WGS: Ethics and Philosophy in Life Sciences 2/3/9 and 10 May

Organised by Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)

Mon 2 May 2016 09:00 until Tue 10 May 2016 17:00

This 4-days course consists of two modules:


Module 1: Research Integrity, 2 & 3 May 2016

Module 2: Ethics and Animal Science, 9 & 10 May 2016


Below is given the program of the module Research Integrity, 2 & 3 May.

The program of the module Ethics and Animal Science, 9 & 10 May, will be available soon.

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Module 1: Research Integrity, 2 & 3 May 2016


Recently public trust in science has been severely damaged by number of integrity incidents. Scientific Integrity is adherence to professional values and practices, when conducting and applying the results of science and scholarship. It ensures objectivity and reproducibility. Scientific integrity is important because it provides insulation from bias, fabrication, plagiarism, outside interference. To prepare scientists for the integrity issues in their daily scientific practice, this two-days course on research integrity is developed. In order to prepare scientists to cope with integrity problems in their career, they do not only learn about the ethical values and integrity in science during this course, but also learn how to reflect and evaluate complex case material in small groups.


Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course PhD’s are expected to be able to:

  • present and explain key principles of good science and good scientific conduct, and understand how these are linked to the nature of the quest for scientific knowledge;
  • discern integrity tensions, risks (more specifically: in organization, in methodology) in general as well as in their own fields and projects;
  • present and explain controversial cases and accusations and defend a well-argued point of on such cases;
  • use the WageningenUR governance structure, and visit confidential advisers in case of questions, dilemmas and threats;
  • cope with integrity and fraud accusations.


Day 1.

09.00 – 10.15 Introduction 1: Ethical issues in research; basic values in science; integrity; breaches of integrity.

10.15 – 12.00 Reading assignment in small groups: Science in Transition; Code of Conduct WUR; a few small case-studies.

13.00 – 14.00 Plenary: questions; presentation and discussion of reading assignment.

14.15 – 15.15 Interactive video assignment: Integrity Factor / The Lab (in small groups. Short plenary discussion).

15.30 -17.00 Presentation / interview with confidential advisor (Adri van den Brink or Marcel Zwietering).


Day 2

09.00 – 10.15 Introduction 2: Integrity questions in a project (idea; proposal; financing; method; experiments; publishing; etc.).

10.00 – 12.00 Assignment using PubPeer, RetractionWatch: Find, analyse, and present a case in their own area of expertise.

13.00 – 14.15 Presentation of / interview with senior researcher about integrity problems.

14.30 -16.00 Systematic analysis of individual projects: Where are integrity tensions? Methodologically weak points? Are there possibilities to manipulate data? What does one need to be able to cope with tensions? After an individual preparation discussion in small groups and a short plenary at the end.

16.15 – 17.00 Plenary: future developments and evaluation.


Module 2: Ethics and Animal Science, 9 & 10 May 2016

The program will be available soon.

For more information and registration: Ethics and Philosophy in Life Sciences