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Scientific Conduct for PhDs (Social and Behavioural Sciences)

A number of cases of scientific fraud and misconduct were bad publicity for the scientific world. Are these cases signs of a system in crisis or just some anomalies in an otherwise good scientific framework? This course will give attention to the grey area and your role as an individual scientist to prevent misconduct.

Target group
PhD candidate
Training course

This workshop on scientific integrity will give you the opportunity to discuss scientific fraud and misconduct with fellow PhD candidates and postdocs.

For whom

Social and Behavioural Sciences PhD candidates and postdocs from Leiden University in the first year of their doctoral research.


  • Please prepare yourself in advance with our online module Scientific Conduct:
  • What is scientific misconduct?
  • How do you handle misconduct situations?
  • Does your supervisor ask you to bend the rules in name of science?
  • To what extent are scientists biased? 
  • What are the 'grey areas'? Discussion of cases that are not so obvious.

What you'll learn

You will learn to what extent science already has - or perhaps needs to develop - a system to prevent scientific misconduct and what role you can play as an individual scientist.


The workshop takes 3 hours. Before the meeting you are asked to read the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. Please bring your notes on the following topics to the course:

  • the thing that surprised you the most
  • the standard (from section 3) that you think is the most important one
  • why you think that standard is the most important one

After the meeting you will receive the slides, including reading material to use for discussions in your research group, department or faculty. The results of the discussion can be used by all participants under the Chatham House Rule. Together with future meetings, they will be the basis for a body of knowledge and suggestions to help you and your colleagues strengthen your ideas on this topic. The goal is to improve scientific integrity, within and outside our university.


The workload for this course amounts to 5 hours including attendance and preparation.

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