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An interview with Jeroen de Ridder

Updated: Oct 19



Jeroen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Professor of Philosphy (by special appointment) at the University of Groningen. He is currently serving as president of The Young Academy of the KNAW. He will be the moderator at the national Symposium on Research Integrity on October 15th.


We asked him to share some of his thoughts on this topic in advance:



1. What made you (personally and/or professionally) interested in joining this symposium as the moderator?

As a philosopher of science and current president of The Young Academy, it’s part of my job description to think about how research can be done well. Integrity is a big part of this, so I look forward to bringing together voices from different academic disciplines as well university leadership and society to discuss the challenges that we face and the opportunities there are.


2. Regarding research integrity: Why is this topic particularly relevant now, to the Dutch research community as well as to any organizations you are part of?

The Netherlands is currently a pioneer in paving the way towards more sustainable, relevant, and sound science and scholarship. In addition to open science, room for everyone’s talent, and science with and for society, the work that is being done on research integrity is pivotal for this. Since we’re a relatively small and well-organized country with impressively successful research institutions, we are in a unique position to acquire deeper understanding of the determinants of research integrity and develop effective interventions to promote it.



3. The symposium is being organised for researchers across the Netherlands. What do you hope as an outcome for an event where research integrity is being discussed?

Building awareness across all academic disciplines is key. This symposium, as well as the National Survey on Research Integrity that will be launched, will hopefully put research integrity on even more people’s agendas.



4. Anything else you would like to share that may be interesting for our (online) audience?

Can we all agree that history and philosophy of science were really doing meta-research before that became a thing?

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