Good scientific practice - preliminary schedule 2023

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1 On this course

1.1 Participants

This course is intended for PhD students of the University of Göttingen in partial fulfilment of the requirements of their doctoral studies. It is set up as a series of discussion rounds in sessions devoted to one topic.

For organizational reasons (we’ll have participants from departments across the university) this course will entirely take place online, i.e. as BigBlueButton video meetings (see link in the Stud.IP-Tab “Meetings”). Sessions will take place on Thursdays according to a schedule that will be set up after the “kickoff-meeting”.

Sessions will start 16:15 and end before 18:00.

1.2 Recommended reading

1.3 Enrollment

You have to enroll at Stud.IP for this course.

2 Mode of operation

We will have a series of sessions, each moderated by other people. The kickoff meeting is MY session, the others are YOURS (details below).

2.1 Kickoff meeting (April 18)

Please be sure, to have your webcam functioning - we will introduce ourselves, and need to see each other. During this session, I will report on the purposes of shortly explain the “mode of operation”, and then we will assign topics from the below list and compile a final schedule. Of course we can also discuss your open questions regarding this course and play with the technology (for instance there is a nice quizz feature built into BBB - may be useful, or breakout rooms, …).

At the end of the session I will ask you to cluster in teams of two to three persons, so that every team is responsible for a session devoted to one of the topics below (or an additional one of your choice, if you can convince me of it’s relevance for good scientific practice). After forming the pairs and selecting topics please complete the list in the Stud.IP-Wiki.

The kickoff meeting is MY session. Please be sure to do the below homework before the meeting. I may ask questions to check you have done it.

TODO Homework

Get in touch with the subject by reading this presentation.


  • This is a “two-dimensional” set of slides. Be sure to read all of it, use arrow-keys for navigating (if you got lost, the ESC-key is your friend).
  • Think carefully about the stated questions from the dilemma game. (by the way there are Android/iOS-versions of the Game)

2.2 Further sessions and sources of information

The moderation of sessions will be up to YOU: For example, one peer prepares some slides for an explanatory presentation, the other selects some cards from the Dilemma game to discuss in class, and both guide through the session and do their best to provoke a lively discussion (see the quizz thing above) or motivate people to ask questions and to jointly find an acceptable answer. You may also assign reading “homeworks” before YOUR session (like: Next time we will discuss …, please read … before the session …, and make up your mind on …, especially try to answer … How would you …?). You can also invite an expert (e.g. from SUB or GWDG) willing to report and to answer questions on the topic.

If nothing special is mentioned, I ask you to look for suitable references to prepare your session on your own.

Some starting points

2.3 Available Topics

2.3.1 Official regulations (mandatory topic and required reading)

  • National Guideline (DFG-Kodex): Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice
  • This universities guideline: Rules Governing the Safeguarding of Good Scientific Practice
  • Research Data Policy and Open Access-Policy

(all linked from Ombuds Office for Good Scientific Practice)

2.3.2 Suggestions for further topics

  • Responsibility of science for the society (there are plenty of very recent examples)
  • Software and infrastructure for reproducible research
  • Literate programming (what is it, what are the tools, …)
  • Open source software and open data (how to find, access, cite and license them)
  • (electronic) lab notebooks (what is it, best practice examples, …)
  • The art of writing in math/computer science (best practice examples, what help is offered)
  • The technology behind plagiarism checkers (GWDG offers such a service, you could run a demo)

Some more topics will be offered in the kickoff meeting

3 Schedule

Sessions will start 16:15 and end before 18:00.

  • April 18 — kickoff meeting

Available dates for further sessions:

  • May 02
  • May 09
  • May 16
  • May 23
  • Jun 06
  • Jun 20
  • Jun 27

Date: <2023-03-27 Mo>

Author: Carsten Damm

Created: 2023-03-27 Mo 16:59