Dr Yulia Kovas delivered the workshop “Data Analyses with SPSS Syntax for Large Scale Collaborative Projects” on October 6, 2012 at the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics. The topics discussed included the principles and requirements for working with the databases within large scale international projects and the use of SPSS Syntax. The workshop also focused on the strategy of popularization of the Laboratory’s activities in the professional teaching community.
The workshop “Large Scale Cross-Cultural Interdisciplinary Studies in the Field of Education” was organized for teachers at schools participating in the first stage of research carried out at the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics (TSU) and held on November 6, 2012. Test batteries, goals, major concepts of the research as well as the preliminary findings of the data analysis were discussed. Director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics, Dr Yulia Kovas, laboratory members and school teachers participated in the workshop. Future directions for establishment and development of educational partnerships in the field of cognitive research in education were defined as the outcome of the workshop.
On November 19, 2012 in the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics a workshop for staff, faculty and students of the Psychology Department was held on the topic “Challenges of Ethics and Bioethics in Current Psychological Research” (workshop convener: Dr Yulia Kovas, Director of Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioral Genetics, Director of Inlab, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London). The relevance of the workshop is determined by the need of integration of the Russian science in the world scientific community. The issues posed for discussion included: following research ethics and key ethical principles, ensuring data quality control, providing feedback, and scientific value of the obtained research findings. Directions for further development and discussions of the ethical protocols in accordance with the world’s best acknowledged practices were identifies as the outcome of the workshop.