Visual Universitätsmedizin Mainz

Good Scientific Practice for (Post)Doctoral researchers

Course description

The workshop serves to prevent conflicts in scientific working as well as their treatment.
Following methods are used: dialogic short presentations, participant-specific case studies, targeted invidual and group work, discussions and reflections

Target audience, number of participants

Doctoral candidates and Postdocs

16-20 participants


  • Basics of responsible conduct and ethical principles in Research

    •  Introduction: Values, virtues, potential problems and conflicts in scientific contexts
    • Basic recommendations of the DFG, relevant codices and regulations for safeguarding good scientific practice and scientific integrity
    • Scientific misconduct: Examples, elements of offense and consequences, procedures for coping with scientific misconduct (incl. excursus plagiarism)  

  • General Responsibilities

    • Data collection and research documentation
    • Publication process, authorship and review of manuscripts
    • Supervision: Expectations, duties and roles
    • Organizational culture: Challenges of collaboration and communication in teams and in scientific collaborations. Strategies to prevent and to manage problems as well as conflict in everyday research environment
    • Procedures in case of suspicion and relevant contact persons (of according institution(s)

  • Important specific responsibilities [*depending on participants’ disciplinary/research background]

    • Important issues prior to any data collection: Authorization, permission or qualification relevant research
    • [Research on animals]*
    • [Research on humans]*
    • [Surveys, interviews, data privacy and security]*

Next workshop: 8th July 2020

Venue: Seminarroom in building 911 ("Verfügungsgebäude"), ground floor, University Medical Center




Ivonne Dietzel
Program Coordinator
Bldg. 907, Room 01-216
University Medical Center
Langenbeckstr. 1
55131 Mainz