Winter Term 2020-21

Please note that only 'active' doctoral students of the GTC can participate in the courses listed. In case there are more applications than places on a course, ‘active’ doctoral students of the GTC are preferred over students who are still in the process of admission. The latter will be considered in case of vacant places on a particular course. Doctoral students who have not yet passed their admission interviews ('applicants') and guest students from other faculties can participate only in case of vacancies.

 You may also attend courses from our three masters programs. Likewise, you will have to register online through the Alma system. A list to the courses can be found in the Module handbook of each Masterprogram (see in regulations of each program). Very few of them have admission restrictions, though, and are for masters students only. If you have troubles with the registration to the lecture through Alma, please contact us.

Courses indicated as 'Elective' will run throughout the semester and take place once a week. They are specialist courses offered to masters students, however, they might also be of interest to doctoral students working or planning to work in that particular field. 


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Course title

Good scientific practice- workshop on integrity in science

Dr. Alexander Schiller
Course content / topics

Good scientific practice – Workshop on integrity in science

Integrity describes a consistency between a person’s individual behavior and a generally accepted system of norms and values. Thus, integrity in science means, that single researchers as well as working groups behave consistent to the ethical basis and moralities of the scientific community. Such an adherence to the norms and values and their practical implementation into scientific work is then called “good scientific practice”.

The moralities of science are based on honesty, transparency and responsible treatment of humans and animals involved in any kind of research. This refers to, but is not limited to, handling of data, dealing with conflicting interests as well as protection of intellectual property.

Of note, most (junior) scientist learn about the actual norms and values by every day practice and based on role models of more advanced colleagues. However, these learning processes typically are restricted to specific topics, do not take place systematically and often lack ap-propriate reflection. However, independent and responsible application of good scientific practice depends on reflection and a deep understanding of the topic. This cannot be achieved by information and teaching only.

Therefore, workshop participants work on realistic case studies and discuss the concrete premises for good scientific practice, as well as consequences of scientific misconduct. As a result, participants gain theoretical knowledge and practical competencies which can be transferred into their everyday lives. This supports their personal adherence to ethical norms and enables professional behavior in case of potential problems. Furthermore it builds a solid ba-sis for a successful scientific career.

With regard to thematic focusing we follow the DFG guidelines and curriculum, which are the established national standard for good scientific practice. 

Focus areas:

  • Codes and values of good scientific practice
  • Collaboration between supervisors, colleagues and junior researchers
  • Correct handling of data
  • Potential pitfalls in the publishing process
  • Talking about conflicts of interest
  • Definition of scientific misconduct
  • Dealing with (alleged) scientific misconduct

Course description (PDF)

Day, time & location

Nov 26, 2020, 9 am- 3 pm, online (Zoom)