount of misconduct, either deliberate or unintentional, found in science today? Is this because of publication pressure? A lack of cross-checking between colleagues? Or is it merely a small subset of scientists, craving recognition, that engage in fraudulent activities?

For this discussion we have invited two speakers who have been heavily involved in the matter at hands. The first is ex-professor Diederik Stapel, who deliberately engaged in fraud, heavily damaging the public image of social psychology and science in general. Second, we will invite Dr. Marcel van Assen, a statistician linked to the University of Tilburg, and a member of the committee that scrutinized all of Diederik Stapel’s papers in order to determine statistically which papers were based on fraudulent data.

During this event we will first listen to a lecture from Diederik Stapel where he will explain some of his motivations to engage in the fabrication of research data and what circumstances enabled him to do this. After his talk there will be plenty of room for discussion. After a short break, we will be listening to a lecture from Dr. Marcel van Assen, where he will present some data on questionable research conduct. After this lecture, there will be again plenty of time to engage in discussion with both Diederik Stapel and Dr. Marcel van Assen.

As mentioned the event will take place on the 16th of December. It last from 19:00 till 22:00 and will take place in the Boothzaal in the library at the Uithof. Please be there on time.

Fellows can sign up using the link provided in an email you have received, and are welcome to bring a fellow Research Master/PhD student along, as long as he or she also signs up through the link!

We will hope to see you all there.