Ethics and Integrity in Science

for Amsterdam UMC CCA PhD candidates

The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity mentions five principles that are the basis of integrity in research: 1) Honesty, 2) Scrupulousness, 3) Transparency, 4) Independence, and 5) Responsibility. These virtues of a good researcher should guide PhD students and their supervisors, principal investigators, research directors and managers in making the right choices for all kinds of circumstances.
However, each scientist sometimes faces dilemmas. While the extremes of the spectrum, falsifying and fabricating data and plagiarism are clearly very serious scientific misconducts, a wide range of research practices are in the “grey zone”. We will address these issues in our OOA course.

Course content
1. Interactive workshop. This workshop offers a general introduction to the practices and challenges related to scientific integrity, with a strong emphasis on situations that PhD candidates might encounter. We will explain the relevant Amsterdam UMC rules and guidelines. We will discuss practical examples of various ethical dilemmas in our daily lives as scientists, and we will answer any additional questions that you might have related to research integrity.
Some of the topics that we will discuss:
How honest are people, and scientists in particular?
Code of conduct for scientists
– Real misconduct and the “grey zone”
Understanding the forces that lead to scientific misconduct
What to do if you doubt the integrity of a colleague or supervisor
Questionable research practices: what is allowed, what is not?
Sharing data, materials, ideas
Conflicts of interest

 2. E-learning module. The online module provides you with a basic overview of your responsibilities. By the end of the module, you should be able to: 1) Know, understand and explain the key responsibilities you have as a researcher, 2) identify the challenges you could face in meeting those responsibilities, and 3) be aware of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

3. Assignment. During the last course part we ask you to write an essay and to discuss this essay with your supervisor.

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July 14 2022, 15:00 -17:00
On-site (Amsterdam UMC, VU campus)
Arjan Griffioen, Marcel Spaargaren
Max 20 participants
After joining the workshop, you will receive detailed information about the module (part 2) and assignment (part 3)
All Amsterdam UMC CCA PhD candidates (for NKI-Avl OOA PhD candidates seperate meetings are organized)
Free of charge
The course has a workload of 2 ECTS. You will receive a course certificate after completing all three parts of the course
Arjan Griffioen, Hein te Riele, Esther Ruhé, Marcel Spaargaren
May 31, 2022