Good Research Practice


Dynamic development and a willingness to try new things are part of the spirit of the University of Bremen and form an essential prerequisite for its success to date. This flexibility requires an attitude among members at all levels of our institution that actively supports a willingness to take risks, supported by a shared culture of error characterized by trust and appreciation.

Academic work requires integrity. Above all, there must be honesty towards oneself and towards others. It is part of our identity to observe the principles of good academic practice (GWP) and to ensure that they are adhered to.


Icon Culture of Constructive Criticism

Culture of Constructive Criticism and Learning from Mistakes

In many research and academic work contexts, errors are often regarded as a troublesome nuisance that should be avoided wherever possible.

Such an attitude fails to recognize the great potential and high information content of errors for academic progress as well as the recognition of system weaknesses. The latter is significant for the further development and optimization of collaboration processes as well as with regard to the job satisfaction of individuals in academia and in various science-related fields.


"It is an expression of great strength to admit mistakes and to deal with them openly. In doing so, it is important to learn from the mistakes, not to repeat them if possible and thus contribute to an atmosphere in which there is no fear of making mistakes.

Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther
President of the University of Bremen

President Dr. Jutta Günther

The Basic Principles at a Glance

Academic integrity forms the basis of trustworthy science. The focus here is on five basic principles for upholding good academic practice:

Research Data Management