Ethics and Responsible Conduct in Research

November 28, 2011

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Two meetings on the ethical implications of being researcher and on the consequences of misconduct in research.

Science and scientific research have, today more than ever, a huge impact on society, culture, and on the way people perceive themselves and the reality around them. For this reason, scientists have big responsibilities and must perform their work as fairly as possible. Any negligence could have enormous consequences on other researcher’s work and on technology development, it causes financial losses and it constitutes a threat to the level of thrust attributed to research in general.

Recently the media focused on a serious case of misconduct in scientific research that happened in Denmark, involving falsification of research data. Although being an extreme behaviour, intentional acts like these do not exhaust the list of possible negligences in research. In fact sometimes people do wrong even when they do not mean to, just because they are not properly aware of the implications and consequences of their behaviour.
We decided therefore to go deeper in our understanding of the implications of our job, to get more self-awareness and work in a more responsible and conscious way. In the first meeting, Professor Dominique Bouchet will give a seminar introducing the ethical implications of being researcher and the consequences of misconduct in research; he will thus trigger a discussion that will be carried on in a second meeting. While the second meeting is only for CP3-Origins employees, the first meeting is open to a wider audience and everybody is welcome to participate.

Portrait of Dominique M. C. BouchetDominique Bouchet is Chair Professor of International Marketing at the Department of Marketing and Management, SDU. Bouchet’s research fields include cultural differences and social change. Bouchet is a multidisciplinary polyglot scholar known for his great transdiciplinary knowledge, his high productivy, his commitment to university and society, his ability to communicate about complex issues to a broad range of publics.