Research Integrity

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations  
30 November 2017 (whole day) and 1 December 2017 (morning) 09:00 Wageningen, exact location to be announced Marianne Bruining 15 / 15 Add to waiting list

Course description

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 WageningUR governance structure, and visit confidential advisers in case of questions, dilemmas and threats;
  • cope with integrity and fraud accusations.

General Information

Target Group: PhD's and postdocs
Group size: Max. 25  participants
Course duration: This 1.5 days-course takes place on 30 November 2017 (whole day) and 1 December 2017 (morning)
Language: English
Credit points: 0.6 ECTS
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer: Prof. Bart Gremmen and others
Venue: Wageningen, exact location to be announced


Research Integrity, 30 November & 1 December

Day 1 Thursday 30 November
9.00 – 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 Friday 1 December
9.00 – 10.00 Introduction 2: Integrity questions in a project (idea; proposal; financing; method; experiments; publishing; etc.).
10.00 – 11.00 Presentation of / interview with senior researcher about integrity problems.
11.00 - 12.30 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.


1) Reduced fee: PhD candidates of Wageningen University doing a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) and post-docs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools of Wageningen (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK) € 75,-
2) University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University post-docs and staff  € 150,-
3) External fee: All other participants € 300,-

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition

Until four weeks before the start of the course, you can cancel free of charge. After this date you will be charged with the “University Fee”. Unless:


  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will only be charged with €50.
  • You (PhD’s and post-docs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (circumstances beyond your control), you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.



For more information please contact Marianne Bruining,