Thank you, SCIQUAL 2017 participants!

IMG-20170914-WA0017Today marked the second and last day of SCIQUAL 2017 seminar, my first attempt at organizing a seminar. SCIQUAL covered topics spanning different dimensions of scientific integrity in qualitative research. The idea of organizing such an international seminar first came up in my mind when I was invited to a workshop organized by the Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management, University of Bern in 2015. In 2017, I finally received a chance to organize one myself, with the internationalization project funds from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Utrecht University. The preparation for SCIQUAL 2017 thus started in February 2017.

SCIQUAL involved scholars from different countries (The Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Belgium). During these one and a half days, we had a series of presentations, individual Q&A sessions, and two group discussions (a last minute addition) which all gave interesting, thought-provoking, and engaging insights pertaining to scientific integrity in qualitative research. Apart from these activities, the seminar dinner was also a good venue for knowing more about each other. (What is more, even the sun was out until the seminar was over! Thank you, Utrecht!) My thanks to all the attendees and presenters. It was a wonderful group to be in. And thank you to my colleagues in Methodology and Statistics Department who made this possible by helping me with my umpteen organization and practical matters related queries.

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IMG-20170914-WA0034Today, especially after the exciting intellectual experience and the positive feedback from the attendees (and the encouraging tweets), I am really happy I received a chance to do something like this. To answer a question the attendees asked me “Shouldn’t we have a sequel to SCIQUAL?”, my answer is “Definitely, if I/we get a chance again.” 🙂 🙂


One more day to SCIQUAL seminar!


We are just one day away from Scientific Integrity in Qualitative Research (SCIQUAL) seminar! You will find us at Sweelinckzaal (Drift 21) on 13th and 14th of September. Have a look at the programme:


  • Arrival and registration (10.00-10.15)
  • Welcoming (10.15-10.30)
  • Prof. Martyn Hammersley (The Open University, UK) (10.30-11.00)
  • Dr. Alrik Thiem (University of Geneva, Switzerland) (11.00-11.30)
  • Coffee break (11.30-11.50)
  • Dr. Marit Helene Hem (University of Oslo, Norway) (11.50-12.20)
  • Prof. Gillian Symon (University of London, UK) (12.20-12.50)
  • Lunch break (12.50-14.30)
  • Dr. Hubert Van Puyenbroeck (Free University of Brussels, Belgium) (14.30-15.00)
  • Dr. Lakshmi Balachandran Nair (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) (15.00-15.30)
  • Coffee break (15.30-15.50)
  • Prof. Rens van de Schoot (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) (15.50-16.20)
  • Ms. Bareerah Hoorani (Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland) (16.20-16.50)
  • Seeing Utrecht (if weather permits)
  • Dinner (19.00-21.00)


  • Prof. Bill Lee (University of Sheffield, UK) (10.00-10.30)
  • Dr. Gerben Moerman (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) (10.30-11.00)
  • Coffee break (11.00-11.20)
  • Prof. Giampietro Gobo (University of Milan, Italy) (11.20-11.50)
  • Prof. Michael Gibbert (Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland) (11.50-12.20)
  • Winding up (12.20-12.30)
  • Lunch (12.30-13.30)

For more details of key speeches, have a look at SCIQUAL website:

At the interface of research and art*: An Academy of Management (2017) workshop on exploring critical and creative ways of reporting research

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When reporting their studies, management researchers traditionally use structured verbal, written, and tabular means, which primarily target cognitive abilities. Through this workshop we invited participants to contemplate and experiment with alternative ways of reporting research as a way to facilitate broader, more participatory and emancipatory engagement. More than 50 participants attended the session.

In the session, we discussed the use of creative mediums ranging from visual (e.g., collage, painting) to performing (e.g., film, music) to literary arts (e.g., poetry, narrative). These mediums help to display information in an evocative, disruptive, and yet, informative way. Starting with a short improvisation activity as an icebreaker, the PDW offered examples of disruptive, creative ways of reporting research, discussed the rationale for constructing such an interface between research and creative mediums, and finally, through a hands-on Pecha Kucha activity, invited the audience to experiment by creatively reporting their own research.

By the end of the workshop, participants had a basic tool- kit of creative mediums, which could be added on to, adopted, or adapted to suit various reporting requirements. By building bridges between creative mediums and research, we simultaneously challenged assumptions and status-quo in management research reporting as well as addressed the 2017 AOM theme “At the interface”.


*Adapted from the abstract published in Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017 program.

Scientific Integrity in Qualitative Research (SCIQUAL) seminar 2017: Extension of deadline to July 24th


Based on some requests from potential submitters to Scientific Integrity in Qualitative Research (SCIQUAL) 2017 seminar, we have decided to extend the abstract submission deadline to July 24th. Notifications regarding the status of submissions will be sent out before August 15th.

For more details about SCIQUAL 2017, please visit the conference website:

You can access the registration and submission portal at:

For further queries, contact us at or

At the Interface of Research and Art: Exploring Critical and Creative Ways of Reporting Research


Would you like to contemplate and experiment with alternative ways of reporting research?

Would you like to facilitate a broader, more participatory and emancipatory audience engagement?

Then this Academy of Management PDW might be of interest to you:

Pre-registration is required for this session. To register online, please visit

Scientific Integrity in Qualitative Research (SCIQUAL) seminar

With a grant received from the Internationalization Project of Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen UniUtrecht, I am organizing a seminar on scientific integrity at Utrecht University.

The Scientific Integrity in Qualitative Research (SCIQUAL) seminar will be conducted on 13th &14th September, 2017.

The programme includes talks by invited key speakers followed by a poster and (potentially) a discussion session.

We would like to invite abstract submissions for the latter two sessions. The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 30th.

The seminar website will be updated in the next few days. Meanwhile, please have a look at the links below for more details:


Call for submissions:

Registration and submission portal:

Please feel free to share it with any qualitative research enthusiasts you might know.

You can contact me at or in case of queries.