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On doing sound and ethical science

In Zusammenarbeit mit der Dahlem Research School (DRS) und der Humboldt Graduate School (HGS) werden in der Reihe "Research Integrity - Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis" Workshops angeboten, in denen Nachwuchswissenschaftler*nnen am Beispiel ihrer eigenen Projekte die unterschiedlichen Aspekte guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis erarbeiten.



To give doctoral candidates a comprehensive sense of what it takes to do science professionally and ethically. It is commonly assumed that doctoral candidates will automatically pick up what they need to know about science by simply observing others in the lab. Of course, a great deal can be learned that way but if the more experienced scientists who are the role models are themselves defective in some of their practices, young scientists who are learning from them can miss out or even be misled about important matters.

This workshop aims to make clear what the essential elements of good scientific practice are, both in terms of professional standards of what constitutes good science, and the ethical dimensions of scientific work. A key point, which will be illustrated in multiple ways, is that matters of what seem like purely professional standards in research are often intimately linked with matters of ethics and responsible conduct toward others and science itself.


There will be four subjects tackled in the two-day workshop:

1) The elements of conducting sound experimental research, both in the doing of it and the evaluation of the work

2) Social and ethical relationships with colleagues

3) issues of scientific integrity and its “gray zones”

4) the philosophy of science and how the individual’s own philosophical premises determine often set limits on the value of the work

 Though set out here as four distinct areas, they are linked and their connections will be explored. Treatment of each topic will begin with a short lecture on each topic but the bulk of the workshop will involve group discussion of the issues, based in part on relevant articles that will be distributed and read either before or during the workshop.

Doctoral candidates will be asked, in advance, to bring in examples of problems that they have encountered, either in practical matters of doing of their science or situations involving relationships and difficulties with colleagues.

Trainer: Dr. Adam Wilkens




  • Englisch


  • PhD


Mo. 18.11.19 09:00 -
Di. 19.11.19 17:00



Potsdam Graduate School
Bildungsforum, 4. Etage
Am Kanal 47

14467 Potsdam


Maja Starke-Liebe
Telefon +49 331 977-4569