20 February 2020 from 09:30 to 13:00

Integrity in the workplace: how to do good research? - FULLY BOOKED

Course description

Why is replication of research so problematic? Who should decide on the order of authorship: my supervisor, a publishing journal or..? How to collaborate with another PhD if this person tends to keep all data to himself? Can I avoid conflicts of interest when working with third parties? What precautions can I take when my research involves vulnerable human beings or animals? (How) can I reduce the risk of bias in my research? When is my behavior conceived as (ab)normal in research practices?

These are all questions that belong to the domain of research integrity: they include questions about how to do science right and how things can go wrong, but also all the grey area questions in between. In this course, we focus on the daily life experiences in research practice from the PhD candidates perspective: what questions and dilemmas are you confronted with when working on your PhD project and how can you deal with these issues? What is necessary to know about current debates on research integrity and how to stand up to inappropriate behavior or questionable practices? 

This session is the second pilot in a row of (individually separated) pilot sessions on research integrity. To be able to follow this session, one can best be in the first two years of a PhD project. As participants are asked to bring in experiences from their own research practice, half a year experience as a PhD is recommended.

Learning objectives

Participants learn strategies on how to discuss and deal with issues and dilemmas that occur in doing research; they will learn to deal with these issues from a Responsible Conduct of Research perspective; and they will be stimulated to communicate about these issues with relevant persons. 


  • learn to reflect and deliberate on practical issues arising  in their research activities and  on how values and norms play a role; 
  • are able to develop strategies in dealing with (integrity) issues in their research practices;
  • can compare customs and habits in research practices with other research groups;
  • will be able to distinguish between ‘normal (mis)behaviour’ in research practice and questionable behaviour and know whom to address when they come across irregularities and questionable practices (De Vries et al. 2006);
  • will feel more competent to address questions in research practice, together with colleagues and supervisors, in order to stimulate transparency and openness.

Instructional method

Participants prepare for the course by reading an article on behavior in research, by filling in a short questionnaire and by preparing a case from your own experience. 

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the issues that PhD candidates experience in daily life. We will offer a method for case discussion, based on the cases that PhD candidates bring in themselves, and practice the method during the workshop. Next to the case discussion, a short (introductory) lecture will be given on how research and integrity are related. Finally, we will address the issue of authorship more specifically using an interactive story-telling method.


Roald Verhoeff is assistant professor in science education & communication. He is interested in societal and normative aspects of science, and in finding ways to empower young scientists to combine ‘ambition’ with ‘conscience’ in becoming responsible scientists.

Mariette van den Hoven is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Academic teaching and coordinator of an H2020 project on Research Integrity. She is interested in professional ethics, educational philosophy and public health. She chairs the ethical review committee at the faculty of Humanities and teaches research integrity to several groups, like master students Life Sciences about research integrity 

Group size            

10 to 20 participants

Number of credits                                 

0.2 EC

Course schedule

Day Date Start End
Thu 20/Feb/2020 09:30 13:00

Course certificate                                

You will receive a course certificate after actively participating in the full course session. 

Course fee

Free of charge for PhD candidates of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Our no-show policy

We are happy to offer courses and workshops for free to all GSLS PhDs. However: free of charge does not mean free of responsibility. Our activities tend to be fully booked well in advance. For every late cancellation or no-show we have had to disappoint others who would have liked to attend. 

This is how we work: 

  • Once you have signed up for a course, we expect you to attend;
  • If you need to cancel your registration, do so at the earliest possible moment, at least four weeks before the start of the course;
  • You have to attend the full course session;
  • Not meeting the attendance requirements or cancelling within four weeks before the course starts means you will be charged no-show fee (€40 for this course);
  • We are unable to make any exceptions.
Discussing on integrity dilemma’s with other PhDs has made me realize that basic principles can have very different practical consequences in different research contexts.
Finally a course where my own concerns and questions about doing research are on the table.
A safe space to openly discuss dilemmas that I face when conducting research!
Start date and time
20 February 2020 09:30
End date and time
20 February 2020 13:00
Entrance fee
Free of charge for PhD candidates registered at the Graduate School of Life Sciences
More information
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