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Good Research Practice

Ombudsperson System

In its Guidelines for Good Scientific Practice, the Leibniz Association has set down standards of good research practice, definitions of what constitutes misconduct, and the role and powers of its central Ombuds-Committee. These guidelines also include rules of procedure on the specific handling of misconduct in research activity. The Leibniz institutions implement their procedures in accordance with these guidelines. This applies equally in the case of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum.

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum regards safeguarding good research practice as one of its highest priorities. As the Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources, it is bound both by the German Research Foundation’s  Guidelines  for Safeguarding Good Research Practice as well as the Guidelines of Good Research Practice that apply within the Leibniz organisation. Together, these guidelines form the basis for the research work performed by the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, and all research activities must adhere to them.

The Ombudspersons responsible for safeguarding good research practice within the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, provide advice and function as intermediaries. They examine irregularities, suspicious activities and disagreements in relation to good research practice and the integrity of scientific research.

Every four years, the academic staff elect the Ombudspersons to perform this remit. They perform their activities neutrally and in confidence. Their objective is always to mediate conflict with a view to achieving a resolution. External agencies may be used if necessary. Another primary responsibility of the Ombudspersons is to embed a culture of good research practice and the integrity of scientific research within the organisation.

The currently appointed persons shall remain in office until March 2024:

  • Dr. Elena Gómez Sánchez (1st Ombudsperson)
  • Dr. Lena Asrih (2nd Ombudsperson)
  • Dr. Maria Schäpers (Deputy Ombudsperson)
  • Participation of the ombudspersons in the virtual meeting of the ombudspersons of the Leibniz Association on 17 February 2021.

  • Revision of the guideline for ensuring good scientific practice at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources

  • In view of the current pandemic situation, the DFG has extended the deadline for implementing the new DFG Code of Conduct at universities and non-university research institutions by one year to 31 July 2022. For more information, please see the corresponding announcement on the DFG website.

  • Web portal on research integrity of the DFG
    The third level of the DFG´s Guidelines for Good Research – dynamic online portal.
  • VIRT2UE-Projekt
    The train-the-trainer program from the Embassy of Good Sciences has an aspirational approach, and focuses on what it means to be a good and virtuous researcher. This will foster skills that enable trainees to integrate the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity in their day-to-day professional life.
    • Embassy of good science
      The Embassy offers help to anyone seeking support in handling day-to-day research practices and dilemmas.
    • ALLEA – All European Academies
      The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity serves the European research community as a framework for self-regulation across all scientific and scholarly disciplines and for all research settings.
  • Advice Centre for Conflict Guidance and Prevention
    The external Advice Centre for Conflict Guidance and Prevention […] supplements existing local and central advice structures in instances where a suspected case of misconduct does not primarily concern good scientific practice but relates to other principles governing behaviour – for instance if it falls within the area of good conduct, or protection against discrimination and bullying. ​​​​​​​