Welcome Speech for 2

nd World Conference on Research Integrity 2010

Welcome Speech by
Dr GK Srinivasa Gowda
HOD, Electronics and Communication Engineering Department,RL Jalappa Institute of
Thursday, 22 July 2010, 9.00am
Pacific Ballroom
Pan Pacific Hotel

Guest of Honour, Dr MH KORI ,
Former technical Director , Alcatel –lucent technologies .
Sri S.L Gangadharppa



Ladies and gentlemen,

Opening and Welcome
A very good morning to everyone and thank you for joining us at the national conference on
advanced researches in electronics and communication engineering – 2014

Research Integrity 2010.
To our eminent speakers and delegates who have come from all over the india, I bid you a very
warm welcome to RL jalappa institute of technology. We are indeed honoured to have you here
with us. We have about 300 participants from all over the india here today, making our
conference a truly national one.

The national conference on advanced researches in electronics and communication
engineering – 2014 is national Conference to integrate Researchers, faculties and students on
same platform, and discussing , presenting and sharing knowledge on same domain of
electronics and communication engineering . this is an opportunity for us to discuss key points
of research on specific domain of electronics and communication ,present papers on different
research issues in the electronics and communication field Specifically, the conference
addresses research issues in electronics and communication.
In the present day world, technical break through has revolutionized the engineering profession.
Consequently, it is now a complex function of knowledge, skills and attitude. The knowledge
base of
every profession keeps expanding with the passage of time. Globalization of engineering
profession is
unavoidable against intense global competition.
In the WTO environment, an engineer is required to continually upgrade his skills for enhancing
his/her technical competency together with a commitment of providing an effective and efficient
ethics based service to the society.
The Continuous Professional Development Programme (CPD), therefore, has to be so devised as
keep the professional engineers updated with the latest developments in their fields of
The National Conference on CPD-Challenges Ahead, therefore, aimed at reviewing the critical
for formulating and implementing the CPD Programmes of matching global standards set by the
Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF). The System and Procedures for CPD developed by the ECI
meet the standards set by the EMF were also deliberated.
The Conference focused on CPD-Vision, CPD Activities and Evaluation Mechanism, Role of
Professional Associations and presenting of the Action Plan.
I welcome Shri Oscar Fernandes, the Hon'ble Minister of Statistics and Programme
Implementation, Dr. Mashelker and all the distinguished Session chairmen, authors, guests and
delegates to the "Second National Conference on CPD- Challenges Ahead" being organised by
the Engineering Council of India. We feel proud of engineers like Dr Mashelker, who have really
givenrecognition to the Indian engineering profession all over the world.

The Conference was inaugurated by Shri Oscar Fernandes, Hon'ble Minister of Sate, Minister of
Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India. The key note address was
by Dr. R.A. Mashellkar, Secretary, DSIR and DG, CSIR. Over 300 distinguished participants
took part in
the deliberation.
Attempt has been made to present the proceedings of the
Following the success of that inaugural conference, it was agreed that we should meet again at a
second conference, held preferably in Asia. Singapore, through its three universities – Nanyang
Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore
Management University (SMU) – and the national research agency, Agency for Science,
Technology and Research (A*STAR), offered to host the meeting. And here we are now in
Singapore to continue the discussions and build on the foundations started three years ago in
Singapore is honoured to host this highly regarded event, supported not only by the three
Singaporean universities and A*STAR, but also by the Ministry of Education, which shows the
emphasis that Singapore places on educating its students on the importance of research integrity.
NTU is proud to be appointed the lead organiser and host for this event, bringing together
renowned experts in their respective fields to address the vital issue of research integrity. Cutting
across all disciplines, research integrity has become increasingly important today, given that
innovation and R&D are key drivers of economic growth worldwide.

Conference Theme
The theme of this year‟s conference is „Leadership Challenges and Responses‟. With many
research activities now taking on a global dimension, it is imperative to discuss positive
approaches towards inculcating best research integrity practices, including examining the role of
academic publications in setting the standards for integrity.
We have with us today representatives from research funding organisations, universities, as well
as other research agencies. I hope that this four-day conference – a platform for thought-leaders,
academics and researchers to share their ideas and views on common research integrity issues –
will challenge all delegates, in particular the heads of institutions, to think more about the
leadership challenges and responses in research integrity which may in turn inspire new and
practicable standards in the field.

Conference Outcomes
This conference, however, will not be just another “talk shop”. By the end of the event, we
intend to formulate a set of recommendations, to be known as the „Singapore Statement‟. This
statement, to be crafted based on the discussions during the conference, will focus on
recommendations on four key aspects of research integrity, namely:
1. A national and international framework for promoting research integrity and responding to
2. Global codes of conduct and best practices for research integrity;
3. Coordinated principles and strategies for training students and researchers in best practices,
4. Best practices for academic editors and publishers.
The Singapore Statement will be a benchmark for the future. All conference delegates are
encouraged to get involved in its development through an online discussion forum. The debate
has started even as I speak. This exchange of views and information will continue over the entire
duration of the conference.
In an increasingly globalised world, there is a critical need to develop guidelines and
recommendations for promoting integrity in research at an international level. To this end, the
Singapore Statement shall serve as a fundamental and landmark document containing basic
principles that can be used as a standard for research integrity throughout the world.

