Data, facts, conclusions - our work in science and research consists of collecting a wide variety of data and information, analysing it and generating new conclusions from it. The scientific work of each individual builds on the preliminary work and cooperation of other scientists.
Where do we draw the line between universal knowledge, what we discover ourselves, and what others have discovered? What is good argumentation, and how far can an interpretation go? How can data be processed, and when do we speak of data manipulation? And how can one write a solid scientific thesis that is comprehensible and free of plagiarism?
Students learn the answers to these questions in their first semesters. They are constantly trained to implement the rules and principles of good scientific practice in their everyday scientific work. Nevertheless, there are moments when even advanced students and researchers make mistakes or doubt the correctness of their approach or the scientific behaviour of others. For such situations, we offer assistance at the department.
All members of the department who are active in science are continuously sensitised and trained in the principles of good scientific practice. We offer seminars, lectures and writing workshops for students and researchers and always keep a cooperative, scrutinising eye on the work of our research community. For transparency and honesty are very important to us in our academic community.
Two ombudspersons are available to all faculty members for questions and confidential conversations. Do you suspect scientific misconduct? Don't hesitate and speak to the ombudsperson you trust. The ombudswoman or ombudsman will help you find the right way out of an unpleasant or critical situation in the university's life.