Scientific integrity

Every person at Wageningen University & Research who is involved in any way whatsoever in scientific education and research is individually responsible for monitoring and safeguarding scientific integrity.

All academics and researchers at Wageningen University & Research are required to act in accordance with the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice. For Wageningen University this code is fully applicable. For DLO restrictive conditions can be imposed on the publication of research financed exclusively from private funds. Information about these restructions can be found in the integrity code and the general terms and conditions.

By requiring its staff members to publish any additional professional activities – in line with the Regulations Ancillary Activities and the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice – Wageningen University & Research aims to provide third parties with transparency and insight. Scientific publications must also state the names of financial backers and partners.

Wageningen University & Research has drawn up a complaints procedure for scientific integrity on the basis of a model acquired from the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). It explains the steps that complainants need to take if they suspect a breach of scientific integrity.

Confidential counsellors

If you have any questions or wish to report a possible breach of scientific integrity you should get in touch with Ellen Kampman or Huub Savelkoul, who are both confidential counsellors. If feasible, the confidential counsellor will attempt to mediate or find another way of solving the matter in an amicable fashion. S/he can also advise you on submitting an official complaint. 

Committee scientific integrity

Official complaints, regardless of whether or not you have consulted a confidential counsellor, should be submitted in writing or by e-mail.

Address for complaints:
Wageningen University & Research
Corporate Governance and Legal Services
Attn. Committee for Academic Integrity
P.O. box 9101
6700 EV Wageningen 

Or e-mail:

Composition of the committee

  • Prof. Barend van der Meulen: chair Committee Scientific Integrity Wageningen University & Research, endowed professor Evidence for Science Policy at Leiden University, Head of Research at the Rathenau Institute
  • Prof. Herman Eijsackers: emeritus professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and former chair science advisory board at Wageningen University and Research Center
  • Prof. Akke van der Zijpp: emeritus professor Animal Production Systems at Wageningen University & Research
  • Prof. Tiny van Boekel: Speial professor Dairy Science & Technology