Clean Conscience? Introduction to Research Ethics and Its Principles

How do I conduct research in an ethically responsible manner? What standards and principles must I follow when collecting data or conducting experiments? What consequences might my actions have for individuals or society? Sometimes there is only a fine line between conscientious research and ethical violation of norms.
We show you where this dividing line is and sensitize you to ethical issues in your everyday research.

Online Event

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Target Group

Postdocs, doctoral students and other interested early-career researchers





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Researchers are expected not only to perform methodologically conscientious work and produce valid results, but also to reflect ethically on their actions and make a socially relevant contribution. The ALLEA European Code of Conduct, for example, describes science as a part of society with a special responsibility which not only implies respect for colleagues and test persons but also demands respect for ecosystems, cultural heritage and the environment. To what extent is this extensive responsibility actually feasible? What can society expect from research at this point?

Modern research ethics is concerned with these questions. They include, on the one hand, reflections on the ethical standards within the scientific community which establish a common scientific ethos and, on the other hand, ethical evaluations of the consequences of scientific activity for society and the environment.

A high level of individual and institutional integrity is expected which can be understood as a self-commitment of researchers to adhere to the basic rules of good scientific practice. They are the basis for any scientific activity and a prerequisite for the credibility and acceptance of science. This basis implies not only an individual responsibility of researchers for their actions, but also an institutional responsibility on the part of research institutions which are obliged to create the necessary framework conditions (e.g. ombudspersons, ethics committees, training opportunities) for good scientific practice.


Nadine Kollmeyer is the contact person for research ethics in the Department for Research and Innovation Services at the University of Bonn. Previously, she worked at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) as coordinator for research ethics and organizer of the university's inter-faculty ethics committee.

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