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Scientific Conduct for PhDs (Law)

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
Jean-Pierre van der Rest  (Section President/Professor Business Studies)

Please note: dates for 2021 will be announced soon ­


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

For whom

Law PhD candidates and postdocs from Leiden University.

Please note: the course is free of charge for PhDs, but we do charge a cancellation fee of € 100,00 in case of no show, or cancellation within 2 weeks before the first course date. Read more in our cancellation rules.


  • Please prepare yourself in advance with our online module Scientific Conduct.
  • What is scientific misconduct?
  • How should you handle a conflict of interest?
  • Does your supervisor ask you to bend the rules in name of science?
  • To what extent can money corrupt scientists? 
  • 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. After the meeting you will receive 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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