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Online: Good Scientific Practice

Target group

Doctoral candidates working in the natural and life sciences as well as in the empirical social and behavioral sciences.



Researchers working at University of Freiburg are required to comply with the university’s "Regulations of the University of Freiburg on Safeguarding Academic Integrity" (cf. "Ordnung der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität zur Sicherung der Redlichkeit in der Wissenschaft” in: Amtliche Bekanntmachungen Jg. 42, Nr. 38, S. 395–399. English translation of unofficial reading version available via: German version available via:

The seminar is a fundamental introduction to this regulation and its basis, the principles for safeguarding good scientific practice as proposed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). It focuses on the perspectives of doctoral researchers by introducing and discussing the following topics:

  • Basics of responsible conduct and ethical principles in Research
    • Introduction: Values, virtues, potential problems and conflicts in scientific contexts
    • Basic recommendations of the DFG, relevant codices and regulations for safeguarding good scientific practice and scientific integrity
    • Scientific misconduct: Examples, elements of offense and consequences, procedures for coping with scientific misconduct (incl. excursus plagiarism)
  • General Responsibilities
    • Data collection and research documentation
    • Publication process, authorship and review of manuscripts
    • Supervision: Expectations, duties and roles
    • Organizational culture: Challenges of collaboration and communication in teams and in scientific collaborations. Strategies to prevent and to manage problems as well as conflict in everyday scientific environment
    • Procedures in case of suspicion and relevant contact persons (of according institution(s))
  • Important specific responsibilities [*depending on participants’ disciplinary/research background]
    • Important issues prior to any data collection: Authorization, permission or qualification relevant research
    • [Research on animals]*
    • [Research on humans]*
    • [Surveys, interviews, data privacy and security]*

For more detailed information see the guideline documents of the DFG, available via: (German and English version) (English version – German version available via:



After attending this course, participants will know and understand local, national, and international regulations and guidelines on good scientific practice and their relevance. They understand that the resulting responsibilities are understood as a professional researcher’s ethos. The workshop will give room to reflect relevant values and virtues as well as their influence even on challenging situations in daily research practice. They will discuss cases of possible scientific misconduct, discuss the different responsibilities, reasons, and consequences of persons involved and will develop appropriate solutions.



The course encourages the active involvement of the participants and features the following didactic elements: Dialogic inputs including and discussing discipline specific case examples, single and group work, discussions and reflections, case studies.



Dr. Peter Schröder, brain4hire


7 h


Thu, 10.12.2020, 09:00–17:00 h


Please register via the campus management portal HISinOne.


Online Course via ZOOM

Number of Participants

14 Doctoral Candidates