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Scientific Conduct for PhDs (LUMC)

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 focus on the grey areas in scientific integrity dilemmas and your role as an individual scientist to prevent misconduct.

Target group
PhD candidate
The workload for this course amounts to 5 hours including attendance and preparation.

Thank you for interest in the workshop “Scientific conduct” taught by the LUMC Graduate School. Below you can find some answers to most questions. If any other questions remain, please get in touch with the LUMC Graduate School office (graduateschool@lumc.nl)

The place of the workshop in the LUMC Graduate School curriculum

This workshop is part of the university mandatory wide program to make PhD candidates familiar with the different concepts related to scientific conduct and integrity. There are three pillars:

  1. Introduction of the topic during the university wide introduction day (NOTE: currently, this is not part of the online introductory program and will be introduced again when we are able to organize an offline program)
  2. An e-learning forms the preparation for the workshop.
  3. Active participation in the workshop.

If you are reading this, we assume that you already attended the university wide introduction. If not, please register here

Ideally, you attend this workshop in the first 12-18 months of your PhD training.

When are the workshops organized and how can I enroll?

The workshops are organized ~ 10-12 times a year. For dates and enrollment, we refer you to the HR website of the university. Please make sure you pick the right workshop as we offer the workshop in both English and Dutch. We do this in order to facilitate discussion on these sensitive matters in the language that is most suitable for you.

  • Dutch workshops: 2 September / 7 October
  • English workshops: 4 November / 9 December

I enrolled, what do I have to prepare?

There are two preparatory assignments, for which we think you need ~ 3 hours. Please note that the preparation for Dutch and English workshops is, in part, different.

    • Please complete the e-learning prepared by the university which can be found here.
    • Read and share your thoughts and ideas on chapter 3 of the Dutch Code of Conduct for scientific integrity in this document. For this, we have created a google doc that is specific for your workshop, in which we have tried to preserve the lay-out as much as possible. You will receive this link prior to the workshop in an e-mail with course information. The original version of the chapter can be found here.
  • Use the commenting option of google doc to share your thoughts when reading this document: 
    • Please make  general notes on what you think while read: perhaps you can identify which matters are not applicable to your field, or perhaps very much applicable, but not yet done? Or perhaps some elements are really not needed in your opinion - please let us no
    • You can comment on the 61 points individually, but you are also welcome to make some general remarks at the end of the document.
    • Your thoughts on cultural differences with regard to the interpretation and application of the code are most welcome. 
    • You can also reply to comments from your students to get a head start on the discussion during the workshop. 
    • While commenting, please make sure to hit the “comment” button in order to save your comment online. 
    • Complete your comments at least 24 hours before the start of the actual workshop you are attending. 
    • Please keep in mind that this Google doc is effectively open to anybody who has this link. If you are signed in with a Google account while opening this link, your comments will not be anonymous. If you sign out, or use the incognito mode, your comments will be stored anonymously.
    • If you have technical problems, please get in touch with b.siegerink@lumc.nl.

What happens during the workshop?

During the three-hour workshop, there are three interlocking parts:

  1. The instructor provides some (historic and scientific) context to the topic.
  2. We reflect on the code of conduct, specifically in relation to some historical cases and cultural differences – the preparatory assignment will be discussed here.
  3. A series of hypothetical dilemmas in subgroups.

What can you expect to have learned after the workshop?

At the end of the workshop the LUMC Graduate School PhD Student

  • Has knowledge of, and can reflect on, the code of conduct scientific integrity, especially the latest additions in the version of 2018.
  • Has knowledge of the LUMC code of research.
  • Can reduce complex cases of alleged scientific misconduct to its core while distinguishing between cases of scientific integrity, scientific misconduct and employee/employer conflict.
  • Can reflect on issues of scientific integrity with peers, especially the role of power dynamic that can be at play in mentor/mentee relationships.
  • Knows what steps can and should be taken in case of question regarding research issues and more seriously suspected breaches of scientific integrity, especially within the LUMC.

English workshops will provide special emphasis on the impact of cultural differences on concepts of scientific integrity.

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 (Faculty of Science) from Leiden University.
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