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COPE Australian Seminar 2018

in collaboration with Wiley, WCRI, RMIT University and QUT


Wednesday 30 May 2018

8.30am - 5.00pm

Building 80, RMIT University, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia








COPE is working with the World Congress of Research Integrity (WCRI), RMIT University, QUT and Wiley on a 1-day seminar in Melbourne on Wednesday 30th May 2018. The theme for the meeting is "Levers for transparency: from funding through research to publication", highlighting the various ways in which transparency can be promoted in research, from the perspective of the funder, institution, researcher and publisher. 

The full programme will be available shortly and will include:

  • Three plenary presentations on transparency, from representatives of funders, institutions and publishers.
  • Panel discussion "Transparency 2020". The panel will discuss what changes they want to see in transparency by 2020, allowing scope to explore new ideas and ways to promote transparency now and into the future.
  • Interactive cases workshop.
  • Series of short videos representing different answers to the question "What would you like to see by 2020 with respect to transparency in research?"
  • Opportunities to network and share your experiences and challenges.


The seminar will include invited talks from:

  • Guiding Principles in an Evolving Research Publishing Landscape
    Deborah Wyatt, VP, Research, Asia-Pacific Society Publishing, Wiley
  • NHMRC’s approach to transparency in the research it funds
    Davina Ghersi, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • Transparent institutions: risks, challenges and opportunities
    Ralph Horne, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University

In addition, there will be:

  • Panel discussion (see below) on "Transparency 2020"— what changes the panel wants to see in transparency by 2020
  • Interactive cases workshop.
  • Short videos representing different answers to the question: What would you like to see by 2020 with respect to transparency in research?
  • Opportunities to network and share your experiences and challenges.

The full programme is here


Deborah Wyatt

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Deborah Wyatt has over 15 years' experience working in the Asia-Pacific region with Wiley's Society partners, business leaders and experts across all disciplines in the health, social, life and physical sciences to produce high quality peer-reviewed journals and magazines. In her role as Director of Society Publishing, Deborah oversees publication of over 150 peer-reviewed journals, manages a team of publishers across the region, and works on industry-wide initiatives to drive best practice publishing, discoverability and industry cooperation.



Davina Ghersi

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Davina Ghersi joined the National Health and Medical Research Council as a Senior Principle Research Scientist in 2011 after 5 years as Team Leader with the Research Policy and Cooperation Department of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. At NHMRC she provides methodological support across the agency on issues relating to the creation and translation of research evidence. Before this she led the Systematic Review and Health Care Assessment team at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre at the University of Sydney. Academic interests are in publication bias, selective reporting, research transparency, systematic reviews and the translation of health and medical research into health care decision making and health policy. She is Adjunct Professor at Sydney Medical School, is a member of a number of advisory groups and currently chairs an OECD Working Group developing core competencies for clinical trials. She has a long history of involvement with the Cochrane Collaboration.


Ralph Horne

Ralph Horne is Professor of Geography and focuses on social and policy change to support sustainable urban development, housing and households. The spatial, material and contingent social and policy structures at play are the main focus of his work on both the making and shaping of urban environments. He is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, and Director of the Cities Programme, the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact. He combines research leadership and participation in research projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment.


Nicole Foeger

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Nicole Foeger holds a PhD degree in biochemistry and worked as a researcher at the Medical University of Vienna, the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg (Germany) and at the University of Basel (Switzerland). She later obtained a postgraduate education in Public Relations. Since 2010 she is Head of the Administrative Office of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity ( and involved in all research integrity activities at the national level: training for researchers, advising in all matters of research integrity and supporting the independent national commission that offers a neutral and objective forum to investigate cases of (alleged) research misconduct. Nicole is the elected Chair of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO and involved in several European initiatives and EU projects on research integrity as project partner or member of the advisory board.


Paul Glasziou

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Paul Glasziou is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University and a part time General Practitioner. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University and previously the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford, 2003–2010. His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice and more specifically on improving the clinical impact of publications by reducing the more than $85 billion annual loss from unpublished and unusable research (Chalmers, Glasziou, Lancet 2009).



Roxana Lescano

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Roxana Lescano is a lawyer and has completed a Masters degree in Bioethics and a Masters degree in Epidemiological Research. She is a member of two Peruvian institutional review boards (IRBs) and provides support to other IRBs in Central America.  Roxana has worked at NAMRU-6 I Lima, Peru, for over 30 years. Her experience spans from research ethics to regulatory aspects and research integrity, having been actively involved in developing training programmes, strengthening research ethics oversight, and developing institutional policies and procedures for human subjects’ protection and scientific integrity. Roxana was one of the developers of the Peruvian Responsible Conduct of Research online course (CRI), and continues to speak on research integrity topics, as a guest lecturer, in various parts of Peru and in neighboring countries.



Frederick Koon-Shing Leung

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Frederick Koon-Shing Leung is Chair Professor and Kintoy Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Hong Kong. His major research interests are in the comparison of mathematics education in different countries, and on the influence of different cultures on teaching and learning. He was appointed a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2003, awarded the Hans Freudenthal Medal for 2013 by ICMI, named a Changjiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education, China in 2014, and awarded a Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2017. He is Director of Education and Development for Research Integrity at the University of Hong Kong and was Chair of the Planning Committee of the APRI Network Meeting held in Hong Kong in February 2017. He is also a member of the Programme Committee of the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity to be held in Hong Kong in June 2019.



Register for the COPE seminar by completing the form below.

The Seminar is free for COPE members. The registration fee is GBP £80 (equivalent to AUS $150) for non-members.

Registration has been extended to 24 May 2018.