Since 2007, representatives from Pakistan’s scientific community have participated in BBIC activities organized by ICLS. At the initiative and leadership of Dr. Anwar Nasim, the ICLS Chapter in Pakistan was established in 2010. In June 2010, the first meeting was held in Islamabad and brought together scientists, engineers, intellectuals, and journalists from a wide range of fields. The participants came from the academic, governmental, and private sectors and from different levels including research directors, laboratory management, and the researchers themselves. The meeting was very successful and continues today under the Conference series of “The Responsible Conduct of Science”.
At the 2nd Conference in Lahore, 31 January - 1 February 2011, the participants built on the momentum of the project in 2010. That conference clearly showed that there is a great deal of enthusiasm, and understanding, of the importance of individual responsibility with regard to research integrity, ethical conduct and preventing the misuse of science. The sentiment of that launch event was that the responsible conduct of science is, in essence, a matter of personal and institutional integrity. Stress was placed on the need to create an environment where standards of excellence, trustworthiness and lawfulness can flourish. While the vital ingredient of personal responsibility is the primary element it has to be linked to the institutional environment in which all have to operate. Representatives from the process also participated in the World Conference on Research Integrity in Montreal in 2011.
On 14-15 November 2011, the 3rd Conference on the Responsible Conduct of Science took place in Karachi and built on the outcomes of the preceding two conferences in Islamabad in June 2010 and in Lahore in February 2011. The 3rd Conference showed once again that there is a great deal of enthusiasm, and once again stress was made on the understanding, of the importance of individual responsibility with regard to research integrity, ethical conduct, safety and preventing the misuse of science to harm humanity. The sentiment of the conference confirmed that the responsible conduct of science is, in essence, a matter of both personal and institutional integrity. Speakers and participants highlighted the need to create an environment where standards of excellence, trustworthiness and ethical considerations can flourish. In a discussion on communicating science via the media the importance of developing more effective management and education in this regard was stressed.
The 4th Conference on 18 October 2012, focused on the engineering community, was another effort in this regard. It provided an international forum to address the full spectrum of ethical, safety and security issues arising from developments in engineering and related technologies by identifying areas at particular risk. The international as well as national speakers in the meeting were eminent in the related fields. In addition to eminent scientists, young researchers, post graduate students and undergraduate students from science and engineering disciplines, researchers and teachers from the academic community as well as engineering professionals from the government and private sectors attended the meeting in large numbers. A total of 107 participants attended the conference.
The 5th Conference took place from 20 to 22 May 2017. A wide range of speakers and participants contributed to a successful event that covered the full range of safety security and ethical concerns related to the medical and pharmaceutical sector. The contributions and resulting discussions have given momentum to the development of the responsible conduct of science project in Pakistan.
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Safety, Security, and Ethics in the Biological Realm Are a Multi-disciplinary
Challenge—That Begins and Ends with the Individual, Applied Biosafety, Aug 2012