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Good Scientific Practice

Honesty with oneself and others is one of the fundamental principles of science. The MDC attaches great importance to the internalisation of this code by young researchers and scientists, as trust is among the prerequisites for successful scientific work.

These ethical standards and principles are described in detail in the accompanying documents (mostly in German).

Rules safeguarding good scientific practice

Code of procedure in case of suspected scientific misconduct

Regeln der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren zur "Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis und Verfahren bei wissenschaftlichem Fehlverhalten" (September 1998) mit Links zu:

  • DFG : Vorschläge der DFG-Kommission "Selbstkontrolle in der Wissenschaft" zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis (Januar 1998),
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft: MPG-Regeln für "Verfahren bei Verdacht auf wissenschaftliches Fehlverhalten" und die MPG-"Regeln zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis" (März 2001),
  • European Science Foundation - Richtlinien zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis (Dezember 2000).

Denkschrift der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis (1998)

Ombudsman at the MDC

The position of Ombudsman was established in accordance with the recommendations of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is responsible for safeguarding standards of good scientific practice. In cases of scientific misconduct, the ombudsman is the first point of contact for all researchers at the MDC and can advise and assist them in conflict situations.

The Ombudsman is a MDC group leader, appointed to the position by the directorate of the MDC in agreement with the Scientific Council.

PhD Ombudspersons

The PhD Ombudspersons support and advise our doctoral students. They are responsible for ensuring the rules of good scientific practice are upheld at the MDC.

The PhD Ombudspersons are elected by MDC students.


Ombudsmen at the MDC

Jens Reich
Udo Heinemann

PhD Ombudspersons

Daniela Panáková
Matthias Selbach


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