Always on the safe side

Better Safe than Sorry - How Early-Career Researchers Overcome Risks and Avoid Pitfalls when Submitting Applications and Performing Research

An Online Lecture Series on Compliance Topics for Early-Career Researchers 

What do I have to consider when handling research data? What do third-party funding institutions expect from me? What can I use research funds for? What rights do I have to my research results? Who am I even allowed to cooperate with?

Answers to these and many other questions can be found in the online lecture series Better safe than sorry - How early-career researchers overcome risks and avoid pitfalls when submitting applications and performing research.

Successful researchers know the legal and ethical requirements for their research projects. Compliance aspects are becoming increasingly important, especially when applying for and carrying out third-party funded projects - for example, for project funding the German Research Foundation (DFG) expects applicants to provide information on the legal framework.

The lectures of the series are offered in German or English.

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Why participate?

Our aim is to support you in successfully carrying out your research projects, keeping an eye on all legal and administrative guidelines and avoiding unnecessary stumbling blocks. Take the opportunity to exchange ideas with our experts and discuss your questions.

Who can participate?

The lecture series is aimed at postdocs, doctoral students and other interested early-career researchers who wish to acquire basic knowledge on compliance-matters related to research. 

The lecture series at a glance

November 2, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., online

Scientific misconduct? That won't happen to me! But to avoid misconduct, you have to know how to do it correctly. Learn how to avoid risks and get to know the different aspects of good scientific practice in our event.

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17. November 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr, online

Was muss ich zum Thema Korruption alles beachten? Was ist bei der Finanzierung meines Forschungsprojekts wichtig und wofür darf ich meine eingeworbenen Drittmittel überhaupt verwenden? Wie funktioniert das an der Uni Bonn eigentlich mit der Beschaffung? In dieser Veranstaltung vermitteln wir Ihnen die wichtigsten Grundlagen, klären Sie über mögliche Fallstricke auf und zeigen Ihnen, wie es richtig geht.

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

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.

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December 6, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., online

Digital management of research data is an essential part of every well managed research project and a requirement for many providers of third-party funding. Organize your research data and learn more about research data management at the University of Bonn.

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17. Januar 2023, 10:00 - 11:30 Uhr, online

Kooperieren Sie mit Wissenschaftler*innen und Einrichtungen in anderen Ländern? Dann sollten Sie diese Veranstaltung nicht verpassen. Hier erfahren Sie mehr über den Umgang mit sensitivem Wissen und potenziellem Missbrauch von Forschungsergebnissen im Kontext internationaler Kooperation.

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February 2, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., online

How do I name my project? What information do I have to put on the project website? Where do I publish my research results and what do third-party funding providers expect? All these questions have a legal dimension you should be aware of. This lecture provides some insights that can help you avoid nasty surprises in the future.

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March 7, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., online

How can I talk about my research on social media? What platforms and content could work for me? And how do I get listeners and multipliers to pay attention? The focus of this lecture is on the transfer of expertise on social media.

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March 28, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., online

What do experts pay particular attention to when reviewing grant applications? Which factors often lead to rejection? What makes a successful application? Is there a recipe for success? In this event, professors from the University of Bonn with vast experience in reviewing grant applications share their knowledge on the factors of success and the pitfalls you have to avoid.

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Register directly for several lectures? 

You have already decided on lectures and would like to register immediately?  Register directly for one or more events at the same time:

Compliance Certificate

If you participate in at least six events of the series, you have the possibility to apply for a Certificate Compliance. Both German and English language events from different semesters can be credited for the certificate. For issuing the certificate, please contact the BGZ by e-mail.


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Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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