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Message from Professor Colin Thomson AM0

Posted by Admin in on August 10, 2018

Dear Colleague,

I hope this finds you well and my apologies for this unsolicited email. Hopefully you already know about Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services Pty Ltd (AHRECS – and that I am one of its three senior consultants (along with Prof. Mark Israel and Dr Gary Allen).

If you don’t already know, the AHRECS site includes a freely available Resource Library of over 1200 papers, books, news and other resources relating to both human research ethics and to research integrity ( and is also home to the free Research Ethics Monthly (

We are currently finalising plans for two web-based 30-minute panel discussions to be held in November covering:

  1. implementing the 2018 edition of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and
  2. the updated National Statement.

The panels will both be moderated by one of AHRECS’ senior consultants and will include a nominee of the NHMRC.  We plan to also include a researcher, a research office staff member and a HREC Chair.  These live activities will be accessible free of charge and information on dates, times and how to join either or both of them will be available on the AHRECS website before the end of October.

We are using these live panel discussions to introduce and promote a subscription service designed to raise revenue to cover our costs for more of these activities. Modelled on the idea of patronage, where patrons choose the level of support with which they are comfortable, our new service will allow Australian subscriber/patrons to download vignettes and other material for use in their in-house professional development activities. We expect to be adding at least one item to this area every month together with commentary on major breaking news and publications, as well as other exclusive information. We will put video copies of the panel discussions into the subscribers’ area.

We invite you to join this service.  Subscriptions start at USD1/month and USD15/month* grants access to all the material. This can be paid for using a credit card or PayPal account. After each payment we can provide an invoice showing it as paid (for accounting purposes)

Please consider visiting to subscribe.

Kind regards,

Prof. Colin Thomson AM

* The amount is in US dollars because we are using a US service provider to host our subscribers’ area. On current exchange rates this equate to just over $20 per month.

About the AHRECS patrons’ page0

Posted by Admin in on July 1, 2018

Exclusive human research ethics and research integrity resources (e.g. vignettes with facilitator notes) and events (e.g. online Q&A session with a panel of AHRECS consultants) from as little as USD 1 per month) – with a recommended approach for institutions that can’t make payments via Paypal. Emails to discuss.

You can access the AHRECS patrons’ page at –

AHRECS team news0

Posted by Admin in on June 30, 2018

This is just a quick update on some changes to the AHRECS team. Assoc. Prof. Karen MartinMs Susanna Gorman and Dr Ian Pieper have joined the team. Our first intern is just about to start a 90 day internship with us, which is pretty exciting. Our old friend Assoc. Prof. Martin Tolich is moving onto his next exciting project. Martin played an important role in the conception and maturation of AHRECS so we wish him well and every success for his future endeavours. AHRECS will continue to work in New Zealand led by Dr Barry Smith.

The Academy partners in €2.8 million project0

Posted by Admin in on June 28, 2018

The PRO-RES (PROmoting integrity in the use of RESearch results) project, coordinated by the European Science Foundation (ESF), France, aims at building a research ethics and integrity framework devised cooperatively with the full range of stakeholders. The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) is a partner in this €2.8 million project along with 13 other European scientific institutions aiming to build an ethics/integrity framework for all non-medical research.

AHRECS is delighted to announce that its three Senior Consultants (Mark Israel, Gary Allen and Colin Thomson) are all members of the UK Academy of Social Sciences team that is a key partner in a €2.8 million European Union project, PRO-RES. The project aims to build an ethics/integrity framework for all non-medical research.

This consortium of 14 scientific institutions from 10 countries will draw upon previous foundational work funded by the European Commission, and other national and international agencies: “…PRO-RES is to be as inclusive as possible when targeting the ‘non-medical’ sciences. The consortium partner composition is very diverse by design, ensuring that all relevant communities, to the extent possible, are represented.” says Dr. Jean-Claude Worms, Chief Executive of ESF, coordinator of PRO-RES. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
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