Scientific Integrity

Honesty and integrity are the foundations of research and scientific activities. Events in politics and science have shown that these virtues are not always self-evident and that it is necessary to be actively aware of these qualities.

As a consequence, it is mandatory for all PhD candidates of the GCB to attend the two-hour lecture «Scientific Integrity», which is given once each semester at the University of Bern by Prof. Dr. Torsten Ochsenreiter, Institute of Cell Biology. The lecture must be taken (at least) once, if possible during the first two years of the doctoral work.

All doctoral candidates of the GCB are required to document their presence by personally signing the attendance list provided during the lecture. Attendance will then be registered by the GCB in the CTS/KSL after the event. No ECTS are awarded for attendance at this lecture, and only one attendance per student will be recorded in the CTS/KSL.

Please check the website Transferable Skills Program for (Post)Docs, where details of the lecture schedule are regularly published.

Lecture Description

Basic rules of good scientific practice such as sincerity and honesty, openness, self-criticism, self-discipline, ethical reflection and fairness are of prime importance in all research activities and are prerequisites for the credibility and acceptance of science.The aim of the lecture «Scientific Integrity» is to give an introduction to the central rules of good scientific practice to PhD candidates of all fields and to raise their awareness for common international standards for scientific integrity that concern their own work

Topics include

  • Principles of scientific integrity
  • Planning of research projects
  • Realization of research projects
  • Misconduct in the scientific context
  • Procedures at the University of Bern
  • Impact of scientific misconduct on society and consequences for the research community

The lecture is held in English and provides time for discussion.

 Organizer GCB
 Date Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:15pm - 14:00pm
 Venue Presence / In Person
Rm EG16
Uni Müesmatt
Freiestrasse 3
3012 Bern

 Lecturer Prof. Dr. Torsten Ochsenreiter, Institute of Cell Biology
 Registration PhD Students - Register in KSL Rt Nr 468038
Guests are welcome.