KRSTIĆ, Snežana

Independent researcher and consultant, Chair of the Board, Marie Curie Alumni Association

Dr. Snežana Krstić is a chemical engineer, Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA). The MCAA is an international association of researchers who have benefited or still benefiting from the prestigious European Commission's Marie Skłodowska Curie research programme. The association fosters global relationships within research community and promotes career development, cooperation and mutual understanding among members from different countries, sectors and across scientific disciplines.

Professional experience of Dr. Krstić is in the chemical and environmental technology and engineering, modeling and simulation, as well as in interdisciplinary issues at the intersection of science, policy, innovation and society, including a work related to the societal challenges and sustainability. Her PhD was awarded by University of Belgrade, where she has started the academic career.

Since 2004 Dr. Krstić has been actively involved in many activities related to research, education and innovation policies, including mobility, professional development and other aspects related to the human resources in research. She has raised many interesting activities and initiatives related to the early career researchers, including research integrity and ethical issues. Among the activities that she launched was the Ethics in Research initiative, a survey on research integrity practices related to young researchers (the pioneering one at European level) and other activities promoting the integrity culture at European and global level.

Dr. Krstić has been a national delegate in the World Academy of Young Scientists (WAYS) and a member of the Secretariat and Coordinator of the Eurodoc's Mobility Working Group. Dr. Krstić holds several international and national awards for scientific achievements and excellence. Her Marie Curie grant experience was undertaken in the CERN School of Computing.



14:30-16:00 5 NOVEMBER
PLENARY SESSION IIi. Confidence in science

Fostering responsible research to meet societal challenges

Responsible research and innovation are among the crucial elements which can support and engage the enabling power of science to meet current and future societal challenges. Confidence in science is based on the ability of the scientific community to recognize and adequately respond to the emerging societal and global problems, as well as on trust in the research system and the way in which research is conducted. Development of human resources in research on the principles of responsibility and integrity plays a vital role in ensuring public trust in science. It is particularly important to foster responsible research practices among early-career researchers, to raise their awareness about ethical issues and norms in science as well as the societal dimension of their work, and to encourage them to build their careers in line with these principles. Numerous codes, guidelines, and training programmes for researchers have been developed worldwide. However, an important question is whether the research community pays sufficient attention to this matter concerning young colleagues, and also what the perception is of young scientists about current research integrity practices. What are the possibilities for young scientists to obtain suitable training about research integrity and ethics in their institutions? What are the attitudes of their supervisors and senior colleagues? What are the challenges they face? What is the role of funding organisations, the publishing and policy sector, media and society? How can professional networks support junior researchers in raising their awareness about responsible conduct of research? These questions will be discussed in light of empirical results and international efforts to support responsible research and confidence in science.