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Living Room of Science

In the fall of 2018 De Jonge Akademie will launch an interactive platform titled 'The Living Room of Science' for generating, gathering and sharing knowledge on responsible research practices across all research disciplines. This platform will help young scholars to choose a more independent path regardless of discipline-specific rules and habits.

Impression ‘Living Room of Science’

Impression 'Living Room of Science’ on Vimeo.

Presentation ‘Living room of science’

Presentation 'Living room of science’ on Vimeo.

Science has always been a dynamic process with continuously developing, often implicit rules and attitudes. While focus on innovation and knowledge production are essential to academic progress, it is equally important is to convey the use of the most appropriate research practices within the academic community. Rules and traditions regarding responsible research practices differ greatly between fields and disciplines, however. Given that the majority of these practices are subjective and undocumented, it is difficult for early career scientists (early career scientists ranging from PhD students to young faculty members) to identify them or put them to practice.

We propose to organize an interactive platform titled The Living Room of Science for generating, gathering and sharing knowledge on responsible research practices across all research disciplines. This platform will help young scholars to choose a more independent path regardless of discipline-specific rules and habits: statements as "This is simply how we always do it" will no longer be looming. By identifying best practices across different fields, these early career scientists should develop their own view on how science should be done appropriately. We will raise awareness of appropriate research practices through encouraging interactions amongst scholars and henceforth stimulate the formation of informed opinions on conducting ethical studies. This will result in a helicopter view of the contemporary academic research/responsibility issues.

The living room consists of two projects

  1. a traveling living room and
  2. an online platform.

Traveling Living Room

The first project is to create a real-life living room (i.e. chesterfield couch, floor lamp, carpet and ipads/LCD screens) and use it as a stand at various relevant conferences and public scientific gatherings. During conferences, we organize a “Living Room of Science” to encourage interactions among scholars and henceforth stimulate the formation of informed opinions on conducting ethical studies. Also, several experts share their experiences. These presentations will not take the form of ‘Thou shalt …’: if we were to include such phrases, we would replace one dogma with another. Instead, the presentations are organized in such a way that awareness of the dilemmas and pitfalls involved are created and that solutions and best practices are offered; most importantly, an informal and interactive environment will be created such that the information available should stimulate the young scientist’s own critical thinking about the subject.

living room 2017

The first Living Room event took place during the ECDP at Utrecht University. “The Living Room of Science was a really great experience!” and “Living Room of Science is something that should be repeated!” are some of the reactions we got from participants of the first Living Room sessions.

If you are also interested in such a living room, please the secretary of De Jonge Akademie.

Online Living Room

Still animatie Life among scientists

Our overarching aim is to provide early career scientists with information on appropriate research practices and appeal to their motivation to be aware of moral issues in their work and to act in a morally justifiable way. To this end, we will create an accessible online open platform for early career scientists to acquire information about appropriate research practices with respect for anonymity so that participants will feel safe to share their thoughts and express their ideas. The opinions are not forced in a top-down manner, but will arise from interactive discussion with experiences and ideas from scientists from different disciplines and at different stages of their career. Our platform will start as an interactive platform in which research practices can be discussed based on 10 monthly themes, which will result in a database with information about the current state of affairs regarding these practices.


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