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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
Thed van Leeuwen  (Researcher) Anna van 't Veer  (Universitair docent)
Training course
The workload for this course amounts to 10 hours including attendance and preparation.
Start dates 2024
20 June 14:00 - 17:00, 05 Sept 14:00 - 17:00, 07 Nov 14:00 - 17:00

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 Integrityour online module Scientific Conduct and to prepare homework about these (homework sheet will be emailed to you prior to the meeting).

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.

Practical information

  • You can register for this course using the registration buttons on the right side of this page. Please note the difference between Staff (employee of Leiden University) and Extern/LUmc (e.g. extern, self-funded researchers or employee at LUmc). 
  • The course is free of charge for PhD candidates and postdocs (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences) from Leiden University.
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