Symposium 2013

Honest and decent scientific research practice in the academic world was the focal point when Health at Aarhus University hosted a symposium on research practice on 17 April 2013.

Invitation for the symposium on 17 April 2013

Acclaimed international experts in research and implementation of responsible conduct of research were invited to the symposium. Along with Dean Allan Flyvbjerg and Vice-Dean Lise Wogensen, these were responsible for the day's presentations.

The six speakers from the US, Germany and Norway worked together for four days in Aarhus, partly to participate in the symposium, partly to participate in an internal meeting at Aarhus University.

The symposium was a contribution to the preparation of the guidelines on responsible conduct of research currently underway at Aarhus University.

Below you can read/see the presentations made by the speakers at the symposium: 

Paneldebat ved symposiet

From the left: Melissa Anderson, Nicholas Steneck, Phillip Langlais, Brigitte M. Jockusch, Charlotte Haug and Debora Weber-Wulff.

See more images from the symposium here.


Debora Weber-Wulff: expert on plagiarism and known as one of Germany's most dedicated plagiarism hunters. She has, among others, participated in exposing plagiarism committed by the previous German Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg's PhD thesis. This plagiarism initially caused him his appointment as a minister - today, he is no longer involved with politics.
Debora Weber-Wulff is a Professor at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin.

Nicholas Steneck:  For more than 30 years, Nicholas Steneck has been involved in the prevention of scientific dishonesty and the development of tools designed to further good scientific practice.  He has served as an advisor to federal authorities and research institutions in the US.
Nicholas Steneck has been the initiator and driving force in international efforts to make the rest of the world accept that efficient means and measures are needed for international research collaboration to work. 
PhD Nicholas Steneck is an Honorary Professor of History, and Head of Research Ethics and Integrity at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research.

Melissa Anderson is a Professor who has researched why researchers engage in misconduct and how often they do so. She helped establish that scientific misconduct is a greater problem than previously believed.
Melissa Anderson is a Professor at the University of Minnesota, USA.

  • Presentation: ‘Scientists can behave badly, but how often and why?’ (this presentation is not yet available, September 2013).

Phillip Langlais is known for implementing what may be described as a minor revolution at his university where he has established an organisation to effectively handle any problems related to research integrity. Such cultural changes do not come easy and his efforts have evolved over a number of years.
Furthermore, he serves as a consultant to the central authorities in China – as China is facing considerable issues in this field. Philip J. Langlais is a Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

Birgitte Jokusch is a vice-chair of the central German ombudsmands organisation responsible of handling investigations into scientific dishonesty. Every German research institution has its own ombudsmand, which is unique in Europe and may serve as a model for other countries.  Birgitte M. Jockusch is a Professor and Doctor.

Charlotte Haug is Vice-Chair of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), an association of several thousand journal editors who have joined forces to fight for the credibility of research results. The journals assess the quality of scientific articles and are therefore pivotal in upholding the credibility of scientific literature. Charlotte Haug is a PhD at the University of Oslo and Vice-Chair of COPE.