The major objective of the workshop “Good Scientific Practice” is to know and understand the basic rules and values of the responsible conduct of research in all its stages, according to local, national and international regulations and guidelines. The participants will explore the differences and grey areas between good scientific practice, questionable research practice and scientific misconduct. They will learn how misconduct can be recognized and prevented, and how it should be addressed and dealt with in case it occurs, and what damage it can cause if handled improperly. The participants will learn to develop appropriate solutions for difficult situations in the process of science and receive advice on how to protect their scientific work. They are encouraged to speak with colleagues and the appropriate institutions about mistakes and problems.
The content of the workshop follows the curriculum “Good scientific practice” which was commissioned by and developed in cooperation with the German Research Ombudsman:
- Definitions of good scientific practice and scientific misconduct
- Examples, degrees and extent of scientific misconduct
- Documentation, archiving, data and source management
- Authorship and the process of publication
- Mentoring and supervision as tools for fostering good scientific practice
- How to deal with scientific misconduct
- Responsibility and accountability in science
- Local, national and international guidelines and regulations on good scientific practice and scientific misconduct
The workshop encourages the active involvement of the participants and features case discussions, problem based learning in small groups, plenary discussions, and information input. Additional material and other resources will be provided after the workshop.The participants shall sit in a quiet room alone (not in a busy laboratory or office), and will need a computer with reasonably fast internet access, a suitable browser, a headset or microphone/speakers, and a camera.