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Erasmus researchers take a pledge

Date
From: 30 January 2013 16:15
Till: 30 January 2013 17:00


Location:
campus Woudestein, JB-41




Description
A group of about 45 PhD and Research Master students will take a pledge by which they will explicitly commit themselves to the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice. This code was drawn up by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (Dutch abbreviation: VSNU). The ceremony will conclude the new Scientific Integrity course that has become mandatory for all new Research Master and PhD students at the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). The pledge-taking ceremony is a pilot for the whole of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and will therefore be attended by rector magnificus prof.dr. Henk Schmidt.

Erasmus researchers take a pledge

On Wednesday 30 January 2013, a group of about 45 PhD and Research Master students will take a pledge by which they will explicitly commit themselves to the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice. This code was drawn up by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (Dutch abbreviation: VSNU). The ceremony will conclude the new Scientific Integrity course that has become mandatory for all new Research Master and PhD students at the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). The pledge-taking ceremony is a pilot for the whole of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and will therefore be attended by rector magnificus prof.dr. Henk Schmidt.

In the light of the public debate in the Netherlands about scrupulousness and integrity in science, in 2012 the university’s Executive Board established the EUR Taskforce Scientific Integrity, charged with bringing together various then on-going initiatives in different university institutes and schools. The taskforce will be active until September 2013.

On the basis of this pilot and other considerations, the Taskforce wants to examine whether pledge-taking ought to be made mandatory for not just all PhD and Research Master students, but possibly also existing and new employees. The pilot also follows one of the recommendations in a report on scientific scrupulousness and integrity by the Schuyt Committee, set up by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The exact text of the pledge is:
“I hereby declare to uphold the ethos of good scientific research and to apply throughout my scientific activities the principles described in The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice: Scrupulousness, Reliability, Verifiability, Impartiality, and Independence. I will apply these principles in my own work, and will endeavour to promote these principles among other scientists and in particular my direct colleagues.”

The EUR Taskforce Scientific Integrity aims to raise awareness of the critical importance of scrupulousness and integrity in science and of how these principles can be best safeguarded. To that end, the Taskforce is sharing successful practices and is also identifying, developing and coordinating new initiatives serving the interest of most EUR schools and institutes. Its primary focus is on the storage and archiving of research data, as well as training and education.

See for more information:

Press Office Erasmus University Rotterdam, (010) 408 1216 or press@remove-this.eur.nl


Publication date: 24 January 2013



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