On July 14, 2023, NSTDA and the National Research Council of Thailand jointly hosted a seminar on research integrity. The seminar brought together leaders from universities and research institutes to exchange practices on research ethics management and discuss measures to strengthen research integrity in Thailand.
NSTDA President Prof. Dr. Sukit Limpijumnong emphasized the crucial role of integrity in scientific research, which has garnered significant attention from academic and research institutions worldwide. NSTDA has established the Office of Research Integrity and implemented a comprehensive management system for research ethics to ensure that all research conducted at NSTDA adheres to ethical practices and complies with relevant laws and regulations. During the initial stage, NSTDA assisted in managing the Thailand Research Integrity Network (TH-RIN) before transferring this responsibility to the legal authorities for research ethics, namely NRCT and the Office of the National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO).
NRCT Executive Director Dr. Wiparat De-ong presented on the role of NRCT and TH-RIN, highlighting the initiatives undertaken by NRCT to promote research ethics and integrity. These initiatives include the development of guidelines on research ethics, a manual for research publication, workshops for researchers, and the design of an online course on research ethics. NRCT is currently in the process of establishing a network of experts and personnel involved in research integrity.
The seminar also featured a presentation of a draft document on principles of research ethics: application to Thailand by Prof. Em. Dr. Yongyuth Yuthavong, Chairman of National Committee on Ethics of Science and Technology. Prof. Yongyuth also encouraged TH-RIN members, researchers and people who work in the field of research ethics to provide inputs and suggestions on the draft principles of research ethics.