Consensus Report

Research in the Life Sciences with Dual Use Potential: An International Faculty Development Project on Education About the Responsible Conduct of Science (2011)

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Education is key to engaging the life sciences community in efforts to recognize and mitigate potential misuse of scientific research. As centers for innovative research colleges and universities are where future scientists receive their introduction to the norms of scientific conduct. Thus, they are especially important for educating faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and technical staff about research with dual use potential.

This report describes the outcomes of the planning meeting for a two-year project to develop a network of faculty to teach about the challenges of research in the life sciences with dual use potential.

The workshop that will be developed will emphasize active learning and teaching methods and ongoing opportunities for networking. The workshop should enable participants to incorporate concepts of responsible conduct of research into their teaching and research. Although the first workshop and network will be developed as a pilot project in Egypt, the report provides guidelines which can be used by any country wishing to adopt this education and training model.