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Nuffield Council on Bioethics: The culture of scientific research – what’s it really like?

Professor Ruth HarrisThe Nuffield Council on Bioethics is currently conducting a nationwide project to gather views and encourage debate about how the different features of the UK research environment are affecting, both positively and negatively, the work and behaviour of scientists at all stages of their career.

The project includes a series of discussion events taking place across the UK to discuss views and experiences of key issues for the scientific community, including researchers, university managers and support staff, professional bodies, funders of research, editors and publishers of scientific journals.

One of these discussion events took place at the University of Surrey on 23 July 2014 and Ruth Harris, Faculty professor of nursing practice and innovation was an invited member of the multi-disciplinary panel, alongside academics from the University of Surrey. The discussion was wide-ranging and insightful, dealing with many important issues including peer-review, academic publishing and the Research Excellence Framework.

The findings of the project will be published and presented to policy makers towards the end of 2014.

For more information about the project and future events see:http://nuffieldbioethics.org/research-culture