Research Integrity and Education
Such a standard will be especially important for educators and educational institutions like NTU,
growing rapidly as major research universities. It will serve as a guideline against which our
behaviour can be assessed, and be a point of reference to deal with infractions in research
Indeed, it is important to imbue good values and practices early on in our young researchers,
starting at the undergraduate level. Not only should we guide them on what is inappropriate
behaviour, but more positively, we must educate them about best practice in research.
At NTU, we have taken steps to introduce a clear policy, based of course, with due
acknowledgement, on the model provided by the US Office of Research Integrity. We have a
zero tolerance policy for anyone, whatever their status, who breaches the university‟s research
integrity norms. In addition, we are developing, in collaboration with a number of universities
around the world, programmes to educate our young researchers, as part of a consortium led by
Epigeum from London.
Another step we have taken is to introduce a clause in our international partnership agreements
pertaining to integrity. The clause commits our partners and NTU to adopting best practices and
undertaking joint action in handling any cases of breach of integrity which may arise.
But beyond educators and university leaders, it is equally important that the leaders of funding
agencies as well as research institutions are committed to the best practices in research. Indeed, I
am very pleased and heartened to see many delegates holding leadership positions attending this
conference. This bodes well for the future of research integrity worldwide.

Recognition of Planning Committee Members and Sponsors
At this juncture, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Local Organising Committee,
chaired by Professor Tjin Swee Chuan, and the International Planning Committee, headed by
Professor Nicholas Steneck and Mr Tony Mayer, for their hard work and effort in planning and
coordinating this event. Professor Steneck, who is widely acknowledged as a world expert in this
area, has been instrumental in putting together the conference programme.
I would also like to thank the Ministry of Education, A*STAR, as well as our three Singaporean
universities for their support in making this conference possible.
Other organisations that have contributed to this event include the European Science Foundation,
the US Office of Research Integrity, the Committee on Publication Ethics, the US National
Science Foundation, and the European Molecular Biology Organisation.
In addition, we received support from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science,
International Council for Science, European Forum for Good Clinical Practice, China
Association for Science and Technology, American Association for the Advancement of
Science, European Cooperation in Science and Technology, Research Councils UK, the Korean
Centre for Good Research Practice, South Africa‟s National Research Foundation, the National
Science Council, Taiwan, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology and Thomson
Last but not least, I would also like to acknowledge the Singapore Tourism Board for their
supporting grant for this event.
In closing, I encourage delegates to participate actively in the interesting discussions over the
next four days. I wish everyone a successful and fruitful conference.
Thank you.
Formatting Your Welcome Speech
Your welcome speech should be about five minutes long. Include the following information in
your speech:
 A greeting to both the original members of an organization, any honorary people present,
and the new addition or additions to your group or organization. Sometimes, the people
joining you that you are addressing in the welcome speech will be a few individuals you
can point out by name. Other times, it might be a particular group – such as “The Class of
2010,” “The Quality Assurance Team,” or “the wildly popular rock band, Aerosmith.”
 Some background information about why you have come together on this day, and what
will take place after the greetings are over.
 Share some goals that will motivate everyone to accept the new members of the group
and that will initiate bonding and teamwork among everyone.
 Send everyone off to work together in a motivating fashion. Leave everyone excited
about what is to come, and use your welcome speech to start everything out on a positive
Making the Speech Effective
Think about doing your research beforehand so that you can prepare everyone well with solid
information for what is to come. Make sure you get everyone‟s titles and names correctly – and
make sure you know how to correctly pronounce them.
The key is to get everyone excited about what is in the future – not explain everything that will
happen in detail. It can be annoying and frustrating to listen to a long, drawn-out speech that will
only spoil the events, meetings and ideas that are to come.
What to Avoid in Your Speech
Try to steer clear of revealing extremely personal information with the crowd. Your speech
should serve as a welcoming introduction, not a full briefing on each individual. By saving some
details for later, you make sure that people will excited to personally meet with each other and
learn from each other.
Engage Your Audience
Remember – this is when people will be most excited and attentive. Everything is just starting,
and everyone is just meeting each other. This being said, you shouldn‟t have to work too hard to
engage your audience. Be honest, and share why it is exciting to all be together and welcome
each other.
Make sure that you keep a positive, upbeat attitude as you read your short speech. It should feel
honest and welcoming. Try to be friendly and courteous to all parties you are welcoming, and
share why it is an incredible opportunity to all be together in the same place.
Towards the end of your short speech, share a little information on what will directly follow your
speech – be it a brunch, a formal lecture, or another activity. You should know that you can also
share some big goals of what will happen while you are all together. Perhaps you can put
together some ideas about the benefits of working together, such as building team spirit and
engaging with each other. For more information about writing an effective welcome speech, ask
your colleagues what they are expecting to hear at the meeting.