Scientific research ethics

Scientific research ethics

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The module provides elements for reflection, analysis and contextual setting. It combines theoretical and practical knowledge. It is interactive and promotes a concrete approach to the place and function of ethics in scientific approach and especially in doctoral research.

Key-words :

• research ethics – éthique de la recherche
• research integrity  – intégrité dans la recherche
• conflict of interest – conflit d’intérêts
• scientific fraud – fraude scientifique
• plagiarism – plagiat
• responsibility – responsabilité


Introduction: Introducing the course and its objectives

  • develop a willingness to be reflective in face of ethical issues
  • know ethical values and concepts in scientific research
  • identify and consult relevant actors and normative documents

Introductory exercise: spontaneous reflection on the constraints and resources associated with the injunction to integrity and ethics for scientists

I. Ethical issues and research integrity

  1. Emergence of moral and ethical issues in science
  2. Definitions: morals, ethics and integrity

Case Study 1: case of ethical drift in medical research (Pfizer, Nigeria)

II. Ethics of research in France: mapping of actors and normative texts

  1. Recent advances
  2. The French institutional system of research ethics and its shortcomings
  3. Texts and resources

Practical case: illustration, reformulation and identification of practical limits of the ethical principles defined in the « National Charter for Research Integrity »

Case Study 2: a case of ethical drift in biological research (Lyssenko, USSR)

III. Scientific misconducts: case studies

  1. Some studies measuring the magnitude of the phenomenon
  2. Causes
  3. Typology of misconducts
  4. Focus on plagiarism
  5. What treatment for fraud?

Case Study 3: a case of ethical drift in psychological research (Burt, Great Britain)

Practical exercise: « Dilemma Game » from Erasmus University of Rotterdam

Conclusion: Ethical issues and career for researchers



             Responsable pédagogique : Pierre BELLE

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  • Email : (contact pédagogique, pour toutes questions sur le contenu de la formation) Pierre BELLE :
  • Dates :  Session 1 : 13 février 2020, Session 2 : 7 juillet 2020 – attention, session à distance.
  • Lieu : Université Paris Diderot Formation à distance le 7 juillet 2020
  • Nombre de jours validés par le Département de formation des doctorants : 1 jour

  • Pré-requis : Aucun
  • Public visé : Tous doctorants
  • Effectif : 15 personnes