Scientific Integrity

The observance of due care and scientific integrity form the foundation of science and are important preconditions for the achievement of EUR Holding BV objectives. All persons involved in teaching and research within EUR Holding BV – as within the EUR as a whole – have a personal responsibility to preserve scientific integrity. They must therefore comply with the general principles of professional academic conduct.

Applicable codes of conduct

EUR Holding BV has adopted The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice of the Dutch Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), which sets out the principles that are applicable to all scientific practitioners: honesty and scrupulousness, reliability, verifiability, impartiality, and independence. Furthermore, the Policy Document on Scientific Integrity of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is also applicable (available in Dutch only). This policy document describes the principles of honesty and integrity for teaching and research, and explains how this conduct can be achieved and monitored collectively. See also the The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. EUR Holding BV has also adopted the existing Provisions of the EUR in relation to scientific integrity.

EUR Holding BV Scientific Integrity Counsellor

EUR Holding BV provides a Scientific Integrity Counsellor in the person of Professor Justus Veenman. He may be contacted via the email address veenman@ese.eur.nl. In the event of his absence, he will be adequately replaced.

The task of the Scientific Integrity Counsellor of EUR Holding BV is to give advice and counselling on questions, reports, or complaints about scientific integrity, (suspected) violations of scientific integrity, and misconduct in connection with contract research and teaching within EUR Holding BV subsidiaries. In practice, this means that a person filing an incident report (informant) or lodging a complaint (complainant) will in the first instance receive advice from the counsellor on the issue at hand before deciding whether to pursue filing the report or use the formal complaints procedure. In that case, the counsellor will inform the informant or complainant about the formal procedure to follow, or offer mediation that might lead to a resolution of the problem.

The counsellor will carry out this task in consultation with the Scientific Integrity Counsellor of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), also in connection with cases that involve research or educational activities and/or persons associated with one of the University’s Schools.