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1 1 Research ethics and integrity Etikk og redelighet i forskningen Siri Granum Carson Programme for Applied Ethics, NTNU NT faculty Program for anvendt etikk

2 2 Research ethics and integrity Topics today: 1)The call for ethics 2)Learning research ethics 3)Laws, codes, and regulations 4)Core questions: Co-authorship, conflicts of interest, whistle blowing… Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

3 3 The call for ethics Media coverage Scandals Technology progress Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

4 4 What is research ethics? Law, ethics, and moral Professional ethics – societal task Ethical dilemmas Two areas: - Truth commitment - Agency responsibility Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

5 5 Learning research ethics Conventions, codes of coduct, good scientific practice Routines, boundries, culture vs. formal regulations Social responsibility, openness Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

6 6 New challenges in research ethics Changing ideals? "Publish or perish” Contract research Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

7 7 Incompetence, error, dishonesty, deceit, fraud Failure in observation basis Faulty proofs Wrong analysis Incorrect presentation of data Manipulation of data Plagiarism Falsification Fabrication Incompetence Fraud Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

8 8 Laws, codes and regulations – a few examples Declaration of Helsinki ( ): Vancouver convention: Law on research ethics (2007): Codes of conduct for responsible science and technology research (2007): Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

9 9 Ethics and integrity in your research area NENT: The national research ethical committee for science and technology Codes of conduct, see: Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

10 10 Check list 1. Project aim and method 2. Research involving experiments with people 3. Personal data 4. Risk and safety 5. Whistle-blowing – inherent system Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

11 11Etikkportalen Webpage under construction: Establishing 10 main areas: 1.The research prosess: Contracts and reporting systems 2.Relationship between supervisor and student/research scholar 3.Agreements on storage, use, and publication of data 4.Approvals and announcements of research projects 5.Challenges in interdiciplinary projects 6.Managing conflicts of interest 7.Preventing dishonesty 8.Whistle blowing 9.Acceptable and unacceptable relations 10.Transparency Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

12 12 Conflicts of interest Case: NTNU professor with multiple roles Question: What is at stake in constellations like these? Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

13 13 Whistle blowing and reporting routines Case: Inadequate working conditions Question: How should a PhD-student handle the situation? Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

14 14 Supervisors (mis)use of student material Case: Supervisor publishes student’s research results. Question: Is it possible to explicate the boundries between supervision and scientific contribution? In what cases does a supervisor have the right to use the student’s results? Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

15 15 Co-authorship and contribution to publications Case: Student contribution to publication. Question: What reasons can be given for the student’s (lack of) right to demand co-authorship? Etikk og redelighet i forskningen

16 16 Interdiciplinary projects and publication Case: Different publication norms in medicine and in technological diciplines. Question: How should the PhD student and NTNU proceed in such matters? Etikk og redelighet i forskningen


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