Course GSNS Onboarding programme – workshop: Research Integrity

ECTS: 0.5

Course leader: Sututhi Perrananthasivam

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course fee: 0.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Spring 2023

Application deadline: 07/04/2023

Start date: 21/04/2023

Administrator: Anne Fabricius

Please note:

The workshop Research Integrity is part of the onboarding programme offered by the Graduate School of Natural Sciences/GSNS. The onboarding workshops are offered for PhD students enrolled at GSNS on part A. GSNS PhD students on part B are welcome to join, but should be aware that the workshops are addressed primarily to PhD students on part A.

Name of workshop: Research Integrity

Course parameters: No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation (and online course): 7/13 hours (including 1 hour for online course)

Capacity limit: 50 participants

For more information about ECTS, see the GSNS website

Workshop content:
The aim of this workshop is to provide PhD students with an opportunity to reflect upon research integrity, responsible conduct of research, and freedom of research in relation to their own research. The course will enable them to understand and incorporate issues concerning research planning, data management, publication and communication, authorship and contributorship, collaboration, and conflicts of interests into their own research practices.

Workshop programme:

Morning session 9-12 am

  • 9.15-10.00 Welcome and introduction to research integrity and freedom of research at Aarhus University (incl. individual response to pre-workshop survey and mutual presentations in the groups).
  • 10.15-11.00 First group task: Read and discuss two responsibilities for researchers provided in the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity. All groups produce written output on Padlet.
  • 11.15-12.00 Two cases relating to research planning and data management, respectively. Before each case, there will be a brief presentation about the topics for all, and then the groups will be asked to discuss the case.

Afternoon session 1-4 pm

  • 1.15-2.00 Two cases relating to authorship/publication and conflicts of interest, respectively. Before each case, there will be a brief presentation about the topics for all, and then the groups will be asked to discuss the case.
  • 2.15-3.00 Second group task: Read and discuss issues pertaining to perverse incentives in research as articulated in the Hong Kong Principles for assessing researchers. All groups discuss the principles and produce written output on Padlet.
  • 3.15-4.00 Reflections on research integrity in one’s own research.

Name of lecturer(s):
Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University

Workshop format:
The workshop has two parts. The first part is the mandatory online Aarhus University course on research integrity, developed by Epigeum/Oxford University Press and customized for Aarhus University. The online course is available on Brightspace. The course consists of two modules, one on responsible research conduct and one on irresponsible research practices. The end-of-module confirmation should be uploaded to MyPhD.

The second part consists of a one-day workshop provided by the Centre for Science Studies. Before the workshop, the students are required to study the assigned literature. During the workshop, the students are expected to participate in the discussions and do short presentations.

The workshop will include presentations, individual work, and group tasks. The students will be divided into smaller groups of 5-6 students that will do work together throughout the workshop.


  • National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2009. On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
  • Singapore Statement on Research Integrity
  • Hong Kong Principles for assessing researchers
  • Responsible conduct of research and freedom of research (

Onboarding programme:
The onboarding programme will introduce different work tools all relating to the process of initiating and doing a PhD project in the best way possible. These will be introduced through peer-mentoring groups and workshops with different topics. By participating in the onboarding programme the PhD students will be offered an insight into handling ups and downs during their PhD, and how to develop as a young scientist. The onboarding programme will also give the PhD students an opportunity to meet fellow PhD students and expand their network – both socially and academically. Read more here.

Time: 21 April 2023 09:00 – 16:00

Place: Preben Hornung Stuen, Frederik Nielsens Vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C

Registration: Deadline for registration: 7 April 2023.

Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

- For questions relating to the content of the workshop, please contact Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen, e-mail:

- For questions relating to administrative issues, e.g. registration or location, please contact: Sututhi Perrananthasivam

Course dates:

  • 21 April 2023 09:00 - 16:00