This project consisted of a workshop on "Ethics Education and Scientific and Engineering Research: What's Been Learned? What Should Be Done?" which was held on August 25 and 26, 2008. It discussed the social environment of science and engineering education; the need for ethics education for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in science and engineering; models for effective programs; and assessment of approaches to ethics education, among other topics. Click the link above to see individual presentations and resources. The completed workshop report is also avaliable through the National Academies Press.
Increasing complexity and competitiveness in research environments, the prevalence of interdisciplinary and international involvement in research projects, and the close coupling of commerce and academia have created an ethically challenging environment for young scientists and engineers. For the past several decades, federal research agencies have supported projects to meet the need for mentoring and ethics training in graduate education in research, often called training in the responsible conduct of research. Recently, these agencies have supported projects to identify ethically problematic behaviors and assess the efficacy of ethics education in addressing them.
The workshop was made possible by support from the National Science Foundation.