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Research Integrity

Research Integrity at the research institutes PSI, EMPA, Eawag, WSL
Honesty, openness, self-criticism, reliability and fairness are the basis for credibility and acceptance in science.
Researchers are committed to these values and to the guidelines which derive from them.

Jahresbericht 2008

The assigned person for research integrity assures internal and external information exchange, supports and organizes training on ethical conduct in research and consults PSI personnel on all levels. Other persons involved are the Ombudsperson (addressing complaints a violation of research integrity), many other consultants for specific issues (gender, sexual harassment etc.), and the office for human resources (for personal and work related issues).


From 2019 on, the online Course “Ethics in Research” K 931E will be offered to all PSI scientists. In Oct. 2018, the PSI DIRK has decided that the course will be mandatory for both, PhD students and postdocs, and is recommended for PIs. It is planned that after registration interested researchers get access to the course (part 1) and can do it within a 25 min self-study, and after attending the face-to-face course (part 2) particate in a test (part 3). For PhD students, all 3 parts need to be completed, with face-to-face courses offered two times per year. Postdocs and PIs can participate in part 2 and part 3 voluntarily as a self-assessment.

Please be informed that for 2019, the courses can only be offered at the two dates mentioned below. You can register about 4 weeks before the face-to-face course, i.e. May 21 (Oct. 22), with June 4 (Nov. 8) deadline for registration. Shortly afterwards you will get an access link to the PSI-Moodle, and after the face-to-face course you can start with self-assessment, for which you will have 2 weeks time until July 2 (Nov. 19). After this time, you will get a certificate from the PSI Academy.

The questions of the self-assessment will be evaluated; therefore it is advised to complete the questions (part 3) after part 2. At the end of the course, all division secretaries will be informed about participation and take action in case this has not been done within a given time frame (typically 18 months after employment for PhD students).

PhD education course 2018

Registration Course 931E: Guidelines Research Integrity at PSI
Compulsory Seminar for PhD students

This course consists of three parts:
(1) Self-study: online Course “Ethics in Research” to be done before June 18
(2) Participation in Face-to-face Course on June 18, 13:30 – 15:30 at OSGA/EG06
Guidelines Research Integrity at PSI
(3) Answering Questions: online “Ethics in Research” to be done before July 3.

Details will be given after deadline for registration.
After participants have successful completed all 3 parts, a certificate will be issued confirming their participation.

Preannouncement PhD education course 2019

Courses 931E
June 18, 13:30 - 15:30, OSGA
Nov. 5, 14:30 - 16:30, OSGA

Workshop Research Integrity 2019


Research Integrity Regulations SNF 2016

Download RI Regulations SNF (109 kB)