Good Scientific Practice Course for Doctoral Researchers

From April 3rd to April 5th, doctoral researchers of our SmallData Integrated Research Training Group (SMART) took part in a dynamic and enriching Good Scientific Practice course.

The workshop, hosted by Dr. Michael Mende, provided an engaging platform for docs to delve into essential topics crucial for maintaining ethical standards in scientific research.

The 1.5-day, DFG curriculum-based course covered topics such as:

  • Ethical Principles: The importance of honesty, accuracy, and transparency in research.
  • Misconduct Awareness: Recognising and preventing fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism.
  • Regulatory Insights: Understanding international guidelines and local regulations.
  • Virtue Ethics: Cultivating integrity and diligence in research practice.
  • Practical Strategies: From data management to publication processes and ethics.

As well as the various definitions of good scientific practice, the scale of questionable scientific practice, and the repercussions of these. Docs also received useful take-home resources such as relevant publications, guidelines, and contacts.

Here’s what Gerard Mesuere from Project C01 had to say about the day:

“The Good Scientific Practice Workshop was inspiring because it motivated us to reflect openly on what Good Scientific Practice means and how we can actively promote it. My personal highlight was the case study dilemmas, which we analyzed through group discussions. On top of that, I really enjoyed attending the course.”

We give a big thank you to our participating doctoral researchers and, of course, to Dr. Mende, for holding such an engaging and memorable course.

Administrative Manager

Marc Schumacher

Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics,
Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center –
University of Freiburg