On being a scientist

A number of cases of scientific fraud and misconduct have been widely covered in the media recently. Are these cases signs of a system in crisis or just some anomalies in an otherwise good scientific framework?

Target group

All PhD candidates from Leiden University and the LUMC.

Working method and course content

This workshop on scientific integrity will give you the opportunity to discuss this “not so pretty side” of science with fellow PhD candidates. You will cover such questions as: What is scientific misconduct? How should  conflicting interests be handled? Does your supervisor ask you to bend the rules in name of science? To what extent can money corrupt scientists?

The obvious cases of fraud and misconduct are often very clear. During this course we will pay attention to the 'gray area' and we will discuss cases that are not so obvious.  

This meeting will not give a clear-cut answer to all of these questions, nor will it provide a step-by-step solution to problems that you might have encountered. It will, however,  teach you to what extent science already has - or perhaps needs to develop - a system to prevent scientific misconduct and what your role as an individual scientist can be in this.

After the meeting you will be provided with material that you can read later on or can use for discussions you may want to initiate in your research group, department or faculty.
The results of the discussion can be used by all participants under the Chatham House Rule and, together with future meetings, will serve as the basis for a body of knowledge and suggestions to help you and your colleagues strengthen your ideas on this topic, with a view to improving scientific integrity – both within and outside our University.


Employees of Leiden University can register via Self service.

Phd's of LUMC (or no acces to Self service): can enrol by returning the completed and signed registration form to HRM Training and Development (scanned & by email or by post).

If the date of the course is no longer in the overview in Self Service, this means that the course if full. In that case you can register for the same course on another date. If there are no dates available in the self service schedule, please send an mail to HRM-Opleidingen. As soon as there are enough people interested in the course, we will plan a new date and will let you know accordingly.


Course for Phd's from FWN and LUMC
2016/5: Friday 20 May, from 16.00 - 19.00 hours (fully booked)

The course includes coffee/tea or soft drinks and finishes in a more informal setting with sandwiches.
Venue: Academy Building/Faculty Club, Rapenburg 73, Leiden

Course for Phd's from Faculty of Humanities:
2016/6: Friday 3 June, from 14.00 - 17.00 hours
2016/8: Thursday 8 September, from 14.00 - 17.00 hours
2016/11: Friday 4 November, from 14.00 - 17.00 hours

The course includes coffee/tea or soft drinks.
Venue: Plexus Studentencentrum, Kaiserstraat 25, Leiden 


The course amounts to 5 hrs, including attendance, preparation, homework & reading.

Costs and cancellation

PhD candidates of Leiden University and LUMC: no charge.

In the event of a cancellation within two weeks before of the date of the course, we are obliged to charge cancellation costs of € 50. This also applies to PhD candidates.

Course tutors

Humanities, course tutors:
4 April: Maarten Mous and Jonathan Silk
3 June: Caroline Waerzeggers en Victor Gijsbers
8 September: Claartje Levelt en maarten Mous
4 November: Ab de Jong and Jonathan Silk

Science & LUMC, course tutors:
21 April: Marcellus Ubbink and Ton Raap
20 May: Jaap Brouwer and Carel ten Cate

Any questions?


Experiences of participants

PhD candidates that participated in earlier courses said:

A brief way to debate on what is scientific integrity - that this topic became only recently a part of the compulsory courses.
Good to discuss the dilemmas you might be dealing with in the future.
Nice discussions - good to hear what other people do in certain occasions.
Keep purity and try to make outsiders to trust the scientific groups you are in.
Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.
It must be common sense for scientists but I see that it is not always applied.
It's good course, initiating a continuous thinking process of scientific integrity.You have a personal responsability as a scientist, even for the "less important" parts.

Last Modified: 10-05-2016